Building a partscaster Tele for my sister, trying to stay under $200

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by BryanLB, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. BryanLB

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    Looking good so far. What are those bodies like? Neck pocket?
     
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    Love the look of the body. Stained, not burned?


    I bought similar locking tuners from AliExpress and found out that they snap the strings off. I hope yours have better success. I just use them as normal tuners now.

    Or maybe I tightened too tight???


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    Looks good, hope that it also fits and sounds good. I´m curious :)
     
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    Neck pocket is oversized, neck pickup pocket is oversized. Mystery wood is super soft, not sure if it will hold a screw.
     
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    The wood is really soft not getting my hopes up.
     
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    Body is painted black and dressed with sand paper. I bought similar tuners from aliexpress that didn't lock on the thinner strings. These were cheaper but it looks like the pins will lock the thinner strings.
     
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    I Built a telecaster for $120,, far left. The Body was a real heavy ash body $40, Neck is a Kmise $28. Bridge $9. Pickups and Electronics etc $15, Tuners $9. Pickguard $3. Guitar sounds amazing. My friends can't believe it.

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    I’d finish the body with wipe on poly. It’ll still be soft but might have some protection. I’d also pour a little glue into any screw holes, especially the strap pins. I’ve got a pinecaster that I did that with and it’s fine. Also did that with a mystery wood body guitar I have.

    That looks great! Those cheap necks are fine if you straighten it out, level the frets and then do a crown and polish. I’ve got a cheap no-name MIC neck on one of mine and it’s pretty amazing.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I tried the neck on another body, you are correct, straighten, level crown an polish.
     
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    Finished except intonation and strap locks.

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    that thinline is stunning!
     
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    Looks great. You upgraded the pickups? And what about the soft wood problem?
     
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    Thanks Ben I used a Turquoise Angellus Dye on a Tonebomb Thinline Body, that I bought on Ebay about a year ago. I used 3 Coats of Dye and 8 coats of Tru Oil. I used a Musikraft Neck, Wilkinson Neck PuP, A Dragon-Fire Bridge PuP. Fender Tuners, The guitar costed me around $470 with everything. The neck is real real sweet, this guitar plays very nice. I named her Leslie after my girlfriend. She bought most of the parts for my 56th birthday. Great action. So became The Name, "The Leslie 56" 20180926_104753.jpg
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    How was the neck/fretboard? Did it need a great deal of work? I'm thinking there's so much that can be cheaped out on but might be worth it to get a nicely finished Warmoth neck for $200 if the labor is extensive? Also curious about some of the necks on reverb from Canada..
     
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    Neck was great, frets are just o.k. A quarter turn on the truss rod was needed and the action is set a a little high. A lower action would require fret leveling. I think some Canadian necks on reverb are from China as they list their necks as made from Canadian maple. I have necks from Warmoth and USACG, they are worth every penny. Below is a pic with $12 Chinese pickups they sound great.

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    The Wood was soft but it seemed to hold the screws well enough. I just posted a picture with the Chinese pickups they sound fine, I painted the top one black. The earlier pickups are Q_Pickups from Croatia they sound great, I just put them in while I was waiting for the Chinese ones to arrive. I have built guitars with mahogany and basswood, they in my opinion have a better tone.
     
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    Yep, those Canadian Maple necks are made in China generally and definitely the cheap ones are. Some have a messed up scale and fret 2 through 22 are correct but the nut is a few mills to close to fret #1. They will not intimate correctly unless the nut is moved back just slightly.

    Other than that, as long as they get a levelling, in my experience they’re not bad. I’ve got one on a Telecaster parts guitar and it’s pretty decent.
     
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    Will be setting intonation today, thanks for the heads up.
     
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