Partscaster "Fender Star/Strat" - Noiseless, Sperzel Locking, LSR Nut, Wilkinson Trem, Fret Level

Original Price$695
New Price$495
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Cody's Gear
Lexington, KY, United States
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In their former life, the body and neck on this guitar were from a Fender StarCaster. Good wood and construction...I want to say the body is Ash, but I can't find the original photos I took during rebuild so I can't confirm 100% just yet. If you really want to know the body wood...let me know and I will do my best to find out out.

This is a really nice instrument and plays and sounds great due to the upgrades and love that I bestowed upon it. It is in really good condition with a few dings and scratches here and there, some of which are on the back, bottom edge. It has received very little playing time and has never left my smoke-free, pet-free studio.

Keep in mind that the price (to an extent) reflects the <> $350 of equipment upgrades I made to the instrument...but not the time invested, which was a labor of Love.

I installed Sperzel Locking Tuning Machines with Ivoriod knobs to match the Ivory Pickguard. The tuner locking knobs show some wear which is visible in the photos. I installed a Fender LSR Roller NutGraphTech white TUSQ String Trees and finished the headstock in Black to match the body. In the headstock, there are some very faint "hand finishing / polishing" scratches that are slightly visible in certain light.

I installed  Artec Giovanni "Noiseless" High-Output Pickups (single coil sized - humbucker stacks). The model number is "GCS-LN" in case you want to look them up...and don't let the fact that they are are not from a "big name brand" color your opinion...they sound great and in my opinion sound as good as Fender Noiseless pickups I have on another one of my guitars...maybe a bit hotter. The control cavity and rear of the pickguard have also been shielded with Copper Foil.

I installed a Wilkinson by Gotoh VS-100 Tremolo (which is blocked - shown in the photographs) and the original (6) mounting holes have been covered by black cloth tape (similar to what is used to wrap pickups) which is not that noticable since it is partially covered by the Pickguard and Tremolo. I replaced the original pots with high-quality CTS Pots, upgraded the 5-Way switch (Oaks Grigsby maybe?) and also installed a SwitchCraft Output Jack.

The neck was sanded and treated with Gunstock Oil and Wax and then sanded smooth with steel wool. I also performed a fret-level so that I could get better action and playability.

The guitar has just been setup and re-strung with Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 (P02023) strings, though when I originally made modifications to it for my purposes, I strung it up with D'Addario 9-46 (EXL125-10P) "hybrid" strings as I like the feel of thicker strings on the top-most strings. At the same time I cleaned and treated the fretboard with StewMac Fretboard Finishing Oil and polished the frets.

This guitar has a single-action Truss rod, and with lower gauge strings there is no more adjustment for additional relief on the neck, though this did not seem to be an issue for me when using heavier gauge strings.

Upon this final setup, the instrument had a neck relief of around .006" (6/1000) at the 7th fret, and the string heights at the 12th fret are around .04" on the high-E and around .05" on the low-E, which suits my playing style.

This guitar will be shipped double-boxed with Reverb protection and signature we don't want someone walking away with your new Axe!

Please ask any questions prior to purchasing or making an offer. I will consider reasonable offers.

Thanks for looking!

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