So I decided to go for the partscaster that I posted about in the Gumtree thread yesterday. I’ve been thinking about doing a Partscaster project for a couple of years. There’s a company in the UK called Northwest guitars that sells parts including bodies and necks, and I really fancied a Cherryburst/Sienna Sunburst body and a maple neck, which they sell for I think around £175 each. But I saw this on Gumtree yesterday evening, on for £80. I asked the seller about it, but he didn’t know too much about it. He does guitars up himself and had taken it in as a part ex, but hadn’t really got round to doing anything with it. I’m not sure what it is. I know Squiers, but I’m not as clued up on the spot table differences between various Fender style guitars. I’m ropey on spotting a Mexican from a US, and whilst I can often spot a Gibson or Epiphone from a Chinese counterfeit, I’m not sure I can do the same for Fender style guitars. The neck is branded as a USA Fender, but the bloke made it clear (as he had in the ad) that it isn’t. But he’s not sure what it, or the body is. It’s possible, they’re from a reputable company like Northwest guitars. It seems too cheap a price for it to be a Mexican or even a CV/VM or standard Squier (certainly with the body, have Squier done a body like that?, unless it’s been stripped back to the wood and someone’s done a very good refinish in cherryburst). Of course it could be a Chinese counterfeit too. I thought it looked nice in the pics, and when I went to actually see it, it looked even better. The tortoiseshell scratch plate and black hardware on the cherryburst body look a lot better than the photos show. Still not my cup of tea though, so I’ll be changing them to standard hardware and a white or cream pickguard. The tuners are branded Fenders, not sure if they’re aftermarket, Mexican, or counterfeit. They seem pretty good though, so aside from getting rid of the black ferrules (I have spares), I’ll be keeping them, for now at least. I didn’t notice the roller nut at first, it wouldn’t be my choice, but it seems fine, and the neck has been cut into to fit it, and I really like the neck, so I’m going to keep it, and try and overcome my prejudices. I’ve not investigated or played it yet, as I’ve just got it this evening, and the playoffs are on right now. But here’s some pics.