Warmoth Partscaster or Strat copy?

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  1. bgio

    bgio Supporting Member

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    Hello all, was hoping for a bit of advice. I have always wanted a strat in sea foam green with a rosewood board. With trying to keep my budget under $2,000, I priced out how much it would cost to get a warmoth partscaster and have also been looking at Danocasters.

    I guess my question to you guys would be which would you guys recommend? Are there other strat copies under or around 2K? Any other advice on the matter would be great.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ddroz

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    How about a Fender.You can get a shop lot of guitar with two grand.
     
  3. KeithC

    KeithC Silver Supporting Member

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    Not that much in a self built parts guitar.You will lose your shirt if you ever want to sell it.

    Danocaster will probably keeps its resale the best from what I have seen.

    Or...like ddroz said. You can get a nice Fender for that money.
     
  4. waygorked

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    Try Ron Kirn. Fantastic guitars.There are a ton of small custom builders in the Fender game within your price range.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of Warmoth parts. I've built a few, and they are inevitably better than Fender USA standard quality. But Warmoth is only price competitive if you are buying unfinished necks and bodies and completing them yourself. Otherwise you are up in the same price range as a custom builder like Ron. At which point it becomes unlikely that someone that has built a handful of guitars will have the same attention to detail as someone that has built hundreds.
     
  5. ddroz

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    I own a rocketfire Tele.the guitar smokes and was a steal.someone took a bath on it though.You are getting into custom shop territory for that money.If you buy used.You will recoup your loot or even make a profit if you wait to strike on a good deal.
     
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    Warmoth has some high quality stuff if you'd like to build your own guitar. You can customize every small detail also, which is very cool. For around 2k there are a lot of options Fender, G&L etc...
     
  7. MrDoty

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    I have done the parts guitar game a couple times. Let's just say I'm saving for a suhr. There is something about getting a guitar that just "works" perfectly right out of the box.
     
  8. 62Tele

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    Parts guitars can be great if you have very specific tastes or needs. They're great for me because I've had wrist problems so I do better with certain necks and I'm fussy about weight, hardware etc. I also used to do repairs so I don't have to pay someone to wire the guitar, cut the nut etc. But they can be a bit of a crap shoot - you never know exactly how a guitar will sound until it's finished.

    If there is a pre-built guitar that fits your needs and you find "the one", it's a more predictable outcome for sure.
     
  9. burningyen

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    If you're not looking for any unusual features, then I would 1st run the racks of your local stores. If you can't find what you're looking for there, then I'd start looking around at small builders.
     
  10. big mike

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    Yeah run the racks.
    Honestly you should be able to build 2 guitars from warmoth for that budget.

    Me I'd send the 2K to Roy at RS Guitarworks....
     
  11. cugel

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    warmoth or any other thing you put together is way less than two grand. BUT good luck selling it. if you want to spend two grand you have a lot of great great choices, really too many to list. your chances of selling a kirn/dano/k-line etc will be better by far as well.
     
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    I had a seafoam Fender Highway One strat awhile back and it was about $500 used. Upgraded the pickups to Fralins and I had a great guitar for under $700. Plus it had a nitro finish. I now have a sonic blue '96 American strat that's a bit nicer, but not by much.
     
  13. bgio

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    I would love to find a Highway One in sea foam green. I personally would rather find a cheap, used one and put better parts in. I have already done this to a MIJ '57 RI. I just am having trouble finding a cheap strat in sea foam and a rosewood board.
     
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    RS Guitarworks, protocaster, k-line, danocaster, kirn, fender new/used. All fine choices.
     

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