Kit Build

Evening all, long time no guitar building!
Nearly two years since my last one, a Telemaster, although technically I only finished that a couple of weeks ago when I noticed GuitarbuildUK now supply the scratchplate for it.
I've had a Pit Bull Guitars ES175 kit on my ebay watch list for all that time on the off chance that I'd one day have enough pennies spare to order it. Just shy of £200 and with a fair bit to add on for postage from Australia, and a bit more for "custom options" like different position markers and a shaped headstock but it's been hard to justify spending on yet another guitar while so many stand unplayed in the workshop especially since "the incident" (idiot neighbour burst in with a petrol can and threatened to burn it down with him and me and all my guitars still in there).
Thankfully all survived unharmed but the workshop hasn't felt like a safe place for a while. I needed an excuse to get back out there and make use of the place and found this....
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It's very similar to the Pit Bull Guitars kit but I prefer the dot markers on this one and it has a shaped headstock instead of the flat, shape-it-yourself one and more importantly it's only £113 including postage! Well it'd be rude not to :)

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Colour choice changed daily while I waited for it to arrive but I settled on a dark, reddish brown with black around the edges and sides. The dye arrived and was nowhere near dark, reddish brown and I couldn't remember where I left my stash of patience so yellow/red/black sunburst it is.

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I've changed the tailpiece and the pickguard and I've ordered a better nut, the fitting of which is scaring me a little...
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Not sure what's going on there, maybe it's like that so you have the option of a zero fret? Not too confident of removing that wood neatly or of cutting the binding neatly but we shall see.

Comments

  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,790Member
    Had to open the images in a new tab to see - it seems Photobucket have decided to try and force us to pay them money, I will be going elsewhere for photo hosting. But that looks great Bry, you've done the burst really nicely - not too severe, and with nice warm colours. I'm guessing zero fret as you say, but it must be possible to cut a slot for a nut - go carefully with that though. :)
  • BryBry Posts: 638Member
    That's odd, it works ok elsewhere. I couldn't find how to upload pics direct, not been on here much in the new format.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 600Member
    I use Flickr and copy/paste the embed code. Looking forward to seeing this new Bry :-)
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 600Member
    How's the quality of the hardware? Are you planning on replacing anything?
  • BryBry Posts: 638Member
    Retry with Flikr this time
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    I'm replacing the tailpiece with the harp type and the black pickguard with a tortois-shell. The bridge might get used eventually but I'm going to use this wooden floating bridge for now. The tuners seem ok, better than I expected in a kit so they will stay.
    The nut looks as cheap and nasty as you'd expect but I have a choice of brass or Tusq to fit on there.
    Irongear will be supplying the pickups, probably a Rolling Mill HB and Alchemist P90.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 600Member
    Nice job! I like that sunburst. Some sunbursts, yes even Gibson ones, are not that appealing, but that looks really good.
    At least nuts are cheap to replace. Oh yea, a harp tail will look fab :)

    Irongear make good stuff. I have an Alchemist in the bridge of a sort-of strat (that also has Pig Irons in it) and it sounds great. Actually, I replaced one of the magnets with an Alnico II and it rounds off/warms up the sound a little.

  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 600Member
    Bry said:

    Retry with Flikr this time

    I'm replacing the tailpiece with the harp type and the black pickguard with a tortois-shell. The bridge might get used eventually but I'm going to use this wooden floating bridge for now. The tuners seem ok, better than I expected in a kit so they will stay.
    The nut looks as cheap and nasty as you'd expect but I have a choice of brass or Tusq to fit on there.
    Irongear will be supplying the pickups, probably a Rolling Mill HB and Alchemist P90.

    Sorry Bry, I should have read your earlier post more carefully. I thought that WAS a PitBull kit. And you had mentioned the bridge... Silly me! So where did this kit come from?
  • BryBry Posts: 638Member
    This one came from an ebay seller by the name of Instrumentenpark in Germany. I might go back to them for one of their resonator kits one day.... maybe
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 600Member
    Cool, thanks. I'll check em out.
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