Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jason Carter, Apr 15, 2019 at 12:55 PM.
The 3 teles I've been playing the most are parts guitars. Love parts!
Gotta give this photo a like just for the chuckle.
Guitar looks cool, too.
I've got a couple, maybe more depending on how loosely you define partscaster. This one I had to build from parts for obvious reasons.
Where is the line that has to be crossed that defines a partscaster from a modified stocker?
Neck and/or body? vs hardware and electronics?
If you build from stock Fender parts is it a partscaster?
my 62 Sonic Blue Strat is a partscaster and it's a fantastic Strat;
Warmoth chambered body in Sonic Blue
Callaham tremelo tail with short arm
Fender vintage style tuners
Blender pot in the bottom tone knob position
Middle tone knob affects all settings
I've also got a Tele partscaster that was put together about 20 yrs ago. That project started with a one piece swampash body. Fender neck, Calaham vintage 3 pc compensated saddles on a cutaway tail piece, Duncan pups, Calaham control plate with standard Tele wiring. The finish work on the body was a bit shoddy so I'm about to have it refinished in Sea Foam.
Either aftermarket neck or body I would say qualifies as a partscaster
I've got one. It's okay; the parts were somewhat flawed. I'd like to build a couple more, but time/money being what it is, it's not happening anytime soon.
I love me some partscasters. So much so, that they're all I play.
that is a cool guitar! love the pine body!!!!
I gig with these two, in rotation with my other guitars, regularly.
Veronica Fillmore by tjontheroad posted Dec 28, 2018 at 9:07 AM
Betty 1 by tjontheroad posted Jun 19, 2018 at 6:07 PM
Thanks. Here's the back. I gave an artist friend a big Miro catalog with postits on my favorites and she took it from there, making a love story. The guy on the top is getting ready to climb the ladder to the back and find his life's love.
just got my neck, should be built by end of week
20190410_181448 by spikeRI posted Apr 15, 2019 at 8:29 PM
Darn, wish I had pictures on this computer. 90% of my electric playing is on two partscasters. The Tokai Tele is what drag racers would call "modified", and the Schecter Strat is what drag racers would call "altered".
I also sometimes play a junk-parts partscaster Strat, and I have another pure partscaster Strat that will probably get a lot more love once it finally gets a better neck.
I am a 95% strat guy.
I have about 15 guitars and none of them are stock strats
Here's mine. Can't really play a factory Fender now without feeling disappointed.
This could have been a good poll.
None of these are ones that I've built (I'd much rather have someone else spend $1500-$2000 on a partscaster and then grab it on the cheap since customs have awful resale value ), but they get lots of play time and are outstanding guitars. I highly recommend the partscaster route provided you have someone skilled to help put it together (or just go used!).
Grabbed this Warmoth for a silly $350 from Guitar Center - chambered swamp ash body with a killer denim finish flame top, birdseye neck and fretboard with abalone dots, and Bareknuckle Sinner pickups (originally had Duncan YJMs but I sold them and swapped in the BKPs I had).
Also grabbed this solid flame koa custom strat (Warmoth as well) at Guitar Center for $599 - solid flame koa body AND neck, Duncan pickups, Fishman VS100 piezo bridge, locking Sperzels, etc. Definitely the finest "strat" I've ever had:
I found that no matter what F style guitar I bought, I had to end up doing the same things to it (nut, tuners, 95% of the time refret, at the very least a solid leveling, electronics/pickups) so there is really no point in buying a pre-made guitar unless I can get one cheap enough to use as a base for everything else. Now pretty much just building Warmoth bodies and necks from various sources (can't do Warmoth necks due to the silly 'modern' truss rod system).
Honestly I think the change is slight. I believe the SS frets offering a tad more zing than the saddles. They look cool though.
My tele's a partscaster.
Brian Poe body, Allparts neck, fender CS nocaster pickups and vintage style hardware.
Thorn Brass Knuckle bridge.