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Partscaster as your only guitar ?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Ghostdriver, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Loudog99

    Loudog99 Tele-Holic

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    My 3 electrics are all partscasters I put together. I like the fact that I can choose every single part to suit my preferences. Plus, I can do the setup to suit my taste while knowing the ins and outs of how the neck and body fit together.
     
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  2. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I do not own ANY Fenders, but I do have many partscaster builds.
    I do have more.
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  3. YALCaster

    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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    My only real fender I’m considering selling. I only really prefer my partscasters
     
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  4. Ghostdriver

    Ghostdriver Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yep, exactly what I am feelin !
     
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  5. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    If you are going to mod anyway, might as well get the parts you want and put together the guitar you want;)
     
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  6. Mick Sullivan

    Mick Sullivan Tele-Meister

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    None of my 3 guitars are stock.
     
  7. radar

    radar TDPRI Member

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    I only have a Fender Jazz Bass, everything else is either built from parts, designed and built from scratch, or modded beyond recognition.

    I have nothing against Fender instruments, I love the designs, but I always have the nagging feeling that a stock guitar has been specced down to a profit margin and price point, rather than allowed to be what it should be.
     
  8. Muadzin

    Muadzin Tele-Meister

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    I still have about 4 factory made guitars left, 3 Strats and a Tele, but I mostly keep them around for sentimental value. Everything else is either partscaster or DIY build. Everything else I used to have I sold off to make room for new builds.
     
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  9. Wharfcreek

    Wharfcreek Tele-Meister

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    My avatar is also a 'parts-caster', one of 3 I built as project guitars when I was ambitious and looking for things to do. I'm down to just one Tele..... but I still consider it a 'must have' guitar. But, I say that as it relates to it being a 'stock' Tele vs highly modified. And, by 'stock', I'm referencing the basic pickups, switches, and tone controls that you'd find on an 'off the shelf' Fender unit. To me, once you start putting Humbuckers or P-90s or what-ever into them, you get to that point of 'When is a Tele 'NOT' a Tele anymore?' I love the guitar for what it is....or 'was'......and not so much for what it 'can be'. Yes, the mods are cool, and as a player I can certainly relate to the value and flexibility created by changing and adding things to the guitar. But, I've just come to a point in my life where the simplicity of something being what it was made to be helps me make choices about what I want to have, play, and keep. Because the character of a 'stock' Tele is so incredibly unique..... it falls into my 'must have' category. And, I love the one I built basically because it 'feels' better to me than any 'new' Tele I could buy. And, I built it, so that counts for something too. I wish I had my first old Tele...... it would be worth about $50K! But, I can guarantee that this one I built sounds as good, feels as good, and plays as well as that old one ever did! Nothing wrong with 'new' or 'original'....but .... a good 'parts-caster' assembled by someone who knows what they're doing and does it right....that can be glorious!
     
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  10. alexwilds

    alexwilds Tele-Meister

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    I build partscasters all the time - the telecaster is just a format that I like to base my designs around. But my main axe is a 1980 Tokai Breezysound, somewhat modified. It would take a keen eye to tell it from a real 1950's blackguard (it is one of those excellent "law suit" guitars). It looks, plays and sounds better than a lot of genuine Fender Telecasters out there.

    I do not think a telecaster needs to be assembled by hired hands in the Fender factory to be a great guitar.
     
  11. corbo

    corbo TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I've got Seth & Jerry on my Kirn. Great combo!
     
  12. soundcloset

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    They are all partscasters and only one has a factory-built body, except for the acoustic. I (1) have the tools and (2) always seem to have chunks of interesting wood at hand and (3) am left-handed, so the choices are fewer. The only guitar I bought close to new was a Peavey Haircaster from the 80's. Okay, it was a Ntro, to be specific, with a carved triple droopy headstock and a locking trem, which was (mercifully?) stolen in Honduras.
     
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  13. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Pretty much all of mine are. I have 4.
     
  14. rokasjmusic

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    Warmoth tele was my main and only electric guitar for quite a while. I have never purchased any Fender guitars myself. Only traded something for them and then sold them ;)
     
  15. dreamsinger

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    My Tele doesn't have a single Fender part on it nor did my 5 string P-Bass. I have no use for stock Fenders or any other brand, really. I'm a bit picky.
     
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  16. donrichfan

    donrichfan Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    That's a beauty. Is that a TK CC in the neck?
     
  17. ndcaster

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    thanks

    yes, it's a TK Smith, and wired to a treble bleed

    a matched Novak in the bridge

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  18. donrichfan

    donrichfan Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    I have a CC II pole piece that I plan to install when I find the right body. Was thinking of ordering the matched bridge as well, very curious. Do you like the Novak? How does it differ from a general Tele bridge?
     
  19. Ricoblues

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    My number one is an luthier (a friend of mine) made telecaster a "modern '52" style but I'm planning to sell my Les Paul standard to buy an original Usa telecaster with "rosewood" fretboard.
     
  20. Lordwhimsey

    Lordwhimsey TDPRI Member

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    I've got a Fender Telecaster and two Gibson LP Specials but I only really use my mahogany, Hosco partscaster.

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