PVX has a good idea: build a quality USA body and neck kit that the user can complete with their choice of electronics, hardware, and finish. Sure they have some options: this one has abalone side dots, abalone dot inlays, silver fret wire installed, and figured maple top, but still the base price is under $700 shipped. After that you just need to route/drill for bridge and add pickups, pots, switch, knobs, bridge, tuners, strap pins, and nut, and then stain and clearcoat in your choice of colors. It may not be a job for a first time builder but isn’t all that complicated. This one came to us with a professional finish job with a purple stain and multiple coats of clear. They took it a step further than most with the purple stain extending around the edge of the top, and then the unstained binding. It is all, however, part of a full-depth maple cap. This one isn’t mint and you can see misc. clear coat dents and scratches, as well as evidence of other tuners before the current Grovers. Frets are clean though so it hasn’t actually seen much playing time. We personally upgraded the pickups to a PRS Mcarty Bass and Treble, and the guitar sounds fantastic. Playability is likewise excellent and I can’t say a bad thing about this guitar. If you want to complete one yourself you’re looking at close to $1000 above the price of the guitar for parts and finish work – or you can get this one, set up perfectly, for just $850, including hardshell case.
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