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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by BritishBluesBoy, Mar 9, 2013.
This is a cream Squire "vintage" body onto which I bolted a MIM roasted maple neck purchased online. I installed a set of Fralin split coil Blues
special pick-ups that are really schweet. They give me the Tele sound that I hear in my head (played thru a vintage '64 Princeton Reverb) - with the pots and switches from Fralin as well. I do a lot of stuff in the vein of Mike Campbell and Stu Mathis (Lucinda Williams) and these pick-ups are really good across a whole range of tonalities. Wanted to put a vintage style bridge but it wouldn't line up. Later will replace the saddles - in same style but brass. The color doesn't really show well in the picture. It's distinctly greenish. I set it up with 12s and a slightly higher action as I wanted one guitar strictly for slide in standard tuning because I get too lazy doing slide in oh-so-familiar G-tuning.
Oh, that's a beauty. Totally unique. I could see myself playing that all day long. Nicely done.
Here is my parts caster and list of mods.
Fender roller nut
Wilkinson 3 saddle compensated bridge with brass saddles
Tuning machines from a Fender Starcaster
Fender American Standard 3 way switch
Fender American Standard jack
Fender vintage 1meg tone pot
Fender vintage 1meg volume pot
DiMarzio True Velvet bridge pickup
GFS vintage 52 neck pickup
All cavaties are shielded with copper tape
Vintage wax coated push back wiring
Hand wired in the vintage 53 telecaster style
Treble bleed circuit
Fender Greasebucket circuit from a Highway 1 Telecaster
String trees are in non conventional locations
And finally, I aged and distressed everything by hand.
Man I have to do some tele partscasters. All I’ve ever done were 50/60’s Strats! All were done with massive Allparts necks, MJT vts bodies and all 100% fender pure vintage hardware, except the lighter blue one. That was a buddies I put together for him.
Warmoth chambered alder hardtail with a modern construction maple neck with stainless steel frets, lace holy grails, and a clapton circuit.
Warmoth alder body with spalted maple top, a mahogany/ebony neck, harmonic design vintage plus pickups.
This isn't done yet - I only rough cut the body and carved out the cavities. Tonight I cranked up the soldering iron and wired this up (just one humbucker + two 500K pots and a capacitor) and it WORKED!!! First try! I didn't include the switch - but I'll be routing it out for the neck pickup and adding a single coil - so I'll get a chance to also wire up the box switch.
Really, this was just practice for my soldering skills which are much better than I thought they were!
On the bus home from the guitar repair shop, where I had this wonderful little instrument set up properly. I'd had the neck and bridge pickup for years, as part of a pretty dodgy Thinline-ish partso with a cracked body. But I knew I wanted to keep the neck as part of a quality Telecaster, a type of guitar I've not really had before. So I found this Classic Vibe body for sale, and I messaged this repair guy and asked if he was free. Took it over, and he found a new scratchplate for it, the missing electronics, and a Fender N3 neck pickup (the one in the bridge is an old Seymour Duncan Broadcaster).
Took it home, and it's truly the sound I've been missing. This bridge pickup can cut glass, such a different sound from any of my other guitars. Finally I have a proper Telecaster that just works. Only change I might do is get a new bridge, since I've never been happy with the saddles on this one. Joe Barden bridge, perhaps, we'll see.
Such a joyous experience. ^^
90s Clapton Strat with a HUGE Warmoth ebony neck.
I don’t know if a stock Stewmac kit qualifies as a partscaster, but I just finished this:
My first proper double-bound Custom. She's an 8-lb punch in the face!
alder 2-piece body from ebay/China (5 lbs), I assume Classic Vibe 60s
Mojotone Quiet Coil Broadcaster bridge
Area T neck
Gotoh bridge with titanium saddles
someone else's work but now my fave
Reclaimed pine DIY body...
Second is Fretless neck...
Finished up last weekend, pic taken before the jack was in place
Guitarfetish blue floral body which was cheap, and for a reason. Neck screw holes were predrilled and not square, which means the neck plate ended up off kilter. It also chipped apart in big chunks when cutting for the neck pickup.
WD licensed neck, which I really like
Cheap vintage-style slotted tuners which are working great but needed conversion bushings since the neck was drilled for 10mm
Wilkinson compensated 3 saddle bridge
GFS Pro Series 63 Hotter Wound bridge pickup
1966 Fender Coronado pickup in the neck
Total weight is 5lbs 1oz
The Coronado pickup was made by Rowe Industries, best known for the DeArmond pickups in 60s Harmony and Silvertone guitars. This one reads around 10KOhm(really!), and matches nicely in volume with the 7KOhm bridge. It is also out of phase with the bridge, which I actually really like, so I am probably leaving it that way or adding a phase switch to have it as an option.
And I finally have a guitar that matches the strap a smart-ass music store guy included when I bought a bass 25 years ago. Joke is on him, that strap is still in great shape.
here my first DIY reclaimed pine body, Toneriders pups and cheap neck (had to work on..)
Other type than Tele, here we go: all reclaimed pine bodys, and different parts... Only Esquire is reclaimed oak.
I like that pickguard. How is it attached?
The control plate, bridge corner, and neck overhang hold it in place.
Les paul body with Tele routing.
Squier short scale neck. And lovely Pickups....