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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by axejock, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I really do not know how to answer that. If a partscaster is any guitar that has a part on it that is not factory installed, then yes, I guess it's a partscaster. But there is a "gray" area here where lots of folks change out pickups, necks, bridges, etc. for the purpose of upgrading, yet continue to call the guitar "original but upgraded". I don't know where the line is drawn and really do not give it much thought. Every guitar I have built has used all Genuine Fender parts (usually new) or significantly upgraded parts like SD pickups, Callaham bridges, etc. Partscaster (to me) sends a very bad message about guitars made up of old, junk parts, but if the "rules" makes any change to a guitar, good or bad, a partscaster it really makes very little difference to me.
     
  2. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Well, I "got 'er done"! Put the neck back on, adjusted it, installed the strings and set their height, and worked with the 2-point tremolo bridge to get it to float properly. Tuned it several times to get past the new string stretch issue, and then tried it out. All I can say is WOW! This is not my first Player Strat, but it has to be up there as one of the best! And as I do for all of my new builds, I invested in a "low cost" hard case for it (all of my Strats have the same case) so I guess I'm good to go. I could probably do a little better with the intonation, but at my age and hearing ability, it seems fine. Here's the end result (The time of day and lighting sure make a difference in how this color shows in pictures....the pics in my earlier post show the real color the best!):

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    This shows the tremolo bridge "float".

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  3. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

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    CONGRATS!!

    VERY NICE!

    AND still real purdy at dusk...LOL!

    Brian
     
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    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    This paint color does "change" a bit depending on lighting (direct or indirect) and camera flash (which I should take off the "auto" setting)! It truly is a VERY close match to the Lake Placid Blue "timeless" color that Fender has used for years. The best depiction of the real color is in the photos I posted after I first installed the neck. That was done in the evening with only room lighting around. I'll repost them here for comparison.

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  5. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hardest part of the build will be replacing that silly humbucker with a proper single coil. Good luck!
     
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  6. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Remove the Humbucker? Hell, my next project is going to have two humbuckers (bridge and neck) and I even have some plans for a 3 Humbucker Strat! I have plenty of single coil Strats, I'm just trying to "expand my horizons". (lol)
     
  7. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Strat-Talker Vendor Member

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    that's a beauty, I would have leaned towards a maple fretboard, but rosewood works with that colour nice.

    Congrats\\1
     
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