Is this a terrible idea?


Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Jan 26, 2022
Northwest US
I hand held it with a paddle I made to screw on the body, a bit awkward to turn it around for perfect coverage, shot it with the other hand, and hung it by a loop in the paddle to dry.

How do you guys do it?
Here’s my black one I painted again with acrylic enamel.
Hardener is sweet, you can buff it out next day.

Sounds great to me.
No regerts for sanding that ugly distressed original CAR back 30 years ago.

Check out the neck with the original gold red paint stuck on the neck.

Another poster convinced me that the paint I sanded off was, was it ever bad.
The stuck paint with gold AND red convinces me.


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Senior Stratmaster
As long as you understand you’re turning it into a partscaster - and you’re OK with that (and any corresponding price hit you’d take on resale value), then go for it.

I wouldn’t think playability would suffer.

And, if you ever DO think you might sell it at some point, just keep the old body and put it back to original.

Personally, I’d do it. I had a 1985 Contemporary Strat where I liked the neck, but I outgrew the body (one humbucker, no pickguard, one volume knob). Even though the body was in fair shape, it most likely would have been worth a lot more to sell in the original shape. But I didn’t care. I took the neck off and sold the body to fund the rest of the build.

The black one is the one I’m referring to. The old body was this weird rust/brown/glitterish color that I also wasn’t a fan of anymore (but hey - it was cool back in the 80’s when I was 17).

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Oh, man, I LOVE that black one. I'm liking the black bridge and jackplate. I just may do that to my Blacktop Strat.



Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
I have a 1991 American Standard strat. Perfect in every way, sweet player, sounds amazing- I’ve just never really liked the color. I know it seems kind of trivial, but serious question. Would I totally screw this guitar up if I swapped bodies? Just ordered the $249 black body from Fender? Keep my same pickups and neck, just throw on a black pick guard and go for it?

Any potential pitfalls or things I should be concerned with? Will everything fit? Is this just a bad idea? I love the black on black with a rosewood neck and white pickups and knobs. However, I don’t want to jeopardize the tone or playability of the guitar. It should work and be most the same except for aesthetics, right?

This is what I have

And this is how I would like it to look.

Keep it stock and keep it, or sell it. Get another guitar that is exactly what you want.


New Member!
Mar 18, 2022
Thanks for all the replies. I never expected so many varying opinions!

To be clear- I haven’t purchased the new body yet. This is just something I am considering, and wanted to clean some knowledge from those more experienced and educated than myself.

I won’t be selling this guitar. It sounds like a swap, and keeping the original body in case I don’t like the way it plays/sounds is a no risk safe bet.


Jul 14, 2021
I would keep in mind that you will always have one additional body laying around or you need another neck, loaded pickguard etc. The sum of the parts will be much more than a complete guitar. For that money or a little more I would leave the Strat intact and buy a second one in the color I like. Swapping a body on a guitar without issues is a waste of ressources and time imho.
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Red Bread

Feb 1, 2019
Green mountains
Buy nother guitar in the color you want

Especially since you love the feel and sound of that guitar
Different body will be a different sound and feel IMHO


Strat-Talk Member
Feb 23, 2019
Sydney, Australia
I think you really don’t have anything to lose other than the cost of the body - if this is inconsequential to you then go it. At worst it won’t give you what you want and you can go back to the original - just be careful with screws to make sure you don’t strip out threads etc. Honestly one of the greatest things about the Strat is the modular design and what better way to learn about setting up your guitar to how you like it.

And you might just strike gold with the new combo - hey it worked for Clapton!