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Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by yepitsadam, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. yepitsadam

    yepitsadam Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 30, 2016
    Louisville, KY
    Hey guys and gals!

    I bought this cheapo partscaster a while back for $70 because I liked the way it plays. The back just feels really nice to play and it sounds better than $70 to me. Plus, I’m pretty sure the saddles are Graphtec.
    Anyway, I’m getting some fret buzz that isn’t being fixed with truss rod or action adjustments, and I think the frets are on their last lives.
    I mostly play rhythm, and most of that is within the first 7 frets. So I was trying to decide whether or not the neck is worth doing any more work to. The worst fret buzz seems to be caused by the 4th fret, and the neck appears to be straight from what I can tell. I’m wondering if I could get by with just replacing the first 5 frets since those have the most wear and that’s where I hang out most of the time. From what I’ve read, that should cost around $50.
    My question for you is: do you think I should spend any more money on this neck or cut my losses ($70) on this guitar?
    Just looking for opinions.
    Going to try to attach some pictures...
    Additional things about this guitar: The headstock looks like it was painted at some point, and someone really tried to get the logo off. Also, the tuners are crap.
     

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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    To me that looks like Squier from Korea neck, early 90s...the plywood body era.....cheap trapezoid tuners....

    The body looks like it's from then too....so probably original together...and it's ply/laminate...

    I would cut your losses if that neck needs a refret...and get a better newer neck instead of sinking up to $100 or so into that one...
     

  3. yepitsadam

    yepitsadam Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 30, 2016
    Louisville, KY

    Thanks! I just took the pickguard off and it’s all very cheap stuff.

    What about these saddles? Are they Graphtec?
     

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  4. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Well, they're not original....they are kind of dark in your photo but they could be....usually those are a very dark kind of grey and they feel slightly rough to the touch - if they are, they are impregnated with a lubricant so might feel a bit slippery where the string passes over top....
     

  5. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

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    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    I do agree with guitarmaggedon : the tuners looks like the ones that were on my korean squier neck. If so, you have 8mm holes instead of common 10mm.

    Your neck has small differences compared to mine.. no date stamp nor varnish on the heel... but it does look close...

    Obviously that's a plywood body, considering the neck pocket.

    Really looks like a korean plywood squier from the early 90's.
     

  6. Xtyfighterx

    Xtyfighterx Strat-Talker

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    Mar 21, 2017
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    Pickguard has been swapped out tho. Pics of the pickups? That will tell me pretty quick if it’s a squier 2. I have a couple of them and they are good modding platforms. If u really really like the neck and the shape and feel stick with it I love them.if not pick up something else to swap on. Classic vibe neck is prettt close to these as well.
     

  7. yepitsadam

    yepitsadam Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 30, 2016
    Louisville, KY
    Sorry, I just saw this. When I took the pickguard off, I noticed the pickups had flat bars across the bottom, so I assume they are cheap.
    I think I’m just going to take the saddles off and use them on my 04 Indo Squire.
    I do like the feel of the neck, but not enough to refret it. I’ll just use it as a beater.
    Thanks for the info guys! And merry Christmas!
     

  8. yepitsadam

    yepitsadam Strat-Talk Member

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  9. Xtyfighterx

    Xtyfighterx Strat-Talker

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    Idaho
    Yep not stock squier 2 pickups from what I can tell. Looks like maybe off a newer squier they are ceramic but pretty weak I take it. Throw in some new electronics and you will have a great guitar. And some new tuners as well.
     

  10. Xtyfighterx

    Xtyfighterx Strat-Talker

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    Mar 21, 2017
    Idaho
    I just picked up another squier 2 it’s a 1991 M serial which apparently they didn’t make many of its really clean I’ll probaby leave this one all stock just because I already have a heavily modded one and this one it’s oringal and complete.

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  11. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

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    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    most of squier II strats have a (very cheap) plywood body... Beware of the strap attach : they often fall in pieces and there is no "toothpick trick" to repair them...
     

  12. yepitsadam

    yepitsadam Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 30, 2016
    Louisville, KY
    Good to know!
     

  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Yeah I had an early 90s Korean Squier Strat - briefly. The trap tuners were awful & the ceramic pickups unimpressive, but I was shocked when I found it had a plywood body! It wasn't even a lightweight ply body, the damn thing was heavy. So it had to go. Modern day production from China (such as the Classic Vibes) seems to be better in every way than the Korean Squiers.