When is it a Partscaster?

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  1. DimEyeGuitarGuy

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    I recently bought a Tidepool/maple neck telecaster.

    By tomorrow night, the only thing stock on it will be the body, neck and nut.

    At what point (I'm guessing I'm definitely there already) does it stop being a player series and become a partscaster? Or does the neck and body have to be mismatched for it to be a partscaster?

    Here's a list of replacement parts:
    Fender locking tuners
    Schaller strap locks
    Fender white pearloid pickguard
    SD La Brea pickups
    Emerson prewired control plate

    So is this a partscaster or just a highly modded/upgraded player series.

    PS. I know it really doesn't matter. I'm just asking...

    Tom - DEGG
     
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    It's a modified Fender player series in tidepool.

    Tuners? not important, they break they get replaced anyway.
    strap locks, a common upgrade on guitars
    pickguard ... not really part of the guitar. :D
    Pre-wired control plate ... just laziness. ;)

    so, you just have a guitar with changed pickups really, no biggy.
     
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    Thanks for posting.

    Tom - DEGG
     
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    No offence intended, I hope you saw the little winking face.
     
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    Hmm...IMO, if the neck or body is changed, it's definitely a partscaster. Anything else is a judgement call.

    Of course, if the neck and body are the ONLY original parts remaining, that's pretty much a partscaster too...it takes more than a neck and a body to make a Fender; otherwise its just a fender neck and a fender body with a bunch of other stuff. Individual things swapped out are just modifications, but if you gut the thing, it's a partscaster.

    Somehow, pickups + electronics seem to me to be the most important thing after body and neck. I don't know why since pickups are usually one of the first things people around here seem to change.
     
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    Most consider everything a mod until factory neck & body are separated.
     
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    To me you gotta lose the neck or body to be a partscaster. IMO yours would be a highly modded Player Series - not saying it's worth more than a partscaster though.

    I have an '83 SG that I've replaced every single part on it, it's been refinished four times, I had a hole cut in the top for a Kahler trem and then since filled it with a block of mahogany, and both pickups crapped out over the years and I replaced them with SDs. Still the same body, neck, and fretboard but literally everything else has been altered or replaced. To me it's still a Gibson SG, but it's a butchered, modded one that ain't worth much. I don't think of it as a parts guitar although it pretty much is.

    Now here's one for you - what if you have a stock Fender and you replace the neck with a different Fender neck? Is it a partscaster now?
     
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    I hadn't even considered value or worth in the equation. My sole desire is to make this my guitar. I love the neck and love the color. So the other things I've done are just to make it mine.

    Tom - DEGG
     
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    The same model neck or a different one?
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it. I mod my guitars to make them just like I want them. Just giving my two cents on the partscaster definition.
     
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    Let's say you put a MIA neck on a MIM standard. Is it better? Probably. Is it a partscaster now? IDK.

    [​IMG]
     
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    What about a Partspaul? Is that a thing?
     
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    Partscasters are better and you failed to go far enough.

    Mod more!

    I have a few parstcasters that gaze at each other longing to have their, uh, parts reunited.
     
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    I have a '71 Deluxe routed for full size HB with every removable part except maybe the switch replaced including the pots.
    Frets too, and knobs.
    The pointers under the knobs might be original though.

    Neck and body came from the factory together so only consumables have been replaced making it not a partspaul.
    Some LPs have a replacement neck but we don't see those referred to as partspauls...

    ...I wonder why?
     
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  16. toomuchfun

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    A partscaster is a guitar created by an individual instead of initially being built by a formal business. Yes, the parts are made by a business but until it plays there just parts.
     
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    They are all partscasters. Even the ones Fender put together with parts sourced from wherever.
     
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    Here we go again!
     
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    It's a guitar. Play it and enjoy it. I've never been hung up on this stuff though a lot of folk are. Each to their own.
     
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    I built a partscaster Tele out of a Warmoth body and spare everything else that I had lying around. Since building it I have replaced the neck, pickups, electronics, added a Bigsby, replaced the bridge, routed it for a third pickup and replaced the pickguard. I am thinking now about getting a new body for it. At what point is it no longer even the same guitar?
     
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