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    Anyone familiar with Carson Electric Guitars?

    Just had this photo sent to me from my Dad.


    It's a Carson guitar of some description, and they are very hard to find much information about on the net. I'm thinking they were a sub brand of another manufacturer. One possible details I have found is that they were built in South Korea.
    Could be a potential rebuild job. Apparently it only cost my Dad's mate $2 at the tip shop!!
    Acoustics:
    1995 Maton EM725C - Solid 'A' Spruce Top, QLD Walnut B&S, AP5 Pickup
    2015 Ibanez AEL108MD-NT - Laminated Spruce top, Laminated Mahogany B&S, Fishman Sonicore Pickup


    Electrics:
    Pitbull LP-1S - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5745
    Carsen Superstrat Rebuild - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6284

    Builds in Progress:
    Silent Guitar Semi-Scratch Build - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6809

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    looks like a great platform for a rebuild, if the body and neck are fine , do it

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    A pic of one in pretty good nick here along with a shot of the neck plate about halfway down the page

    The post says reviews at Harmony Central a bit of a search showed some threads but I don't have time to read and report at the moment

    http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar_vin...r_dating_c.htm

    http://www.harmonycentral.com/search...ctric%20guitar
    Regards
    Dave King

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    Thanks Dave, I saw both of those pages earlier, but missed the link to a few reviews.
    Nothing to write home about, but it's something to work from.
    One comment says - Not bad for a Fat Strat.....
    What would this mean? It has a thicker body?
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    Acoustics:
    1995 Maton EM725C - Solid 'A' Spruce Top, QLD Walnut B&S, AP5 Pickup
    2015 Ibanez AEL108MD-NT - Laminated Spruce top, Laminated Mahogany B&S, Fishman Sonicore Pickup


    Electrics:
    Pitbull LP-1S - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5745
    Carsen Superstrat Rebuild - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6284

    Builds in Progress:
    Silent Guitar Semi-Scratch Build - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6809

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    Mmmmmm, ideas forming already!!
    A nice matching set of these Lace Alumitone coloured Pickups and some blue paua, or even blue pearloid replacement fretboard markers would look sweet against that polished black paint work!!
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    Acoustics:
    1995 Maton EM725C - Solid 'A' Spruce Top, QLD Walnut B&S, AP5 Pickup
    2015 Ibanez AEL108MD-NT - Laminated Spruce top, Laminated Mahogany B&S, Fishman Sonicore Pickup


    Electrics:
    Pitbull LP-1S - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5745
    Carsen Superstrat Rebuild - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6284

    Builds in Progress:
    Silent Guitar Semi-Scratch Build - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6809

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    Fat Strat = Super Strat

    Hotter pups HBS / actives etc
    Regards
    Dave King

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.king1 View Post
    Fat Strat = Super Strat

    Hotter pups HBS / actives etc


    I swear I have to set a separate thread like DB's corner.
    I'll call it The Village Idiot Lives Here, and it's where I ask all the stupid "I should already know this.....but I don't" questions!!!

    Sorry for any confusion Dave, but I have no experience with electrics prior to jumping into a build, so most of the acronyms go straight over the top of my head!!
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    Acoustics:
    1995 Maton EM725C - Solid 'A' Spruce Top, QLD Walnut B&S, AP5 Pickup
    2015 Ibanez AEL108MD-NT - Laminated Spruce top, Laminated Mahogany B&S, Fishman Sonicore Pickup


    Electrics:
    Pitbull LP-1S - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5745
    Carsen Superstrat Rebuild - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6284

    Builds in Progress:
    Silent Guitar Semi-Scratch Build - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6809

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zandit75 View Post

    I swear I have to set a separate thread like DB's corner.
    I'll call it The Village Idiot Lives Here, and it's where I ask all the stupid "I should already know this.....but I don't" questions!!!

    Sorry for any confusion Dave, but I have no experience with electrics prior to jumping into a build, so most of the acronyms go straight over the top of my head!!
    No worries, those of us of a pensionable age have heard most of these expressions once or twice
    Regards
    Dave King

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    I got the guitar in my hands today, and its a pretty rough nut to be honest. It's been dropped a couple of times and the paint is chipped rather badly on the back. I'll take some photos for everyone tomorrow. It needs a new nut, and all the stickers will come off tomorrow too so I can see what I'm working with. It has no strings, so how can I test the pick ups? Plug it in and tap them with something?
    Acoustics:
    1995 Maton EM725C - Solid 'A' Spruce Top, QLD Walnut B&S, AP5 Pickup
    2015 Ibanez AEL108MD-NT - Laminated Spruce top, Laminated Mahogany B&S, Fishman Sonicore Pickup


    Electrics:
    Pitbull LP-1S - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=5745
    Carsen Superstrat Rebuild - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6284

    Builds in Progress:
    Silent Guitar Semi-Scratch Build - http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au...ead.php?t=6809

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    Plug it in and tap the pups lightly with the tip of a small screwdriver, check all of the control positions while doing this and you'll be on your way.

    It's what I do before stringing up builds or refurbs so I'm not wasting strings
    Regards
    Dave King

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