Parts-o-caster 60's Strat copy build

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  1. teeloh

    teeloh Senior Member

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    I could live to be a thousand, but I will never get used to people doing this to a guitar deliberately.
     
  2. FLICKOFLASH

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    Take the body & put it in a box with dirty bolts ,keys, rocks & seal it & tumble it & shake it. Then Nicatine that baby & then sun it in the sun afterwards.
     
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    The pickguard can be dyed with Ritz clothing dye , Use sunset orange & yellow & then fade in direct sunlight
     
  4. NXC1978

    NXC1978 Senior Member

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    Flick, you're a madman, LOL!! The reason I stopped sunning it was because it was starting to turn green. I am assuming that the clear was yellowing. If I kept it up it would probably become really green. Not that there is anything wrong with green, but want it to be blue so I think I will just add some pick wear and call it quits.

    Thanks for the complements everyone. At first I wasn't really feeling it... Like, I think I was in shock from having destroyed a perfectly good finish. I am really diggin it now though.

    Also, thanks for the condolences.. On a positive note, Grandma was about to be 92 so she had a long life and lived to see even a few of her great-great grandchildren. You can't ask for much more than that.

    I will hopefully be done with the guitar and post some final pics on Monday.:dude:
     
  5. gishuk

    gishuk Senior Member

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    looks really good, although it kinda seems a shame to age it as that daphne blue looked so perfect
     
  6. NXC1978

    NXC1978 Senior Member

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    I agree, but this was the plan and the reasoning for the underburst.

    I've been tempted to have to have Scotty make me another one. I wouldn't mind having one with just the closet classic finish with a bit of freeze checking.
     
  7. gishuk

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    oh i can see why you wanted to do it this way and pressed on with it, had you not shown the before pictures i would have no reservations at all :applause: looks as good as the fender custom shop relic jobs
     
  8. NXC1978

    NXC1978 Senior Member

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    I understand sir, and thanks for the complements!
     
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    jimmypage14 Senior Member

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    Wow that is awesome.
     
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    beanoburst66 Senior Member

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    I want one!!!!!!!!
     
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    Well I can use all the work I can get.Good deals to be had.
     
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    Sorry for the loss, mate ...

    ... and, please, forgive me ... but I must confess that I don't like the final result ... it looks like you're having picked too much with a sharp thingy. Some natural wear wouldn't look like this - sorry for my plain opinion ... :hmm:
     
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    No need for sorry, this is why I started this thread! I am glad you were honest... To tell you the truth, I find myself missing the guitar body when it just had the closet classic finish and some checking.

    If I'm still not feeling it when it is completed, I will have Scotty make me another one with the closet classic finish and I will freeze check it and let the rest of it age naturally.:D
     
  14. scottystrathead

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    Now that is road worn :applause:
     
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    [​IMG] Now it needs the brillo pad treatment ( those green scrubbing pads) & some fingernail buffer wear just to smooth some of the harsh breaks & give it a worn feel. Then to bring it home the bar room elements . Rub in on a welcome mat, sprince with coffee, beer & Winchester steak sauce. & Nicotine it. Dirty it up a lil ‘.
     
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    Agreed. The bare wood needs darkening, and the wear looks freshly done. (which it is...lol) Getting there though. :)
     
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    Cool, thanks for the much needed advise guys!:thumb:

    Lately it has been busy at home and on top of that I will be out of town again this weekend. As soon as I make some more progress I will post some updated pics.
     
  18. NXC1978

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    Houston we have a problem!!.. I messed up the wiring some how, but I checked and rechecked and can't figure out where I went wrong. It's like it has a short somewhere or something??...

    Here's the weird part... In the middle pickup selector position the tone knob acts like a volume. If you turn it, it doesn't change the tone, it just makes it more quiet. The volume knob still acts like a volume too incase that matters. Another thing is that the middle pu sounds thin like it has no low end.

    The Bridge and Neck pickups sound fantastic and function as they should. The tone knob for the neck pu functions normally too.

    Also, it doesn't sound "out of phase" when you put the selector in the in-between pickup settings either. Strange! I might see if I can temporarily rewire it bypassing all the tone knob stuff to see if the pu's sound ok, not sure what else to try.
     
  19. NXC1978

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    Well, other than the wiring issue I am getting close to done. I will take some better pics, but I took this one real quick at lunch today and pasted it along side the Masterbuilt Fender that was my final inspiration for the body...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Glad to see this thread bumped - lookin' good! I like Flick's advice about softening up the fresh cracks & breaks, and pumping some smoke in its direction to help wear the bare wood and plastics a bit.

    As for the wiring issue it could be a number of things (real helpful comment, I know :laugh2:) but a picture would help. If positions 2 and 4 on the switch don't sound out of phase the middle pickup is probably off in those positions. Resolder all your grounds and the hot lead for the middle pickup to the switch.
     

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