During a recent trip to visit my wife's family, she pointed out an old an electric guitar she'd saved up for as a teenager. It was a Hamer Slammer Diablo (this is not a picture of it; hers was in much worse condition after sitting in a barn for years).
Now this guitar isn't worth anything monetarily, but I thought it might be a fun project to restore it - I've been wanting an electric guitar ever since I started played an acoustic earlier this year. And playing a guitar that once meant something to my wife would be way cooler than buying an off-the-shelf factory made guitar.
Problem is, I only packed up the body, leaving the very weathered neck and bridge behind. Not sure if this was a big mistake.
So my question: how much pain am I in for if I wanted to attempt rebuild this guitar? New neck, new pickups, new bridge. Keeping in mind that I have no idea what I'm doing.
Specifics if anyone can answer them:
- How hard will it be to find a neck that fits this body?
- When looking for pickups, do I need to consider the angled pickup at the neck position?
- The bridge was a Floyd Rose, I don't think I'll have much trouble picking up a licensed version made in China or wherever, but not sure if that's a good move. However one aspect I'm aware of is that I'll need a notch in the neck for the nut.