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Just bought a partscaster and need help!

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Valentineregard, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    New to the forum.
    I just bought this thing and have no clue what’s going on with it. I was hoping someone could help me identify some of that parts on it.
    No decal on the neck but it’s stamped with an N serial number. I haven’t opened the cavities completely I will post more pictures when I get home.
     

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  2. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Holic

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    Can't help you but that's one sweet looking guitar! My favorite color!
     

  3. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Holic

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    First question, how does it sound? Second question, did you pay a lot for it?

    If the first answer is positive, and you got a good deal, then you scored a winner.

    The guitar indeed looks to be a possible non US body with odd knobs and a butchering of a solder job under the control plate. All of which are easy fixes and should cause no sleepless nights; except of course it's origins, which again means very little if the first two answers are in your favour.

    BTW what does it say on the neck just above where it joins the body?

    Only you will know if this was a deal or not once you play it.

    OK, back to the heading on your post. What exactly are you needing help on?
     
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  4. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    Yes! It actually sounds incredible that’s why I bought it. It’s definitely not pretty. Probably a teenager with a soldering iron assembled the electronics. The neck is probably my favorite tele neck I’ve ever felt it has very jumbo fret wire which is odd.
    I only paid $200

    The neck heel reads “Serial Number N 234301 “
    The neck feels like a spot on fender USA neck. if that serial number is right that would make sense. But no decals, so that’s also strange..

    What I needed help understanding is if that body matches this neck or what exactly is going on here? Maybe it’s a squier body? I haven’t seen too many actual fender bodies with that color, it seems like squier is using it a lot lately.
     

  5. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    The bridge seems to be a Wilkinson.
    Also I don’t know if you can see it in the photos, the pick guard is cut terribly around the neck pickup.. also leading to more questions haha
     

  6. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    Also I’m terrible with electronics, what is the purpose of the huge orange “capacitor “?? If that’s what you call it. Bridging the tone and volume. I’ve just never seen it before on any other Teles I’ve seen.
     

  7. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Afflicted

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    That's the "tone cap". Gives you your treble cut. Those orange drop caps are one of the "caps du jour". As long as it's working, it's fine.
     
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  8. Preacher

    Preacher Tele-Afflicted

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    I would not know what brand of body that is but it appears to be solid wood and looks like most Tele's I have worked on. The lack of painted shielding though does have me a little baffled. Maybe the guitar was refinished and they painted over the shielding. Typically the shielding is black and looks like Rhino liner.

    As far as the big orange capacitor. Its function is to roll the bass to ground with the tone control. Usually Fender uses an orange drop cap that is quite a bit smaller than that one. If you can find some writing on the cap it would be easy to decipher what size it is. Typical Fender guitars us either a .1uf, .022uf or a .047uf capacitors in their tone stacks.
     
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  9. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    It's not a Fender neck because it doesn't have the plug in the truss rod hole. Could be Squier, and many people do remove THAT logo. Any evidence of that?

    However, I never saw a serial # near the heel, but I never saw a lot of things.

    Screws on the neck plate don't match.

    My guess is you just got a partscaster with all after-market parts.
     
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  10. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    Yeah it’s weird. That serial number comes up with a 1992-1993 fender according to the number but it could be a fake number?
     

  11. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I’ll get more pics of the inside soon. I didn’t think of someone refinishing it, maybe I can see some of the old paint. Are there any indicators I can look for in terms of pickups when I open it up to find out what kind they are?
     

  12. Preacher

    Preacher Tele-Afflicted

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    If you are looking for old paint, look around the hole for the control plate. If they repainted they would have gotten paint in that hole or around that hole. Usually you can see a different color as the screw grinds into the wood and exposes both colors.
    You could also scrape a little in the control cavity, typically the bodies are painted, then the taped off for the control cavity paint to be applied. If you have paint over the cavity black paint it is a refin.

    As far as pickups, sometimes they will have markings on the bottom. Do a google search on what you find and you might be able to find the source for them.
     
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  13. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    The neck heel shape is not Fender or Squier. The serial number is a fake decal.

    The neck heel looks like the Kmise necks that sell for $30 on Amazon

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  14. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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  15. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    That all makes sense. I didn’t know about the difference in neck heels. I’ve used the Kmise necks before on a jazz master and it was actually one of my favorite necks. I do prefer fatter necks though and maybe that’s why.
     

  16. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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  17. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    There may be marks in the neck pocket or on the heel of the neck. You can de tune the strings a bit and put s capo on the first fret to save the strings when removing the neck or look at the next string change.
     
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  18. Chick-N-Picker

    Chick-N-Picker Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice looking vintage vibe tele for $200 bucks in a cool color.
     
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  19. Torvald

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    I thought I was seeing things for a second! Looks like the on I just bought at a pawnshop. Mine was a Mexican neck on what turned out to be a Warmoth body. Other parts mostly unknown. I paid $320 including sales tax.
     
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  20. Valentineregard

    Valentineregard TDPRI Member

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    Oh nice! Can you post pictures of it?
     

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