Further adventures of the Green Partscaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by degsycaster, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. degsycaster

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    Well. Ive built this Tele from parts, posted a bit about it in the past but I've finally got her feeling right and looking better. Heres a terrible pic that I just took with my phone

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    Note the lovely blotchy green finish - a flaw and testement to my terrible spraying skills! But, this guitar is starting to become a bit of a fave. The neck is incredible and the back pickup barks like a wounded alsation.

    The front pickup sounds horrible (see my posts on wiring issues help) so I've ordered new pots and 3 way (a CRL with a spring) to re-wire the control plate. I'll keep you all posted - my aim is to be able to use this 'parts b**ch' as I affectionately call her, as a 'live' guitar.
     
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  4. degsycaster

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    The saga continues

    Wired in new switch and pots + replaced the cheapo capacitor with a sprague. Neck pickup still weak so should have a Wilkinson vintage spec replacement turning up tomorrow - I'll keep y'all posted.
     
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    Fitted the Wilkinson 'Vintage Voiced' neck pickup yesterday. When I received the pickup I wasn't that hopeful for a good sound out of it - thin wiring, block magnet on the base, Wilkinson logo on the cover. I took the logo off with a fine sanding block (this also made it look a little 'relic'd') and soldered her in. Wow - what a sound for a £19 pickup. Rich & smooth and beautifully balanced with the Fender OV in the bridge position.
     
  6. getbent

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    I love that guitar! Green is my favorite color... I'm trying to complete my sherwood green tele and I know what you mean about blotches... it makes me respect the pros even more... glad the pickup worked out!

    Nice job!
     
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    Thanks for that. I know what you mean about respecting the pros! When you start out with a parts project you imagine this perfect guitar at the end of it but you are essentially buying yourself into a labour of love!!
     
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    Just a few more pics to let you guys get a closer look. The vibe is kinda '50s meets '60s, '50's tone from the ash/maple construction with a custom colour finish. I'ts far from perfect but the playability and sound is exactly what I wanted.

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    I like that color.
     
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    It's just an automotive rattle can - Ford Forest Green acrylic. Apparently Volkswagen do a colour that is identical to Sherwood Green??
     
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    love the colour! i also love that its not a glass gloss finish, i like it a bit duller! nice!
     
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    that looks about the same green as Lake Placid Blue is blue

    if you catch my drift

    I like it

    thanks for sharing
     
  13. Colt W. Knight

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    Good job! What kind of bridge and saddles are you using there?
     
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    I agree.
    Maybe a new stock color for Leo's guys to consider.

    Looks great.
     
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys, muchly appreciated.

    mattdean4130 - the dull finish is another one of those 'happy accidents'.

    buckocaster51 - yes I totally agree. Old LPBs often fade to this kind of colour, you often see LPBs that could pass for Sherwood Green.

    Colt W. Knight - USA Vintage bridge with standard brass saddles. The screws are heavy duty wood screws from a diy store. The bridge has a very light frosting behind the pickup and seems far better finished than the one on my Baja.
     
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    Just a couple more pics. Firstly under the hood -

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    Secondly another shot of the finish now that I've flatted it down a bit -

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    Taking her to band practice tonight, I'll let you know how we get on :p
     
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    Well . . . used it for three quarters of our practice and I'm pretty impressed. I'm not gonna go all 'gooey-eyed' and say it's the best guitar I've ever played, it's not - but, it is very good!

    The pickups sounded good, the bridge unit being quite microphonic, despite it having been potted and the cavities being shielded, but it still was clear, bright & toppy, with a bassier response when I really dug into the strings. The mid selector position was great for a 'Stonsey' crunch and the 'el-cheapo' neck pickup sounded wonderfully dark and bassy when selected. All the electrics worked fine. This guitar prefers a clean sound on a valve amp, on clean settings the guitar really 'breathes'.

    The feel was lovely - nice low action, all bends present and correct and a comfortable balanced weight, hey . . . it even stayed in tune!

    Happy chappie from England signing off :)
     
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