Covid Cabronita style partscaster

Ducksteino

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Hi TDPRI folx.
I'd been eying those squier cabronitas for a while. Finally decided to raid the parts drawer and put one together. Bought the body from GFS. The pics don't do it justice just yet.

I had this neck & figured I'd start with it. A friend gave it to me, we have no idea where it's from.

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Mounted the neck:

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replaced tuners (much better)

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The holes for the pots were a little narrow so I ... oops.

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It's OK, it'll be covered by the volume dial. I found the chips and glued them down anyway.

The pockets are tight!
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Mounting pickups. I used the square rubber mats, cut in half, and screwed into the wood.

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Strung up & checking neck, frets, and intonation.
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Ducksteino

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Also, my wiring leaves a bit to be desired. I've got no sound. I tried this schematic, but grounded everything to the tone pot. Like I said above, it's tight in the pocket, and I'm thinking a couple wires could be touching each other. I'll check today...

Also, I sprung for the TV jones - I found blemished Setzer models on their website. Even though I'm earning less now I figured I'd check out the hype and treat myself. I may get a new neck eventually, as this one is kind of an odd D shape - we'll see after I get the wiring taken care of.

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jfgesquire

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It looks great!

Is that Sonic Blue? Pictures are very deceiving.

That's a nice looking neck. Is it a vintage heel adjust or is it an Allen wrench type nut? Any pics of the heel?

Multimeter is your friend. Set it to continuity and you'll have issues sorted out in no time.

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Texas Special

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Also, my wiring leaves a bit to be desired. I've got no sound. I tried this schematic, but grounded everything to the tone pot. Like I said above, it's tight in the pocket, and I'm thinking a couple wires could be touching each other. I'll check today...

Also, I sprung for the TV jones - I found blemished Setzer models on their website. Even though I'm earning less now I figured I'd check out the hype and treat myself. I may get a new neck eventually, as this one is kind of an odd D shape - we'll see after I get the wiring taken care of.

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You've been suckered by that schematic too. I wired mine like that, guess what no sound. The two poles of that switch that is indicated to ground, should actually go to the volume control. They are the actual output from the switch.
 

Ducksteino

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Thanks for the helpful comments. Texas Special I'll give that a shot this afternoon.

Color: Sonic Blue color from GFS. White poplar body, which I read is pretty soft, so I measured several times & used the strings to check the angle before mounting bridge & neck.

Yes this is some kind of old neck, my friend (he's of an age with my uncles, in his late 60's) used to work for Guild making arch tops, then Fender, pre-Mexico. He left and went into IT after that. This isn't a fender neck, though. I should reach out again and see if he remembers. I played it a bit (unplugged) and the contour is growing on me. Flat D.

Truss Rod - It's a vintage heel, with the truss rod access there. That spooked me a bit, since I don't want to have to remove it too much. I checked it several times and set it pretty flat (some relief) but i figured i'd try it.
 

Ducksteino

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Also, I gotta say a thank you to this whole forum. I've learned so much here over the years.

You folks have helped so much. I first came here to learn how to fix up my Brother's early 90's MIM Tele. He had loaned it to a neighbor's kid for a while and it came back in rough shape. Then there was a nasty divorce that left him with bills and the kids to raise. He's too good a guy not to get this back in great shape. I took it to a shop to level the frets & overall setup, then came here to learn from you all:

- 4-way switch
- shielded cavities
- replaced wiring harness
- replaced pickups (mojotones)

Since then I've done a few projects on my own guitars for fun & stop in for the advice, and to chip in where I can. Thanks again for everything.
 

capt pearl

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Hi TDPRI folx.
I'd been eying those squier cabronitas for a while. Finally decided to raid the parts drawer and put one together. Bought the body from GFS. The pics don't do it justice just yet.

I had this neck & figured I'd start with it. A friend gave it to me, we have no idea where it's from.

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Mounted the neck:

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replaced tuners (much better)

View attachment 730944

The holes for the pots were a little narrow so I ... oops.

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It's OK, it'll be covered by the volume dial. I found the chips and glued them down anyway.

The pockets are tight!
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Mounting pickups. I used the square rubber mats, cut in half, and screwed into the wood.

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Strung up & checking neck, frets, and intonation.
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Sweeeeet!
 

whoanelly15

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Nice work and nice playin! Hendrix estate was very nearly unleashed there at the end! Good thing your cameraman heard it coming and bailed.
 

Ducksteino

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Thanks for the appreciation, friends.

These pickups are incredible. I should post a vid where I put them through the paces. They are really clear & bright, but still thick. Some of that could be the thickness of the neck - it's like a thicker version of the new slim necks on the Gibson SG's.
 

Ducksteino

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They mount into the wood, with a rubber spacer to keep it close to the strings
 




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