Well, now that’s an axe that’s about to redefine my idea of what a guitar can be. Imagine a world where a Stratocaster body, and an Epiphone neck decide to join forces to create an instrument only Frankenstein would appreciate. Well, welcome to the Dumpstercaster Deluxe!
Now, when you first lay eyes on this guitar, you might think, “Hey, that looks like a punk rock version of the PRS Silver Sky Strat thingy.” And you’d be right. It’s like someone took a look at a traditional Stratocaster and said, “You know what this needs? A heavy dose of punk attitude.”
And you know what? Just like Frankenstein, I do appreciate this punk rock queen of a guitar!
Let’s break it down, shall we? The body is all Stratocaster, complete with that iconic shape that’s been the envy of guitarists for generations. But then, things take a turn. The neck, oh boy, the neck is an Epiphone Les Paul neck. It’s like putting a pineapple on a pizza. Sure, it’s unconventional, but it’s not exactly what you had in mind.
Now, the pickup configuration is where things get interesting. One humbucker at the bridge and a single coil at the neck. Honestly, I like this configuration. It’s like the guitar couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a metalhead or a blues player, so it said, “Screw it, I’ll be both.”
Next—the pickguard. Or should I say lack thereof? You see, most guitars have pickguards to protect the finish, and hide the routing right? Well, not the Dumpstercaster. It proudly exposes a giant gaping hole in the routing, as if to say, “Who needs a pickguard when you can have a guitar that’s basically a musical glory hole?”
Then, there is the bridge. It’s a jazzmaster bridge, because, why not? It’s like wearing mismatched socks, but for your guitar.
And let’s not forget the control layout. Instead of the usual three knobs and a 5-way selector switch, it keeps it simple with just 2 knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. It’s like the guitar decided that too many options were overrated.
Oh, and right below those pickups, you’ll find a healthy dose of duct tape. Why? Well, that’s a mystery even God couldn’t unravel.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a soft spot for unconventional guitars. But the Dumpstercaster Deluxe takes the cake. It’s like a junkyard dog of guitars, gnarly, unpredictable, and utterly captivating. You might not know exactly what you’re getting into when you pick it up, but that’s part of the charm.
So, here’s to the Dumpstercaster Deluxe, a guitar that laughs in the face of tradition, and embraces its inner punk. It might be a total mishmash of parts, but it’s also a testament to the DIY spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. And hey, isn’t that what music is all about—making noise, breaking rules, and having a damn good time while doing it?