Kind of NGD - Random Parts Partscaster Assembly

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Strebs, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Strebs

    Strebs Tele-Meister

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    I recently moved and ended up having to fit my office/studio into a small bedroom. My old house had a finished basement so I had lots of space. With less room, I've been making the tough decisions of which guitars to keep and which to sell since I just don't have the room for a lot of unused instruments. Now, I'm working on organizing and selling off parts and pedals.

    When looking at my stuff, I had enough parts for a pretty nice Tele build. The one part that I purchased for this was a DiMarzio Fast Track T bridge pickup because I wanted to try one for a while.

    I ended up with this.

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    Sometimes things just come together well. It's a Mexican Deluxe Nashville body, a neck that I've had for a very long time named after my favorite old dog (RIP) that's been on and off of guitars over the years, an early 90's American Series neck pickup, Wilkinson compensated saddles and an ashtray bridge. The pickguard is for an American Elite and I chiseled out a rectangle under the spot that was there for a wheel so that I can use the StewMac truss rod tool on it without removing or lifting the neck up now.

    I love, love, love this thing! The neck feels like an old friend and the Fast Track T pickup is really nice! The American Series pickup pairs well with the Fast Track.

    This wasn't a planned build. Just a little bit of this and that from the parts bins. But this one's a keeper. I've been having a blast playing it!
     
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  2. El Tele Lobo

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    That looks very nice. Candy Apple Red? We need more pics!

    Happy NPPcD!
     
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  3. Strebs

    Strebs Tele-Meister

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    Thanks!

    More pics as requested.

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    I need to fill in the old tuner holes and I may try a mini humbucker neck pickup, but it's mostly finished at this point. I'll fix the small stuff at the next string change.
     
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  4. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I like that neck and tuners. What are the specs on it? Hard to tell, but looks like a vintage radius...maybe a fat or 60s C?
     
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  5. mkdaws32

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    Very nice! Just think - that guitar was there all the time - you just had to assemble it!
     
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  6. Old Plank

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    Cool partscaster! nice job, and what good taste you have ;)
     
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    It's a vintage radius. It's not thin but it's not a baseball bat either. It's an old Allparts Japan neck.

    The tuners are Hipshot locking tuners. They are Fender spec. I had to drill them for the 2 pegs. A jig would have been better, but I just clamped them down and then used the impressions to drill. Then used a fine file to make minor adjustments until they fit.
     
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    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    My skill is way less than just clamping something down and going for it.
     
  9. Strebs

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    I wouldn't recommend doing it that way. Underneath the tuners isn't pretty. Aside from some oval-ish holes because I didn't drill very well, there are filled in holes from an earlier set of tuners. This is the third type of tuner that this neck has worn over the years. I'll fill in the empty holes from the vintage style at the next string change.
     
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    Very nice man. That’s a great put together of spare parts. Great looking Tele!
     
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