NGD and summer project - Alba hollowbody / PRS style cheapo

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NGD and summer project - Alba hollowbody / PRS style cheapo

Post by Flurko » Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:31 am

I finally found someone willing to trade an interesting (to me) guitar for my unused and very crappy Harley Benton 12-string acoustic, bought on a whim 2 years ago.

So here it is, an Alba PRS-style hollowbody. A friend told me this was a chinese brand sold mostly on ebay, around 100€, and I kinda remember really tacky pictures with scantily clad models holding guitars.

It looks kinda nice in person and plays well, but the action is a bit too high and the bridge is already as low as it can go. I'll give it some days to to gradual trussrod adjustments, but the neck joint seems to have been repaired in a diy-way, so low action might be a lost cause.. I'lll set it up for slide or pass it on then !

The electronics work fine, the humbuckers are way too hot but clean up nicely with the volume pot.

I already have some ideas for mods, but I don't know if I'll be able to refinish it. We'll see !

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Re: NGD and summer project - Alba hollowbody / PRS style cheapo

Post by somanytoys » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:41 pm

It looks nice, it would be a shame if it didn’t play or sound as good as it looks.
Hopefully you can improve that, because that would be a nice guitar for pretty cheap.
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Re: NGD and summer project - Alba hollowbody / PRS style cheapo

Post by Flurko » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:30 am

Well, the black paint was already flaking badly in some places because of a weird neck repair, and I already had 3 black guitars anyway...

I might have gone overboard with the sanding/scraping and the mishmash of parts :
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I still need to find a way to keep this tabless/screwless chinese hofner pickup in place !

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Re: NGD and summer project - Alba hollowbody / PRS style cheapo

Post by windmill » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:53 pm

Its looking good as it is.

Hope it is sounding the same !

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