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vomer
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Feb 11th, 2018 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

A friend of mine recently acquired two MJT strats. We don't know if these were assembled by MJT, as they don't have the MJT logo on the headstock. The necks were by Musikraft, and Allparts, both very nice.

Both guitars had boutique pickups, awesome relic finishes, and good electrics and hardware. Because these weren't Fenders in original condition we had no problem with swapping out guards and pups etc, and getting both exactly as the owner wanted them. The results are stunning. Personally I'd have trouble finding a Fender in my ideal spec without going for a Custom Shop build. These MJT's, and my current USACG strat build I have underway, give exactly what you want, with a little tweaking, at a fraction of Custom Shop prices.

If you buy a strat or tele partscaster with a reputable source, and there's something you don't like, you can just change it.

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Feb 11th, 2018 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t recall ever buying one. But if it was a must-have and the price was right I would.

I’ve been guilty of making them. It is a lot of fun.

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 11th, 2018 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

If I were someone else I wouldn't hesitate to buy my two parts-casters. they are loaded!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Feb 11th, 2018 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I were unable to build my own, but still had the knowledge I have of how they "work", I would buy one for the right price.

The main problem I see with selling them, is I doubt I could sell one for what I've got invested into it.


LeftyMeister

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Feb 11th, 2018 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll be building my own FrankenTele soon. :o)

Leftee
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Feb 11th, 2018 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Indeed. :-)

reverendrob
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Feb 11th, 2018 04:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The main problem I see with selling them, is I doubt I could sell one for what I've got invested into it."

That's why they don't sell.

It's like car "upgrades" or gun "upgrades" - past devaluing the original thing, and being a lowball item from that point forward UNLESS by a major miracle someone wants your exact configuration or loves the guitar (much, much, much easier in person)....you're going to take a bath sixteen ways from Sunday.

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Feb 11th, 2018 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Never bought one but don't object to the idea.

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Feb 11th, 2018 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wouldn't mind buying one,"from a reputable source" but I try not to buy what I won't be able to sell if need be.

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Feb 11th, 2018 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've made several of them but people don't want to give you anything for them.

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American-made in Oz!!
Feb 11th, 2018 11:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

"... but people don't want to give you anything for them."

This is part of my twisted logic...

If I build it, and because *no one* would pay what it's worth (to me) there is zero incentive to sell it.

My psychology is such that I hope it will prevent me from off-loading one thing, to only by more of something else :^)

IMO, the *only* way to make money (or at least hope to break even) with a Partscaster, is to part it out.
I've done this twice and recouped way more than I could have trying to sell it as a whole instrument.

It took a little longer to sell all the parts, but it hurt way less financially and emotionally.


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Feb 11th, 2018 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

There’s a guy around here who makes and sells partsocasters through my neighboutlrhood guitar shop. Great guitars at killer prices. Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, I’ll take them over Fender any day.

(This message was last edited by langford at 01:04 AM, Feb 12th, 2018)

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Feb 12th, 2018 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve never bought one, but I’ve built a few for myself and a bunch for other players.

Years ago I bought an Ibanez X-ING headless guitar/MIDI controller for stupid cheep because I wanted the Tom Doyle Humbuckers that were in it. The seller had no idea what those pickups were worth. If you’re unaware, Doyle was Les Paul’s guitar tech.

The 80s called. They want their gear back.

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Feb 12th, 2018 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wouldn't buy sight unseen. I'd need to know "the ingredients" and check the quality of work (nut, solder, frets, etc.). There is no QC and the work is going to be all over the map. I'm guessing the better stuff is going to be from someone who had an unexpected or unfortunate occurrence. I had a friend/old bandmate who was building beautiful Strats and probably had 30 when he died suddenly. I often wonder what his wife did with the inventory.

The partscaster market probably has the worst and best of specimens.



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armadillos
Feb 12th, 2018 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I laugh out loud often when some seller is parting out a guitar they’ve put together that was a turd. The description usually reads something like this:

For sale—Strat body with terrible relic job. Yeah, it’s ugly, but It was like this when I got it.’

Riiight. Just admit you botched the job, ya nimrod.

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Feb 13th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lots of them off CL and TGP. Both buys and trades, all deals went fine. Most of the guitars were equal or better than the AmDlx level of Fender.

There's plenty of people out there who know how to assemble good parts the right way.
My Strat is a John Mayer sunburst body, Fender Custom Shop neck, Duncans, Wilkinson bridge, Sperzels, I forget who made the harness. guitar sounds, feels and looks great. Good parts and the builder knew his way around a bench. IIRC, the price was a little more than a used AmDlx Strat.

I'm real happy with it



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Feb 13th, 2018 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've yet to see one that struck my interest in the local CL that wasn't ridiculously overpriced. Oftentimes they're listed as "Fenders" when only the body or neck was actually Fender.





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Feb 13th, 2018 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

The guitar I bought last month probably qualifies as a "partsocaster" since it's a mid-eighties MIJ '62 Custom Telecaster with a '54 Esquire neck, also MIJ from the same period.

I took a chance with this one but it's a keeper.



Fred132

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Feb 14th, 2018 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had always wanted a rosewood tele, but didn't want to pay the price they typically command.

I bought one that the guys at Chris Guitars put together out of parts. It came out pretty nice.

ejm

usa

Feb 17th, 2018 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the responses.

The guitar is pretty much a true partsocaster.
Tele style
Allparts neck, RW board
Pine body mfr unknown
Sunburst finish
Hardware mostly from Warmoth
Kluson or Gotoh tuners
Fender VN pups
HSC included

The guy makes it sound like it was put together by a luthier/assembler/tech, and not some guy just experimenting. In other words, the builder was someone who sort of knows what they're doing.


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