Anyone Else Love Basket Cases?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Slacker G, Sep 13, 2021 at 11:25 AM.

  1. Slacker G

    Slacker G Squier Talker

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    I really enjoy finding cheap guitars that are in bad shape and trying to turn them into dream machines. I always look for low dollar throwaways that people give up on and pawn or sell at yard sales and so forth. Most of the time they can be turned into usable guitars. Sometimes I can trade them off for higher dollar axes.
     
  2. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-holic

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    I enjoy a challenge too. Plus if I see a good one that been neglected or badly wounded I kinda feel sorry for them.
     
  3. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    Me too. I especially like truss rod adjustments and neck pocket shims. As this is my specialty.
     
  4. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

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    Great thread. The buck stops here, no basket case will be left behind. My fav 3, $75 Harmony Strat Coodercaster, $90 Kingston Hound Dog Taylor, $15 Silvertone Redburst. DSCN5029.JPG
     
  5. Exhead

    Exhead Squier-Nut

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    All the time. Tiis one is getting there.... It is a NC97 body and an unknown Ibanez neck.

    I have a home for abused guitars. They do turn out nice and are rehomed, for a fee, and then I go get nice stuff with the sweat of my brow.

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  6. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-holic

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    Looks nice!
     
  7. fluffy391

    fluffy391 Squier-Meister

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    Did someone say...BASKET CASE?
     
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  8. ant_riv

    ant_riv Squier Talker

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    My wife teases me that she thinks I enjoy working on and repairing guitars more than I enjoy playing them.

    That is not true, but I do enjoy taking a 'basket-case' and turning it into a very nice playing instrument.
     
  9. Charvel Guy

    Charvel Guy Squier-Meister

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    Just realized who your avatar is...Steve Castle from Futurama....died of terminal boneitis.
     
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  10. wraub

    wraub Squier-Meister

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    Here's one I'm currently working on-
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    It came from a thrift store. When I got it it was in an old Charvel case with broken latches, and had the Westone body with a 90s Jackson replacement neck, gold Schaller cold-war tuners, an ancient Hi-A singlecoil, a late 80s SD Invader, and a Kahler Spyder with the arm. All looked a little...grimy, like from a lot of use. For this motley assortment I paid just under $30. :D
    I pulled the pickups and the Jackson neck for another project, threw on a Fender Tele neck w/ tuners and some other pickups. It still needs new pots and it wants new knobs. It's light, balances well, and plays surprisingly great, really good ergonomics too.
    There is a singlecoil rout under the tape, but I don't usually like a middle pickup unless it's on a Strat. The tape seemed to fit with the ratty vibe.

    The other "basketcase" is a diy Tele body I picked up cheap because it needs finish work and finishing. Ash and black limba- it'll get the Jackson neck and the Invader. I haven't decided if I'll use the Hi-A there, but I am tempted.
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  11. madmtnmotors

    madmtnmotors Squier-Meister Silver Supporting Member

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    I am always up for a challenge. I look at it as a way to develop and hone my setup skills, especially since I am more mechanically inclined than I am musically inclined... ;) :D

    I'd rather botch the setup/repair of an inexpensive guitar than on a high dollar axe! I expect to reach a point where setup of an expensive guitar will no longer give me pause.
     
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  12. Slacker G

    Slacker G Squier Talker

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    You guys have rescued some nice looking basket cases and made them happy. It makes me feel good to know that an abused guitar all alone in a junk pile can find a happy loving home. Maybe I watch too many youtube animal rescue videos but it is nice to see an abused guitar that has been given a second chance. Good work.
     
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  13. White Dog

    White Dog Squier-Meister

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    Absolutely! If the truss rod works the way it's supposed to; I "feel like" (and have proven personally and with other peoples 'so called junk') that I can make anything play and sing.
    Like others have said; give me a week with it (AS LONG AS THE TRUSS ROD WORKS) I will hand you back a guitar you never knew you bought at a garage sale for $15.00. It's probably my favorite thing.
     
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  14. Eddd

    Eddd Squier-holic

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    What’s up with the bridge pickup on the Harmony?
     
  15. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

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    @Eddd , that pickup is a Lollar "stringthru". It's a repo of a 50's Supro lap steel pickup. Made famous by Ry Cooder when he installed one on his strat,and built steel-string-through-main_400x562.jpg the "Coodercaster".
     
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  16. Eddd

    Eddd Squier-holic

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    I just read the official Lollar description,pretty cool.
     
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  17. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Just started filling holes and cleaning this up. Not sure what I'll do with it, but for 20.00 I couldn't resist.
     
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  18. Powerstroke

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    Me too