New Strat Day/Partscaster

Theron

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2017
457
Indiana
Purchased this locally today, and I’m pretty excited about it!

Specs:
-MJT body in black over burst.
-Callaham tremolo
-Roadworn strap buttons and jack plate
-Gotoh neck plate
-Parchment guard (may look at an aged mint green instead)
-Custom ordered Odezza pickups…vintage output, with A5 magnets on lower 3 strings, and beveled A3 on the higher strings
-Fender replacement roasted maple neck with PF fretboard
-ClassicGear tuners

It’s an interesting beast, and weighs just under 7LBS!!

I was pricing out a parts build when I found this and frankly couldn’t pass it up! Super resonant and plays great!

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Theron

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2017
457
Indiana
Nice looking build. If it plays great and sounds great, you have a winner. I'd give the intonation a once over to make sure its adjusted properly, but heck of a looker for sure!

I know, it's kinda weird because that's not the typical stagger you'd see on the saddles, but the relief is at 0.010", string height 4-5/64th's, and the intonation is dead on at the 12th...
 

revtime

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 17, 2014
1,001
kansas
Take this as constructive criticism or just leave it.
The pickguard, pup covers n such look brand new. Which I assume they are. It was a stark contrast to that beautiful body.
Looks half done as a relic. Just my worthless opinion.
 

Theron

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2017
457
Indiana
Take this as constructive criticism or just leave it.
The pickguard, pup covers n such look brand new. Which I assume they are. It was a stark contrast to that beautiful body.
Looks half done as a relic. Just my worthless opinion.

Yeah like I said above, I'm looking to find an aged mint green guard and aged plastic covers/knobs.
He purchased it as a loaded pickguard from Odezza pickups and that's just what they used on it...
 

Wrighty

Dr. Stratster
Mar 7, 2013
10,860
Harlow, Essex, UK
Take this as constructive criticism or just leave it.
The pickguard, pup covers n such look brand new. Which I assume they are. It was a stark contrast to that beautiful body.
Looks half done as a relic. Just my worthless opinion.

I see your point but, I like that look. I’ve got a naturally relic’d Squire that I fitted new pups to and had to use the new covers. Looks great, all part of tge instruments history.
 

Lucius Paisley

Strat-O-Master
Jul 14, 2021
580
Sydney, Australia
The new pickguard/everything else, is fine. Parts get replaced all the time. The relic of the body is thankfully not stupidly over the top/obviously taken to with a belt sander.

Overall, good catch.
 

Theron

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2017
457
Indiana
The guy actually had a Fender replacement 50's Lacquer neck on it...it wasn't relic'd at all, it looked great, and I loved the V shape, but it had vintage radius + short vintage frets.

If I were to find a road worn 50's neck, with vintage radius + taller frets, I would strongly consider swapping it!

He had a handful of other necks, so we swapped it out for this one as it was the PF that looked closest to rosewood that he had there.

Ordered aged white covers/knobs. Also shorter grub screws for the saddles.

Can I also just say that I LOVE the Callaham tremolo with the shorter "virtual pop-in" arm?! It is amazing, and I am using the trem on a Strat for the first time ever and actually love it!
 

rollerjw

New Member!
Aug 31, 2021
2
Philadelphia
Just finished my first build!!! Always loved relics. Never had the $ to buy a real one or the guts to relic a store bought one. A few YouTube videos later and a lot of elbow grease... here it is. I loved it! I'm still working on the neck.. It's probably ugly to everybody else, but to me, it's gorgeous. It's my baby.

Here are the specs:
- Nitro Alder Ebay Body
- Pure Vintage Fender '59 Pickups
- Fender pots, 5-position switch, knobs (vintage white), pickguard (green).
- Modified Wiring: Independent Bridge Pot - 2 Fender Wax Pots, Volume Tone Bleeder, and Cloth-wiring throughout.
- Fender Vintage Style Bridge & Tuners (bought it as such). They are probably MIM.

As far as the neck I'm going modern:
- "All Parts Lic by Fender" Unfinished Neck
- 22 jumbo frets, 12"radius, ebony fretboard.
- Also nitro finish (I'm working on it...)

Can't wait to finish the neck and start playing it...

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