I've tested positive for Partscasterism

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  1. FuncleManson

    FuncleManson TDPRI Member

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    Hello!

    I've been playing for almost 40 years (you'd think I'd be better by now). I've amassed a pretty good collection of guitars, but last year, while furloughed from my job, I caught the partscaster bug. I've done three so far--two Strats and an Esquire, with a Tele/Strat hybrid and a scalloped-fretboard Strat (I've never played one) in the works.

    They have, or will, take varying amounts of work, but these forums have been a huge help to me. So I thought I'd join in and maybe share some of the things that I've learned along the way.

    I'm retiring next month and plan on continuing with the partscasters as long as I can make it work financially. Might have to sell off some of my "real" guitars to keep it going. I look forward to soaking up the knowledge around here and maybe sharing some of my own.
     
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  2. Toadtele

    Toadtele Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome!
     
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  3. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Bad news good news.
    There is no cure, but it is survivable.
    The condition is that you must continue to feed it.
    We will be your support group.
     
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    Sounds like a reasonable plan if you have the space!
     
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  5. rstaaf

    rstaaf Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    There is no cure, the treatment is to just let it run it's course ;)

    Here is my current project. Started life as a Squier Vintage Blonde CV50 Tele.
    The only thing left of the original guitar is the body ;)

    I have had it and played it as my main practice instrument for over 10 years.
    Last year I decided to make some changes. Stripped the body and sent it off t be painted.

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    Went with Daphne Blue, came perfect! Just the look I was going for.

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    Here are some of the parts laid out on the body. Neck is from a Fender Highway One as is the Bridge plate.
    The saddles are Rutters Compensated. I am using a Toneshaper with a 4 Way switch to control everything.
    The pickups will be Seymour Duncan Five Two single coils.

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    Gonna start shielding the cavities tonight with copper foil. Some me time this weekend before work tomorrow :lol::lol::lol:

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  6. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    After my first partscaster I swore I'd never build another.

    After the second I just swore.

    Cured. Nine years clean.
     
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    Some people find relief in collecting pedals.

    Rapid diagnostic question, do you have analog, digital, and tube based overdrive pedals? If not, how do you know what you like?

    Same with partscasters. Do you really know the difference between Lollar and Fralin pups?

    It’s important not to get distracted by the naysayers who want you to stop collecting.
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Howdy and welcome.
    Me too!
    I have 4 groovy part-o-casters.
    They seem to be breeding!
     
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  9. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Greetings Funcle! We need guitar pics to validate your membership.

    Sb
     
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  10. stormsedge

    stormsedge Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome! Long term therapy may be needed...send me those already assembled---out of sight, out of mind:lol::lol::lol:. ((jk...there is no cure...Hotel California)).
     
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  11. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I've been vaccinated, so I should be OK. :D:lol:

    Welcome.
     
  12. Telekarster

    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    Ha! Welcome man! You'll probably find out that there is no cure for this affliction, FWIW. I'm seriously considering on selling the majority of my mfg guitars, and I've got some real dandys, to fund my idea of replacing them with guitars that I built :) Carry on mate, and give us some pics when you get a chance, cause we love pics around here :D
     
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  13. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Tele-Afflicted

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    I hear there's no cure..........anyone wants.

    Almost all my Fender guitars are or become Partscasters.

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  14. Telekarster

    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm still waiting to see that tele body with your awesome artwork on it... ;)
     
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    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome...

     
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    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Maybe one day . . . Maybe
     
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  17. FuncleManson

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    OK, here are some photos. Pardon my bad smartphone photography.

    First one. Pretty simple. Basically just screwed a Warmoth roasted maple boatneck with stainless steel frets onto a loaded LPB Classic Vibe body.

    Probably most proud of the second one. An Esquire with the Eldred mod that I wired from scratch. Hadn't picked up a soldering iron since jr. high more than 40 years ago, so I was pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in and it worked!

    Third one is the highest-end one I've done. Modeled after a FCS 1961 Aztec Gold Strat, but with SS frets, ash hardtail body and truss rod access at the headstock.

    Yes, sorry, they have Fender logos. The next two won't though.

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  18. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Welcome!

    Never caught the bug thank goodness. I am a klutz with such things.
    It’s good to have hobbies in retirement. Now you have two: playing AND building guitars.
     
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  19. fattybrisket

    fattybrisket Tele-Meister

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    I think you mean Partscasteritis or Partscasterosis. Partscasterism is the philosophy you would lay out in a crazed manifesto from the confines of your meager mountain cabin.

    Sorry, I am not usually the guy who polices suffix usage but I am the guy who is always on the lookout for a cheap joke opportunity... even if the joke isn't very funny. Carry on.
     
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  20. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I thought that was an entry requirement for membership to TDPRI ?!?
     
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