The home built and partscaster appreciation thread

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Any guitar you've put together, finished or tinkered with enough for it to class as a homebrew (triggers broom?).

My jazzmaster. Complete with ocp strat and cow-t-ron pickups, and still needing a tiny bit more shim to get a better action and a couple of string trees before I can bend the high e more than a tone without it popping out of the nut... I think it's quite beautiful, the Wudtone carried on caring for a while and it now feels so hard and smooth, you could make an innuendo from it.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/10665731755_e413d5e8b1_b.jpg

In hindsight, not the best first partscaster, but I learnt a lot and it sounds wonderful for rhythm work. Just needs playability tweaking, which I'm going to work on today (shimming!).

I've got a tele on the way, and gspbasses will be doing me a prs style build when his finger has healed, so that's my year sorted!

So go on, let's see some real beauts. :D
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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 2425
    Ooh, ooh. I've got a couple of beauties to post up in this section but I'm in Glasgow with the inlaws till Sunday so I shall have to post upon my return !
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    All of my Fender-style guitars are built from parts... but my latest one is this:

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    Guitar Build body, Squier CV neck, Oil City Honky Tonk Angel pickups and Wudtone finish.

    Marvelous. :-)

    Next one will be a Jazzmaster. :-)
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    edited January 2014
    Three of my Partscaster Teles

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    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    The Jeleguar I built that now resides with Jef (stonevibe)...

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    My "Strat" - a 1980s Tokai body, mated to a Fernandes neck, with a Callaham bridge... I can't remember what pickups are in it right now but it does sound fab...

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    "Woody" - alder body by John Manuel, neck is a Fender Lite Ash birdseye one and a pair of 1980s Hand Wound Kent Armstrong humbuckers.

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    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    Oh and the red 335-crossed-Tele I built that now resides with DefaultM... John Manuel Ash body, Musicraft flamed mahogany neck and LeoSound humbuckers... really lovely guitar:

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    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • @impmann, that jeleguar is bloody lovely!

    Not to say the rest are not, but I'd have that one in a heartbeat.
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    Yes, definitely one I regret selling... and to this day, I actually don't remember why I sold it. Custom body in Alder by John Manuel (Olympic white nitro finish), Fender AVRI trem unit, Staytrem bridge, Staytrem arm, Oil City Hardman pickups, Allparts neck... 

    Oh well. Gone now...
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • dean2371dean2371 Frets: 135
    My first complete build, made for my son. Korina (I think) body, maple neck, Duncan Designed Humbuckers at present, Tru-oil finish.image

    Partscaster Strat, alder body, Brandini neck, Fender Fat 50s, series wiring, tru-oil finishimage

    Another strat, alder body, CV Squier neck, P-rails, Wudtone finishimage

    And a Tele for a change. Swamp Ash body, tru-oil finish, Aerisi neck, Oil City Honky Tonk Angel bridge, Tonerider neck pickup, series wiringimage
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  • AlanPAlanP Frets: 52
    edited January 2014

    Mighty Mite body (from ebay), Mighty Mite neck (from the MR Forum), BKP Mule in the bridge (more MR), BKP Yardbird in the neck.
    5-way switch (neck, neck + bridge single, neck+bridge parallel HB, bridge parallel HB, bridge single), Grover mini locking rotomatics, axesrus metalwork & bits - really works brilliantly, mucho twang...


    (I've also got a Warmoth Strat with SSS Fralins, and a couple more "in progress")

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19776
    All of these ...

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    The one on the right - its body at least - is now being Jookyfied for the benefit of forum funds.


    The red one will shortly be looking for a new home (if it hasn't already found it);
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    The blonde one is a stonker.  
    Largely thanks to the Warmoth rosewood neck, and one of Ash's finest Diesel Tap pickups ( @theGuitarWeasel).
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  • TTony said:
    All of these ...

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    The one on the right - its body at least - is now being Jookyfied for the benefit of forum funds.


    The red one will shortly be looking for a new home (if it hasn't already found it);
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    The blonde one is a stonker.  
    Largely thanks to the Warmoth rosewood neck, and one of Ash's finest Diesel Tap pickups ( @theGuitarWeasel).
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    I've never liked Blonde guitars, until I saw that one.  Jebus, it's eye wateringly tasty.  The black hardware just works perfectly.  

    Because of seeing that neck, it makes me wonder if I could save up for a few months and spend out on a Warmoth rosewood neck, or maybe one of the other exotics, like goncalo alves or ebony.  

    Hmm...

    Did you finish the neck at all?  

    And nice one for the body contribution.  :D
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  • Also re: the warmoth neck, did you roll the edges at all?  I've heard they can be a bit square, so I'm after a bit of advice on making them a bit rounder and more comfy :)
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19776
    Re the neck - I just oiled it lightly.  Didn't need to roll the edges, as they felt fine to me.

    Their necks are nice, but can be expensive.  Don't forget that you'll need to add about 20% to the landed cost to cover VAT & duties, plus another £10-£12 on top of that for the ParcelFarce handling fee.
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  • TTony said:
    Re the neck - I just oiled it lightly.  Didn't need to roll the edges, as they felt fine to me.

    Their necks are nice, but can be expensive.  Don't forget that you'll need to add about 20% to the landed cost to cover VAT & duties, plus another £10-£12 on top of that for the ParcelFarce handling fee.
    Nice.  Looks well pretty.  

