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It's Heresy Time ... Frankensquier coming

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by zigmeisterxiv, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 15, 2016
    Merritt Island, FL
    Just got the Bullet strat today, expect the CV to arrive later this week.

    For Christmas I'll begin the process of creating the SeaFoam Green CV 50's Ziggycaster.

    The bullet has pretty good tones, but hardware is weak.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Ziggy

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  2. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

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    sounds like a cool plan -- that green bullet body is going to look great dressed up as a CV50s :D
     

  3. manfromplanetx

    manfromplanetx Strat-Talk Member

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    Apr 29, 2011
    Ohio
    actually had one of these screwed together for a while!!! since you cant get a Sea Foam CV. The one trick, if I remember correctly, to get the neck to line up w/ the holes in the Aff. body is to dremel 2 little bumps at the bottom of the neck pocket, like where the neck pickup is... I would have to look at the body again... that and the affinity body is too thin for a regular trem... other than that it was cool
     

  4. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    There are short, beefy trem blocks for oriental made guitars if the CV one is as weak as the Bullets.

    CV should arrive tomorrow (Thurs)

    z
     

  5. manfromplanetx

    manfromplanetx Strat-Talk Member

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    Apr 29, 2011
    Ohio
    Agreed Z, that is the 1 unfortunate drawback on the CV is its trem block is small/thin. The CV body is the correct thickness though, but you are using the Affinity body, I am not sure about the depth of the CV stock trem... but I am pretty sure it will work for you.
    Anyway it will be cool!!!
     

  6. metale

    metale Strat-Talker

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  7. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Strat-O-Master

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    I did the same thing. It turned out nice. Mine has a MIM trem and a set of Rose Mariposa pickups.

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  8. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    Yeah, that's what I'm talkin about.

    z
     
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  9. manfromplanetx

    manfromplanetx Strat-Talk Member

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    Apr 29, 2011
    Ohio
    I put this together recently... but that body deserves a thread all its own...

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  10. Raiders757

    Raiders757 Senior Stratmaster

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    Sep 2, 2016
    Virginia
    HND week!! Got me a Bullet Tele a few months ago and modded it. Mine was already seafoam green, so there was no need to strip the body etc...

    I added Vintage 64 pups, a treble bleed circuit, Seymour Duncan smooth turning 250K pots, Planet Waves locking tuners, Dunlop strap locks, and an Orange Drop Cap to the tone pot. Did a truss adjustment last weekend and am thinking I might need to add a small neck shim to really dial the higher fret action in. The bridge isn't all that shabby, so other than the aforementioned, I think my DeleTele is complete.

    Merry Christmas.
     
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  11. Archangelmm

    Archangelmm Strat-Talk Member

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    Valrico, Fl
    Beautiful body, is that a cherry burst or sierra sunburst?
     

  12. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    Project Update:

    - UPS delivered the CV a little before 9 PM last night.

    - Well packed, opened it up and it was beautiful

    Sunburst finish unblemished (amazing for a 9 year old)
    All controls snug and easy
    Neck 1 or 2 minor chips at the headstock, no biggie
    Beautiful neck contour, low action, plays like butter

    After 10-15 minutes of playing it with max satisfaction, check the truss rod pocket and ... no truss rod nut.

    That's right people I was sent a guitar that had the truss rod nut literally sheared off.

    What a downer ...

    Currently working with the seller on resolution. The purchase had multiple layers of buyer protection, so I will wind up OK, but what a drag/hassle.

    Final bummer is that the body is flawless, from the fit and finish to the controls and the feel.

    Oy vey!

    Well you guys have a Merry Christmas and I'll check in next week some time.

    z
     
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  13. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    Update: After living with the CV a few days, the original seller and I worked out a revamped price and I am keeping the axe.

    Despite the lack of an adjustable rod, the neck plays like butter and the neck relief is below .008 at fret 8, I have the string height at 4/64, and probably could lower it further, but the action would be too low then ... gotta have something to grab onto, y'know.

    Thanks and have a great New Years everyone!

    Zig
     
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  14. manfromplanetx

    manfromplanetx Strat-Talk Member

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    Ohio
    wow that sucks... so inside the hole at the top where the adjustment nut is supposed to be... it sheared off there? I have not heard of that before... need to check my CVs :(
    at least it sounds like the neck is already where you want it relief wise anyway. I love my CVs, especially the necks, seems a shame that one has such a problem.

    MPX
     

  15. manfromplanetx

    manfromplanetx Strat-Talk Member

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    Apr 29, 2011
    Ohio
    Arch, I think its supposed to be a Sienna burst. As best as I can tell its a Mighty Mite body. The previous owner had filled the trem block area up with some sort of mystery wood... and then at various angle drilled string holes through it and the for a bridge took the top off of an MIM tremolo and screwed it to the body after filling the trem holes...
    like I said it deserves its own thread in explanation and repair

    MPX
     
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  16. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    Yep, here's a closeup ...

