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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

First Act ME-636 #2

SPECIFICATIONS

NECK: Maple Neck with rosewood fingerboard, 22 Jumbo Frets, pearl dot inlays, 4X2 headstock, 25.5" Scale

BODY: Poplar Body, kind of reminds me of the Hondo Paul Dean II guitars designed by Paul Dean of Loverboy.

PICKUPS: First Act ME-636 (bridge), bridge pickup from a First Act ME-431 (neck)

CONTROLS: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way pickup selector

BRIDGE: Black top mounted strat style hardtail bridge

COLOR/TRIM: Black with black hardware and plastic


INFORMATION ON THIS GUITAR

This is the second of two First Act ME-636 guitars I've owned. The first one was in a standard First
Act box when I bought it and marketed as the "Made for Metal" series model, this one was in one of the new 222 Series boxes (apparently some later ME-636 models were packaged in the new packaging, though there's a redesigned model). I bought this one for much less than the first ($80) from Wal-Mart, and this one is modified with a second pickup in the neck position out of a First Act ME-431 I bought at a pawn shop.

The neck pickup was added by routing the cavity with a dremel and a sharpened screwdriver....a very difficult process. It fits VERY tightly in there., someday I do plan to clean up the routs and maybe repaint this guitar bright red. Then I relocated the tone control to the bottom of the control cavity, and put a Pickup selector on the side where it would be if this was it's more expensive sister model - the ME-685 (which I like but it has that horrible douchey pickguard on it).

One thing about First Act is that they need set up straight out of the box, which is to be expected as it is indeed a Wal-Mart guitar. The nut was cut too shallow (high action), the saddles needed adjusted, and the truss rod was a little off, but after all that was adjusted it actually plays pretty good.

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