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Second Partscaster Assembly

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Vanzant, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Hey Folks,

    I thought I would create a new thread that documents the process I go through as I assemble my second Partscaster. My first partscaster that I put together was a tele, which can be seen here http://www.tdpri.com/forum/other-t-types-partscasters/432219-first-partscaster-assembly.html this was such a fun experience that I had to it again! I have been collecting parts for two different projects, a Surf Green Telecaster, and 3-Tone Sunburst Stratocaster. I have never put together a Strat, so I am anxious to get started with this project first.

    Like my last thread, I plan to take pictures of every step along the way. I am going to start by posting pictures of all the parts, body, neck, etc…and then the assembly process will follow. Feel free to give guidance, and let me know what you think!

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice you might have to offer… it is always appreciated!

    Here is the body I got from MJT Guitars. I found this body on Ebay, and won it for a decent price.

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    Here are the EBAY photos of this body. I am pretty happy with this sunburst, it looks just right to me :D

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    Last edited: Mar 21, 2015

  2. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    More Pictures of the Body (Checking and Wear)

    Here are a few more photos of the body showing the checking and some of the wear/aging...

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  3. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    The Neck Pt. 1

    Here is my Musikraft Neck that was also finished by MJT Guitars.

    Here are the specs I went with...

    Orientation: Right for Right Hand Players
    Number Frets: 21 Fret
    Scale Length: 25.5 Standard Fender
    Shaft Wood: Rock Maple
    FB Wood: Darker Rosewood
    Nut Width: 1 – 11/16 (42.85 mm)
    Heel Width: Standard Fender 2-3/16 (55.56mm)
    Truss Rod: Vintage Single Acting Adjust @ Heel
    FB Radius: 9-1/2
    Fret Wire: 6105 Medium Nickel Silver
    Tuner Holes: Vintage Kluson Style 11/32
    Top Dots: Imitation Clay Dots
    12th Dots: Wide Pre '64
    Custom Inlay: None Use Dot Inlay as Selected Above
    Binding: None
    Side Dots: Imitation Clay 2mm
    Back Profile: Medium C .83 X .92
    Nut Style: Fender Flat Bottom
    FB Edges: Semi Rolled
    Finish: MJT Guitars - Light Aged
    Mount Holes: Drill Neck Pilot Holes
    Nut Install: Install Slotted TUSQ Nut

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    Broken In Back
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  4. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    The Neck Pt. 2

    Here are some more pictures of the neck. I love the checking that MJT does, looks great :!: The headstock has some light aging :D

    Finish Checking
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    Light Aging
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  5. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 1

    Here is the bridge assembly; this is a Callaham Vintage S Model Strat Bridge Assembly light aging by MJT.

    top plate, saddles, block, tremolo claw and springs, tremolo arm

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  6. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 2

    Here are all of the plastic parts. Light aging done by MJT :D

    pickup covers, knobs, switch Tip, spring cover, pickguard

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  7. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 3

    Light aging by MJT :D

    neck plate, strap buttons, jack plate, output jack

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  8. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 4

    250K CTS control pots, CRL 3-way switch, cloth wire, pickguard screws light aging MJT:D

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  9. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 5

    I have a lot of different options with tone capacitors, not sure which one I will choose

    SoZo Caps, Orange Drop, Don Mare treble bypass mod

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    Last edited: Mar 21, 2015

  10. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    This is fantastic!

    Thank you so much for posting this, as well as your "First Partscaster Assembly" thread.

    This is exactly what I needed as a step by step reference, and it's given me the confidence to take a shot at doing a build myself instead of purchasing all the parts, and hiring someone to complete it as I had originally planned.

    Looking forward to watching your progress, and learning some new things.

    Thanks!
     

  11. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts P. 6

    These are Don Mare Formvar 50's Stratocaster pickups . I was really happy with the Don Mare pickups I used on the first project, so decided to stick with him.

    neck pickup, middle pickup, bridge pickup, mounting screws

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  12. kromanomo

    kromanomo Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Subscribed.
    Vanzant does the best partscaster build threads.
     

  13. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Parts Pt. 7

    I have some of these decals leftover from my first project, so I will be using these again ;) Light aging from MJT :D

    string tree, decals, everything

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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015

  14. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    So I think this is pretty much all of the parts!

    I'm not sure if this guitar will go together as quickly as the Tele did, but I do hope to do a little bit here and there. Building a Strat seems like it might be a bit more complicated than a Tele, and there is still a bunch I need to research...we'll see. I hope I don't screw anything up :D

    Thanks Hexabuzz and kromanomo! I always wonder if people are using the last thread to help with their own projects. Thanks for the kind words!! Cheers :D
     

  15. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    You're welcome!

    You have no idea how much this helps me out - I'd consider myself handy, and not afraid to tackle minor DIY projects, but I'm no Tim "The Toolman" Taylor...

    I've been planning a Partscaster for a while now, and had really been concerned about the final assembly.

    I have enough common sense to not get in over my head, and consult a pro for help rather than forge ahead and hope for the best. Your threads, and their attention to detail, and clear, precise step-by-step instructions and photos has made all the difference in making me feel like I can tackle this myself, and actually being even more excited about the project than I was before.

    Thanks again!

    David
     

  16. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.

  17. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Shielding or No Shielding?

    I asked this question on the last project, and ended up not shielding it, and have had no issues with noise. I am wondering what everyone thinks now, should I shield it or not bother?

    Of course, I am thinking no shielding...unless someone can convince me :lol:
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015

  18. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Installing the Potentiometers and 5-Way Switch

    The first thing I decided to do was install the potentiometers on the pickguard. I was confused at first about the order of the washers and nuts on the volume/tone pots, but after a quick search and a closer look, it was obvious (nut, biting washer, pickguard, flat washer, nut)

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    I positioned the pots so the connectors were pointed slightly inwards towards the switch. After tightening them by hand, I tightened them up real good with a 13mm socket. I had to be sort of careful and hold the pots firmly; the pots had a tendency to want to move as I was tightening them down with the socket. Pretty straightforward :D

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    Installing the switch is a piece of cake, it just screws in. I made sure to position the switch so the spring was facing the edge of the pickguard.

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  19. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    Van looks great, good luck!

    I never have bothered with shielding, never had a problem caused by not shielding.
     

  20. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted

    May 18, 2013
    United States
    Thanks Blue Bill! I have abandoned the idea of shielding for now :D
     

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