Zenkai T-Style Partscaster Relic Blonde 2021
Zenkai Tele style Partscaster, made in Hobart Australia 2021, vintage blonde finish. Zenkai is the project of Hobart-based luthier Alex Caffrey, who does a lot of our store repair work and learned his trade at longstanding Brisbane institution Tym Guitars. There's a comprehensive list of the parts used below, but let's talk about the body and neck. First up, the neck is an Allparts Japan roasted quarter-sawn maple soft-V, which looks superbly dark and mysterious. It's hand-finished in tru-oil and sits beautifully in the hand, plus it's just about as stable as you could possibly ask for by nature owing to it's construction. The body is by MJT, who are famed for their high quality workmanship and relic-style finishes. It's super light for an ash Tele at 3.2kg, so that translates to a resonant and lively feel in the hands. The tone on deck is satisfying: punchy, percussive attack with a singing top end and an a weighty bass, perfect for bug open rhythm parts or twangy lead lines. The details have been well-considered too: compensated brass saddles, reverse-style control plate plate, staggered tuners... Alex is pretty particular apparently, but you stand to benefit from his peculiarities. A quick note on the headstock decal: it's on top of the finish and could be easily peeled off if you prefer. Tasty stuff!
Model: Zenkai Partscaster
Assembled: Hobart Australia, 2021
Finish: vintage blonde, medium relic, nitro
Body: MJT swamp ash
Neck: Allparts Japan 1-piece quarter-sawn roasted maple, soft-V profile, 12" radius, 25.5" scale, hand finished in light tru-oil
Pickups: Dimarzio True Velvet single coil (neck), Twang King single coil (bridge)
Parts: Gotoh staggered Kluson-style tuners, hand cut bone nut, Fender 3-ply black guard, Joe Barden bridge plate, Gotoh brass compensated saddles, Gotoh slipped-Tele plate, CTS 250k pots, Oak Grigsby 3-way switch, Vit Q tone cap, Switchcraft jack on Electrosocket mount, vintage cloth wiring, aged gold dome knobs
Cosmetic condition notes: negligible finish wear. This guitar is a new parts build, so it's had light shop use only, all marks on the finish are part of the relic applied by MJT. Overall: mint condition (10/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets are brand new, 10/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 strings.