What are the first things you do with a total dog of a guitar?

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  1. dreamspace

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    If I receive a strat that plays and feels like sh!t :

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    -File fret edges, round 'em
    -Shave the neck (unless back finish is immaculate) and oil it

    2.
    -Adjust trussrod, shim the neck if needed, adjust string height, check nut

    3.
    -String up correctly, set up tremolo correctly unless frets are too worn(action gets too high)

    Neck treatment takes a couple of days due to the oiling...everything else will take 45 mins max. Easily 100$ saved in tech work.
     
  2. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    I get one like that it's straight to the emporium "best guitar ever
    but. It my cup of tea" tag line
     
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    nolenuttt Gold Supporting Member

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    So THAT's where my strat came from......:huh
     
  5. buddastrat

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    I don't do any of that stuff you mentioned. That's not a good idea, because you immediately devalue the guitar. If it's a dog. Frets and finish aren't the problem. That's easy. You can't change a dog into something else. You simply throw it back and keep fishing.
     
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  7. sabby

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    Change the neck. You'll be amazed at how different combinations of body and neck woods match. Often a "bad body" or a "bad neck" is simple in a bad match.

    Oh, if it's a set neck ... off to the emporium! (Full disclosure: I never sold a guitar in the emporium.)
     
  8. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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    Put it back on the store's wall/rack and try another one.

    Preventive maintenance!
     
  9. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Sometimes a good setup cures things. Sometimes it's just a bad guitar.
     
  10. Elvis Nixon

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    A couple old words of wisdom I've heard over the years come to mind:

    "You can't polish a turd"

    and

    "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh!t"

    :)
     
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    new strings and a good setup. If after that, it plays well, but still doesn't sound good, I'll consider other pickups. If that doesn't do it.... Craigslist.
     
  13. Strat58

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    Hi sell it asp
    Peace Strat58
     
  14. bluesmann8

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    What are the first things you do with a total dog of a guitar?

    if its a dog meaning a bad instrument. I've already gone through the setup and neck relief adjustment, fret rocker and feeler gauges. My last experence, the guitar went back to the builder twice. The guitar was dead accoustically and SS frets kept popping up. this eight hundred and some dollar guitar the third time hit the trash can. I had , had enough., put enough time in it to know it was a dud. the trash guys left a christmas card on the can. Truth! first time i ever put a guitar in the trash. I wouldn't think of trying to sell it to another, knowing it was a piece of garbage.
     
  15. Carl_Tone

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    I had a 335 dot reissue, off ebay, that was dog.

    Amazing that it was worth just as much to a store that took it on trade for my D clone.


    I will say this for Gibsons...very easy to get your money back, at least on a purchase under 2k.
     
  16. yell03

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    Hey, what is wrong with a dog?

    Seriously, if after $35-$50 pro set-up it still doesn't blow me away, I'd sell it.

    What might not feel good to you might be great to somebody else.
     
  17. The REAL Rocker

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    -----------^^^^^^^Gotta admit, I think this way too. Why keep what you know will be a problem guitar?.................The REAL Rocker.
     
  18. Sweetfinger

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    Fret level, crown, and polish. Once you know the frets are level you can address the nut, setup, other things. If you have a "dog" that you think is incapable of redemption, let me have a shot at it!
     
  19. GibsonLives

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    Same thing you do with any dog; take it outside...don't want it pissing in the house.
    Steve
     
  20. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    "shave the neck"?

    how is that a good idea?
     

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