"U FIX IT"
This parts guitar came up on eBay in July 2007, received 11 bids, and had a final selling price of $601. When we asked about the serial number, we were told “the only part of the serial number remaining is the letter A. The rest of it is gone, from where the neck tenon was shaved down to allow the humbucker.” So without a serial number we’ve just decided to give it the nickname “U FIX IT” and go from there. Here’s the rest of the seller’s description:
"Vintage 1970's Dan Armstrong Lucite electric guitar. This PROJECT GUITAR was routed for a traditional humbucker in the neck position and had a tune-o-matic sunk into the body at one point - all of this was done professionally and appears very clean as far as the routing. We do not have the electronics and the pickguard is a repro WD guard. It appears that some wood has been feathered in to the neck extension to secure the neck to the body section, [as part of] the neck tenon was removed by the previous owner in order to get the humbucker in the body. I don't know enough about this particular type of guitar modification to know what to make of it. Looks simple enough to me, but something tells me it will take a creative and competent repair person to make it a solid guitar again. The pickup rout area will be covered with the pickguard once installed. If nothing else, it could be a fun project for the handyman out there looking to bring an oldie but goodie back to life. We've thought about restoring or at least getting it up and going for over a year now...but it still remains on the TO-DO list, so...better to let someone else take a crack at it. NO RESERVE, this is a project guitar, and will need service before being ready to play there are no returns on project guitars. We are selling because we never got around to fixing it up. As with all project guitars and amplifiers, expect the worst, and hope for the best! ROCK ON!"
You have to respect a seller who advises you to “expect the worst, hope for the best, and Rock On!” Which is especially apropos with this guitar. You also have to wonder just who in the hell thought they could route the neck tenon practically in half in order to stuff in a humbucker. Ouch! Perhaps a competent luthier will someday sort this all out and return it to some semblance of a real guitar. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for the next time this baby surfaces and…Rock On!