#1
so i figured if i build a partocaster i could get a quality guitar for cheaper so heres the details

lite ash body - bought
22 fret maple neck
hss pickguard jb in the bridge and two wilkonsins in the middle and neck
gotoh/wilikinson vintage tremelo
locking tuners
all chrome hardware


i will be buying new parts every week when i get the money, until then i will use the rest of my parts from my old guitar on the new lite ash body
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#2
ebay
go for mighty mite necks

also Guitar fetish for pick guard their bridges suck

stewmac.com also has great finish supplies and bridges and everything literally everything you would need

reranch.com also has great selection of vintage feder colors in spray can form.

also you should finish in ntrocellulose for vintage vibe and unrellentless sustain and great intonation
#3
the ash body had arrived im gonna fit the old parts to it tommorow and get some pics up soon. the body is super light
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#4
putting the bridge in. should i drill small holes ( smaller than the screws) to guide the screws in or should i just screw them in and risk cracking the body ?
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#5
drill holes , if the ash is really hard especially but id do it anyway to be safe
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#6
hey dudes just an update, all the old parts are on the body, except i put the neckplate on squint... so im gonna have to straighten it out and put wood filler in the holes. it wont matter anyway cause il be painting it
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#7
Pics, dammit! But sounds good so far.
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#8
pics !!




as you can see the pickgaurd sits a little hight, making the magnets on the pickups a little higher than the strings which im sure will affect sound. any ideas ?
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#9
is the body routed enough to compensate for the guts?

looking nice though!
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#11
yea the pickgaurd sits too heigh and i cant fingure out why, cause that as low as the neck will let it go
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#12
It also looks a bit mis-aligned.

You may want to fill and re-drill the holes
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#13
tryed to sort the pick gaurd out



as you can see on the bottom e the string still sits slightly above the magnet, i dont know if this will affect the sound ? i will just have to wait and see
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#14
looks to me as if your guard was cut wrong, or it's misaligned!

that's poop, because now your pickups are waaay outta line byt the neck (little miscalculation i assume...)

you could try shaving the nack pocket area and re-drilling holes, but that's completely wonky, you might wanna contact either your body distributor, or the guard distributor.

that, or the entire guitar was made with a piece of pipe cleaner as a ruler...
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#15
well the guard was from on eof my old guitars, so i think its eitehr the body or the way i put the bridge in ?
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#16
It's probably the body. It looks like the body wasn't made for a standard strat pickguard, or it was made for a standard one and the one of have is non-standard.
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#17
well the guard was off a westfield strat... are they standard.
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#18
update

just finished the wiring and it sound pretty good, alough im getting lace sensors and a humbucker on pay day ....

thought theres a hum on every pick up postion and it stops when i rest my hands on the strings....

im sure its the ground so how would i fix this ?
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals
#19
The strings aren't grounded properly. But it looks like the trem claw is grounded. Check to see if that wire is properly soldered to the back of the volume pot.
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#20
hey dudes im back, i sorted out the neck .

now im faced with a problem. i love the bridge tone of a single coil but i also need a humbucker in the bridge. so would coil tapping the humbucker produce the exact same single coil goodness ?

and should i paint the body a color ( tell me what colour) or leave it natural ?
GEAR

customised westfield strat soon to be HH
MIJ 68'reissue strat from 1996

bunch of boss pedals