FPD! (Finished Partcaster Day) and Classic Vibe Custom Part 2

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  1. whoanelly15

    whoanelly15 Tele-Afflicted

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    Part 1 - https://www.tdpri.com/threads/ngd-classic-vibe-custom-part-1.939733/

    Some of you are aware of the troubles I had with this project - won’t even bring that up here, but want to thank all of those who took the time to share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm as I problem-solved my way through this. In the end, I have an absolutely FANTASTIC playing guitar, that is now done and - as of today - joins a very happy guitar family. Seriously though, I love this place and if it weren’t for the many lifetimes’ of know-how here, I wouldn’t have even taken this on. Anyways, on to the good stuff...
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    (Pictured here with my 59 slab board thin skin Strat. Not pictured - avatar guitars - AV64 Tele and Lacquer 60’s Jag... I think I have the pre-CBS rosewood era tributes pretty well covered. Those two are at my jam-space with my Orange amp.)

    Squier CVC body and saddles remain. The neck on the original was too thin for me, but I always wanted a 59-62 style custom. So, we’ve got an Allparts slab board neck with a satin nitro finish, c-shape, about the same profile and thickness as my 60’s Jag, except with 9.5” radius and slightly taller than vintage frets (my happy place). Sold the other neck to fund the allparts one. Also sold the other pickguard with pickups and all the other hardware in a package deal to fund the electronics - 4-way switching, 60’s spec pots, and @Bootstrap Palo Duro pickups, which are RW/RP and are all they were reported to be - full, balanced, articulate and responsive. REALLY loving them and are every bit as good as the 64’s in my other Tele, just in their own way.

    The neck pocket was perfect and the allparts neck fit really nice and tight. The thing really vibrates when playing unplugged, even with the thick poly on the body (which has a stunning grain pattern/match and is just a two-piece, as best as I can tell). Really pleased with how it came out and to have learned so much, even the pitfalls along the way. Thanks again!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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  3. Gardo

    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That binding really gives a great accent . Nice
     
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    Gorgeous - a classic colour scheme!
     
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    Very sweet, enjoy!
     
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    Nice work! Congratulations.
     
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    Thanks, gang! For less than $500, this thing plays now and sounds as good as any guitar can. Couldn’t be happier. The next project will be a 50’s style parts strat. Later this year or next.
     
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    To be more specific, it’ll be an early 59 tribute. Some TBD finish over a 3TS, but with maple board. Already have a 3-way switch and the pickups ready to roll. Gonna have to wait on sourcing a neck and body though.
     
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    That is absolutely beautiful. Great photos too!
     
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  10. misterdontmove

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    That's a great looking guitar. Something special about putting it together yourself, with a little help from your friends here on TDPRI. The tele in my avatar is a partscaster built the same way. Play the hell out of it!
     
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    I know a 3way switch is correct for 59 but back in the day guys would wedge in a matchstick or something to get the 2 and 4 sound . I would have a hard time not using a 5way switch
    But that’s just my thought
     
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    My other strat has a 5-way, and I’ll be honest, I rarely stray from neck or bridge positions, so I don’t think I’ll miss it. If I needed 2 or 4, I’d grab that guitar. Plus, that Strat came with a traditional 3-way in the case, and some other stuff, and I figured I’d rather use spare parts as an excuse to build another guitar than leave them in a parts drawer.

    I don’t obsess over spec anyways. This custom, as an example, got a 4-way and isn’t a vintage neck. These are more tributary in the visual sense.
     
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    Good plan. Last fall I put one together with the goal of using what was laying around. Ended up with something a tittle different but fun. ( my avatar)
     
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    Great job! Nice looking tele! Congrats.
     
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    I can’t stand the 5 way in my A.V 65, I rarely use the combinations and would like to put the extra 3 way it came with in but am scared it’s going to change something

    Nice tele by the way
     
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    Thanks! I know what you mean. It’s nice to have the switch for the option, even if you don’t use it. Easy enough to throw right past 2 and 4 (and 3 while we’re at it ;)

    The AV65’s are awesome me guitars too! I’d let it be.
     
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