New Orange Sparkle Partscaster build

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  1. Steve1977

    Steve1977 Member

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    The decision to complete this build was completely out of left field and ridiculously impulsive.

    I've been a humbucker guy for ages, havent had a conventional strat in years, but i saw the body for sale and just had to build a strat! (like, right away)

    I bought all the parts from Axesrus in the UK. These are the parts I've ordered...

    Body..(Orange Sparkle on Alder)

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    Bridge
    Trem Screw Spacing - 56.4mm (2 7/32")
    Full Trem Block Routing - 47mm
    Neck
    Neck Pocket - 55.5mm (2 3/16")x 76.2mm (3")
    Wood
    Weight - 2 kg (4.4lb) (+/-10%)
    Sections - 2 Piece
    Routing - SC/SC/SC
    Wood - Alder
    Finish
    Finish - Polyurethane Gloss

    Neck..(Maple with Ebony Fretboard)

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    Scale Length - 12.75" (to 12th fret)
    1st fret depth - 22.5mm (0.88")
    12th fret depth - 24.4mm (0.96")
    Heel Width - 2 3/16" (55.56mm)
    Machine head holes - 10mm
    Fret Wire- Medium Jumbo (2.6mm)
    Frets - 22 (Last fret overhang)
    Profile - C
    Radius - 9.5"
    Wood - One Piece Maple with an Ebony Fret Board
    Truss Rod - Dual Action w/ Headstock Access and Walnut Surround
    Inlays - Mother of Pearl Dots
    Nut - 42mm Bone
    Finish - Polyurethane Satin Gloss ​

    Locking Tuners..(in Chrome)

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    Post Config - Single Hole post with Locking Mechanism ​
    Ratio - 19:1
    Screw Mounting - 5 o' Clock
    Minimum Headstock Hole - 10mm

    Pickups.. (in White)

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    Pickups - Axesrus "Daddy-os" Single Coils. ("built to 1956/57 specifications for that perfect strat sound. Bright and brassy, with plenty of middle and just a touch of bottom end to deliver that perfect strat quack every time".)
    Resistance - Bridge - 5.7k, Middle -5.7k (Reverse Wound), Neck,7k
    String Spacing - 52mm/52mm/50mm
    Magnets - Alnico V
    Poles - Staggered
    Coil Wire - .42 Formvar
    Hookup Wire - Waxed Cloth​

    Bridge...(in chrome)

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    Block Material - Steel
    String Spacing - 54mm
    Saddle Material - Steel
    Screw Spacing - 56.4mm​

    The rest is gonna be white 3 ply pickguard, straplocks, plain chrome neckplate, 5 way switch ,250K Alpha pots, 0.022 Mylar Cap. ​

    I think that about covers it...so it should be delivered and built in a week or so, so I'll update then.​
     
  2. gerryguitar

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    nice...I was just looking at that strat body... I'm very interested to know how the quality is, it looks great.
     
  3. Steve1977

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    Cheers, yeah it does. I've built a guitar using Axesrus parts before and their quality is great and really good value too. Nice people to deal with also which helps.

    The only issue with my previous build was the body weighed a ton (well 7.5lbs to be precise), but to be fair it stated this on their website, it was my fault I didnt read the small print.
    It was the swamp ash natural strat body. The guitar turned out great and plays and sounds amazing, but after a 2 hour set with it your back is aching.

    So I've always thought if I could build another guitar with them, but just use a lighter body it would be perfect.

    Their website states this one only weights around 4.4Lb so that's much lighter and it's alder too not swamp ash. Cant wait.
     
  4. gerryguitar

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    let me know how you get on, I'm getting some ideas going here..:p
     
  5. Steve1977

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    Here she is................
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    Plays like an effin' dream!!! May change the pups, may not, but either way the guitars a serious keeper!
     
  6. sausagefingers

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    That looks fantastic. I like the ebony too.

    How's it sound??
     
  7. Steve1977

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    Havent even plugged it in yet, just got it back from my tech who'd set it up. He reckons the single coils are nice, 50's style. I've got some Seymour Duncans lurking in the wings if they dont cut the mustard, so either way this guitars gonna sound great!

    Unplugged it's bright and acousticlly loud. Everything you want, and the body is nice and light!

    The neck is just lovely to play. Couldnt be happier!
     
  8. guitkrazy

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    Nice & Congrats! I have a very similar one that Fender made a couple of years ago- Except mine has a maple neck. I love the sparkle finishes! Yours looks great!
     
  9. Steve1977

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    Cheers mate, was yours the S/S/H mexican one? I had my eye on one of them too!
     
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    That looks great...!

    What is that bridge? - cool looking saddles.
     
  11. Steve1977

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    Thanks mate, the bridge is a

    "Wilkinson WVPC Tremolo - Steel Block"

    Really nice little unit, not expensive either.
     
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    I definitely approve!

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  13. Steve1977

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    Wow! Now that's nice! How do the gretch pickups sound in a strat?
     
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    Not usually a fan of pearloid pickguards, but damn that's the icing on the sparkly orange cake. Nice job, a real beauty.
     
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    Update..The '50's vintage' style single coils were great, but for what I play live I need more versatility so I've installed the Seymour Duncan 'Everything Axe' set.

    In the neck there's a lil' 59, in the middle there's a duckbucker and a Jb Jr at the bridge. I've also installed a push/pull at the neck tone which splits the neck and bridge humbuckers. The guitar is now perfect for me.

    And I've thrown a cheeky little N-Tune on the volume pot too!

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    with the other one..it's got the same set up, my two new stage guitars.
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    You've been well and truly tango'd lol....

    I love it, not sure about the scratchplate, but overall I love the finish.

    how are you finding those tuners? I have a set sitting in my drawer for a 3 x 3 headstock but never got around to using them.
     
  17. Steve1977

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    Thanks mate! I kept the scratchplate plain as I thought everything else was 'busy' enough!

    The tuners seem great so far. I'll know more when I've gigged with them this weekend.
     

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