Products

All product reviews are of products that I own or have used. Sticking with the goal of building amazing guitars on the cheap, the focus of these reviews is on value. It is likely that a much more expensive product could be a little better, but does not do the job significantly better.

I am in love with Cabinet Scrapers. "What are Cabinet Scrapers?", I asked a few years back. I ordered a few and fell hard for them. In the past, I would spend a fair amount of time in the sanding phase of a project. Lots of sanding, lots of sandpaper, lots of dust. 

A Cabinet Scraper acts like a bladed tool that can be a great stand-in for sanding. Rather than using an abrasive method to shape wood, Cabinet Scrapers remove super thin ribbons of wood to do the shaping.  

The Dean Vendetta is a work-horse of a super-strat. Overall a really solid guitar for an unbelievable price. The thin speed neck and super high output humbucker design that lends itself to hard rock and metal. 

After two years of nearly weekly playing the Dean Vendetta has held up well. The tuning stability is rock solid, requiring only minor tuning even after weeks of playing (or sitting around). 

The only two items I took issue with was the response range of the humbuckers and the faulty ness of the pickup selector. 

This is a basic, maybe not beginner, but entry-level, full size single-cutaway Acoustic-Electric acoustic guitar by made by fender.

There are many possible options for a low-cost Acoustic on Amazon. I set out to find the best one for me. I was looking for a good value single cut Acoustic-Electric guitar.  After I removed anything under $100 I was left with many options. I was surprised to see a brand name in the sub-$200 range. The Fender FA-125CE was selling for $175 at the time. I see now it is selling for about $30 more.

There's a certain aspect of chicken soup for your soul that manifests itself when using the Shinto rasp. It just has this cathartic, you know, nearly healing feeling to it. Now, I don't mean to get to metaphysical or two “out there” philosophical, but there is something about taking this thing to a body blank and working away at it.

I picked these up on a whim and for about the cost of a new set of strings, I upgraded the factory pickups on my Dean super strat. Good sharp high-end. I was looking for improved mid-range that was getting lost in any mix with the factory pups. I swapped these out not expecting much, and I was really impressed. 

If you are looking to change things up a bit, give them a try. Then tell me what you think, you will not be disappointed.

I was not sure what to expect from a guitar neck for $45. What I received was a fantastic neck that I am very happy with the look and quality. I used this neck on the TeleNut. After a few months, I did a minimal fret dressing on the 12+ frets, mostly on the high E side of things (String 1, 2 an 3). To fix a fret or two that was a hair bit high and caused a bit of buzz. 

I will use this neck again. I highly recommend. I am rather concerned that Amazon seems to have a very low stock of these unfinished necks.

If you don't have a bandsaw, this is the tool to use for cutting out guitar bodies. This 6 amp Black and Decker Jig Saw will cut the hardest woods like the inch and a half rock hard hickory body of the HardrRocker.  Remember, hickory is hardest commonly available domestic wood on the Janka Hardness Scale. That is how the HardRocker got its name. I was not concerned about denting or scratching the HardRocker body.

How can something so good be so cheap?  The Tune-o-matic Guitar Bridge Roller Saddle by BQLZR is a high-value roller bridge. I have been nothing but pleased with this bridge. The only complaint I have is due to my fault. If you try to raise the bridge height with any amount of string tension, you need to use a bridge jack. I snapped the threaded adjustors when trying to raise the bridge with a pair of pliers. 

The bridge has piles of adjustments that allow you to get the correct intonation and string height.