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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT...my new Partscaster...IT IS FINISHED!!!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by JohnTodd, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    Hey folks!

    After much a-do, the Partscaster I started in 2003 is now finished. It's been from around the world and through 3 separate moves, but I finally finished it. All that remains is a headstock logo, but I will get around to that when I finalize the design. It also uses 2 string trees, not pictured.

    It plays like a dream. Still setting it up, still "learning" the new guitar. Sounds great, although new pickups are in the future when finances permit.

    This will be my co-main axe onstage, along with my modded Epi LP Custom.

    Thanks to everyone at TDPRI who helped with relicing suggestions - those guys save me from completely overdoing it.

    And here it is:

    TelecasterFINISHED.jpg
     
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Ha, that's awesome. I would love to have that! I hope you use it in the next contest I do. I would love to hear it.

    Kudo's
     
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Beautiful. If you're rockin on your new gig I would highly suggest the Lindy Fralin 'slugs'. Steel poles and two big magnets. Lots of controllable gain and no loss of the funky tele sound
     
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Anticipation.... anticipa-yation ....

    The rest of us would like to admire it too. But it says, "Attachments Pending Approval", next to the attachment hyperlink.


    (apparently you guys with admin privileges can see it)
     
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I can't see it, either...
    All that teasing and no show...:(
     
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Oops, my bad, missed that approval. Dave has it right! John posted this in the Open Mic which is ideal for lurkers who do not want to register. For security, all attachment and unregistered member posts in this forum are always held until approved.
     
  7. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    Those Fralins look good. Any ep with the split rails?
     
  8. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    THanks to all! It's shaping up to be a great guitar.
     
  9. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I don't care for Cocoa Puffs, but I AM cuckoo for Telecasters!

    Very nice. Although I'll like it even more when you've worn off the 'relicing' the old-fashioned way.
     
  10. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    It's a fine machine. I'm an old humbucker guy myself, so I'm not used to this tele-twang thang yet. Next week sometime I'll record a clip and post it in this thread. Stay subscribed for more info...

    (Remember when we used to say "stay tuned..."?)
     
  11. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Tele's are great at the twang thang, but it should only twang when you want it to. They're good for so much more than chicken pickin/.
     
  12. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    If you're used to 'Buckers, the 'Slugs' are for you. Look at the specs.....but they only tell half the story.
     
  13. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I recently sold the tele I had with Bardens on it. They'll do the twang all day long, but roll off some highs, put the neck pickup in the mix and you can get a very mellow tone. I have Bill Lawrence pickups on my MIJ CAR favorite and Harmonic Designs on my Lake Placid Blue Partscaster. I'm thinking of redoing the Partscaster in more of a 52RI look, but I really have not had the time. I basically have to take over the garage to do finish work and it's a time consuming process. Hats off to you for your partscaster.
     
  14. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    Anybody know why the intonation is off? I've adjusted it via the bridge, it's better but not great.

    I'm thinking it's because the neck is experiencing it's first tension, ie, first set of strings, and that is causing it to bend around a bit.
     
  15. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Are you out of adjustment at the bridge? Does the tele have 6 individual saddles or 3 longer double saddles? The long ones often have to be tilted to compensate for one string or the other. (low E especially)


    As you probably know, the 12th fret harmonic and the note you get by fretting at the 12th fret should be the same (although the tone will be very different). The purest harmonic you can get at the 12th fret should be at the exact middle of the string's length. So the measurement from the saddles to the 12th fret harmonic should be exactly the same as the measurement from the nut to the 12th fret harmonic. If you achieve that, that is a good starting point. You have to make minor adjustments from there because perfect intonation for every note, at every fret, on every string, of a guitar is impossible. Unless you've got staggered frets you have to compromise somewhere.

    If you're out of adjustment, something isn't right with the measurements.

    Make sure the bridge and bolt-on neck haven't shifted under tension.
    You may need to put in a shim to keep the neck from going too deep into the neck-pocket.

    Good luck!
     
  16. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

    It's a six-saddle bridge. I've used my tuner to set intonation comparing the 12th fret with 12th harmonic. It was very good but has drifted.

    Well, it plays and sounds great, so I'll definitely keep at it until I get it right.
     

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