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What do you think of this "Custom Build" Partscaster?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by rdwhitti, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. rdwhitti

    rdwhitti Tele-Holic

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    I normally don't even give a second look at partscasters; the sellers usually seem to think that they are worth all of the money that they put into them plus some. However this one caught my eye:

    https://austin.craigslist.org/msg/d/telecaster-custom/6498691579.html

    I have been wanting a tele but don't want to spend a lot (my main guitar is a jazz box Ibanez). I know I don't need it but it just got me to wondering if it was worth it.
     
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    To me, honestly, it looks like a slightly modified squier affinity.
     
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    just got my first partscaster and like it, going to start building them i think, can make exactly how i want it. mine was $300, squire custom vibe 69 body, classic 60's mim serial numbered neck, has a great feel and sound and fits right in between my tele and strat sound wise. sorta opened my eyes to partscasters, I have my fenders i really wanted and building some partscasters will be fun...go play it, could be the one you are looking for
     

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  4. rdwhitti

    rdwhitti Tele-Holic

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    Actually that's what it made me think of too when I first saw it. And you can find Affinity's all day for $100 or less. What are some of the signs to look for if I may ask?
     
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    Must me a pretty new listing I don’t remember it from my usual tele searchings. Because the Austin listing usually come up also when I search for something specific.

    I know it’s very popular, but I don’t trust partscasters with all the decals.

    I’m not sure but it seems like the only way to tell what it could be is to take it apart.

    From what I can see in the photos the poly seems way too thick everywhere to be a custom build. Who would order that? It feels mass produced.

    Maybe I’m ignorant, but why would someone oil the frets? In 30 years I haven’t heard of that before. Rosewood: yes, the nut: sure, the sadles: I guess. The frets: never.
     
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    I'm not an expert on these matters, but it looks good to me. If it plays nicely, I'd say it's worth $285.
     
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    Looks like a top loading Squier Affinity body/bridge, don't see any ferrules on the back.

    Spending money on a custom shop decal/neck plate but not upgrading something like the bridge would make me steer far away from this one.
     
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  8. rdwhitti

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    Good point, I knew something looked wrong! Thank you!
     
  9. acrylicsuperman

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    The finish is the same orange finish as their butterscotch blonde. The neck was sanded and a decal was added wrong, and then cleared. Neck plate was changed. Not sure if those came with a squier branded plate or not. Also didn't see any string ferrules, which indicates top loader bridge. I could be wrong but that is my perspective on it.
     
  10. rdwhitti

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    Ok thanks everybody that helps a lot. I will steer clear of this one for sure.
     
  11. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I'd say grab it. Telecasters are hard to find for less than $300 today especially with the Fender logo. Partscaster or not.
     
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