A 2015 mod a Harley Benton guitar challenge?

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  • redrighthand;481281" said:
    Two questions:

    1. Anyone got any thoughts on how hard it would be to strip the paint off one of these things?

    2. Would it be cheating to get someone else to finish it?



    :)
    I'm going to start with a knife and a hair dryer, and if that doesn't work I'll move up to a proper heat gun. Hopefully, it'll peel right off.

    I could probably get by with just sanding back the current finish and using that as a primer of sorts, but I'd rather it have a thinner finish than it probably has.
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2443
    edited January 2015
    I like the Harley Benton idea. Put me in please @TTony.

    Edit: I'm just going to get this and reshape the headstock, strip, nitro and heavy relic it.

    http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hb_ja_60sb_vintage_serie.htm
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2443
    Alnico said:
    I'm definitely in.

    Here's mine.............

    HB JA60 SB Vintage Series
    Beauty isn't it? I feel the love too
    ;)
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • DiscoStuDiscoStu Frets: 2676
    I'm in. I need a project! Model unknown.
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 641
    I'm in.

    Dibs making a Micawber out of one of these:

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    Or I might slap a bigsby and a varitone on a 335 - not decided yet.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    I count 14 entrants so far - looks like I'll be contacting Thomann early next week

    :)
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 3640
    I might be in. I really want this but not sure I'd be modding it in any way...

    https://m.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_te_60_pearloid.htm?ref=mrp_or_0
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  • littlethoughtslittlethoughts Frets: 617
    edited January 2015
    I'll give something a shot - provided the euro doesn't suddenly skyrocket against the pound. Haven't decided what yet though...

    edit: I think I'll probably do the 22 inch scale strat, rather than the extra short scale strat. Already got an elaborate plan in mind!
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    stevebrum said:
    I might be in. I really want this but not sure I'd be modding it in any way...

    That's all part of the fun I guess, finding out how good (or not) it is for the money in its standard state, and then working out what's worth spending on it to improve it ...
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  • Hertz32Hertz32 Frets: 2242
    edited January 2015
    A tentative "I'm in" from me too. I'd love to get involved, but theres no promise of having the cash to do it... I'll see if I have the cash come entry time. If I do, i'll be taking part though :)
    I'm actually hankering for the 7 string Bass, but it comes in at £220ish. I'd be happy to take part in a non-competetive manner if that would be the case? It's neck through, so plenty room to irreversibly fuck it up on their part. We shall see how it goes.
    'Awibble'
    Vintage v400mh mahogany topped dreadnought acoustic FS - £100 
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  • Yeah, after my recent build experience, I'm rather itching to get my teeth into something else. Modification would be a lot of fun. A tentative yes from me, as I will be finishing my degree this summer, so can go right ahead with it after that! :D I reckon, maybe the active '84' style explorer in white or black, depending if I want to 'Eet Fuk' it up or maybe Wolf to Man inlays... or perhaps one of the L450- Pluses and my imagination! :D
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 641
    What are we doing about payment and ordering?

    Do we just agree a reference that we all quote to Thomann and order our own?
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    DannyP said:
    Do we just agree a reference that we all quote to Thomann and order our own?
    That's my thinking, 
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  • I'm quite excited about this - I think I have enough bits (assuming compatibility) that the only thing I'll need is a blank square of pickguard plastic.
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  • NomadNomad Frets: 497
    Do things like lap steels and bass ukuleles count?

    Nomad
    Nobody loves me but my mother... and she could be jivin' too...

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  • I can't decide on any guitars that I want at the moment, but I'm quite tempted by an electric violin from them!

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    Guitars: Gibson LP Standard, Maton MS2000, Hot Rod Projects JM, Trini Lopez tribute, Squier CV60s Strat, Taylor 314ce-K Ltd
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 3989
    edited January 2015
    ^
    Put a Bigsby on it !

    :)

    EDIT - THICK TWAT !!!

    Doesn't need one, no frets................

    I will go and wake up now.

    Laugh it up guys.
    "Though much is taken, much abides; And though we are not now that strength which once moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." - Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson.
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  • Good point, I could use the Bigsby as a chin rest and control it that way! :D The lack of frets won't matter, it'll still alter the pitch; and besides, I don't even know how to play one yet! 
    Guitars: Gibson LP Standard, Maton MS2000, Hot Rod Projects JM, Trini Lopez tribute, Squier CV60s Strat, Taylor 314ce-K Ltd
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 3989
    Good point, I could use the Bigsby as a chin rest and control it that way! :D The lack of frets won't matter, it'll still alter the pitch; and besides, I don't even know how to play one yet! 
    Jolly good but i still astound myself how thick i can be sometimes.
    "Though much is taken, much abides; And though we are not now that strength which once moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." - Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson.
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 3640
    edited January 2015
    TTony;481875" said:
    stevebrum said:

    I might be in. I really want this but not sure I'd be modding it in any way...












    That's all part of the fun I guess, finding out how good (or not) it is for the money in its standard state, and then working out what's worth spending on it to improve it ...
    Go on then - I'm in; if need be I can just get one of the thirty quid ones as a starting point.

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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 1483
    edited January 2015
    As well as the silly cheap normal prices and B stock HB guitars, they also sell some super cheap as "decorative" so the warranty does cover any playability issues (DSR still apply of course so a quick return is fine). 

    Decorative guitars and basses

    I read about them on a couple of forums with people reporting the faults as tiny e.g. a dent or a set up needed - if we're modding them anyway there could be an even better bargain to be had.
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  • HysterHyster Frets: 168
    I've never built a guitar so this would be interesting, I'll throw a provisional hat in the ring.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    Nomad said:
    Do things like lap steels and bass ukuleles count?
    I see no reason why not.

    So, is that you in then @Nomad??

    :)
    I can't decide on any guitars that I want at the moment, but I'm quite tempted by an electric violin from them!

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    Go ferret.
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  • NomadNomad Frets: 497
    TTony said:
    So, is that you in then @Nomad??

    Aye. :)


    Nomad
    Nobody loves me but my mother... and she could be jivin' too...

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    So we're up to 17 definites and a few more maybes.

    I'll contact Thomann tomorrow and see if they're interested in supporting this in any way.

    I'll update the thread here with any details, and whether you need to quote anything (our secret code!) when ordering ...


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  • If the deal is good, I might well do a bass for my girlfriend too :D
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 7840
    if we can get discount of 10% or more I may go for 2.   quite fancy the 22" RG as well as the 19" strat.   the strat would get stripped, carved and decorated and a single toaster pickup.   the RG would get aluminium plate, possibly engraved, and a single humbucker.  

    but asking for 10% off those prices is a bit cheeky  :)

    I also need to order a explorer gigbag from them anyway - so will be putting an order in this week
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  • juansolojuansolo Frets: 1670
    I may have to do this. Goal for me would be to do everything as cheaply as possible... On the scrounge stylie ;)
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 13539
    This is tempting me ...

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    But so's this ..
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    Hmmmmm ...
    Harley Benton Kahuna CLU-60C B-Stock



    Or play it safe with one of these
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  • dchwhitedchwhite Frets: 133
    I'm trying to resist, but I'm another 'maybe' :)
    Stonevibe: 'The best things in life aren't things'.

    Trading feedback: Previous (+18) and Current

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