Scored this off Craigslist yesterday for $75. Had only been listed a couple hours and when I saw the pic of body and neck plate, I knew what it was. Added bonus as seller was only 3 blocks from my house.
Some pleasant surprises:
1. It's got a German FRII, so that at least is not total garbage.
2. It's got a vintage Schaller humbucker. It looks different from vintage Golden 50s that I have, and it measures much hotter at 13.11 and has 4 leads. I should have played it a bit to hear it out, but I got impatient and just tore down the guitar straight away.
Does anybody know what pickup this is?
3. This neck, whatever it is, looks and feels really nice. Sweet ebony fretboard, great frets, nice feeling finish on the back of it, and I believe it has a two-way truss rod. The inlays and side markers are aluminum. Neck profile is thin and flat like a wizard neck. The no-name matte black finish is clean and might be factory? So this neck is a mystery to me, as I don't recognize the HS shape, but it appears surprisingly good quality. It has an unusual coloration/grain on the back of the HS, not sure what that means.
Can anybody help me ID this neck?
4. Best part was that the body exceeded my expectations in terms of salvageability. The DIY graphic was a pain in the ass to remove, as it was thick multi-layer hand painting over a rattle can base. Two hours of hard elbow grease, but eventually it came off. The Focus 1000 body underneath is in great condition with virtually no scratches or dings, and I can't believe how good it looks. Floyd posts do lean so I'll install inserts. The main issue is a long scratch that looks like a razor blade was used in some manner when the graphic went on. I imagine it would probably sand out, but I don't wanna get bogged down in perfectionism so will probably just leave it like it is for now. Plus the body looks pretty amazing even with the razor line.
So stoked about this! My first quality electric guitar was a black Focus 1000 purchased new in 1985, so this feels a bit like coming home. I've got a few options for necks, hoping to build it up this weekend and use it to test out a DiMarzio Evolution that I have on loan from new forum member Cornbread after he put that JB his white Baretta last month.
Any thoughts or comments are appreciated, as always, especially if you can help me ID this neck. I'll probably sell or trade it, and it helps to know what I have. Also lemme know if anybody interested in trading me a good single-coil for these Sperzel locking tuners.