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First partscaster build... the suspense is killing me!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bassderek, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    My bank account is weeping, but I'm like a kid near Christmas time waiting for all these parts to arrive. Hopefully I haven't bitten off more than I can chew for my first build (have only done wiring/setup in the past).

    Shopping list incoming:

    • Warmoth swamp ash tele body with shoreline gold satin finish (picked this up as a screamin' Deal!)
    • Warmoth modern/vintage tele neck maple with slight birdseye, satin nitro finish
    • Seymour Duncan Hot Rails bridge
    • Seymour Duncan Hot Tele neck
    • CTS/Alpha Pots/Orange Drop/Switchcraft
    • Parchment pickguard
    • Fender brushed chrome locking tuners
    • Fender USA 3 saddle compensaded tele bridge (ashtray)
    I had the pickups and electronics in my squier affinity as a project, but decided it was finally time to build a real axe instead of a hatchet. I may eventually phase the pickups out for something more vintage, but it's one expense I don't have to foot right now.

    Things I'm most nervous about and can use advice:

    -Drilling out the 2 guide pegs for the fender/schaller style tuners (the tuner hole itself will be correct from warmoth) and making sure the tuners are lined up.
    -Drilling the string tree hole
    -Drilling the strap lock holes
    -Basically any drilling :eek:
    -Filing the nut properly

    Everything else I think I'm ok with.

    Cheers!
     

  2. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Holic

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    The guide pegs will be easy, and so will the string trees.

    For the guide pegs, loosely attach your tuners to the headstock, line them up even, then tighten them at the top. The guide pegs will dig into the wood a bit. Loosen the tuners again and drill in those spots. Just make sure you mark your bit with tape so that you dont go through your headstock.
     

  3. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Apr 2, 2014
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    Nice, post up when you're done (or if you run into trouble). If you're hesitant to drill, get a piece of scrap and start getting comfortable. Fit a tuner on a piece of pine, learn how to control your angle (assuming you don't have a drill press), and how to stop at the proper depth (I use a sharpie mark around the bit and my good eye). The nut will be the biggest challenge, especially without files. There will be others here that might give you some DIY pointers there--my only 'tip' is to get the files, but it's kinda pricey.
     

  4. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    I did pick up a cheap set of nut files on Amazon. We'll see how they hold up, the reviews were hit and miss, but for $8 I'll give it a go. I can have access to a drill press if need be. Test installing a tuner on some scrap wood might be a good idea though, thanks!
     

  5. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Cool, I been thinking about trying those, the 'keychain' one, right?
    I have an 'ok' drill press and table, but setting up a job kinda sucks to tell the truth. The tuners you have could benefit from the precision, but you're gonna want to do the string tree after you cut the nut and slap some strings on it. It's an easy job but I use a hand drill and eyeball it carefully. Also put some chap stick or paste wax on the threads of any screw being installed for the first time.
     

  6. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    Yeah, I picked up these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LQO3GGS/?tag=tdpri-20 consensus seeming to be they are slow and may not be good for many uses, but I think the Warmoth neck comes somewhat pre-slotted so I may only need to do some fine tuning?
     
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  7. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic Ad Free + Supporter

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  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Going slow is a good thing for fine tuning. Never used Warmoth, so not sure if it's pre-slotted. My best guess is 'probably'.

    You know, this thread could use some pics :D
     
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  9. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    It could! But everything is in the mail!! Here's what it will sort of resemble when finished (but with less relic going on):

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    I promise I will document the process well and post a build thread!
     
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  10. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    I'm just gonna stare longingly at the stock photos till the parts arrive!

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  11. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    *Possibly* dumb question: Does this style bridge need to be slotted?
     

  12. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Holic

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    Nope.
     
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  13. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    Thursday is parts day! Just waiting on the bridge, straplocks (both arriving tomorrow), and then the neck and body from Warmoth. Hoping they ship soon, but I'm not sure how quick their processing time is. EDIT: Wamoth site showing shipped! Hoping to get all the parts next week and put it together that weekend.

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  14. Snook

    Snook Tele-Meister

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    I would have bought an electrosocket instead.
     
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  15. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    It's not too late to change. I was previously unaware of that style.
     

  16. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    Pulled the trigger on the electrosocket. All the parts in as of last night. Build and pics to follow.
     
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  17. sammy123

    sammy123 Tele-Meister

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    Congrats on progress. The electrosocket is a really nice upgrade.
     
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  18. Grux

    Grux Tele-Holic

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    That electrosocket is the most exciting upgrade you can do to a tele. It doesn't seem like much until you've been through several switch plates and had to endlessly tighten them!
     
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  19. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy TDPRI Member

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    I put one in mine and wouldn't go any other way. They don't cost any more either.
     

  20. bassderek

    bassderek TDPRI Member

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    Time for the build pics!

    Warmoth day:
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    Test fit/layout:
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    Bonus Birdseye:
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    The end of an era/parts donor:
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    Went for a brushed/satin look to match the tuners and satin paint job. WD-40 and green scotch brite!
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