“Ventura Highway, in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger
So, lately I have gotten into a little pet project of finding other people’s half-finished or half-conceived luthiery projects and taking them the rest of the way. It makes me feel good to save these projects from the trashcan, and save some stranger’s long, hard work.
When I got this one, it was just barely pieced together. Someone before me reshaped the body, I think this guitar started life as a Venture Lawsuit Strat, and a previous owner wanted it to look a bit more pointy — the shape is super cool. the home done Lake Placid Blue Finish had seen better days, but I thought that I might use that to my advantage. So I blasted gold over it and executed one of my best relics to date (if I do say so myself).
The pickup is a Peavey wide range style humbucker from the 1980s. Sounds INCREDIBLY beefy and full. The pickup alone is worth around $120. Likewise on the bridge, it is from the now-defunct Star Guitars Inc., is made of heavy duty bronze and fetches around $150. So, this guitar is worth it in vintage parts!
The electronics (pots, wiring) are modern, high performance — the capacitor is an orange drop.
Someone had absolutely butchered the pickguard, so I decided to cut a custom pickguard and relic it to match the rest of the guitar. I am including the old trashed pickguard incase you want to use it as a template to cut another guard.
The neck 1 pc. Lawsuit Era maple strat neck and is really the selling point of the guitar. Wonderful patina and beautifully worn in — closest you can get to a 1970s Fender neck without breaking the bank.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action low and smooth. This guitar has a basic gig bag, and I pack my guitars tight and insure every package. I named it “Victorybell” because my friend described it as “A Teisco Tulip….with guts.”
Get a completely custom, one-of-a-kind axe without the one-of-a-kind price tag.