I decided to try and build a partscaster, and document the build here.
I’ve got a Allparts Telecaster body, contoured ash, and an Allparts maple neck, vintage shape. Licensed by Fender, I thought I should get it right if I wanted their T shape.
I’m going to install white Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers. It’ll be a hardtail. Two volumes (push/pull split coils) and two no load tones. It’ll hopefully end up faded fiesta red (Wudtone) and looking cool. I’m not sure about a pick guard yet.
I realize it’s not a very traditional setup and it might offend some purists, but I really, really, like the look of Telecasters and I wanted two humbuckers. The guitar I’m playing now (Fidelity Guitar) has a single Mustang bridge pickup and somewhat of a Tele saddle so I’ve already crossed over to the dark side of nontraditional
What I’ve realized so far: building your own guitar will absolutely not be cheaper than buying one.
There’s a small dent in the back of the body, but I only saw it a few days after it arrived. I’m not sure if it happened at the seller’s, in transit (packaging was great though), or here. I’ve decided not to care.
The tuning peg holes in the neck are stepped, so 8.5 mm in the front and 6 mm in the back. Apparently this is just as vintage as 8.5 mm all the way through, just a different kind of vintage. This wasn’t mentioned in the description, not even on the Allparts site, though you can see it in their pictures if you zoom in. I’ve decided to not ream out the holes, forget about locking tuners and change them out for Fender vintage tuners with 6 mm shaft.
I’m still waiting for some of the hardware to arrive. Then it’s time to drill the holes in the neck, and in the body for the controls and mount some hardware.
I’ve learned that neck screws are supposed to pass freely through the body and only screw into the neck. They do so, btw, which is why I looked it up
Bonus pic of my absolutely wonderful Fidelity guitar:
Seymor Duncans are very nice but expensive, if you would be interested in exploring an alternative look at Irongear pickups, they are as good as SD’s but cost less! The other idea to consider is if you might like to give it Strat style body contours, that might get rid of that ding on the back. Depending on what style you want to play it might be useful to get some locking tuners, another option is adding a Single coil in the middle for more tone options; you might have guessed by now, I’m doing something similar myself! Loads of ideas and can’t make my mind up where to go at the moment
I’m looking forward to following this thread and seeing the finished article.
Good luck with your build Maarten.
I’m looking forward to this develop!