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06-19-2008 09:27 AM
Crazy_Guitar
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Awsome red! It looks like the original RG550 red. Really sparkling!
03-16-2008 10:58 AM
Dee
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

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Originally Posted by losgatosrg350dx View Post
y did u pull that out of the dumpster
it belongs in a high school bonfire
Please take your head from up your behind.
03-16-2008 10:56 AM
Dee
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

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Originally Posted by kspeed View Post
Firstly, yea, I know it's a Squier and those of you with higher end guitars may cast a dubious eye on this project
Anyone who does that is a grade-A [email protected] Squier make some excellent instruments and not all of us have money falling off the trees in our garden. My Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz is f'king awesome and Squier in general have really stepped up their game these days.

Great job you've done, kspeed. It's nice to see neglected instruments being cared for.

Good thread.
03-15-2008 04:21 PM
marianozz
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Nice going man, im in the middle of something similar with a red strat too...

btw, whats that "409" you used on the neck? looks great
03-11-2008 12:05 AM
screamndemon69
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

That turned out nice. I miss the Chewie and other SW stickers though
03-10-2008 05:51 PM
shogun
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

congrats, awesome job!
03-10-2008 05:27 PM
LonePhantom
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Great work there. I'd love to have that guitar.
03-10-2008 11:30 AM
DavyH
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

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Originally Posted by kspeed View Post
Absolutely, it was a fun learning experience - I'd done all of this work before, just not all at once on the same guitar. It's kind of funny, but the neck was pretty good quality while the body was not (uneven routing and screwhole alignment). The original fretjob was far better than what you see in new Squiers or even Mexican made Fenders - the ends of the fretwire didn't protrude beyond the fingerboard, so it was very comfortable sliding up and down the neck. Surprisingly, it still didn't need a leveling job.

And what Jem? Did you want to send me one?
Fat chance - postage would cost more than the guitar!

That neck does look good. Locking Spurzels aren't exactly standard Squier kit, are they? They look like originals... all told that neck wouldn't look out of place on a much better body.
03-10-2008 10:57 AM
kspeed
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

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Man, that looks amazing and a great job with being patient I imagine!! Now I have a question, you didn't specify what those pickups are, if they're the ones that were originally installed or if they were aftermarkets from fender, what models, because they look extremely clean and I can't imagine that those originals were able to get that clean...
The single coils are the original Squiers - I just replaced the plastic covers and cleaned up the pole pieces. The humbucker is an aftermarket Yamaha, but I forgot to look under it for the model number I guess the best way to describe it is as a warmer Evo. It's very, very bright and it's great for harmonics and has decent mid range, but it can be treble-heavy to the point of being harsh, even when played clean. I lowered it as much as possible but it's still a very high output pickup.

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..... aside from which, you learn from any mistakes you might make along the road - it's a cheap way to pay school fees AND you end up with a far more serviceable guitar. Nice job!

Now recondition that Jem!
Absolutely, it was a fun learning experience - I'd done all of this work before, just not all at once on the same guitar. It's kind of funny, but the neck was pretty good quality while the body was not (uneven routing and screwhole alignment). The original fretjob was far better than what you see in new Squiers or even Mexican made Fenders - the ends of the fretwire didn't protrude beyond the fingerboard, so it was very comfortable sliding up and down the neck. Surprisingly, it still didn't need a leveling job.

And what Jem? Did you want to send me one?
03-10-2008 10:26 AM
DavyH
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

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Originally Posted by kspeed View Post
Thanks for the support and for not mentioning the crappy picture quality

Once I get off work I'll finish the last few adjustments and give my buddy a call. Can't wait for the reaction when he sees it!

All in all I think I put between 8-10 hours into it over this past week, but I actually had fun doing it. You definitely get a feeling of accomplishment after taking on something like this!
..... aside from which, you learn from any mistakes you might make along the road - it's a cheap way to pay school fees AND you end up with a far more serviceable guitar. Nice job!

Now recondition that Jem!
03-10-2008 09:31 AM
LordGrendel
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Man, that looks amazing and a great job with being patient I imagine!! Now I have a question, you didn't specify what those pickups are, if they're the ones that were originally installed or if they were aftermarkets from fender, what models, because they look extremely clean and I can't imagine that those originals were able to get that clean...
03-08-2008 12:58 PM
kspeed
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Thanks for the support and for not mentioning the crappy picture quality

Once I get off work I'll finish the last few adjustments and give my buddy a call. Can't wait for the reaction when he sees it!

All in all I think I put between 8-10 hours into it over this past week, but I actually had fun doing it. You definitely get a feeling of accomplishment after taking on something like this!
03-08-2008 11:35 AM
tt0511
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Wow! Great work man. That's looking loads better. The original condition probably did belong in the dumpster, LOL. Goes to show what a little TLC can do in the right hands.
03-08-2008 11:04 AM
rty13ibz98
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

great job on that restore!!! now its presentable instead of the eyesore it was before. +10!!! now to do a pickup swap!!!

rich
03-08-2008 10:37 AM
kspeed
Re: Fun Project: Restoring 92 MIK Squier HSS Stratocaster (Warning: Big Pics)

Now, what to do about those "aged" plastics? Burn'em!

Actually, I just replaced them all with Fender parts and a HSS pickguard from Stewart-MacDonald. I had a new backplate but the existing holes are way too far apart to use. Apparently the original backplate was at least an inch wider.

Replacing the pickguard was a little troublesome. The main grounding wire's solder joint with the volume pot came loose, so that was the first thing to fix. Next up, the tone pots were dead and a needed a couple rounds of brasso and compressed air to get them working again. Same goes for the toggle switch which, while functional, was pretty scratchy.

Exactly one mounting hole lined up with the new pickguard, so I had to drill new holes in the body for all except one next to the neck pocket. I also had to sand down the edges of the pickguard at the neck pocket since it was preventing the neck from lining up with its screwholes.

So, here it is, totally finished before adjusting pickup height, action, and intonation.











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