This is a partscaster I built recently, and this one has been a long time coming. I have had the body loaded and waiting in the wings for nearly 2 years now. Just waiting for that perfect neck, and last week I finally got it. Here is the breakdown:
The Body: Alder construction. I suspect it might have been home made, as it was originally drilled for ferrules, and the ferrules were VERY poorly done, crooked and unevenly spaced. So, I took the ferrules out and put the Schaller bridge on. There is one of my stickers covering the butchered ferrule holes. You are going to want to leave it or replace it. The ferrule holes are structurally solid…they are just the definition of an eyesore.
Also, you might say, “Jack, that is odd, this guitar has a rear control plate AND a pickguard. What is up with that? Is there just a big hole in the body?”
Good question, hypothetical customer.
I, too, was verrry curious as to…wellll….wtf? So, it turns out the body is rear routed and there is wood under the pickguard, so the pickguard is redundant. There for aesthetics. (BUT, I did not take the pickguard off, so the routs might be butchered or something. Didn’t need to take the guard off to access the electronics with the rear access, which is honestly kind of as nice feature.) The pickguard, the control plate and the pickup rings are all hand shapped by some previous owner long ago, but they look great!
The pickups sound great. I am almost 100% they are Dragonfire brand Rails. The electronics are simplified to one master volume and tone, and the pickups are humbucker form factors instead of wide ranges.
I got the body as a partscaster project here on Reverb a year or two ago with a pointy 1980s Washburn neck attached. I sold the neck off, and just sat on the body because I didn’t have good match for it at the time. So, it sat until last week when…
The neck: I scanned my usual auction sites and bought a whole new stash of necks because my neck store is running low post having nothing to do in 2020 but build and repair guitars until I go slowly insane.
SO, I started getting my necks trickling in, and when I saw this one, I knew. It was perfect. I bought it off a guy who had it for his parts Tele project, and ended up abandoning it, so he sold the neck to me. Fender licensed and has a great 1970s style decal. The neck feels great!
The body was pretty worn from play-wear, and the neck had a few spots in the finish. So, I tried my hand at relicing the neck to match the body a little better. (I even added a “cigarette burn,” which is one of my favorite pieces of guitar relic ephemera.)
You might also notice: that is a Tele neck and Tele Deluxes usually have Strat necks. Very astute, hypothetical customer. The body was routed for a standard Tele pocket, so why fight it when you can customize it? Rare instance Tele Deluxe with a Tele headstock it is.
IN SUMMATION: This thing plays and sounds great and you should totally buy it and love it as much as I do. If you play any brand of punk, hard rock, metal, neo-synth cybergrind or just good ‘ole fashioned rock ‘n roll, this guitar will do the job, and do it well. I named this guitar “Vulcan” after the Roman god of fire and coal.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action. This guitar comes with no case or gig bag, but I pack my guitars to survive multiple apocalypses, and I ensure every package for the full purchase amount.
Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!
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