OK i know these can be a bit of a bone of contention with some guys out there - particular when it comes to copywrite infringments etc. and people passing these things off as originals . but today my gas and desire to learn a bit of luthiery got the better of me, and i ordered one of these...
UMO.ASIA DIY guitar kit, PRS style, flame tiger stripe, maple top, mahogany neck | eBay
now, before you say anything - i'm under no illusion that this thing will be a player, or even a looker. I'm not out to make a PRS clone or pass it off as a genuine PRS (i'm not going to put any PRS logos on or anything like that). I don't have the tools or skills at the moment to really make something of my own from scratch, so this is really something to get my feet wet on. i picked it up for £130 including shipping from China. i'd love to get into building my own guitar, and have something thats mine and one day my kids could play on or something. I've had some crap happen in personal life lately and this is a bit of an outlet to stop me going nuts, but the upside of it is i will have more time for myself so this will keep me occupied in my spare time.
i expect the hardware to be junk and will bin the pickups and electrics, but if the neck and body are reasonably sound i might start replacing other parts - nut, bridge, tuners etc. with some from guitarfetish or somewhere similar.
I'm thinking of doing it in a satin black finish, with black hardware where possible. a bit like the stealth SBMM JP60. i was thinking of doing a quilt top sunburst sort of thing, but its a bit overdone and i fancied something a little different. Plus it will probably be easier to do a flat colour than a sunburst on my first one.
but if anyone has any colour/finish suggestions i'm open to all suggestions.
my initials are ASP, so i was thinking of doing something really cheesey and use the ESP font, and have my initials on the headstock - but i think a guitar like that might look a bit strange with a very blocky angular font on the headstock. It feels like it needs a swirly, signature style on the headstock.
i'll try to do a picture trail, and a review of the process if anyone out there is interested in how it comes out. and I will probably be on here bugging everyone for advice when i realise how far out of my depth i am!
Tidy looking fiddle, get that fretboard oiled ASAP though