I read through the sticky threads on modding but what I really want to hear from some experts on what the best route to go for the best stick.
I should mention that I’m in college for electrical engineering and so I’m really not worried about the difficulty of the electrical side of modding and I have a budget of around $300 to work with and this stick will be for SFIV on xbox 360.
So far it appears I have 3 options…
1. Buy the Madcatz TE fightstick: I already would’ve done this but I didn’t preorder in time and wasn’t able to get my hands on one. The downside is rolling the dice on Madcatz quality, who knows how they’ll be holding up a few months down the road?
2. Buy a stick for the case and replace the components with JLF components: This sounds like a fun prospect but I cringe a little at paying $60-$80 for just a case that isn’t necessary my ideal shape and texture.
3. Manufacture my own case from scratch and install JLF components: This sounds really fun but I haven’t worked with wood or metal since woodshop in junior high (16 years ago). I’ve done finish carpentry in the past so I’m good with clamps and a saw, but an ergonomic and gnarly stick is a different ball game and some of the awesome sticks I’ve seen here made out of cherry or mahogany have really blown my mind. Has anyone ever tried molding their own case with fiberglass and smoothing it down with bondo?
What option would you choose to get the best stick?