New Partscaster Build

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by fadetoz, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    You switched to a maple FB. Vintage 50's look, nice job.
     
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  2. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    GREAT job, I could watch this all day bro.
     
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  3. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Yeah the plan changed a little. I thought the pups were MIM but they are Squier. I've been wanting to setup a guitar with the cheap Squier ceramics just so people can hear how good they can really sound. Hope it works out well. I have a plan to make them sound really good.
     
  4. I am surprised that the ebony is like that. Back in '94 when I bought my Stratocaster Plus, the Stratocaster Ultra had the ebony board and it was black. It was $300 more than the Plus, so I passed.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  5. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Yeah the new ones are just luck of the draw what you get. Some are totally different colors. Get off my lawn and make sure my fretboard is one color.
     
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  6. I don't mind rosewood with some character variation, but I like my ebony uniform.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  7. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    The other neck is going on the tele build now.
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  8. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Pickup covers and knobs are a bit darker than I would usually do but I like how they turned out. They wouldn't take the stain from he tea or coffee so I ended up using the same tint I use for necks. The before picture was after they had soaked for over a week in tea. Bummer... But some of the import plastics just wont take a stain. I will say this whole project is pretty much on the cheap. So I'm not spending $ or ordering parts like I normally would. I usually order a aged plastic set and a mint PG for a build. But this one is just a project on the cheap. The end result should be pretty cool and I hope to show how a low budget guitar with some cheap parts and a little work can make a nice guitar that sounds good. I can't wait to hear it with these so called junk pickups.
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  9. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    I think the tremolo block is the most expensive part. But my tech gave it to me so I'm not going to turn it away. I think they are like $65 new and he took it out of the new package and handed it to me. IMG_20190828_224318564.jpg IMG_20190828_224325954.jpg
     
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  10. I read that a couple of times … and finally realized you meant "block". What material is used with that one?
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  11. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-Nut

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    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    That's a really nice looking block, can't wait to see and hear how the guitar turns out!

    I actually really liked my ceramics on my CY98. There were two reasons why I removed them: The bridge would squeal like mad with high gain, and I really wanted to try Lace Sensors after reading late 80's and early 90's guitar magazines. My guitar is almost, but not quite, a Squier Plus in the Strat Plus style. I didn't do TBX or roller nut though.
     
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  12. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    lol... I should proofread a little more..
    It's 1018 Cold-Rolled Steel. Whatever that means.
     
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  13. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    The bridge is probably the part that's 1018 steel. The block looks like pot metal. A magnet would give a clue.
     
  14. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

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  15. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    It's high quality stuff. If my tech hadn't given it to me I wouldn't have purchased it. That stuff is higher end than I would pay for. I don't know if the price justifies the amount of better tone or not.

    I hope the guitar is done this next weekend. I want to see what it sounds like.
     
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  16. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    I still need to do some adjustments on this but it's done. I will get a sound clip this weekend. It sounds really good especially for having cheap Squier pickups in it.

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  17. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    I still need to do the setup but did a quick video with it at lunch. Used the Champ with the TC reverb and a Low End Effects OD and compressor.

     
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  18. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Couple more pictures. Did some adjustments tonight. Replaced a bad cap that caused the neck tone pot to not work and had to adjust the neck a little and shimmed it. That helped with a little height adjustment pm the saddles and I have a little more adjustment on the pickup height too. I like to have the middle pup a little low to give it a little more quack.
    These cheap pickups actually do sound pretty good IMO and being ceramic they play rather nice with drive along with a good clean sound. I wanted this to represent what you can make a stock Squier sound like. only mod would be the treble bleed. of course I forgot to put all the PG screws back so It has 4 in it rite now.

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  19. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    s.w.mo.
    He'll yea.... Nice job. I've tried soaking covers in strong coffee. Nada , no darkening. Love the color of the ones you used the ink on. Nice dark vintage look. Yea I'm diggin it!!!!
     
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