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  17. metale

    metale Strat-Talker

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    Holly c***, I would expell bricks if I would have find that :(
     

  18. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

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    I wasn't too happy, as you can tell.

    But, the price adjustment was fair, and I look at it like getting the most beautiful, perfect girl in the world ... for as long as this great neck lasts I'll just appreciate it being around.

    Happy New Year

    z
     

  19. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    Feb 15, 2016
    Merritt Island, FL
    Project Update: The process of completing the first part of the project is nearly done.

    The Bullet Strat neck holes were all plugged with dowels and titebond glue (slightly oversized dowels were sized and rounded by placing them in a drill and spinning while hand shaping with 200 sandpaper .. really neat trick I saw online somewhere. Worked great)

    Using the CV neck pocket holes as a guide redrilled the Bullet neck holes over several increasing drill sizes till the required 1/8 inch size was reached.

    Fortunately the Bullet bridge/trem plate lined up well, in addition to the Bullet pickguard (with all its electronics). The Bullet has 11 pickguard screws, and the CV only 8, so 3 of the pickguard holes have no screw.

    All components settling in now, with final set-up expected for today.

    The Classic Vibe body, which for 9 years old is almost perfect, had no modifications done to it at all ... no drilling, no shaving, absolutely nothing done to it!

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    Summary Of CV Frankensquier Components Origin

    Classic Vibe

    Body
    Trem Claw and Screws
    Trem Springs
    Trem Block/Bridge mount Screws
    Pickguard Screws
    Strap Buttons and Screws
    Trem Cavity Cover Plate Screws
    Input Jack Cover Plate & Screws
    Input Jack​

    Bullet Strat

    Neck, String trees,Tuners/tuner screws
    Neck Plate and Neck Screws
    Trem Block/Bridge and Saddles
    Pickguard, pickups and Electronics
    Trem Bar
    Trem Cavity Cover Plate


    Did I forget anything???

    This baby will be on the block after I finish the Seafoam Green Strat with the Classic Vibe neck n' stuff. Already well along, should be done next week

    Aloha Nui Loa peeps ... rock on!

    zig
     
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  20. zigmeisterxiv

    zigmeisterxiv Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    55
    Feb 15, 2016
    Merritt Island, FL
    Project Update: The transformation is complete.

    Original Axes

    Bullet1.jpg 2016 Squier Bullet Strat SeaFoam Green

    Brownie1a.jpg 2008 Squier 50's Classic Vibe Sunburst



    Transformed Axes

    SF2.jpg 21st Century Schizoid Ziggycaster - 7.0 lbs.

    Brownie8.jpg 21st Century Schizoid Brownie - 7.2 lbs.


    Summary Of 21st Century Schizoid Brownie Components Origin

    Classic Vibe

    Body
    Trem Claw and Screws
    Trem Springs
    Bridge mount Screws
    Pickguard Screws
    Strap Buttons and Screws
    Trem Cavity Cover Plate & Screws
    Input Jack Cover Plate & Screws
    Input Jack

    Bullet Strat

    Neck, String trees,Tuners/tuner screws
    Neck Plate and Neck Screws
    Trem Block/Bridge and Saddles
    Pickguard, pickups and Electronics
    Trem Bar

    Summary Of 21st Century Schizoid Ziggycaster Components Origin

    Classic Vibe


    Neck, Tuners/tuner screws
    Neck Plate and Neck Screws
    Bridge and Saddles
    Pickguard, pickups and Electronics
    Trem Bar


    Bullet Strat

    Body
    Trem Claw and Screws
    Trem Springs
    Bridge mount Screws
    Pickguard Screws
    Strap Buttons and Screws
    Trem Cavity Cover Plate & Screws
    Input Jack Cover Plate & Screws
    Input Jack

    Ziggycaster also has aftermarket string tree and replacement full size steel trem block.


    Notes

    Zcaster Bullet SeaFoam body - Had to fill half the pickguard screw holes, all the bridge screw holes, all the neck pocket holes and re-drill all.

    CV neck - this was the bear ... since I wasn't going to fill and redrill the CV maple neck, I had to use a template and detailed measurements to redrill the Bullet neck pocket. 3 of 4 holes were fine, 1 needed a little finagling so its larger, slightly cockeyed. But that's the Ziggycaster I'm keeping so no problem.
    In line with the bridge and all saddles spot on, .006 relief at 8th fret and 4/64 across the board, ZERO buzz!

    Bullet neck - Filled neck screw holes with dowels and redrilled to match CV body pocket holes.

    Bridges - Used existing CV bridge screw holes for the Bullet bridge/trem block, and saddles are a tiny bit askew (1 mm) laterally, but intonation and playability are fine (.010 relief at 8th fret, 4/64 action all strings).

    Trem - Brownie trem works fine. Ziggycaster installed a solid steel trem block that is too big for the trem to work, but I don't use trem anyway ...


    Tired of writing for now, any questions feel free. For a first time project, satisfied with the results and the Zcaster plays fantastic, and the Brownie should fetch a good market price.

    Aloha nui loa

    z

     

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