New parts-o-caster project

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  1. Red Barchetta

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    OK folks, yet another of us dashing himself on the rocks of the "build your own strat" shoreline!

    Yes, I'm gonna do it...I started out intending to build a throw-together Strat for a friend of mine's son to have a decent guitar to take his lessons with....(he's playing his Dad's old 60's "Teisco Del WTF"). Well...as I thought about and began planning the project, I started thinking (dangerous)...hey, I've always wanted a Surf Green Strat with a mother-of-toilet seat pickguard...hey...this would be cool if I added...hey, what if I....you get the picture. Anyway, long story short, I'm building this Strat for ME. The kid is gonna get a Squire hardtail I've got kicking about that someone gave me....its much better than what he has.

    Anyhow, for those who are interested, I'm gonna post a photo essay as this project moves along....

    First up, the assembled pickguard...the pups and controls are from my 19 year old American Standard Strat....they came off some years ago when I put a pre-loaded Fralin Blues Special setup in my axe. Nice thing is, the pup covers and knobs are all pre-aged (natural gig aging) and a bit grimy, so they've got the old vintage look going. Here are a few pictures....

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    The body (MIM 57 reissue) should be coming tomorrow, so the trem (57 reissue)will go in, and I'll wire it up....

    More to come as I do it!

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    Alright! Stage two....

    I got the body in...here it is:

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    I decided to shield the control cavity with copper foil...I've got the separate foil shield behind the pickguard...

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    Here are two views with the pickguard, jackplate, temolo, and strap buttons on....

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    Now...just waiting for the neck...after I get that, I need to pick out some tuning machines and string trees....got the trem back cover on the way...

    Makin' progress!

    RB
     
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    Lookin' Gooooood!!

    What neck are you using?
     
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    I have a rosewood board MIM neck on the way.

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    I love that color combination. Looking forward to seeing the finished project! :AOK
     
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    I have the pick guard and pup covers off an '88 Am Std that have aged nicely. I just need to decide on a color.
     
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    Yeah, having the 89 guard and pups kinda was the catalyst for me starting this project...even though I'm in it deeper ($) than I wanted initially, I still saved alot with already having the electronics...

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    My problem is, all I have are four pieces of plastic and I want to build a frikkin guitar around them! :messedup
     
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    They look nice but $81.00 is a lot of $$$ for a set of tuners. I'm on my fifth partscaster using Gotoh, Kluson-style tuners. They're about half the money and I've had zero tuning issues.
     
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    They do look good...the hipshots, that is...but I have to agree...81 bucks is a lot....

    I just have to wait and see what the neck is drilled for....should be here today or tomorrow...

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    That is the "list" or direct price, they are more like around $56 for a chrome set.
     
  13. Red Barchetta

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    Okey Dokey...

    Here it is with the neck bolted on...a MIM Fender replacement. I'm fighting a bit of the flu or something, so it will likely be the weekend before I get some tuners on there. But, she's starting to look like a guitar!

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    Okay Gearpagers,

    She's DONE. A friend had some Fender tuners at his shop, so, slapped those suckers on there, strung 'er up with some D'Addario 10's, intoned, did a little mild fret dressing, installed the backplate for the trem cavity, and awwaaaayyyy we go...

    Here are a couple of pics (looks a lot like the last one) second one is posed next to her sibling....(89 Am St. w/ Fralin Blues)

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    She sounds a bit brighter than the Fralin equipped one, not as hot p'ups, but really has a more "traditional" Strat vibe going. The trem works really well...so far so good.

    I'll maybe do an update after a week or so to give some further opinion.

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    Congratulations, Red!

    They both look great but I really like the new one.


    Enjoy!
     

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