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My 1st (actually 2nd) partscaster

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by jdkr, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    1st one doesn't really count. strat body and neck, bridge complete. just had to screw down a a pre-wired GFS pickplate and make 3 solder joints.

    The real one, however.
    Tonebomb alder body
    KMISE 22 fret neck
    GFS Wilkinson Compensated bridge
    GFS Repro 1950's Alnico Boutique bridge pick up
    GFS 8 hole Esquire 1964 aged white pickguard and chrome control plate
    DiMarzio 250K pots
    WD knobs and electrosocket plug
    Schaller tuners.
    Fender neck plate
    Saman whitewash water based stain
    Minwax wipe on poly finish
    Eldrid Esquire mod modded with a .022 instead of .047 for the regular tone circuit.
    I think that covers it. I had such a blast building this guitar. All the reading and youtube videos. I spent hours on this site alone. Thanks so much to the professionals for sharing their knowledge here and to all you semi pros and hobbyists for sharing your stories.
    Now, how to get a photo on here
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    Ah-ha!

    The reason I'm showing this is
    1. I'm proud of my work
    2. I want to talk about the next one...
     

  2. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    Very nice - love the body colour and finish. How about some more views? - you know how we love a bit of Guitar Porn here!
     

  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Well done. A great sense of accomplishment, I know. I'm on my 7th partscaster. It is totally silly. I haven't sold any I just love the whole project and sense of accomplishment and playing the unique instrument.
     

  4. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    Nice! An Esquire is probably next on my list, or a neck-buckered one because I like the neck-bucker on my open g partser and want a six-string version, or a double-P90 one, or a single P90 Tel/Jr., or a..... You get the idea; it's a disease:eek:
     

  5. Nevada_Bob

    Nevada_Bob TDPRI Member

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    Sep 9, 2015
    Pac NW
    Great looking guitar!

    I did this on my Esquire and it's the best decision ever. Hope you like yours as much as I like mine
     

  6. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    WAY Cool!! I REALLY like the finish you did, and no spraying! I did a few "Wudtone" finishes this summer, and even though the wipe-on clearcoat instructions said "self-leveling" and "no need to worry about small rag lines" ... they didn't really settle like I hoped they would. Any issues like that w the minwax wipe-on finish?

    Tonebomb bodies are fantastic - I just finished a Mustang build w/ one and it was A++
     

  7. imploration

    imploration Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Midwest
    F#%*'n Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every choice you made is perfect!!!
     

  8. Festus_Hagen

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  9. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    55
    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Great looking guitar! Love the finish.

    Discussion on your next one:

    I just finished my first partscaster - a knotty pinecaster. I'm following it up with a Les Paul Jr. in TV Yellow, just because I've wanted one for about 25 years now. So I guess I'm building some of the guitars I've had on my short list over the years. The question would be, what's on yours? Finishes, models, etc?
     

  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  11. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    Next one is going to be a Thinline but all controls and neck humbucker mounted on the body. so no pickguard, yet. The body will be Northern Ash. No idea about a finish yet.
    I've thought about a LP jr. I used to have a mid 80's re-issue double cutaway. I traded for a mid 80's Japanese pink paisley tele.
    If I get really bold I'd love to go for some kind of arch top. That's a long ways down the road though.
     
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  12. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    Thanks, after all the youtubes and websites I finally settled on this approach for the finish.
    http://www.frettech.com/frettech/index.html
    His method was dead simple and made sense to me. The only issue I had was I sanded down to the wood on the edges but I liked it so I left it that way
    The next one is going to be a northern ash Thinline from Tonebomb.
     

  13. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    I finally got around to putting a picture up. This is the finished Alder body Esquire. and this is the new thinline body from Tonebomb 20171201_091659.jpg thinline back.jpg thinline front.jpg
     
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  14. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    Neck on and first stain first neck on front.jpg first stain.jpg
     

  15. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    The maple neck I got was ng so I picked up a new one and went for rosewood instead. still missing one control knob, a new nut and a good fret dressing and i'm ready to go.
    20180103_201019.jpg
     
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  16. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    and one last little touch 20180127_004852.jpg
     

  17. MrHamburger

    MrHamburger Tele-Meister

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    Jun 24, 2014
    Portlandia
    That wood grain is killer, nice work.
     

  18. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    Thanks, There are very few coats of poly (5 or 6)on this one. The wood tapped out a near perfect C, D, E so I didn't want to mess with it. I am thinking now, however of adding a darker brown around the outside edges, sides and back edges in a kind of sunburst?
     

  19. jdkr

    jdkr TDPRI Member

    22
    Jun 16, 2017
    Vancouver
    Added a pickguard I designed and made. I think it really brought this guitar up a notch. I hadn't done anything with it at first because it became my main recording guitar the moment I plugged it in. It's far from perfect but it's captured my heart and won't let go. Still a couple warts but every string change I can smooth those out. IMG_0005.JPG
     
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