Partscaster assembly

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  1. Hydesg

    Hydesg Member

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    hey guys, a well known tech / luthier around my area has quoted $400 to assemble a partscaster (parts not included)

    do you think it is a fair price to pay?
    the parts works out to be about $1000.

    Should I just assemble it myself and gain a new experience?
     
  2. Mark Ray

    Mark Ray We're Jammin' Gold Supporting Member

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    My local tech has charged me $200 for the 2 I've had done. $400 seems a bit steep.
     
  3. JaySwear

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    Seems expensive. I've assembled 3 and about to start my 4th. I say do it yourself! The only things I can't or won't do would be making the parts and painting them. The assembly itself isn't bad at all if you have a screwdriver, a soldering iron, and a hand drill.
     
  4. Hydesg

    Hydesg Member

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    Did you have to drill the tremolo claw holes for a stratocaster body?
     
  5. snowblind56

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    From my experience, tech's usually charge a bench rate of about $60/hr. For $400, he is basically saying that it is going to take him over 6 hours to do. 6 hours would be ridiculous, unless the neck is in dire need of a fret leveling. Even then, it seems a little high. $200 + or - a little seems fair.
     
  6. bumblefingers

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    I had one done recently. Purchased a bare body online. The neck pocket needed rework, routing on rear, etc. ended up costing me over $400. Think he had close to 10 hours in the thing. If your body is from a production guitar or a reputable supplier I don't see any reason you couldn't do it yourself.
     
  7. Wake911

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    Do it yourself

    and if you can't make it perfect at the end, take it to tech for full set-up $100 roughly, and you'll be good to go with exprereince and a tech certified guitar at the end....that's what i did on my first one.....i may have been lucky that i had a perfect neck joint, that would be the only thing to scare me away if i had too many issues with that.
     
  8. burningyen

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    Read up, ask a lot of questions, watch a lot of youtube videos, and do as much as you can yourself. It's fun, and it's not rocket science.
     
  9. johnfv

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    Depends on the body. Some Strat bodies are pre-drilled (Warmoth for example), I have seen others that are not. It's pretty easy to drill with a Dremel right angle attachment...

    I do the assembly and rough setup myself but leave it to my tech for the final setup (fret mill, nut slot adjustment, etc.).
     
  10. bluesking55

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    My repair guy taught me alot over the years. Im with the person who said if its from a production guitar etc, do it urself
     
  11. phisher422

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    I think I ended up paying just about $350 for complete assembly/setup

    It's funny, they where charging me for stupid things that I could have easily done myself

    Installing strap buttons= $20
    Putting on the strings= $5

    I guess I'll know next time....
     
  12. sliberty

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    My experience is with Tele's.

    I paid $180 to have the nut cut/shaped/slotted/installed, fret dress, neck installation, and setup. I had already done all of the body-related work (installed pickguard, hardware, electronics). I would say $300 to do everything is the most it should cost.
     
  13. Polynitro

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    just buy a $5 screwdriver and do it yourself. Then pay a tech to set it up for maybe $100.
     
  14. dnauhei

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    I paid $240 in Seattle. $400 is too high.
     
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    If you can turn a screwdriver you can do it yourself. Its really not that hard. I would only take it to a tech for a fret dress and final set up.
     
  16. Cody Anchor

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    Depends on the extent of the work required. Are the frets already installed? Is the body routed? Is the headstock shaped? There's to many variables to answer this question without more info.
     
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    I would say it would be worth giving it a shot on your own. If you run into problems you can always run back to him to finish the job. Really though, getting all the major parts into place isn't that hard. It probably would be worth bringing it in to get it setup in the end anyways.
     
  18. Wiz-ski

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    Do it yourself and then pay for a good set up...done.
     
  19. 19181911

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    between tgp and tdpri, there is a wealth of set-up info at your fingertips. same with tech support along the way.

    The neck may be just fine without a level and crown K.I.S.S. (keep it super simple)

    I think that with all the tutorials at frettech.com You really need to peruse Robs website!!!

    The tutorials from Rob DiStefano, Ron Kirn, and Jack Wells among others you will have no problems.

    Terry Downs has a soldering tutorial

    Google is your friend.
     
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    Where do you live?

    Dang, Pete Schmidt in Lockport , NY charged me $30 with neck shim and repairs to stripped bridge threads (over and above a $50 full set up). Quite a price variation there, and he's the best in the area.
     

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