New Partscaster Project Begins...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Mr Bob, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Recently whilst sorting through my big box of parts from old projects I realised that I had all the parts I need for a new partscaster, less one body. My plan is to put together a tele with a P90 neck pickup and a few wiring mods.

    One ebay purchase later and I have a Lake Placid Blue tele body and the project begins.

    Before getting started, I did a quick mock-up with parts:
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  2. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    First job was pairing up a six-saddle bridge plate with a set of three saddles by doing a diy Bubba Mod on the plate... A quick bit of drilling later:

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  3. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Next, the neck cavity needed opening up to accomodate the p90 - had some minor chips on the finish around the new rout, but will all be covered by the scratchplate so no worries.

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    Having taken the cavity down to uniform depth with the existing one, I will be gluing in a maple block to raise the bottom of the cavity to provide a good fixing to the p90 screw fixings.
     
  4. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

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    Oh boy! This is gonna be a great one!
     
  5. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier Double Platinum Member

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    eagerly watching this one - great looking build!
     
  6. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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  7. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Shielding today - not from the virus, but with lots of copper foil....

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  8. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    That’s going to be cool! What kind of wiring mods are you doing? I am putting together a Tele with the same pickup configuration and haven’t decided on how to wire it. So I am open to any and all ideas at this point.
     
  9. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Current plan is a P90 in the neck and tele pup in the bridge - both just regular single coil units - I did think about using stacked pups, but going with regular pups in the first instance as I already have some and will see how these work out first.

    I am going to wire these to a standard three position tele selector switch for bridge/both (parallel)/neck positions.

    Then going to use pull pots on both the volume and tone controls - one will put both pickups into series, the other will bypass the tone control (giving a slight passive boost).

    Will also use a treble bleed on the volume pot, tone cap will be a sprague orange drop.
     
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  10. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    Love the color..
     
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  11. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-holic

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    That blue with the white guard looks nice, can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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  12. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Started work on the neck today. The maple on this is quite pale, so will be putting a slight tint on it and a few coats of tru-oil.

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    Fingerboard is getting a couple of coats of walnet oil, which is working a treat...

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  13. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    I like the combination - the guard is actually an off-white, parchment guard - a touch less bright than a regular white guard as in the photo below (the white guard is a standard white guard that came off of my Squier Mustang) - settled on this after trying white, mint, and cream guard material against the blue.

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  14. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Time to fit the soapbar p90 - the best way I have found to fit these in the strats I have fitted them on in the past is to glue in a 6mm thick maple block (which you might be able to make out under the copper tape) then fix with springs and screws through a foam pad with small holes to cut in it to give the springs a little clearance. This gives enough grip to the thin screws and good even support to the pickup.

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    One other job on the pickup before I fitted it - as I plan to have a series/ parallel switch running on the pickups and this P90 had a common ground wire running to the coil and the metal base plate, I separated the latter connection and ran a separate ground wire from the plate - that is the yellow wire you can see emerging from under the foam block.
     
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  15. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Body and wiring all done...

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    Neck has a couple of coats of vintage pine wood dye then three coats of tru-oil and a light dulling with fine wire wool.

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  16. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Squier-Meister

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    Looking great, keep us posted.
     
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  17. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    All assembled and sounding great

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    The appearance changes drastically in different light changing from a deep blue to an almost green colour. Difficult to catch on camera, but these pics are fairly representative of the in natural light.

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  18. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

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    Western Oregon
    How’s it sound? I made pine-caster with that pickup combo, and it quickly became one of my favorites (though I have since swapped the p90 for a dearmond style pup).
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  19. speelyei

    speelyei Squier-Meister

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    Man, it came out awesome!!!
     
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  20. Mr Bob

    Mr Bob Squier-Nut

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    Sounds pretty good - I am a bit of a fan fan of P90s (this is the 7th guitar I have with P90s) combined with the tele bridge it adds some sparkle and twang to the thump of the P90. Running the two in series is markedly different to the parallel setting and takes it to another level.

    Nice offset by the way - do you call that a TeleStang, a Tele-Sonic, a Duo-caster?
     
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