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My new project - the White Blonde Partsbincaster

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by stressdoubt, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. stressdoubt

    stressdoubt TDPRI Member

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    Hi everyone

    I’m trying to put something together that uses up all the decent spare bits I have hanging around in various drawers and boxes left over from previous upgrades and partscaster builds. My previous partscaster builds have been aged to match the state of the neck I had sourced but this neck is brand new and shiny so I am aiming for a nice pristine build this time around.

    I managed to get a nice swamp ash Hosco body off eBay with a nitro satin white blonde finish and I am going to pair it up with a brand new Classic 60s pau ferro neck. I bought a black Bakelite pickguard, nickel knobs, 50s style string tee, control plate, electrosocket and strap pins from Axecaster and dug out a Fender vintage bridge with Gotoh brass saddles and some Gotoh vintage tuners from a dusty old box.

    Not sure what pickups to put in there yet. I have a set of Classic Vibes (a 60s neck and a 50s bridge) and a set of Fender Japan 50s Classics which came out of the MIJ Tele in my avatar. I am torn between a four-way or even a five-way loom but that’s something for further down the line right now.

    The neck has quite a tan coloured pau ferro fretboard so I am ping to experiment with putting some Monty’s Relic Wax on there to see how dark I can get it.

    Anyway I hope you like my plan - I’m certainly looking forward to putting it all together!

    Cheers
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  2. brookdalebill

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    Nice!
     
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    Lovely ash grain pattern.

    based on what I’ve seen elsewhere Montys aging wax won’t darken that board enough to make a big change. It’d need leather dye I’d say.
     
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    That's going to be a gorgeous build. Love that white blonde body. And that neck...I wouldn't change a thing. It's a beautiful color and I love that flowing stripe running down it.

    For pickups, I would go with the 60s neck and 50s bridge with a 4-way switch. Can't wait to see your progress!
     
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    I wish I had as many parts lying around lol. Nice work by the way. BTW, my parts are of the smaller variety, screws, pick guards, bridges and tuners.
     
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  7. TheOtherNeill

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    This. The lighter, more figured fretboard works beautifully with the blonde body. I actually love the look of the newer MIM models precisely because of the "stripier" pau ferro.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    That’s a splendid finish
     
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    This guy uses one of those minwax pens. I have never done this so I do not know how well it works.
     
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    That is a fine grouping of spare parts there!
     
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    Thanks for the link man - very interesting thread that - it’s given me a great deal of food for thought.

    Is that dye and oil technique what you used on the neck I traded the 60s Baja neck for? If so then it’s an impressive result - I am not sure I have the patience or the steady hand to apply it to successfully!
     
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    yes it is indeed
     
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    Normally my parts bin is pretty mundane - bits of this and that - the usual stuff! The neck was an eBay purchase for a previous partscaster project but didn’t get used in the end and I have been too lazy to put it back up on eBay!
     
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    Nice project, my project was a Hosco body, but I got it from Axecaster already finished by SC Relics. I'd have preferred one a bit less aged and discoloured, like yours but nothing was available at the time.

    FWIW I used some of the Monty's wax on a Pau Ferro 'board on my Jaguar project. To be fair it was already a darker than usual board for a PF, but was extremely rough when I bought the guitar (brand new). There was almost zero stock at that time, so I bought it anyway and filed/polished the frets and fret ends and sanded the PF to smooth it. Rolled the fingerboard edges too.

    It was getting there in terms of feel and I figured it just needed to be played in a bit more, but after I saw Montys get mentioned on an Andertons video late at night after a few drinks, I just ordered it. It has slightly darkened my Jaguar fingerboard and the bright white dots too (which I like as I was considering replacing them with repro 'clay' ones).

    What I do like about it is how it feels after 3-4 treatments: Now it feels like a nicely worn in guitar. Maybe I could have got this feel just using regular furniture wax, but I didn't have any and this stuff has darkened it a bit anyway. I used it on the baked Maple 'board on my 60s Tribute Les Paul and that has had the same result; feels lovely and smooth (it's already well worn in, but I like the feel it has now). I'm going to treat my SG and Epiphone LP that both have Rosewood 'boards next time I restring them.

    This was when I got it:

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    After quite a few mods and 3-4 treatments of Monty's wax:
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    that body is so beautiful it makes me weak to look at it. something to be said for simple finishing approach.
     
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    That looks great!

    I have a 60s alder body from SC Relics finished in blonde from my last project - I really love the work Scott does
     

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    Damn! That body is drop dead gorgeous. Good on you, man. Sweet.
     
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    Adore the grains in wood ;)
     
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    I love the white wash finish. Who did the finish on that body?
     
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