August 3rd, 2009, 04:07 PM
i was just wondering if the parts from stewmac were good?
im looking to buy the parts i need for my first telecaster body build, mainly im wondering about their bridges, the have gotoh at wilkinson, or traditional bridges, and i wanted to know what the differences were?
August 3rd, 2009, 05:27 PM
The parts and supplies I have gotten from StewMac are pretty decent. They also ship quickly. The Gotoh made parts I have seen have all been quality steel. The other Asian stuff I have seen made in China, Korea or Tawian is really soft metal. The cheap tuners I have seen look just like the much more expensive Gotoh but the metal is really soft. They can't last as long.
August 3rd, 2009, 06:21 PM
I know their pots are made by Alpha (just got some; work really well) and their necks are by Mighty Mite, if that helps.
August 4th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Never had a problem with stewmac. Their cheapest tele bridge was just that.
The wilkinson bridge is great.
All other hardware has been terrific.
August 4th, 2009, 11:32 AM
i've been using them for 15 years, and only had 1 problem with a mighty mite neck, which they shipped me a swap out with overnight shipping (at no further cost). for the most part their parts and materials are good. i think some of their tool prices are too high, so i usually make my own if i can't part with that money....
August 4th, 2009, 01:15 PM
I ordered a pickguard that was badly miscut. The brigde cut was waaaayy off.
August 4th, 2009, 05:01 PM
for the most part their parts and materials are good. i think some of their tool prices are too high, so i usually make my own if i can't part with that money....
I agree 100% with both statements. Granted, if I were a professional luthier, the industrial tool prices would be less of an issue vs. the usage.