NGD - Tele Partscaster, wood?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Mr Scallywag, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Mr Scallywag

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    Not something I normally do, but got this today and was wondering what the wood is. Looks like pine, and it's light, but I have no real idea with these things.

    The guitar itself is lovely. Blonde nitro finish with some nice wear and fade, more yellow in real life, Gotoh bridge, Grover tuners, Fender pickguard, Might Mite vintage tint neck, a set of SD Quarter Pounders, and crappy wiring. All for not much more than a new Affinity around these parts.
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    I’m not an expert, but that doesn’t look unlike alder to me.
     
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    So what is it? that may lend a clue. I'm guessing that if it's Asian it's probably Agathis.
     
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    The guy I bought it off didn't know. The finish alone means it's not anything official. More likely a nitro finished after market body, so maybe Asian, yeah.
     
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    If it's pine it'll smell like it right? Also, it'll probably sound 5 times better once you replace those cheap pots... Nice find.
     
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    Now that's a good idea. I tried it and it does smell kinda piney.
     
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    Hard to tell from just the control cavity, but looks an awful lot like pine to me. I have several pine teles and love them. I, too, would redo that wiring pronto. I'm no big fan of the Quarter Pounds either. I'd put some Cavaliers or Sunday Handwounds in there.
     
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    Hard to tell by that pic, could even be basswood. The darker grain does look like alder or pine though. If that is a knot in where the jack hole was drilled it would be pine.
     
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    Basswood maybe.
     
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    Hot pickups aren't normally my thing but so far these aren't too shabby, and are a good change from the Keystones in my other tele. And, yes, I'll be trying to redo the wiring over the weekend. Even the switch is a cheap five way. I thought I might have lucked on some interesting configurations when I realised but... no.

    As an edit, I had a peek and the neck is actually a SD Alnico 2 vintage style (the APTR1 to be precise). And I have a Broadcaster bridge lying around. A good pairing?
     
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    Sounds promising. Give it a try.
     
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    Looks like Douglas Fir. Perhaps common pine. But you are in Australia and any home building lumber may be quite a bit different species than gets used elsewhere.

    I'd say to upgrade the switch to an Oak-Grigsby 4-way and Bourns pots, Switchcraft jack. Use shielded cable from the volume pot to the jack (that's about 50% of idle noise floor). Depending on the pocket depth, if it's shallow, you may need to bend the O-G switch tabs up so it fits before soldering wires to it.

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    I have made many Telecasters ( partscasters) and avoid knots. They will pop out as the guitar gets older. I used to walk and talk to guys in a lumber yard to school.
    Arlo West's " Ol Piney" is a beautiful specimen. NO knots.
     
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    Yeah, it definitely needs quieting down a bit, so shielding and decent wires are a start. Shielded cable isn't the same as cloth covered though is it? Never heard of Bourns, but willing to give them a go. My soldering skills are adequate at best but might try the four way. My tech has previously installed push/pull tone instead for the same result, so I know how effective it can be.
     
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    I didn't make the above comment today nor in relation to this post.
     
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