Partscaster Assembly Complete

Ian Ashdown

Strat-O-Master
Apr 16, 2019
797
San Clemente, CA
I finished the assembly of my latest Partscaster.

It’s a 2018 MIM Sonic Blue body, new Fender roasted maple Vintera neck, Noiseless pickups, Babicz trem and Ratio locking tuners. The combination seems to work well! The neck is fabulous, satin finish on the back and deep gloss on the fingerboard.

I’m going to let things settle out for a week before doing the setup, I can see the nut is quite high, a bit too much relief, then I’ll set the intonation and action, hopefully nice and low. I really like the way the Babicz trem adjusts for string action height.

Ian
SoCal
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blackstratmaple

Strat-O-Master
Sep 4, 2010
848
USA
Looks awesome!

I tried a vintera 50s modified Strat and the neck was amazing. If yours is the same then I bet it plays wonderfully!
 

Danny D

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 2, 2019
1,108
The swampy desert.
I finished the assembly of my latest Partscaster.

It’s a 2018 MIM Sonic Blue body, new Fender roasted maple Vintera neck, Noiseless pickups, Babicz trem and Ratio locking tuners. The combination seems to work well! The neck is fabulous, satin finish on the back and deep gloss on the fingerboard.

I’m going to let things settle out for a week before doing the setup, I can see the nut is quite high, a bit too much relief, then I’ll set the intonation and action, hopefully nice and low. I really like the way the Babicz trem adjusts for string action height.

Ian
SoCal
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You are very talented. It looks great and I'd bet it will sound even better! Congratulations.
 

BuffaloHound

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 25, 2018
1,133
S
Sexy build! Graphtech tuners?
What do you find that neck profile comparable to? I know it’s a deep cut, but little else.
 

Ian Ashdown

Strat-O-Master
Apr 16, 2019
797
San Clemente, CA
Sexy build! Graphtech tuners?
What do you find that neck profile comparable to? I know it’s a deep cut, but little else.

Yes Graphtech Ratio tuners. So far I like them very much. It makes tuning more logical!

The neck is quite similar to my Warmoth SRV neck. I don’t have much else to compare it with, but I am finding I like thicker necks, despite having short fingers!

Ian
SoCal
 

Ian Ashdown

Strat-O-Master
Apr 16, 2019
797
San Clemente, CA
So, I’m starting to look at the setup and I can see right away the strings in the nut are too high, quite a bit too high too! The nut slots seem to be cut correctly and the widths are OK, they’re just too high.

It seems there are going to be a few firsts on this guitar; first fret leveling, now my first nut-job!

The question is, should I make the bulk adjustment from the bottom of the nut and just fine tune the slots? I think if I do it all from the top the string grooves will be very deep.

Just hoping for some reinforcement of what I believe is the correct path.

Thanks,

Ian
 


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