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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / When building project guitars, anyone mixes U.S. made parts with import parts ?

hotblooze

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Jun 18th, 2017 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was once a purist who refused to use non-U.S. parts on a quality instrument milled, molded and manufactured in the U.S. However, as quality of import parts are getting better I am beginning to adapt to use cheaper though not inferior parts on quality guitars. After all, even the big names are using foreign made parts on their premium instruments (I am not talking about Schaller, Bare Knuckle pickups or Wilkinson/Gotoh VS100).

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(This message was last edited by hotblooze at 12:02 PM, Jun 18th, 2017)

DrKev
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Jun 18th, 2017 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it's well made, it's well made and where it was made is of zero consequence. From the point of view of our never ending tone search, each design/material may or may not bring it's own character to the party. If you want to support home industries, that's great too, but I don't hold that that any one country = "better" tone.

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Jun 18th, 2017 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same here: a good part if s a good part.

Ping and Grover import tuners are very good and fairly priced.

The quality of chrome and nickel plating on many import parts these days is as good as domestic stuff that costs twice as much.

ejm

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Jun 18th, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What was said above.

Just make sure that all of the parts that you are using are compatible measurement and dimensional wise. Some foreign parts are different than USA.


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Jun 18th, 2017 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, good point.

A fellow FDPer showed up here last week with an Elecrtrosocket jack cup and a new Switchcraft jack for installation in his Tele.

The E-Socket cup was *metric* threads. The only jacks I stock are SAE (same as what was already in the Tele, so we were out of luck. He has an SAE-thread cup on order...

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Jun 18th, 2017 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used Wilkinson & Gotoh hardware on most all of my project guitars.
The US-made stuff is usually stupid expensive here and I doubt the extra expense would make the instruments sound or perform better.

It certainly doesn't effect my performance! ;^p

hotblooze

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Jun 18th, 2017 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer the import pickup switches over U.S.A. ones like CRL or Oak Grisby for the simple fact they are sealed and easy to wire from the terminal point tabs. The good ones are really durable and affordable. The Gibson-style 3 way toggle does not have the inherent problem of oxidization and needs to be cleaned over a period of time.

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