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Hi y'all.

Just finished reviving a cheapo, but great-handling Tracer Strat clone as a gift to my son. He now lives in another town so no access to dad's collection anymore. Had to level/dress frets (the ends were ripping off any fingers they encountered), cut a new bone nut, use a full neck shim, install string trees, replace pots and jack, and do a full setup, but now it's playing very nicely. I'm very surprised, but the neck I would be tempted to keep to start a new build using good components if he ever parts with it.

Oh well... did I say "cheapo"? More working hours than it's worth, but at least he's got a great player. Might be tempted to drop good pickups in, but the pressed wood body ain't worth caring for.

 

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Hi y'all.

Just finished reviving a cheapo, but great-handling Tracer Strat clone as a gift to my son. He now lives in another town so no access to dad's collection anymore. Had to level/dress frets (the ends were ripping off any fingers they encountered), cut a new bone nut, use a full neck shim, install string trees, replace pots and jack, and do a full setup, but now it's playing very nicely. I'm very surprised, but the neck I would be tempted to keep to start a new build using good components if he ever parts with it.

Oh well... did I say "cheapo"? More working hours than it's worth, but at least he's got a great player. Might be tempted to drop good pickups in, but the pressed wood body ain't worth caring for.

If you decide to swap out the pickups I recommend trying Vineham, they are available at a great price but do not confuse that with a cheap or less than stellar results....
Nice looking axe, sorry to hear you are away from your son, that must be tough to deal with!
 

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Hey man, you can't beat the gift of music. I'd guess the hours to get it up to par are worth it, or you wouldn't have done it :p.

I'm sure he'll enjoy it.
 

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If you decide to swap out the pickups I recommend trying Vineham, they are available at a great price but do not confuse that with a cheap or less than stellar results....
Nice looking axe, sorry to hear you are away from your son, that must be tough to deal with!
Thanks for the heads-up on those. I have quite an inventory on hand I could use but I know it's just not worth it. The body is dead and the bridge is useless. So one of these days I'll salvage the neck for a quality build, it's quite good.
 

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Hey man, you can't beat the gift of music. I'd guess the hours to get it up to par are worth it, or you wouldn't have done it :p.

I'm sure he'll enjoy it.
He does. Not quite an Oxblood or an R8, but hey.
 
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