ES-335 Kit build (GFS)

Discussion in 'The Custom Shop' started by Lagtastic, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. blamo

    blamo Senior Member

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    One of the site sponsors sells dg335 kits... FYI.
     
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    Do you happen to have a link? Cheers
     
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  3. Ole'Lefty

    Ole'Lefty Premium Member

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    google "crox guitars" should get you there. Premium, if Ken McKay still has a kit for sale-he was considering getting out of the kit end of thing-legitimate first-class guitar within those parts, waiting for you to add your muse.
     
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  4. mux164

    mux164 Senior Member

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    is that an aussie site?
     
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    Hey Lagtastic! Any updates? I'm not letting you off easy on this one!
     
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    emdf7a Junior Member

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    I had a Xaviere 335 and it was really nice. It just wasn't for me. This project is looking great. Keep the pics and progress reports coming.
     
  8. Lagtastic

    Lagtastic Senior Member

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    Hi guys!

    Long time no see...!
    So, here's the last update for me on this thread.

    The 335ish is completed since 2-3 weeks. Here's the final setup

    2 GFS PAF-like pickups
    1 lightweight aluminum tailpiece (was a PITA to find since it's metric)
    Grover clone keys
    Russian PIO
    Good quality caps
    Vintage wiring
    and all nitro finish

    Verdict: Ok results. Not more, not less.

    The kit is kinda cheap, the neck pocket was very loose and the neck not that straight so it was hard to get a nice aligment. In the end, the playability is ok but the neck dosent feel that straight at some places (even tough I took my time to get the best adjustment).

    The kit needed A LOT of work to be in an OK shape. Since this build, I worked with other kits and it's a world of differences.

    The pickups are ok. You get what you pay for.

    I'm pretty happy about the finish. Keep in mind that the veneer is not easy to work with. It drinks nitrocellulose madly. I must have put near 20 coats to get a reallllly thin finish.

    All in all, it gets pretty pricey and time consuming to make this kit worth all the work...

    My advice, don't buy it. It's not very good. There's to many flaws that it would take me the entire afternoon the list them.

    If you have any question regarding this kit, PM me, i'll gladly help you!

    Thanks for watching this thread!

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    chillman Senior Member

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    I think it came out beautiful, but the bottom line is what I came for! Thanks for the advice and at least you learned some stuff and ended up with a functioning guitar.
     
  10. Lagtastic

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    If I ever get bored of this guitar, at last, i'm going to be able to salvage some things from it.

    I would be curious to try those PU in a solid body....:hmm:
     
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    djphelan01 Senior Member

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    The body looks like it came out really good, do you have a pic of how the headstock came out?
     
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    What other kits have you worked with?
     
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    that looks fantastic. you did a great job finishing it. how does it play/sound?
     
  14. Lagtastic

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    A Bulldog kit - Junior.

    Pretty good considering the price but won't buy again (i.e. we are building those guitars from scratch now.) Still, a good kit for a begginer. The mahoganny of our kit was reallllllllly light though.
     
  15. Lagtastic

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    The sound I get from the neck is pretty good. The first thing that came in mind when I played it the first time was the intro of a very early song of Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam (Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam - YouTube) I play trough a AC4TV from Vox.

    The bridge, i'm not sure :hmm: I'm a bit disapointed with the PU since it's sooooo easy to get an almost electronic (?...wtf...?) sound. Does not have a great definition.

    Otherwise, it's like the rest... it's OK.

    Thanks for the comment about the finish. I put a lot of effort on it.

    I work in pair with a friend and since this kit, we have focused our attention on different parts involved in the building process. I'm now the one doing all the finishes on our guitars (kits or original models).
     
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    Wow, the burst is really great! What did you use?
     

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