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For sale here is a little partscaster I built using parts I had around my shop. Honestly, I am sick of being beholden to the Fender Headstock shape, and recently, I have had some listings suspended for partscasters and other parts and stuff, so I have entered the “FINE, Fender, take your trademarks, I don’t want them anyway…” phase of my career. I am just going to build guitars I think look cool, “vintage correct” be darned.
THUS, we have The Ranchhand. A 3 x 3 S-Style. I know some of you are going to love this and some are going to hate it, so the those of you that love this…..Hey.
The body is the real gem of the whole thing. It is made of alder with a stunning grain. 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 7-8 lbs.
The electronics are an 1980s Samick. The pickups sound good though. They are certainly higher quality than the body’s original pickups. Paired with the alder, the guitar has a darker, but still crystal clear classic S tone you would hope for.
The neck is an MIK 3×3 neck that I also think was made by Samick. I buy all the vintage cheap guitars for parts because you can usually get them cheap (duh), 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. Chunkier C profile, super smooth!
I refinished the face of the headstock black to help with the crossover look. The tuners are vintage MIJ/MIK 3x3s. The action is great, and this is really a great playing little S. 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 “The Ranchand” because it just looks like it should be driving a Cadillac around a west Texas town where it operates a successful cattle ranch.
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!