NGD! First attempt at a partscaster. More pics added

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  1. theruley

    theruley Member

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    I have been without a tele for a while. I love the guitar, i just have a hard time finding one that i like, so i thought id have a go at putting one together.

    I always loved the look of the double bound custom teles from the 60's, but im not crazy about the skinny necks and small radius fretboards.

    I started with a huge baseball bat allparts neck i traded a pedal for from a buddy.
    From there it was a gradual process of gathering the rest of the parts for it. Some things were donated by a couple awesome friends, and my girlfriend got me a gift certificate for a music shop where i got most of the hardware and electronics.
    The body arrived from rock audio last night, so i pulled out the tools and got busy!

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    Impressed with how well the neck fit the body, considering it is two different aftermarket parts.

    Going to take it to band practice tonight to put it through its paces!
     
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  2. koa

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    Nicely done. Let us know how practice went.
     
  3. T Dizz

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    Dude, that's sweet. I like the bound body with that color. Also the knobs.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    I once put together a sonic blue/maple partscaster, nice combination.

    What specs did you choose? Locking tuners? Pickups? Bridge? Who made the body?

    Nice job, enjoy!
     
  5. Muzzy

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    Hey congrats, As long as the neck fits the body good the rest is just minor adjustments. I'll bet it turns out to be a great guitar. It sure looks good.
     
  6. moosewayne

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    Looks like a million bucks!
    Let us know how it holds up at rehearsal.
     
  7. rummy

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    Awesome. We need more pictures!
     
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    X2:D
     
  9. lumco

    lumco Most of the roads I travel are muddy Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice job, after buying several Tele's thru the years I am attempting my first Partscaster also.. working on nut filing at the moment and hope to finish soon. Will post a few pics when done..
    Good job on yours.
     
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    I think it looks GREAT man - that neck is sweet (the wood type/look)
     
  11. theruley

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    I took it pretty much straight from the work bench to band practice tonight. I brought my #1 les paul along with as a backup, but the les paul stayed in the case all night.
    I seriously was not expecting it to be as good as it is, but it did everything i asked it to tonight.

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    On to the specs.

    Pickups are tonerider hot classics. Just before i was about to buy these on ebay, I found them at a music store in the used bin, box still sealed for $50!

    I had a set of tuners given to me from a friend who took them off his american standard strat. They are height compensated so i diddnt have to bother with a string tree.

    The rest is typical tele stuff. I collected the rest of the bits from going to different guitar shops and raiding friends spare parts drawers.

    The bridge is a top loader too. Ill drill the ferrule holes later.

    The neck is an allparts neck. Not too sure about its exact spec, but its just about the fattest neck i have gripped. I got it off a friend who bought a poorly done relic'd partscaster and parted it out.
    It was finished nice, but the frets needed a level, crown, and polish. Which i did during my lunch breaks at work...half hour at a time.

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    The body is a basswood body from rock audio. I got it discounted due to a chip of pain that came off it, which i diddnt care about. Very impressed with how well the neck fit it. Would definitely buy again from them.
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    Some more pics.
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  12. moosewayne

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    Seriously man, NICE JOB!!
     
  13. Rick51

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    You seem very happy with your results.

    If it was mine, I'd consider leaving the top loader in place. Changing it out plus the incidental disassembly/reassembly will change the sound and feel. For better, for worse, only one way to find out.
     
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    I've never used staggered tuners but those seem to be out of order, no? :)
     

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