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Fiberglass Squier Body?

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  1. Russintosh

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    20181011_084512.jpg 20181011_084502.jpg 20181011_084512.jpg 20181011_084502.jpg 20181011_091610.jpg Howdy...

    Im in the process of stripping the body on my '02 Chinese Squier - what im seeing is a wooden body sandwiched in-between what looks like a front & back thin fiberglass veneer(ill post picks when all the pain is off...

    Am i seeing the right thing? Fiberglass? Body does NOT appear to be plywood...

    Russintosh..
     
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    the white stuff you're seeing is a primer or sealer on the wood body , not fiberglass, it can take a bit of sanding to come off ,
     
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    the body wood is probably Basswood its a fairly soft wood like pine, so you want to be careful with if your using a putty knife to scrape it off, it can be easy to gouge but on the same account its easy to sand any gouges out.
     
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    The top and back look to have a thin maple(?) veneer. My replacement body was like that. Veneer over a 7pc body.

    The whole body will be covered with a grain filler. Heat gun and a puddy knife will take the grain sealer/filler off. But if you do you will need to fill the grain again unless you like visible grain.
     
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    I did the same to a ‘94 Squier Bullet Series. I used a heat gun and putty knife as well.

    I asked the same question here about the clear sealer. Someone said it was Fullerplast. They would dip the body in this solution at the factory. Most of it came off easy employing the same method. I found it the stingiest in the contours and curves. Especially in between the horns. Sanded all those areas by hand.
     
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    I would agree that maybe its a maple veneer - i am chemically removing the finish & the 'veneer', whatever it is, uniformally dissappears on all contours.

    Ill post more photos this weekend when its completely stripped..
     
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    Plywood POS body---have fun with it---It will help you when you get a real guitar to work on :(
     
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    Ha! I have many guitars, many Strats... this squier is not plywood
     
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    Throw it in a lake. If it floats, it's wood. ;)

    Looks like wood with a lot of poly sealer residue on it to me.
     
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    While it's not 'fiberglass', the sealer and top coat are not overly unlike the plastic part of GRP, or, Glass Reinforced Plastic.
     
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    Nope, definitely not plywood. Looks like veneered basswood. The Chinese Squiers get a bad rep by a lot of people but one of my best playing and sounding guitars is a Chinese Squier from the mid nineties. I've never met anyone that played it and didn't like it. Attitudes like that are why I put it up for so long and didn't realize how good of a guitar I had.
     
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    It's veneered ALDER guys and girls!

    Affinity has never used basswood.....
     
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    Thanks! I havent worked on it yet today but do you know if its veneered with wood? Im going to my brothers today to use his heat gun to get some of the goop off...
     
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    Yes, a lot of the guitars they put a sunburst finish on had veneer.....
     
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    Thats kinda what i thought... i was gonna paint it solid but just may try to subburst it...

    Anybody ever do that & can offer some suggestions?
     
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    That might mean it’s a witch
     
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    Sorry, I didn't realize it was an affinity. My MIC isn't.
     
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