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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:39 am

Just want to show you folks my first partscaster build, completed a few weeks back.
1 piece ash body bought from Booboo guitars on the bay, unfinished and the "reject" is a small routing error in the trem spring cavity.
The neck is from NorthWest Guitars, though I bought it "nearly new" locally for a fraction of the price.
Pickups are Voltage Pickups Vicious set, and bloody nice they are too!
Scratchplates, jack tray/switchcraft socket all from Northwest Guitars again.
Wiring loom from a 70's Fender Japan strat.







1st coat of Tru-Oil, no grainfilling as the open grain is pretty minimal.


after the first coat of oil it revealed the machine marks still evident in the wood, so off it all came and go again!!




This was a PITA as the oil soaks in quite some way, took a fair few sanding sheets to clear the bugger!.

And the finished article:







The bridge is a new Wilkinson WPVc, and bloody good it is too, nice big steel block and the whole thing behaves itself, returning to pitch beautifully.



The neck sits a 1/2mm too high in the pocket, but lacking a router I don't fancy taking the required wood from the pocket for fear of screwing the whole thing up, playability is outstanding as is so....




I have to recommend these NorthWest Guitars' necks, a nice fat handfull and 12" radius, lovely!


Got the bug to do another!

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Re: Home built partscaster

Post by Iceman on Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:44 am

Wut?!!... no stray Spectrum neck about needing a home?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:50 am

Ha! I'm not butchering my Spectrum ST for a lowly strat!

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Post by Iceman on Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:04 pm

You looking for a Spectrum neck then by chance?

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Re: Home built partscaster

Post by Barry on Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:57 pm

Hey Pete your pix are being blocked in my location. I had a look at your URL's and they are massively long! If I copy and paste them into the browser I get a 502 error so I don't know if this is a temporary problem with Google's server or you are somehow using a restricted access URL.
Can you double check your links please?

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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:17 pm

not seeing pics either... Thinking

a successful build is lots of fun
a chance to try something new
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Post by Iceman on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:19 pm

I can see them just fine... and they ARE mighty fine, too.

A lovely runt of a build, Pete.

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Post by corsair on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:29 pm

Nope... I can't see 'em either!

I'd quite like to, as well; I'm considering a Tele bitsocaster with P90s after I finish my Avenger rat and am always looking for ideas!

Steve... mate!! Good to see you back on the boards, man!!

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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:48 pm

here's a way to shorten the url

http://tinyurl.com/

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Post by Barry on Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:42 pm

Tinyurl makes no difference. I'm seeing the universal symbol for "No Entry".   Evil or Very Mad

These url's are being blocked for reasons I cannot determine (something to do with Google Docs permission I'm thinking).

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:36 am

OK thanks for the broken links heads up,  I'll see if I can fix it after work.
In the meantime here's a link to the album, might be better.
https://goo.gl/photos/YRk6BCWoPZznt9xGA

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Post by corsair on Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:08 am

Nice!! I like the tortoiseshell on natural wood! Good one!!

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Re: Home built partscaster

Post by Meadows on Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:02 pm

Nice one Pete, how does it play?....

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Re: Home built partscaster

Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:50 pm

nice grain on the one-piece body
and the tortoiseshell looks classy!


booboo is all better now!
  Yay!

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:08 pm

Thanks guys. 
There really was no skill involved,  just selecting the correct sized parts, lots and lots of sanding and about 10 coats of tru oil. 

Si it plays very much like my spectrum,  mostly due to the neck pocket being slightly higher (1/2mm) than it should be.
It sounds so good though,  the  Voltage pickups are really nice, quite snappy and plenty of power on tap should I need it, though I've been playing it with the volume rolled off a little for some well balanced clean stratty goodness.

I bought a rosewood neck first off, but the heel didn't fit the body so I have this spare lovely neck, all I need is a body....tuners....scratchplate....bridge...and it all starts again! Bloody addictive so it is.

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Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:56 pm

Sgt. Vimes wrote:
I bought a rosewood neck first off, but the heel didn't fit the body so I have this spare lovely neck, all I need is a body....tuners....scratchplate....bridge...and it all starts again! Bloody addictive so it is.
Thumb Up
that's how it goes...
it is a slippery slope and then you end up with a room full of 'em.  Laughing

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Post by Barry on Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:23 am

Ah, there we go. Nice little git.
I too love the tortoise shell on natural finish, it's a classic look.

Wilkinson make pretty darn good hardware and electronics. 'Ole Trevor knows wot he's doin'.

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Post by Barry on Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:24 am

gittarasaurus wrote:...you end up with a room full of 'em.
Your room must be the size of an airplane hangar! Razz

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Re: Home built partscaster

Post by Barry on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:19 pm

A load of hot air? Roll on Floor Laff

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Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:02 am

that gigantic hangar is actually still in existence, and is located at Moffet Air Force Base, only a few miles from my home.

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Post by Adey on Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:31 am

We've got two in the UK at RAF Cardington....






Built for the R101...

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Post by corsair on Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:56 am

... and there's one on the Cherbourg peninsula at L'Ecauseville. I know this because I've been there!!

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Post by Adey on Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:06 am

It's not true unless there's a picture....

Laughing Laughing

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Post by Barry on Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:24 pm

Are Dirigibles are making a comeback? What else would you use these hangars for?

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Post by gittarasaurus on Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:20 pm

Barry wrote:
gittarasaurus wrote:...you end up with a room full of 'em.
Your room must be the size of an airplane hangar! Razz
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Are Dirigibles are making a comeback? What else would you use these hangars for?
Geetar Storage!   lol!   what else!?!  Don\'t Know


i think the point is that a simple airplane hangar would never be big enough.... Twisted Evil
and the same goes for some others as well, it seems 

and to further illustrate the point, here is my latest collection-of-extra-parts-that-became-a-player Chores 2


body from guitarfetish factorybuyout, neck + tuners by Fender/Starcaster (Indonesia), classic style trem bridge is new (korea), pearloid pickguard + spring cavity cover, pickups are seymour duncans, 3-way blade switch, volume, tone, 3-position mini switches provide coil switching (North/Humbucker/South) for each pickup

all the parts were leftovers from other failed- or otherwise abandoned projects.

plays great, sounds great!

quite happy with the result actually  Wacky Cyclops  Yay!

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Post by Barry on Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:18 pm

It's a-live! Dance 1
Nice.

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