1969/1960s Fender/Supro Partscaster Res-O-Glas Electric Guitar

So, I get parts traded to me all the time. They hang-out for a while and eventually become things. My buddy Steve traded me the late '60s arctic white fiberglass Res-O-Glas body (it's from a Jazzmaster-shaped Supro Arlington -- the Res-O-Glas version of a Supro Lexington). It was lacking its original Bigsby B5 whammy and all the fittings save the original pickup surrounds and pickguard.

I began to scheme at some point and scrounged-around on eBay and Reverb until I had a '69 Fender Malibu acoustic neck (the guitar itself had been destroyed), '70s Gibson-branded Bigsby whammy, and some GFS wide-range-layout humbucker pickups. These have big Alnico 5 poles so they sound like... DynaSoniBuckers? They call them Surf 180s. Gotoh tuners, neckplate, and bridge rounded-out the rest.

The body had already been drilled for a Fender-style neck plate and the neck pocket actually fits this '60s neck perfectly after I shaved-down its end into a Tele-style flat bottom. I had to do some more routing inside the body to mount the new humbuckers, but ya gotta break a few eggs to make huevos rancheros, ya know.

Of course, the bridge had to be moved a little bit and so the weird little "bridge wiring cavity" was exposed. I have this covered with some "aircraft spotter" playing cards but I think it'll get a black Jaguar pickup in there at some point with an on/off to add it to the circuit... or even just sent to a second jack. Who knows? The rest of the six old slider switch holes got playing card backings in them, too -- but they'll stay that way.

The result is lovely -- it's got a semihollow/hollowbody vibe going on but even with the crispy humbuckers, it definitely still has a Fender sound to it... mixed with Chicago... and a bit of Kalamazoo. The neck shape is basically a carbon copy of a late-'60s Strat neck -- 1 5/8" nut and something definitely medium-C to its rear profile -- plus a cool rounded-off bottom to the headstock that works with the bulgy body.

I put this together over a couple nights of 1-3 AM stretches -- the only passable quiet, recently, oh my. I wanted to get it together because I'm trying to tame the massive collection of electric parts piles that I've been putting together for local (and mail-in) folks. There have been some particularly good Teles through in recent memory.

Repairs included: fret level dress, fitting bits, wiring, routing, yadda yadda...

Made by: Fender/Supro/Bigsby/et al.

Model: Malibu/Arlington

Made in: lotsaplaces, USA

Body: wood center core with hollowbody fiberglass mounted to it

Bridge: Gotoh ABR-style, aged

Fretboard: rosewood, thin

Neck wood: maple, light flame

Pickups: 2x GFS Surf 180

Tone: chunky, etc

Suitable for: blues, folk, country

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 46w-10 lights

Neck shape: slim-med C

Board radius: 7 1/4"

Truss rod: adjustable (works)

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-small

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

String spacing at nut: 1 3/8"

String spacing at bridge: 2"

Body length: 19 1/8"

Body width: 13 7/8"

Body depth: 1 3/4"

Weight: 7 lb 3 oz

Condition notes: ...it's a partscaster. It has a ton of wear and everything is modded to some extent. The core of it is '60s. We win. The worst bit is that whoever drilled the holes for the Fender-style neck plate didn't align it correctly... sigh... so it overhangs the body a little. Someday I may correct this.