Members voided3 Posted September 21, 2009 Members Share Posted September 21, 2009 As per a request of a TDPRI member, I will post my thread about my newly acquired PW sig: I've been on the hunt lately for a bright sounding extra slide guitar to compliment my loud and fat as heck slide Strat I built, but since all of my slide guitars have either been free or dirt cheap, I thought I'd limit myself to spending no more than $60 on my next. I had found a Teisco solid body, sans pickups, on Craigslist for $10, but I never got a reply from the seller, so I decided to keep looking locally in the area for something. I didn't realize this before, but First Act sells brand new solid body guitars for as cheap as $44 on their site! This intrigued me as the First Act headquarters/showroom is very close to where I live, so I took a walk down there today and came back with one of these brand new for $67.99, plus tax: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y247/voided3/DSC00634.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y247/voided3/DSC00636.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y247/voided3/DSC00639.jpg I am honestly amazed with this guitar for how much it cost. The fretwork was nearly perfect (just needed polishing) and the neck was dead straight, all of the binding on the neck and body is cleanly done, the tuners are pretty smooth, and the string-through-body bridge has a super thick plate with the strings fed through a roughly 1/4" thick brass sustain block instead of ferrules on the back (seen here): I popped it open and the pickup, while mounted in a humbucker casing, is an alnico single coil (read about 5.3k) wired to a pair of 500k Alpha mini pots. The control cavity is painted with shielding paint and the back cover has a foil on it; it's very quiet. I popped the neck off, expecting a rough pocket like on my SX SST, but it was perfectly smooth with a tight fit to the neck; I tried jiggling the neck side to side while it was unbolted with no success. I don't have a scale to weigh it, but it can't weigh more than 6 or 6.5lbs so it's definitely light. I have it setup with a .013-.056 set of D'Addarios, tuned to open G or D, with very high action (my preference for slide; jacked up the saddles and pickup). It sounds great and with a minor truss rod adjustment, the neck is still straight, even with .013's on it! It's like a cross between a LP Junior and an Esquire with it's 25.5" scale and single pickup w/ volume + tone. The only thing I replaced on it was the output jack with a better one I had since the original was a plastic stereo jack that looked a little sketch, but it was easy enough to swap. It also has an ergonomically shaped neck heel like on the AM. Dlx. Fenders and a deep cutaway, which makes grabbing notes past the fretboard w/ a slide super easy. Overall, if you don't mind the plaid pickguard, you can snag yourself a nice guitar for the price of a guitar case. Here's a rough demo of it I recorded (amp details in video description): [YOUTUBE]i_xS1GEpuUw[/YOUTUBE] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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