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Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by Ravenmore, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    Well got it wired up with some Tex Mex pickups, some CTS 250 pots, and a new switch. However hit a road block in that the Affinity tuners don't fit. It seems they are a size larger than the Bullet head stock.
     

  2. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
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    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    As it stands now...
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  3. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    Well got it up and running. I screwed up the neck a bit. The holes were too small for modern tuners so I took a drill to it to widen them to 10mm. I ended up tearing off some wood around some of the holes on both front and back surfaces. Still completely functional - oh well it is a $30 guitar and honestly it kind of fits the character of the guitar. I put some Tex Mex pickups in it and upgraded the pots and switch. It punches waaaay above its price point now. :)

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  4. Vjerilood

    Vjerilood Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    52
    Jul 30, 2017
    USA
    Niiiice. Squier mods are like that, it may not be pretty but it works.
     
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  5. JoeM

    JoeM New Member!

    Age:
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    8
    Jan 11, 2016
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I have the twin to your Squier, same year and color. I am going for new tuners and electronics on mine, not sure what pickups yet. I was going to repaint it, but now I think I will just cleanup as much of the swirls and scratches as I can and leave it be. It is surprisingly nice to play for what it is.
     
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  6. West Coast Idea

    West Coast Idea Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    58
    558
    Mar 10, 2017
    Out on the Range
    I picked one up myself a few weeks back. For my purposes, a clean up and set up for around the house noodling and maybe the odd gig rehearsal will suffice.

    The neck is pretty nice, it sounds OK as is, and I like the smaller lightweight body.

    Easy peasy!
     
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  7. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    I have a grounding issue with it creating a buzz so I need to track that down, but honestly with the Tex Mex pickups, CTS pots, and an upgraded switch this thing now sounds freaking amazing. I find myself picking it up over most of my other guitars. It honestly rivals my MIJ Strat for sound now.
     
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  8. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    I was messing around with trying to improve the set up on the guitar tonight and thought I'd post some pics of how bad I screwed up the neck drilling it. :D Oh well, it's still functional. Can we call it 'relic'd'? ;)

    I think the truss rod needs an adjustment. Looks high in the middle to me. I've never done that so I need to look up how to do it. Also something janky is up with the bridge pickup. I never use it so not a huge deal but at some point I'd like to figure it out.
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  9. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    44
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    If using a drill bit, I would only recommend doing it in a drill press (which is how I normally do it) ... never with a hand held drill (ask me how I know). If you don't have access to a drill press then use a hand reamer. They are cheap sand will save a lot of cussing and your other possessions with tools flying across the room.
     

  10. skypeace

    skypeace Sky Pilot Strat-Talk Supporter

    419
    Mar 10, 2017
    Connecticut
    Well it says its okay on the back so I wouldn't worry about it. That is just a chip off the old block, gives the neck more resonance and characters up the look. Folks pay a lot of money to have a neck look like that, you got it for free. :rolleyes:

    You can use a hand drill if you just clamp some thin pieces on both sides to prevent chipping. The tuner holes are not mission critical, just need to fit the tuners decently. Drilling holes for two post tremolos is a bit different. I would suggest a drill press for those, but again some folks are proficient enough with woodworking tools to be effective.
     
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  11. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    I tried to find a reamer at Home Depot but was probably looking in the wrong place as I was looking for something that would fit in a drill. Yeah hand reamer sounds better lol. Oh well live and learn, although it's a bit of a shame as it is a nice feeling neck in spite of it being on a $30 guitar.
     
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  12. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    Bought this Dragonfire pre loaded pick guard for another guitar project but it turns out that guitar wasn't routed for humbuckers. The bullet has swimming pool routing so I threw it on there. These bullets use different pick guards than a standard strat, so I had to file the pick guard in places and drill new holes in the body for the screws. Looks pretty snazzy and sounds good. Fits with the whole 'beater' theme its got going. :)

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  13. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    50
    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    Did some silly mods today on this. I added some large brass washers to try and cover more of the damaged wood. I think they look kind of cool. Went with black control knobs.

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  14. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    If you can find that chip you can dab a little glue on it and stick it back in and clamp it up.

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  15. Ravenmore

    Ravenmore Strat-O-Master

    Age:
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    551
    Oct 9, 2017
    Cedar Park
    Thanks - wish I'd know about that back when it happened. :) Oh well - it gives it character....
     

  16. Craig Usselman

    Craig Usselman Strat-Talker

    Age:
    37
    140
    Feb 4, 2018
    Calgary, Alberta,Canada
     

  17. Craig Usselman

    Craig Usselman Strat-Talker

    Age:
    37
    140
    Feb 4, 2018
    Calgary, Alberta,Canada
    Get it if you want it its nice looking -like the inspected by santoro sticker thats cool ! I gotta say its pretty and has some nice wear that people over pay for if it sounds ok grab it i would and ive already got 2 Fender strats.