Saga Kits

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    do they totally suck?

    If ya swapped tuners and electronics, are you anywhere
    near Epiphone quality?

    Or save up and go for the Carvin Bolt-Ons?
    Everyone seems to love those...
     
  2. Eagle1

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    They are Epiphone quality but that is no where near the Carvin bolt kit. Save up and get that.
     
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    Kit guitars have their place but the quality can't be very high.

    If you want to build a guitar, build a partscaster. Sourcing parts yourself will cost a bit more but in the end you'll have a much better instrument.
     
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    For a couple more bucks, Grizzly has kits that seem a bit more "there". Here's a Strat kit w/Alder body (Sagas' are basswood)-$149

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/Electric-Guitar-Kit/H3123

    Kit quality of kits/parts vary in price/quality, but if you gots the skills, you can have fun.
    Here's a Saga kit I snagged for cheap on the 'bay:
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    Wasn't the "horrible nightmare!" I've seen people describe, and it turned out not bad at all (I'm also a guitar tech for 20+ years, though).
     
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    For the price at which you can buy complete guitars these days, it may be better to pick something complete and mod away. You can still take one apart and reassemble if you like.
     
  6. rogue.guineapig

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    thanks for the input!

    I've actually DONE the partsocaster thing..I was looking to try a kit...
    going to mod the kit...naturally!
    I'd like a soapbar guitar, and while I could mod the strat for it...well then I'd be stratless.
    Out of curiousity, what's the finishing procedure on these axes?
    easy? hard?
    are the necks finished? do you have to do anything to them other than shape the headstock?
    What about the Carvin Necks?
    Thanks for that Grizzly link, Outtahear! those look nicer then the Sagas.
    I wouldn't mind doing a kit, so long as it was along the "decent import" quality lines.
    trying to steer clear of the "crapocaster" kits but not spend a fortune.
    other pix/comments/suggestions/stories?
     
  7. thepimpdaddy

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    I had a bad experience with the Saga kit - the neck/fretboard was essentially unplayable above fret 9, with fretting out happening all over the board - I ended up fabricating a tall nut out of aluminum, and turning the Saga PRS-wanna-be model (with the flamed maple top - HA! it turned out to be a millimeter thick, and I sanded right through it just trying to get the deep production scratches in the top and sanding sealer smoothed over) into a slide-only guitar. I actually like the pickups for slide, and it's a neat instrument, essentially set up as a long-scale lap steel.

    But the Grizzly kits seem much more substantial, and the Saga kit involved a lot of heartache, and I was pretty well out $150 on it until I decided on the lap steel option.

    PD
     
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    "It's a kit" the guitar success is down to you!
     

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