    Yeah, I've had a Warmoth body and got hit with all that.  I won't order anything from the states unless I can afford it and then some - it'll be a while before I've got the dollar for the neck, so it gives me time to drill, sand, finish and wire up the body.  
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  • EdGripEdGrip Frets: 721
    My Tele Mustang thing. I love it. It's got a lovely-looking string-wound strat neck pickup waiting to go in, thanks to @TheGuitarWeasel

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  • EdGripEdGrip Frets: 721
    I love that "Trigger's broom" is a readily-understood metaphor now. My dad and I say "Father Ted's car" to describe a situation where you've continued doing a job past the point where you should have just left it.
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  • EdGripEdGrip Frets: 721
    I love Impman's guitar, too!
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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 1664
    Must say I'm loving the Jazzmaster/Jaguar style partscaster on this thread - Ed Grip's above looks highly inviting, and I'm really taken with TPD's one that opens this thread is superb too. Might have to try my own variation on this theme one day. But for now, these are the 3 I've done, a tele, a strat, and my own "wave" creation, all using swamp ash bodies made by Guitarbuild. Tru Oil on the tele and strat, a clear satin Wudtone kit on the "wave".

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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 2517
    Well - two spring to mind.

    This one started as a neck - a pal had a Hank Marvin neck (complete with cigarette burn) and wanted 'in the style of Marvin but a little different' body to go with it.  

    This was the neck:

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    ...and this was the body I put to it.

    Started life as an Axesrus Ash strat body, veneered with Myrtle and - yes, you guessed it - red ink.  Can't remember what the pickups were but probably Tonerider Vintage Blues singles.  He still has it and is still well chuffed with it.  Seem to remember putting in the Acme (?) mod in, which used the second tone to dial in the middle pickup - great control of the sound!


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    This next one was probably my most accomplished partscaster.  Started life as a MIJ Fender, stripped and veneered in Amboyna, Kinmans put in with the Kinman K9 switching system and a Callaham trem.  Sold to a chap who regularly posts in Youtube the most authentic Marvin covers you can imagine 
    :)

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    Thanks for looking

    Andy
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  • BucketBucket Frets: 7740
    impmann said:
    The Jeleguar I built that now resides with Jef (stonevibe)...

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    Oh man, I LOVE that.
    - "I'm going to write a very stiff letter. A VERY stiff letter. On cardboard."
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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 2517
    Bucket said:
    impmann said:
    The Jeleguar I built that now resides with Jef (stonevibe)...

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    Oh man, I LOVE that.
    So do I.....AND there's a Sunbeam Stiletto in the background...don't get much better than that! 
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  • jd0272jd0272 Frets: 3863
    Andyjr1515;121158" said:
    Bucket said:



    impmann said:

    The Jeleguar I built that now resides with Jef (stonevibe)...












    Oh man, I LOVE that.





    So do I.....AND there's a Sunbeam Stiletto in the background...don't get much better than that! 


    Vinyl roofs tho, hmmm, much sucking of teeth. Mk I Cortina man myself. The fast 'uns.
    "You do all the 'widdly widdly' bits, and just leave the hard stuff to me."
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  • benvallbenvall Frets: 57
    @TTony the red telly is amazing.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19776
    benvall said:
    @TTony the red telly is amazing.
    Thanks @benvall.  It took a while to get it as I wanted it, but that's what good Wudtone looks like!
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  • http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff379/benmurray85/A6E6D491-1C2D-4742-8079-00F80C041E20-17039-000013F89BA19F43.jpg

    Fender body, gfs fatboy bridge pup, Seymour Duncan quarter pounder neck pup. Unknown make maple neck. Spends about 250 all in all and couldn't be happier.
    How very rock and roll
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9050
    Andyjr1515;121158" said:
    Bucket said:



    impmann said:

    The Jeleguar I built that now resides with Jef (stonevibe)...












    Oh man, I LOVE that.





    So do I.....AND there's a Sunbeam Stiletto in the background...don't get much better than that! 
    Thanks guys. I wish I still owned it. Jef, can you give me first refusal if you ever tire of it, mate.

    Sadly I don't have a Stiletto these days but I still have plenty of Imps kicking around!
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2700
    edited January 2014
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    There's another 3 - will have to hunt for the pics, though... Ta Daa..!
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    There's been other stuff, over the years, that I've tinkered with to greater or lesser degrees, but enough's enough, I reckon. These are the main ones, I suppose.. Still got 1, 4 and 5. The others went. 
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 16601
    Mmmmnnnn ........ lots of lovely stuff here!

    Here's my main two. 'Mojo' my Partscaster strat put together from various sources, and 'Angel', my self build Frankentele (neck customised by luthier though).

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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 19776
    edited January 2014
    You have some much better pics of Angel.

    It looks good there.  In some of the others, it's stunning!
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 7407

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    Esquire above .Unknown body, bought from someone on the MR forum. No idea what wood it is, but it's very light and resonant. Fender bridge, old Tokai pick up of some sort. Neck and other bits from Axesrus.

     

    Strat below. Ash body and plastics from Axesrus. The neck isn't a Fender despite the headstock decal, I think it's a generic far eastern effort. Wilkinson locking tuners and trem, Tonerider Classic Blues pickups.

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