First T-style partscaster build complete! (Ignore the crooked thingamajigs)

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by _MementoMori_, May 11, 2021.

  1. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Afflicted

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    I started this project in early February and just finished up yesterday. The build consists of:

    - Reclaimed cedar body from Whaguitars on eBay, finished with vinegar/steelwool stain, Medium Walnut DO, and black finishing wax
    - Wenge/Kingwood Warmoth "boatneck" neck w/ TusqXL nut, black pearloid dots, glow side dots, and SS 6105 frets, unfinished and burnished to 7000 grit
    - Sperzel open body Trimlok tuners with black pearloid buttons
    - Armadillo brass dual loader bridge w/ brass mounting screws and pup adjustment screws
    - Bensonite Fat Saddles, brass EBGD and aluminun AE
    - Van Dyke Harms oil tanned leather pickguard
    - Van Dyke Harms Wenge control plate
    - Forney Custom solid brass switch tip, ferrules, neck plate, Electrosocket, and strap buttons
    - The Knobbery solid brass volume and tone knobs
    - Obsidian Wire wireless 3 way standard Tele harness
    - Fatpups Black Mule pickup set with aged nickel framed uncovered neck pickup

    What I did do:

    - Sourced all of the parts (the most fun part of the build for me)
    - Sanded and finished the body
    - Installed everything on the body aside from final bridge positioning
    - Sanded the neck pocket to fit the neck
    - Burnished the neck
    - Installed the tuners

    What I did not do:

    - Set the neck (despite this, there is some slight string misalignment, but intonation is good)
    - Set the bridge
    - Perform the final setup

    There are some things that didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I learned a lot and the next one I build will be better. As it is, I love this one and can't put it down. I may shield the cavities later but I wanted to see how it sounds first unshielded.

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  2. Killing Floor

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    That looks fantastic.
     
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  3. Misty Mountain

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    Pretty guitar. I am sure you are proud of what you just accomplished!
     
  4. _MementoMori_

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    Thanks! I created a thread about the purple neck and was reassured by everyone that it will eventually calm down. It's the only thing I don't currently love about this build.
     
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    I think this is one of my favourite guitars I have ever seen. I love everything about it. I have serious guitar envy.

    It's my understanding that a boat neck is a pretty hard V. I love V necks. Is that one pretty pronounced?
     
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    Thank you! The "point" of the V feels pretty soft to me, but the shoulders really do drop off. My hand didn't know what to make of it for about an hour but now I prefer it over my other three electrics. It's hard to describe. It feels very full but small at the same time. I'm terrible at wrapping my thumb to play Hendrix style chords but I can just about do it with the shoulders on this neck.
     
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  7. J. Bonkosky

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    Very nice and definitely unusual! Nice to see something different. I would skip shielding the cavities. I live very close to a cell tower and neither of my telecasters have issues with excessive hum or RF noise.
     
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    Question for those of you with staggered tuners - have any of you opted for string trees anyway? I really don't know what a good break angle is supposed to look like on a Fender style headstock. On this build, my E, B, and G strings are traveling almost in a straight line through the nut to the tuning post.
     
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    Nice one. Looks really good. Well done.
     
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    Congrats on a great build, enjoy it.
     
  11. Peegoo

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    Looks beautiful. Nice work!

    You were right to not blindly jab a string tree or two on the headstock. Not all guitars need them--even those without staggered tuners.

    Many players assume the tree(s) always makes a guitar sound better and increases sustain on the B and high E strings. That is true--but usually when the nut slots are not cut to perform best, or when the scoop behind the nut is too shallow (it does vary). On many guitars the tree compensates for imperfect nut slots.

    You can test this by playing the open string, and then adding a little pressure on the string behind the nut and playing the string again while holding pressure. If the string rings clearer/louder/longer, then a tree may be necessary.

    If your guitar doesn't need a tree, then don't install one. It will play in tune and stay in tune better without one because the tree adds an additional friction point to the string.
     
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    Thanks for that tip! I'll test it out today and then HOPEFULLY not jump online to buy string trees.
     
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    That's seriously nice. Well done!
     
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    What a great build:D
     
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    Nice!
     
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    I wondered what you were putting that neck on. What a beauty.
     
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