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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2004, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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my new guitar project! check it out! suggestions welcome

hey everyone, i have a cool little project here. I have this squire strat, which i just found out is alder, not plywood lol! so anyways i am thinking about turning it into a nice guitar. for starters, with the neck i just scalloped it, it turned out awesome!. so i have a good neck now. I am going to buy a nice set of pickups, maybe texas specials. then i will get a nice cool mint green pickguard, (aged) and maybe if i have anything left in my budget, a new trem hehe. and then to top it off, a nice Fender Stratocaster decal from ebay, sand off the Squire decal, hehe who will notice?

ok so suggestions comments welcome!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2004, 03:16 AM
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What color is the body? You should also pick up some decent tuners. Squire tuners absolutely suck. Throw in a brass nut too, it will give it a little different sound.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2004, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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yea i forgot, tuners also

it is black, with alot of stickers. im thinking about either a sunburst, olympic white, or maybe a green meanie finish
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2004, 03:40 PM
 
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Just an FYI.


By the time you get good electronics/hardware/finish on it, you could have bought a nice used Ibanez 421 and had extra's to buy mods(They go for under 250)


I know, I have one. Plus the Squires ave very narrow fretboards and crappy frets, which is really just not good for much.
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Just an FYI.


By the time you get good electronics/hardware/finish on it, you could have bought a nice used Ibanez 421 and had extra's to buy mods(They go for under 250)


I know, I have one. Plus the Squires ave very narrow fretboards and crappy frets, which is really just not good for much.
That's nice, but all opinion. I love my Squier, feels great to me

I look forward to pics/reports on your modification process
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 02:22 AM
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How about a material finish like a dbk has? It would definitely set yours apart from other guitars.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 02:23 AM
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Wait, I don't know if a dbk is considered a material finish, or some other type of finish?
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 05:06 PM
 
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Its not a material finish. The floral patterns have material finishes.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 06:08 PM
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Is it just considered a really crappy paintjob?
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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well- at first i was thinking about just getting a new guitar, but i figured i dont need ANOTHER guitar, (unless it was a 777LNG ) and i have always wanted to slap together a custom guitar. so i think this will work for me.

pickups - 125 on ebay
pickguard - under 20 on warmoth
tuners - 40 on ebay

it wont come out to more than 250 at most.

by the way, i am applying a sanding sealer right now, then im going to sand with 320 grit, and apply another coat, sand again. what do I use to finish the neck with?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 04:21 PM
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Tung oil?
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-15-2004, 08:19 PM
 
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I would advise NOT putting in Texas Specials. They are ok pups, but not great and as with most single coils are very noisy. I pulled them out of my strat and replaced them with Dimarzio Virtual Vintage pups. I have a Heavy Blues in the Neck, a '54 in the middle and a Solo in the bridge. They sound much better and are dead quiet, AND THEY STILL SOUND LIKE SINGLE COILS.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2004, 06:09 AM
 
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If noiseless is your way to go, Kinman pups RULE.www.kinman.com

Strats are fun to mess around with. Last weekend I put together one for myself. Alder body with orange stain & beewax finish, black pickguard, white Duncan SSL-3 and 2x SSL-5 pups, all maple Warmoth neck w/med jumbo frets, TBX tone control... it still needs a bit of setup work, but rings like a bell!
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 02:54 PM
 
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Project guitars are fun, it was a good idea for yoy to buy a squire because I would try to scallope frets on a dcent guitar either.
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