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squier II stratocaster rebuilding

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by down, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Hi guys.

    As i said lately, i've bought a long time ago ( around 1998 ) a squier II stratocaster maple neck. This is a really beautiful neck, in perfect shape.

    It comes with 2 single coil picups and a humbucker. All that stuff for 15 or 30$, i don't really remember.

    My original idea was to build a telecaster body to fit the neck in, but i gave up.

    I stored the neck since then.

    Last year, i found back this neck and start thinking of buying a strat body instead of building mine.

    I bought a neck plate (5$), and two weeks ago i bought a squier black body for 50$.

    i started rebuilding the strat this afternoon. let's go for the pics !
     

  2. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Here comes the neck, a samick-made maple built on the 24th january 1990

    (yes a tuner is missing, i have it but the bushing is missing..)
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    the shiny new plate
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    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014

  3. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    the alder body
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    on this pic we can see the default that doesn't allow the neck to come in easily
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  4. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    pre-assembly (after sanding the "default" shown above):

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    final assembly

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    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014

  5. softwarejanitor

    softwarejanitor Most Honored Senior Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Central Texas
    I wouldn't worry about that missing bushing... those tuners are the dreaded "trapezoid" type... Hands down the worst bit of hardware Squier has ever used. I would just throw them away and put in a set of quality replacement tuners. Just about anything is an upgrade over trapezoids. Looking at your neck it looks iike you'd have plenty of room for a set of vintage-Kluson style tuners, but a set of 10mm die cast sealed type would work as well, although you'd have to ream out the shaft holes to fit the larger bushings.
     
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  6. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Hi, first, thank you for your comment.

    I know that those tuners are one of the worst piece of hardware ever built !

    I'm not going to drill the holes to 10mm because i'm a bit worried about damaging the varnish of the head.

    I'm thinking of Gotoh SD91 Vintage Style Locking as a replacement.

    If i 'm not wrong, they are designed for 8mm holes.

    Anyway, thank you again.
     

  7. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    here is the finished product !!!! plays nice, stays in tune, what a neck !

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    (sorry for the poor quality phone-taken picture :mad: )
     

  8. Clark Kent

    Clark Kent Banned

    279
    Feb 18, 2014
    SMALLVILLE
    Alder body you say? Was it an affinity body then?
     

  9. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Sorry i don't really know where the body comes from, i know it's alder but that's all. i bought it from a guy on the french version of craig's list, assuming it was really a squier body as he told me.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2014

  10. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Saw an affinity this afternoon.

    I can now say that the body of my partscaster IS an affinty one
     

  11. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    Update.

    this partscaster is now upgraded with fender tuners and fender (mim) pickups.

    The body is definitely an affinity one, 40mm thick.


    the next upgrades are :

    changing the body for a hardatail custom one in swamp ash (i'll do the finishing by myself), and changing the whole electronics for fender..!!
     
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  12. spyhawk36

    spyhawk36 Strat-Talk Member

    57
    Oct 25, 2010
    Michigan
    Looks great Down. How are the necks on those Fender II’s? Chunky, Thin?
     

  13. down

    down Strat-Talk Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2014
    Bordeaux, France
    More or less 24 mm thick at the 12th fret.

    So, hmmm, I would say chunky, but feels great in my hand :)