Nobody likes you when you’re twenty three…
For sale here is a partscaster I built using parts I have acquired in my travels! I was trying to emulate Blink 182’s guitarist, Tom Delonge’s signature Strat that he is known for playing live a lot. (I know the Tom Delonge doesn’t usually have a tone control, but it was either wire in the tone or leave a hole in the pickguard, so consider the tone control an upgrade!)
I approached this one with “what if I did a TD style Strat, but super classy and traditional…” I spent a lot of hours getting it right, and guarantee it to be one of the better playing Tom Delonge partscasters in this price range.
Here is what I used to build this beaut’:
The body is a 1990s/2000s Guitar Fetish. It is made of Paulownia, so it is SUPER light. The whole guitar weighs 5 lbs 12 oz.
The pickup is a MIJ lawsuit era PAF that I pulled out of a Univox Les Paul copy a couple years ago and have been sitting on it for the perfect build. The pot and jack are also MIJ lawsuit era, but the capacitor is a modern Orange Drop. The bridge was pulled from a late 1980s MIK Squier Strat.
The neck is 1 pc maple with a high gloss clear finish, made by Mitey Mite. Fender licensed with the Fender headstock. The tuners are Allparts brand 10 mm Gotoh copies. String tree is a low profile roller. The neck has a chunkier C profile. I put a couple of my stickers on the headstock because I am sick of looking at blank headstocks and want to put my mark on my parts builds. (I am going to get my own waterslides made sooner or later). However, if you want me to remove them, I totally understand, (curse words aren’t for everyone) and will be happy to peel them off before shipment. Just let me know. 😊
The action is great, and this is really a great playing strat. Trem works wonderfully and is really responsive. I replaced the old trem springs with new ones, so the tremolo doesn’t “float,” Georgie.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action as low as I could. This guitar has a basic gig bag, and I pack my guitars up tight and insure every package for the full purchase amount.
Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!