Last November, I bought my third Squier Bullet Strat... it was a fiesta red one, and my intention was to transform it into a coral colored replica of a 1961 Strat. Our winter was long and cold, which is why she took so long to complete (it's tough to shoot nitro lacquer out of rattlecans in the back yard when it's snowing and raining!). First I took it apart, and stripped the neck. The extra stringtree hole and the original tuner mounting holes were filled, the tuner shaft holes were drilled out to accomodate a set of gold Wilkinson "vintage Kluson style" tuners, then the fretboard was masked and the maple portions of the neck were tinted with Reranch Fender amber stain. After that, I shot it with a couple coats of Deft clear nitro lacquer, then applied the replica waterslide decal, followed by many more coats of clear high gloss nitro lacquer. This took several months due to the unusually cold and wet weather. After the nitro was cured, I wet-sanded it with 1000, then 1500, then 2000, then polished it with my secret weapon... Liquid Ice by Norton (used by body shops to polish and detail auto paint jobs). The body went through a similar transformation, getting sanded, then primered with white nitro lacquer primer, then sanded again to make it smooth. After that came several coats of "Reranch Coral" nitro lacquer, followed by eight coats of high gloss clear nitro lacquer, and five weeks of curing time. This was followed by wetsanding with 1000, 1500, and 2000, to remove all the orange peel and sanding scratches, then it got the Liquid Ice treatment like the neck did. Rather than using copper foil to shield it, I used Electro-Dag, which is a thick liquid "paint" shielding material made up of micro-sized copper spheres suspended in conductive polymer... it usually gets sprayed on, but I brushed it on for this project, and is used by high-tech companies to shield irregularly shaped parts that can't be shielded by copper foil. In between working on the neck and the body, I built the pickguard assembly. The pickups are a set of the cream colered $17 GFS closeout "vintage style" pickups (REALLY sweet sounding too - I'm amazed at how good these sound for the money), with a GFS mint green pickguard and cream Allparts knobs, GFS gold screws, GFS gold strap buttons, a single GFS gold string tree, GFS gold neckplate, GFS gold Strat jack plate, a set of gold Wilkinson tuners, a GFS gold trem assembly with steel block (I had the steel block machined so it's .060 shorter than stock, since this body was a bit thinner than the others I've got, and I'm planning to put a custom mint green trem cover on), a Switchcraft 1/4" jack, GFS 250K Alpha pots, a .033uf cap and a StewMac five-way switch. Everything is "star grounded", and also includes an extra ground wire and copper lug to connect the Electro-Dag shielding to the star ground. After assembling the trem to the body and soldering the trem ground and the jack wires, I attached the loaded pickguard to the body, attached the neck, fitted and attached a GraphTech nut to the neck, installed a set of .009-.042nickel Bullets, and intonated her. I spent the rest of the evening playing Miss Cora, floored at how good she looks, feels and sounds. All totaled, I've probably got less than $250 into her. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.