This one followed me home from Tennessee...
Still, I couldn't turn it down at the $50.00 the store-owner quoted me when I asked if he would sell it. He assured me that the electronics were in good shape, and I took him at his word. I've dealt with this fellow, before, and he's always been fair and honest with me.
I made a bridge for it out of a report clip, while I was in Tennessee, and strung it up with the five strings we took off of Kyle's guitar (he had broken the high-E, yet again, and we replaced his strings with a heavier-gauge set). I played it, and the tone was fantastic. The intonation was crap, though, which was unusual for one of these guitars. I finally noticed that this is one of the necks with a zero fret, on which the strings should rest. Someone had installed a standard nut on the neck, which was holding the strings up off of the zero.
After I got home, I took the nut off, and cut the slots more deeply so that the strings would rest on the zero fret. I then installed the bridge piece, strung it up and plugged it in. Even though it has only a single, center-mounted pickup, a pretty wide variety of tones can be had through adjusting the tone and volume pots. It sounds great and, since I shimmed the neck, slightly, the action is low and easy.
I had originally thought I'd put it on ebay and flip it, but this is a keeper guitar. I'll put the guitar I traded my ROAD Amp for on the bay, instead.
Maybe this weekend, I'll do a short video of the guitar in action and post it up. I don't have my good amp, right now. It quit working as I was testing the guitar (no sound, but it still has power and the tubes glow), so I had to take it back to Guitar Center for them to send to the Fender Warranty Shop.
I have a little 10-watt Marshall practice amp I can use, though, which I bought as a back-up unit. The guitar sounds good through it (and I haven't tried it through my 1950s Kay tube amp, yet, come to think of it).
I'll get some video, one way or another.
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