This is my partscaster that I bought as a DIY kit from Bax music in March last year. One of the tuners had no hole for the string, one phone call and Bax immediately sent out a set of Wilkinson tuners, far superior to the OEM items, and I ditched the 3-saddle bridge, replacing it with a 6-saddle item. Once assembled, I put it in “Keith Richards tuning” i.e. open G with no 6th string, but before I could actually get playing it, I suffered a serious injury to my left wrist that meant I couldn’t play at all for a few months. When I did start playing again, I played solely acoustic (to rebuild fretting strength and stamina), and then playing acoustic became a habit, until last night when I dragged the partscaster out, fired up Justin’s lesson on “Brown Sugar” and started learning it. Total cost so far £63 (kit was £53 and the 6-saddle bridge was a tenner off ebay)
The video is just to demonstrate how it sounds. The first part is on the bridge pickup (and bear in mind I only started learning the song last night, what’s on the video is as far as I’ve got with it), the second bit is on the neck pickup. I think it sounds OK even with cheapo OEM ceramic pickups!
Thanks Amanda. It wasn’t really that great an achievement to build, all the parts fit together perfectly out of the box and nothing needed refinishing; before it arrived I thought I might have to file down the ends of a few frets, but it was all good. The only skill involved was the ability to use a screwdriver, obtain a wiring diagram off google, and do basic soldering!