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  1. jfgesquire

    Parts Jazzmaster- ish nearing completion

    Here is a Warmoth body koa topped mahogany, and Warmoth neck, wenge topped mahogany with reverse headstock. In progress stuff was posted before, so I'm sorry for some repetition. Wipe on poly in gloss was used everywhere except the back of the neck which got satin. It is for my son. He...
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    Price increases

    My son is the treasurer of the University of Buffalo musicians club. He was tasked with lining up a purchase of new instruments, amps, cables, mics etc. within a budget. He had everything picked out only to find that the Affinity Strat he had on the list for the school's purchasing department...
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    Funny Craigslist Partscaster $1,300

    I don't know if the seller was being funny, but it sure is to me! It's a 70th Anniversary Esquire; all he did was swap the neck and tuners, then the pickguard, bridge and saddles then the body. He swapped out the case, too. "This is one amazing guitar, just slimming the herd. It started its...
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    Modified modified 51 Nocaster wiring

    Oh yeah... Just finished soldering... I used a 10k resistor and a .001uf (102) cap like the CS Modified 51 Nocaster wiring, but then used a 4 way switch and used the 4th position for a .02uf (203) cap. Interesting is that I thought of doing this BEFORE even knowing there was a CS modified...
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    Where to post Warmoth Partsmaster WIP?

    It's not a Telecaster. It's not finished. It's a mutt. Warmoth mahogany neck, wenge fretboard, reverse headstock. Warmoth mahogany body, koa top, chambered. I posted some stuff a few months ago. The koa really popped under the wipe on poly. The wiring is the next pita. Bridge humbucker...
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    Inspired by 1951 Nocaster

    This is just about done, just need to solder a couple wires, string it, cut the nut slots, then install the string retainer. I'm using a 4 way, but doing blend wiring 1. Blend; 2. Neck; 3. Neck with .001 cap; 4. Neck with .022 cap. That’s where I’m going to start with caps and then go from...
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    Nocaster finish

    So this is an oldie moldy slow build. When last seen, it was in its raw blonde state. I just didn't know what I wanted to do next. Then I found this Nocaster in the BlackGuard logs and decided to try to match it. I'm not going to relic mine, but I like the amount of color shift of the...
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    NAD - HRD IV Lacquered Tweed.

    I believe this was a special run, limited edition for Guitar Center and its sister stores. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Limited-Edition-Hot-Rod-Deluxe-IV-40W-1x12-Tube-Combo-Amp.gc This one was listed as used on GC's site, at a GREAT price, so I bit. It looks brand new, the pedal was...
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    Identify hot rod deluxe, please?

    I came across this Deluxe and can't figure out which version, who sold it, speaker, nothing. I Google searched for a long time and never saw another brown/brown one. I see they are putting "Fender-Deluxe" on the badge again on some IVs, so that's barely a clue either. It's at a GC a few...
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    60s tube Vox Cambridge content

    Issue 1: I have an early model V3 Cambridge with the silver control panel, but the Bulldog speaker not the Celestion. Something with the voice coil froze up (rust?) and it was barely working, real low output. I stuck in a Jensen and it worked so I confirmed it was the speaker. Then the cone...
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    The other Swiss Army "Taskmaster" build

    This is a build for my son who arranged all the parts. Warmoth body, mahogany chambered with f hole, koa top. Warmoth neck, mahogany with wenge board. Three pickups, volume and tone for each, on concentric knobs. The bridge humbucker gets a 4 way switch for coil split so that the proper coil...
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    being young around "old" guitars

    When I was 20 in 1987 I ordered and bought my first guitar, a brand new Rickenbacker 360/12V64. Later that year I bought a 1967 Gretsch Country Gentleman. The Gretsch was only 20 years old, but to 20 year old me it FELT OLD. It looked old, it smelled old, it was from the 60's by gosh! Just a...
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    Specific Koa top opinions, please.

    So, back in March I posted in the "other guitars" section of TDPRI that my son was building a Jazzmaster based Partscaster with Warmoth wood. He got the body, neck and a few other parts over the last week and I just wanted to get first impression opinions. Please, don't interject what you...
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    Instant GAS... Epiphone LP Custom, SD P-90 <$700

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/Jared-James-Nichols-Gold-Glory-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar-Double-Gold-1500000343169.gc This sucks.... I don't NEED another guitar!!! Wait! Is this made in China or USA??? Country of Origin says US on the gold and China on the Black.... Darn ....
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    My son has lost it - wanting to build a parts guitar of epic features

    Who else has gone down this rabbit hole? He's a college kid with a nice scholarship and a job and he lives at home. He has more money saved than I do. He is starting with a Warmoth body, chambered mahogany with a koa top, in Jazzmaster shape. (Although what he really wanted was a reverse...
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    2012 CVC

    I am an attorney in NY and a good portion of my practice is Estates. The Esquire in my username isn’t JUST for the single pickup Tele! A new client has come into a bunch of low-mid level guitars, partscasters in various stages of completion and a lot of tools, many StewMac files, rulers, etc...
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    1870's Martin repair

    A few years ago my friend drove his grandfather's 1870's Martin to the Martin factory in PA from Buffalo NY for repair/restoration. It needed a couple frets replaced, a couple cracks and most important, a new bridge, as the original was off and nowhere to be found. They charged him a LOT of...
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    Can't quite figure this listing out

    Fender American Telecaster USA 1984 Natural Clear Finish https://reverb.com/item/38424705-fender-american-telecaster-usa-1984-natural-clear-finish Is this an EARLY 83 before the Standards (top loaders) came out? Why is the seller calling it an '84? Fender did use the black gasket around the...
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    Squier Classic Vibe frets and fret ends, how done?

    How does Squier do their frets so well? This is a pic from a 70s Classic Vibe. The frets are over? the finish? Because I don’t see any pooling or finish over the frets, so I’m guessing there. The edge of the fretboard is slightly rolled and yet the frets are still further in from the wood...
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    Headstock face transition radius behind nut

    I've spent way too much time searching and haven't found any discussion about it. Really surprising, actually. I found a few scattered short threads about the radius being 1", and using a 2" diameter sander.i In pictures it appears that radius may be all over the place, from what looks very...
  21. jfgesquire

    NOS Nocaster build

    All the parts are in. eBay ash 2 piece body, 3lbs 11ounces Allparts TMO-V neck Allparts "bakelite" guard Tonerider A3 hot classic pickups Rutter's knobs Kluson single line tuners. Lots of Fender parts for the rest. I found a good "how-to" for late 40s/50s blonde furniture, and I'm...
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    OEM Strings on original Esquire/Broadcaster

    More "research", lol, in case there are any technical geeks out there like me that want to know more useless information.... I acquired a reproduction 1950 Fender catalog which lists only the Esquire guitar and Mapes strings. The Electric Spanish Guitar strings are Mapes Set No. 1100, with...
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    Vintage Reissue strap?

    Was this strap available separately or only as case candy for CS types, or maybe AV's? https://reverb.com/item/25668104-fender-american-vintage-reissue-telecaster-strap-1950s-blackguard-nocaster-broadcaster It looks like a great repro for the one in this pic.
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    Mapes strings in 1950

    This may be repetitive for at least some if not most of you, but searching for answers myself I did not find this information on TDPRI, and certainly not all in one place. I may be wrong and my Google-fu may be slipping, though. I came across this page, purporting to be from a 1950 Fender...




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