Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

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Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:19 am

Hi guys,

First post in this forum... I got attracted to offsets in the past year and had already a Squier VM JM and own a firebird. In general I had replica instruments build by luthier and finished by me and partscasters. Last month I flip a MJT Mastery Bigsby Thinline Tele for a Jazzmaster Partscaster which will be now completely refinished and parts changed.

It has a very nice B.Hefner neck, which will be refinished. The body gave me some thoughts but finally I was able to identify, it is one of those Japanese mid 90s fotoflame bodies refinished in Nitro. It will be replaced with Guitarbuild body because even when basswood doesn’t sound bad a alder body is more suitable.
The already installed Mustangbridge will be most likely changed to a Halon bridge as Staytrem is only available in UK. I don‘t know about the Trem but it is most likely is Japanese, so it might get changed.
Pickups will get replaced by Q Pickups, had some Steat and Tele PUs and they are great. Pickguard and knobs will get replaced as well, electronics will be changed.
Body will be finished in Nitro and Shoreline Gold with aged lacquer on top and weather checking.

Can somebody say which trem it is?

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by adamrobertt » Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:25 am

That's def. a Japanese trem

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:56 am

adamrobertt wrote:
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:25 am
That's def. a Japanese trem
Thanks a lot... ok put on the list for replacement.

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:27 pm

So some parts has already arrived and I aged a used mint Pickguard to some extend

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:24 am

So now in Shoreline Gold, aged clear coats will follow...
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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by ohm-men » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:52 am

Very nice! I got a Guitarbuild Ash body in a trade a while ago and i'm loving it!
I really like the fact that these bodies are vintage correct (I think the based them on an actual 1960 Jm body) with the correct neck pocket dept of 10mm as oposed to 15 mm in a lot of other aftermarket bodies. The correct neck pocket depth makes a lot of differance for the set up and the set up and the strings not rubbing against the trem screws.

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:19 am

Guitarbuild bodies are very cool, this is the 6 body that i used from them (2 Strats and 3 Tele’s) and they are very correct, for example the Tele body has the router hump which original Telecaster have!

The Shoreline went into a greenish gold with aged lacquer, looks very interesting... will post pictures when it is done.

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by ohm-men » Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:56 am

Sthackenb wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:19 am
Guitarbuild bodies are very cool, this is the 6 body that i used from them (2 Strats and 3 Tele’s) and they are very correct, for example the Tele body has the router hump which original Telecaster have!

The Shoreline went into a greenish gold with aged lacquer, looks very interesting... will post pictures when it is done.
Cool, looking forward to them! :)
I'm a great fan of partsmaster's as well. I also have a couple of 'em.
Currently due to the popularity of the Jazzmaster's, used parts are easy to come by.
Usually I can't ressist them when they can be found cheap locally... ;D
I ended up recently with another one from a bunch of parts I collected, traded and bought...
Sometimes I do setups and builds for 3rd parties and I usually get paid in guitarparts... (that's how I ended up with the guitarbuild ash body)

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:06 am

It is good to get paid in parts ;D for my Partscaster I buy usually guitars with good necks and end up replacing everything else, so it is just the neck.
I started with replicas after buying a lot of 80s Japanese stuff, but always finished them myself.
My English luthier who is very known for his Bursts uses Guitarbuild bodies too for Fender stuff, because things are vintage correct and he can’t do them cheaper. I did a Burst build by him and 3 52 Tele’s were he did the one piece maple necks and matches them to the Guitarbuild bodies (2 Tele’s) were done for friends. Since then I do mostly Partscasters which I sometimes sell or trade. That was the case with the JM, were not much will be left off...
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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

Post by Sthackenb » Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:47 am

So parts are coming in some aging is done, body still has to rest!

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Re: Jazzmaster Partscaster rebuild

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