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post Jul 9 2008, 12:04 PM
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Hello GMC yet again biggrin.gif

I know I posted a topic with my new cort not long ago biggrin.gif But I got another "new" guitar too happy.gif

This time it's an old bashed up one... Looks very much like a strat, but I suspect this one to be a cheap end copy. No matter, I saved it from the grave, and got it for free off a friend.

Yet the strat I own have 3 single coils as far as my knowledge goes, and this guitar has 2 single coils and the bridge is double. -Please do correct me if I'm wrong.

Now, I got big plans for it, I'm gonna make it a piece of art with custom paintjob and other funny stuff..
(I know a guy who will make me some ace custom paintjob for peanuts, so that doesn't count as money spent on it)

-As I have a great guitar already I dont care much if it plays or not really .. But wouldn't be bad if it did biggrin.gif

It says Monarch on the neck, no brand appear on the pickups or any other places.

I performed an autopsy on the critter and this is my findings:

-The jack output's lock nut is rusted into place
-The visible part of the pickup coils have a little rust on them.
-The pickup selector is worn out.
-The tone adjuster's connection pin is broken where it's "welded".

After my amateur post-mortem examination, I declare this hardware deceased. -Please do correct me if you object my verdict on any of these parts happy.gif

I'm not gonna spend cash on getting this baby new hardware if you experts say it will never ever sound decent. (Theres no damage to the fretboard at all for the record)

So anyone knows this kind of axe "Monarch" and do you recommend me to get it new hardware and all will be fine, Or ain't it worth it? Guess I could reanimate it with used but good hardware ? maybe?

The baby looks like this after I gently dismantled it yesterday:


So the question goes fellow guitar lovers;
Is this Frankenstrat worth resurrecting, or should I keep it a treat for the eye only?

Thank you, all of you biggrin.gif
- (Dr.) Rooks






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post Jul 9 2008, 12:09 PM
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Sure man, go for it! See if it plays nicely or not! Keep us updated!


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post Jul 9 2008, 12:15 PM
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Yeah, try and make it into a killer axe smile.gif
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post Jul 9 2008, 12:29 PM
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new hardware and I think it will be just fine wink.gif


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post Jul 9 2008, 12:59 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jul 9 2008, 01:29 PM) *
new hardware and I think it will be just fine wink.gif


Ok, that sounds great smile.gif Just wondered what kind of hardware I should get for it? Any suggestions to a delicate compromise that gives the guitar rather vintage looks and decent sound at a fair price?

As I have never shopped guitar spare parts before, I don't know if its better to get used hardware from a Squier or something, or go to the shop and say "what do you think fits in this, and sounds decent?"

Too, should I keep it 2 single coils and the bridge pickup double, and get a similar new set of hardware?
-Or should I exchange the pick guard to one that fits 3 single coils like my Strat? Again I'm no expert.. tongue.gif

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post Jul 9 2008, 01:08 PM
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QUOTE (Rooks @ Jul 9 2008, 01:59 PM) *
Ok, that sounds great smile.gif Just wondered what kind of hardware I should get for it? Any suggestions to a delicate compromise that gives the guitar rather vintage looks and decent sound at a fair price?

As I have never shopped guitar spare parts before, I don't know if its better to get used hardware from a Squier or something, or go to the shop and say "what do you think fits in this, and sounds decent?"

Too, should I keep it 2 single coils and the bridge pickup double, and get a similar new set of hardware?
-Or should I exchange the pick guard to one that fits 3 single coils like my Strat? Again I'm no expert.. tongue.gif

-Rooks


It's always better to go for new hardware instead of used
if you wanna play it for real. smile.gif
Yes,you can also keep current pickups if they are working
and get new switch,pots and output jack.
Humbucker usually have more power than single but it's up to you,
actually vintage guitar should have a single in bridge.
I think you don't have to go for high-end hardware here,
go to local music store and ask what they are suggesting. smile.gif


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Some vintage single coils and nice hardware will make it shine smile.gif


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post Jul 9 2008, 04:45 PM
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I think it's got potential smile.gif I've never heard about Monarch before, but if you like how the neck feels, then i'm sure some new pups and other new hardware will make it sing again smile.gif


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I love puzzles !!! hahaha, I'd like to have this to practise my soldering smile.gif


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post Jul 9 2008, 07:46 PM
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QUOTE (Rooks @ Jul 9 2008, 01:59 PM) *
Ok, that sounds great smile.gif Just wondered what kind of hardware I should get for it? Any suggestions to a delicate compromise that gives the guitar rather vintage looks and decent sound at a fair price?

As I have never shopped guitar spare parts before, I don't know if its better to get used hardware from a Squier or something, or go to the shop and say "what do you think fits in this, and sounds decent?"

Too, should I keep it 2 single coils and the bridge pickup double, and get a similar new set of hardware?
-Or should I exchange the pick guard to one that fits 3 single coils like my Strat? Again I'm no expert.. tongue.gif

-Rooks

Just like Muris says, I also think you should go for new gear. Forget taking parts from Squier instead go shopping at ebay UK or US. Keep the hardware good or else it may end up sounding bad if you use old and rusty stuff only to keep a vintage look.


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post Jul 10 2008, 01:54 PM
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I agree with Muris, go for new hardware, specially for good tunepegs, good luck with the resurrection, keep us updated.


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post Jul 10 2008, 02:13 PM
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Some new hardware for it would definatly be an improvment


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