I've always been interested in taking things apart to see how they work, and electric guitars have been one of my favorite subjects to practice on since getting my first one, years ago.
Over the years I've had the pleasure of putting together a few axes out of parts and even building one from the ground up.
This one is about as custom as it gets. I started with a few chunks of wood from a home supply store and with the help of a couple luthier friends ended up with a playable instrument.
I ran into a few setbacks along the way with this project, but once it was complete, I was very happy with the finished product.
This one started out when I found an old Ibanez S-shape body at a swap meet. I started out trying to find used parts online, but eventually just cannibalized a used guitar from a pawn shop for a neck and electronics.
The features that really made this guitar shine were blocking the tremolo and adding a nice Seymour Duncan pickup from my local guitar shop.
For a guitar pieced together from some pretty affordable parts, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out. It is still one of my favorites to play to this day.
Another project that started with finding a gutted guitar body, this Squier Bullet Strat came together primarily with parts from my local shop and a neck that I found on the Reverb online shop (a great alternative to eBay that is just for musical instruments).
I wasn't completely happy with how this one turned out. The electronics were very good, but the underlying guitar still felt very cheap.
More than likely, the pickups will be reused in the future for a more worthy instrument.