A friend of mine picked up a Squier strat body and neck with a few pieces of hardware included…and then proceeded to give it to me! And, if I dig through all my spare parts from other projects I can put together a complete guitar with just the purchase of some pick ups. Not bad for a free project guitar!
But then I start thinking…which always gets me in trouble.
I start thinking about what I could do with this guitar. Instead of getting the traditional 3 single coils, why not get some mini-humbuckers. That would require a new pick gaurd. And since I’ve got to buy pick ups, I might as well get some decent tuning machines. And then I should get a new Tusq nut and string saver saddles for the bridge. And while I’m at it, why not make it a hard tail? And I really don’t love the blue because it looks too purple to me, so I could repaint it or decoupage it like my Wolverine guitar.
But is all this worth it? Is this even solid wood? It looks like solid wood, but what kind and what quality?
And do I really need another strat project guitar? I already have the black Squier strat I got a while back that is in working order. And I recently decided not to get a black and chrome Squier strat for similar upgrades or flipping. And why am I so interested in a dual mini-humbucker or dual humbucker hard tail strat? Because they are cool! Hey, wait a minute, I’ve got one of those! A really nice one!
So maybe I need to reevaluate what I’m doing here? Am I playing the guitar or am I just amassing equipment and projects? Am I spending more time on projects and not actually using the equipment I have to its full potential? Add to all these questions a recent post by New.Old.Stock and I am really in need of setting proper priorities.
So how about you? What are your guitar priorities? Are you modding equipment, buying lots of stuff, and spending all your time online? Or are you working on getting better at making music with what you’ve got?