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How much would you guys pay for my partscasters?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by 63 vibroverb, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. bloomz

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    Partscasters are fun to build, I have 2 and wish I could get a reasonable price from them, because I moved right on to other guitars and hung them on the wall, but know better. Both have the DG-20 EMG set, and I doubt I could sell for enough to just cover that.

    One of them is the prettiest guitar in the house - could enter it into a beautiful guitar contest. But knowing the lack of value it will continue to adorn my mancave.

    There was some builder that was all dissed around a couple years ago, can't remember the name, when is was supposedly "discovered" he was building partscasters.
     
  2. 2manyteles

    2manyteles TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I think that if you expect to make anything building a guitar from parts, folks will need to be able to try them, or, you need to have established yourself as a builder with that special touch that sets your guitars apart. Think Danocaster.
     
  3. Mr. Lumbergh

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    This. They're really only worth the used value of their parts when you get right down to it, and I say this as someone who has built one (that's awesome btw) and is currently building another.
     
  4. DrPepper

    DrPepper Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    If you buy sufficient quantities from all parts you can mix and match, find the right neck/body combos and return the unwanted ones...
     
  5. vintageampz

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    First Off, Let's get this Straight!!

    1) the ORIGINAL MEANING of a "Partscaster" is a Vintage and then more current model Telecaster or Stratocaster being PASSED OFF AS ALL ORIGINAL, whereas it is actually made up of parts from different guitars!

    2) what you guys are depicting are Customs made at shops or something you built yourself sometimes with loving care and knowledge ...... and sometimes a thrown-together POS.

    Get it STRAIGHT ALREADY!
     
  6. braveheart

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    the red one looks really cool!
     
  7. Weazel

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    Calm down, will you? There's no patent pending for the term.
     
  8. trev333

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    if you can't build a tele for 2-300 bucks you might as well buy one ....:rolleyes:
     
  9. stepvan

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    As much as my wife will let me spend at this point... after all she says I have to many now:D
     
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    Here’s one I put together a couple of weeks ago, just nice to play a guitar that I finished and assembled, plays well and sounds great.
     

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  12. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    I don't know anything about these things (a 'no expert but...' disclaimer).

    I imagine making 'custom' guitars may be a more profitable exercise. You could have a website where you offer options, and the customer can determine the details. Something along the lines of the Fender mod shop.
     
  13. Jjmatashi

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    Five hundred to six hundred bucks max, to be real.
    Not because they aren't great quality, but because I wouldn't want to lose my shirt if I ever wanted to re-sell or trade them.
     
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  14. GoodAugust

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    A partscaster is what happens when the sum equals less than the whole of it's parts, imo.
    I have no problem owning a partscaster, but if I was selling it, I would be selling parts, not a guitar.

    If you're looking to provide a service, you could offer to build people's partscasters for them, for a nominal fee, say 50-100 depending on your setup and fret leveling quality. Give them a custom shop experience without the custom shop upcharge. If you're buying unfinished necks, work the price of a paint job into the cost. As things get more service based and not parts assembly based, create a charge for the finishing skills or modifications.

    That makes more sense to me than charging people full price for guitars you built and thought would be great for anyone.
     
  15. mugen74

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    There’s nothing negative about it. The fact is I CAN buy brand new Fender necks for $250 and that’s the only value in your guitars. No name, unknown bodies aren’t worth anything to me or most people. They may be fine wood and nice bodies, but no one will pay for them. I don’t know what electronics you put in them either. The value is the neck. If it wasn’t a Fender neck, there’d be even less value in your guitars. It’s not harsh or negative. It’s facts. Sorry you don’t like it. No partscaster will ever be worth more than an off the rack MIM Fender. Or most Squiers for that matter.

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  16. rocnrik

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    After years of buying hi end custom shop and boutique guitars I build my own .. ( I am guitar repair guy /builder .. 40 years doing it .. ) No bolt on neck Strat or tele unless bought for vintage Collection investment should cost what some of these companies charge .. I did set up on a custom shop tele that guy payed 5 grand for and i was so disappointed in everything about it ..I handed him my tele I built from USA custom guitar swamp ash body (I painted .. thin nitro) , big fat USA made neck , lollar pickups, Callahan bridge, gotoh tuners.. 6lbs9 oz.. this guitar destroyed his in every category.. my logo on neck .. he wanted to buy on spot .. I had less than 800 in parts on mine .. he offered 1600 I turned him down.. I told him that was too much I sold it for 1300 to him . He now has his 5 grand tele for sale ..if you start with good wood (body and neck) have access to be able to spray and understand paint .. the rest is fairly routine .. the hard part is fit .. and nut , fret attention final setup .. if you are good at that then you can make some amazing instruments.. all bolt on guitars are parts casters .. the parts come from somewhere .. even famous guitarist use that name guitar with replaced necks .. you don’t have to pay thousands to gave a very nice guitar ..
     
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    I own a Nash and having a tele built locally. Where a lot of those here build as a hobby, I play as a hobby. Have been doing it for 40 years. There is no way I could live on beans and rice with my gig wages.

    I ordered the Nash because I could play examples first. I am getting a T style built because I want a guitar accommodating my quirks: low frets, narrow neck, P90s, etc.

    I cannot change a pick guard. I ran into a luthier/tech when I bought an Epi Casino (Chinese) from a friend. This guy rewound the pickups and they sounded as good as my 330. That was years ago. Recently I was calling around to see about a refret job. This guys name came up. I called him and could tell he was knowledgeable.

    When I visited his shop I saw all his wood working gear. He buys the wood, cuts the body, makes the neck, builds the pickups,etc. It is a completely different process. I’m sure I could have found a suitable tele and modded it. But I like the idea of getting a unique guitar that is joyous to play.

    He charges $1,800-2,200. 1/2 in advance, satisfaction guaranteed. I know he will and can follow through.

    A few here note the importance of a great set up. This guy is the best I have used, and I have been to a lot of guitar shops.

    If you can’t get the guitar in the customer’s hands you better have a strong reputation, whether it is local or a wider area.
     
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  18. Urshurak776

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    Bottom line, as others have stated, you probably have more money in it than a new MIM tele. Yet, you would be luck to get the same money for it and realistically you would get less. It is what it is.
     
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  19. nico

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    What a great and informative thread!

    What do ya'll think happens to the price point when the parts are vintage? By way of example, I have a Fender Bass VI with:

    1962 clay dot neck
    1970s Fender body
    1970s Seth Lovers

    You can assume original 1960s tuners, bridge and trem, although those sit in a case in favor of Mastery stuff.

    Do you think the formula I read earlier of sum of parts divided by two holds true?
     
  20. mteetank

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    Yep that is right on......A custom build with your brands logo on the headstock. Make a check list of every part available with your price. Take close up photos of your work. Write a marketing piece that sounds like you are describing a $1000 meal. How many can you honestly build in one year? Check out other custom builders on the internet and see how they do it. The pride is in your craft will be your reward. all in all....it will be a labor of love.
     
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