Nice!Man, this thread is killing me right now. I put my order in about a month ago and I'm waiting for the parts. It will be my first partscaster build. I can't wait to get started on it. Here's how I speced it out.
I wanted to make something that would be super comfortable and easy to play. I mostly play humbuckers but I love the neck position of a Strat so I went with this layout. I considered HSS but I really never use the 2 and 4 positions. I think with the neck/bridge combo with the coil split on the humbucker, I should be able to get something close to the middle position of a tele.
- Gloss black swamp ash soloist body (3 lbs, 3 oz!), HS pickup rout, volume, 3 way toggle, tone with push/push to split the humbucker
- Standard thin neck, quartersawn maple, dark rosewood fretboard, 1.650 nut width, 6115 stainless frets, matte finish. Modern/vintage construction with 22 frets.
- Hipshot Griplock tuners
- Floyd Rose Rail Tail bridge
- Duncan 59/Custom bridge, Dimarzio Virtual Vintage 54 Pro neck
I considered going hardtail, but the Rail Tail looked like it would almost be the best of both worlds. It's super beefy and lays flat on the body, so the tone/feel should be similar to a hardtail, but I can still use the trem if I want.
Can't wait to get this thing going! The wait is the worst part!
I just got some Big Bends Nut Sauce and plan to use it but my nut was filed by my tech and the degree to which it was not returning to pitch after using the bar couldn't be explained by the nut. I could tell that the vibrato just wasn't returning to where it should.Lubing the nut with some graphite from a lead pencil might help with returning to pitch. I do prefer the feel of the US made vibratos though.
The one neck I got from them was pretty close but leveling it made it way better. I don't know how all these dudes are just slapping necks on without doing the finish work, I might just like as of action as I can possibly get. Even smallbutmighty said he just slaps them on there and is good with it, and the dude works there.They normally need a level and crown. I've ordered 2 necks and they both needed one due to high frets.
I understand and appreciate your position. It is much like my view on builds not being partscasters. I believe these are builds instead of just assembly. To use your example of your kid’s bike, it came as a complete package, with all the parts and perhaps even a few tools with no options, and a complete set of instructions.I think "assemble" is more correct than "build" for the work you are describing. I like good partscasters a lot, but I do not think "build," though a common term for sure, applies. I assembled my kid's bike. I didn't build it. When I consider what is involved in building a guitar -- shaping a neck rather than choosing a neck -- I don't think parts guitars are "built." I realize this is an obnixious distinction to some, but out of respect to those who built the whole instrument, I think it's wirth recognizing now and then. I agree that partcasters are the best way to get what you like, in a Fender-style guitar -- and not at all just because it's economical as well. The world is full of great Strats that have 7.25 radius fretboards. Why settle for that when you can spec the exact neck you want?
The open core HSS are the ones I am planning on using. I have not seen them sold as a set, did you have to purchase them separately? I have seen the sets come with pots and switches, what is included with the individual pickups?I have the Fishman Fluence Open Core HSS set and they're absolutely amazing. I have Fluence Modern humbuckers in another guitar and I much prefer the HSS setup.
The open core HSS are the ones I am planning on using. I have not seen them sold as a set, did you have to purchase them separately? I have seen the sets come with pots and switches, what is included with the individual pickups?
Thanks for the info. I’m getting a battery box route in the body, so that is covered. Also going only volume/tone as I don’t like the placement of the volume knob on strats.Yep, bought everything separately. Just make sure you get SSA and SSP for the single coils. They have a different pickup called Single Width for Strat and that's what I initially bought. Realized my mistake after some troubleshooting with the schematics and eventually reaching out to Fishman. So your order will look like this:
OC Bridge --> SSA --> SSP
Each pickup came with the stacked tone pot for the splitting options and what seems to be a regular volume pot that with the Fishman logo stamped. I see no reason why any volume pot wouldn't just drop right in, though. Came with the tone cap, some wiring, and black pickup covers in addition to the stock white ones.
Wiring can be a pain if you've never dealt with the really small leads that come out of the SSA. Just hold a lighter near the end of the lead and it makes it really easy to strip off the heat shrink without cutting the wire completely.
That's the schematic I used but I am assuming you'll have a second tone pot on your strat so I would suggest digging around for some info on how to wire that, or contact Fishman directly. They were very helpful.
Very underrated pickups! The Modern and all of the signature artist derivatives get all of the love but in my opinion these are the best I've heard. And completely silent!
P.S. Don't forget about having space for the battery/rechargeable USB pad