Jimmy Page meets Jimi Hendrix!
For sale here is a little partscaster I built using parts I had around my shop. This project started as me thinking “What if I build a Strat that looks like a Les Paul?”
The body is the real gem of the whole thing. It is made of stunning California Redwood. I have had it sitting around the shop a few months, the original neck, pups and pickguard were unremarkable, so I parted them out and stashed the body. It is gorgeous. It isn’t a back breaker either, the whole guitar only weighs in at 7 lbs 8 oz.
The electronics are an AllParts pre-loaded pickguard, just the basic one. The pickups sound good though. They are certainly higher quality than the body’s original pickups. Paired with the redwood, the guitar has a darker, but still crystal clear classic Strat tone you would hope for. I swapped out the knobs that were on the guard for these Gibson style speed knobs to help along the F & G crossover look.
The neck is a Fender Starcaster neck. I buy these Starcasters for parts because you can usually get them cheap, and one in three will have a killer neck, or a solid alder body, or a killer set of pickups or some other such mojo. I will store those parts back for later use…it is really just luck of the draw, sometimes the person who was making that part on that day just knocked it out of the park. This neck was just such an example. A really great feeling neck that has excellent fret work, is well rounded and pleasantly worn in. Classic C profile, super smooth!
I refinished the face of the headstock black to help with the crossover look and cover up the rather gawdy “Starcaster” logo. I really liked that this neck had the larger 1970s style Fender headstock. The tuners are Allparts brand 10 mm Gotoh copies. Fancy, low profile roller tree. The action is great, and this is really a great playing little strat. Trem works wonderfully and is really responsive — the bridge is original to the body. I replaced the old trem springs with new ones, so the tremolo doesn’t “float,” Georgie.
I named this guitar “Les” for obvious reasons.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, oiled the board, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action as low as I could. Comes with no case or gig bag, but 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!