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A long, strange Partscaster journey ...

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by BubbaTheHutt, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. BubbaTheHutt

    BubbaTheHutt TDPRI Member

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    So a few years ago (maybe 10), I picked up a partscaster off the FleaBay ... semi-hollow body with an all rosewood neck (didn't figure I'd ever drop the coin on a full rosewood/Harrison CS tele ...). But, the kid who I bought it from had routed the body out for 2 buckers ... poorly (it appears he tried to use a hand drill). And then, having buggered the job, he slapped in a cheap Gibson bucker in the bridge, and jammed a Hot Rails into the ugly gash at the neck.

    So, I had seen a custom comic book covered guitar done by a luthier in CA. I looked him up, and made a deal to send him the body and an extra copy of West Coast Avengers #43 (from John Byrne's run on WCA, for any of you Marvel fans). He did his best to properly finish and shield the routs, and did a great collage job with the comic under vintage tinted nitro.

    When I got it back, I put in some underwound Reverend PAFs, 5 way Big Apple switching, and 2 push-pull pots for in/out phase and series/parallel. Lots of options ... and only 2-3 sounded good to my ears. Only played it on a couple of live gigs, and never in the studio. Then I bought a Les Paul and later a semi-hollow (Godin Flat Five), so I had the HH vibe covered in spades. The "Wacko"caster (fans/haters refer to the WCAs as the Wackos) sat in its case ...

    Last week I decided to give it a new life, but went the cheap & easy route (I shudder to add up what I have spent on this guitar over the years only to not play it): GFS Goldfoil single-coil alnico in the neck, GFS Surf 90 (Dynasonic clone) in the bridge, and one of their Kwickplug harnesses so I don't have to embarrass myself soldering. I had two goals: make it feel like a tele again with the humbucker-sized single coils, and chase a little of that Coodercaster mojo (really into Blake Mills and Joey Landreth lately).

    Best $100 I have ever spent on a guitar! The Surf 90 is all twang, the Goldfoil is warm and bluesy, and the middle (hum canceled because the neck is RW) is a great balance. Sounds great through my Fender, even better through my Vox rig. Plus, I dig the ugly duckling aesthetic.

    The Wackocaster rides again! [​IMG][​IMG]
     

  2. MahoganyStratDZ

    MahoganyStratDZ Tele-Meister

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    Definately a one of a kind. :)

    I'll bet it plays and sounds great though.

    Guitarfetish has some intersting takes on his pick-ups. I played a few of his gretsch clones... pretty decent, very usable.
     

  3. BubbaTheHutt

    BubbaTheHutt TDPRI Member

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    I almost went with the Retro-trons in the bridge, but then they brought out the Surf 90. Still a Gretsch vibe, but different than the cabronita sound.
     
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  4. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Holic

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    Good job BubbaTheHutt !

    It seems that some of us are free to go wherever our imagination takes us. Your imagination, my soldering skills and a few old Beanos could take us places!
     
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  6. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

    Oct 10, 2010
    Twangers Medows USA
    Holy Cow! Bet that bad boy can pick up radio stations! I like...............
     
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  7. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    italy
    uuuuuu naaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D

    liking it really a lot !
     
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  8. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    That's really interesting. Not my cup of tea aesthetically, but I can't help but love it.
     
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  9. BubbaTheHutt

    BubbaTheHutt TDPRI Member

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    Surprisingly little 60 cycle hum, and I only got the local radio coming through with a massive amount of gain (boost > OD > boost > dirty amp).
     

  10. tubejockey

    tubejockey Tele-Meister

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    Nov 25, 2015
    the bozone
    Are you shielded?
    I am a big fan of the GFS gold foils. I want to try the Dearmond in an Artcore I have that just wants to jangle. Love the look.
     
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  11. BubbaTheHutt

    BubbaTheHutt TDPRI Member

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    Yes, the cavities were completely covered in shielding film, and the GFS website often brags about potting their pickups with "more wax than a crayon" ... not sure it that is true (or useful), but I was more than pleasantly surprised by the low noise floor.
     

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