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New Partscaster Day
« on: August 04, 2019, 10:16:37 AM »
I've been wanting to do a stock tele build as all of my other teles are non-standard (although I love them all).

USACG Fiesta Red Body that I got in trade (not a fan of Fiesta red, but oh well)
Musikraft Neck with locking Gotoh Kluson style tuners that I already had
Porter standard tele pickups that I got in trade
Gotoh In-Tune bridge with compensated saddles (man are these a good deal).
Various hardware bits.

I wired it up for four-way switching just to see what that's like.

I got a bit lucky in that it's extremely lively.  Very loud unplugged.  It sounds great.  Plays a touch stiff, but I put 9s on it and it's good.  Setup went pretty easily and I did a rough intonation on it (close as I can come since I don't have a strobe tuner).

Ultimately, I'll probably swap out the neck as it's not my preferred profile.  This will get me started until that point.

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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 02:20:21 PM »
Looks good, although I do agree that fiesta red is a bit much. I think eventually a mint green or cream pickguard would look great, and kind of tone down the red playing off the bright white, like this:
https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27925-vintage-vault-1962-fender-telecaster-fiesta-red
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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 05:31:55 PM »
Looks good, although I do agree that fiesta red is a bit much. I think eventually a mint green or cream pickguard would look great, and kind of tone down the red playing off the bright white, like this:
https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27925-vintage-vault-1962-fender-telecaster-fiesta-red

Yeah, a mint or creme guard will likely happen eventually (or I'll swap out the body).  This was very much a build with as many parts as I already had.  Over time, I'll tweak it.
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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 09:40:17 PM »
I love it when a plan comes together!  8)

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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 03:10:32 AM »
That feeling when a guitar build starts coming together and fires up. Just like with pedals, that feeling of exhilaration, only ten times greater. And so addictive as well.

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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 05:30:54 AM »
Solid build. Enjoy it!
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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2019, 07:19:00 AM »
Honestly, that red and the glaring white of the pickguard works.  I think it's so jarring that it makes a cool statement on its own.

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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2019, 06:32:21 AM »
Looks good, although I do agree that fiesta red is a bit much. I think eventually a mint green or cream pickguard would look great, and kind of tone down the red playing off the bright white, like this:
https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27925-vintage-vault-1962-fender-telecaster-fiesta-red

Good call, btw.  The guy I got the body from had a spare mint pickguard.  It looks WAY better, IMHO.
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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2019, 09:36:32 AM »
Looks great! Abother idea to tone down the fiesta red - if you ever completely disassemble it again, try leaving it in the sun to fade the color a bit. Not sure how successful that will be with the clear coat on top, but could help fade it out and give it a touch of a reliced look.

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Re: New Partscaster Day
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2019, 11:21:52 AM »
Red guitars are the best, they play faster.
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