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Hey pals. I've started my very first building project on my Squier Strat today. I took out all the guts and started stripping off the finish.



Once I'm finished with that, I'll sharpen the two protrusions so it'll resemble an RG. I think I'll also add some bevels. I'll probably paint it black with white bevels, and maybe a white and black headstock. I'll change the headstock a little bit too. I'm going to thin out the neck a lot, I will need someone to tell me how to do that. I might scallop some frets for kicks. It's originally three single coils, but I'm gonna put a humbucky in the bridge. Should I change the pots and all or just keep them? The pots are 500k but I may have screwed them up from soldering too much.

Last thing. I hate that stupid bridge. I was thinking I could fill the hole with wood filler or something, then install a tune-o-matic instead. Is this possible?

I'm a noob at this, so suggestions and help is definitely welcome.
EDIT! Finished pictures are here!
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Last edited by salsawords at Dec 5, 2009,
#2
Instead of filling it with wood filler, fill it as close as possible with a single piece of wood, so it's almost a perfect fit. then add some wood filler, this should be a lot better.
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Quote by Skywalker007
Instead of filling it with wood filler, fill it as close as possible with a single piece of wood, so it's almost a perfect fit. then add some wood filler, this should be a lot better.

All right. Does it matter what kind of wood I use for that or should I use the same wood as the body?
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#4
Well the body looks like Agathis, so use Alder or something similar. should match up tonally.
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#5
And instead of a tune-o-matic why not get a hardtail strat bridge?
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#6
or block the trem??
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And instead of a tune-o-matic why not get a hardtail strat bridge?

I think I'll do this instead. Cheaper and easier. Thanks man.
EDIT: Below me, I might do that instead.
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Last edited by salsawords at Mar 22, 2009,
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but it doesnt HAVE to be glued, the example in that pic is.
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#13
You can't fill things like that with wood filler, ffr. Route it out into a more even rectangular shape and glue a block of wood in there. ANY type is fine, you won't hear a tonal dfference. Get it to fit as snugly as possible and fill any gaps with filler or a mix of glue and sawdust, then seal, prime, etc.

+1 for trem blocking.
#14
The wood idea is a great one, though it doesn't have to be a block of wood.
Hell two quarters of a snapped pencil is blocking my Ibanez' trem!
My wilkinson trem on my Carvin will be blocked in a similar manner soon, though I'll need a block for that as a pencil won't do it

Also, as you can see on that picture, foam under the springs is also a valuable idea.
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UPDATE: I've done some work today, and I'm very pleased with how things turned out. I sharpened the edge things and I redid my headstock.




I'll be ordering a new pickguard and crap soon. I'm still trying to decide whether to keep my trem bridge or get a hardtail, the only reason I'd keep the trem is to save some money.
I'm also deciding whether I should add bevels in near the horns.
Last thing, I need to thin out the neck. Suggestions on anything would be appreciated.
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#17
Damn, your Squire isn't made out of plywood like mine, you lucky bastard
Also, the upper horn looks like it may give you some problems with the strat button, you might have to move it. Although I like it, as it has kind of an SG horn look to it.


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Damn, your Squire isn't made out of plywood like mine, you lucky bastard
Also, the upper horn looks like it may give you some problems with the strat button, you might have to move it. Although I like it, as it has kind of an SG horn look to it.

Yeah, it left a gap in the tip of the horn which I'll have to fill in. I'll put the strap a little farther down the body.
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#19
Quote by salsawords
the edge things


1st post: two protrusions



... is the word your looking for "cutaways"?
#20
That is the ugliest headstock I've ever seen.
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#21
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... is the word your looking for "cutaways"?

Yes sir.
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That is the ugliest headstock I've ever seen.

I tried to do the best I could to make it more br00tal, tr00, and kvlt without having to glue more wood on. I think it's pretty decent.
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Last edited by salsawords at Mar 29, 2009,
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I tried to do the best I could to make it more br00tal, tr00, and kvlt without having to glue more wood on. I think it's pretty decent.


I allways wanted to see how close I could get to cutting one to an "ibanez" type shape; you could try that...?

just brainstorming.
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I allways wanted to see how close I could get to cutting one to an "ibanez" type shape; you could try that...?

just brainstorming.

Nah, I want mine to be unique, no matter how stupid it looks.
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#24
To each his own, I guess.
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#25
Quote by salsawords
Nah, I want mine to be unique, no matter how stupid it looks.


and no offense, but it looks very stupid
#26
It looks goofy, but whatever. I hacked the hell out of a squier headstock on a Pbass as well (Ippon remembers that I'm sure!) a while back, but the dude I sold it to (still owes me money, the fucker!) liked the headstock.

Paint the edges of the headstock, might add a little bit of uniqueness to it.
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Also: round off the top.

I dig this

EDIT: or just make it like exactly parker fly...
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#29
Today my parts came in. I ordered a pickup ring, a pickguard, and a hardtail bridge. The bridge didn't fit into the body like I thought it would, so I might just keep it for later use. I guess I'll be blocking my trem. I'm gonna do one more cut on my "ugly" ( ) headstock, add bevels, sand the neck, then I'll be almost finished.
An unrelated question: I have another guitar with a neck humbucker I never use. I could use it on something else in the future, so I'm going to take it out. The guitar it's on has no pickguard so I was thinking I could just use a piece of black plastic and cut it out in the shape of the humbucker to cover up the hole. Practical?
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#30
Hey, on the headstock, just round it off a bit. Don't try to do the Fly style, it might be too weak like that and break when you put the strings on.

EDIT: I'd just buy a pickup. Have you checked out guitarfetish.com ? They are really cheap, and pretty good quality. For the cheapest stuff though, check out their clearance section.
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#31
UPDATE!: I did some work these last few weeks.
I scalloped frets 15-21, it's not the best job ever but it only took me about 20 minutes with the dremel and I don't care much about perfection. I did screw up the frets a little, I might replace the frets if it isn't too hard/expensive.



I also did another cut on the headstock and sanded it to 250 grit.


I did some shaping up on the cutaways, the body in general. I still had finish in some areas which I got off. I sanded that to 250 as well.

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#32
Continued:
I had ordered a strat hardtail bridge from stewmac, then realized I got totally ripped off (40 something dollars) and I returned it. I just ordered a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a stop tailpiece (and some sexy knobs) for about 40 bucks from guitarfetish. This means I have to glue in some wood and fill the rest with wood filler, a small price to pay, but I always wanted the TOM. I did string her up for a while and I was going to sand the neck, but I decided I'll leave it alone, at least for now. I'm so close to doing the finish I really want to be done with this thing.
Also, check out what I just ordered
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#33
ehh, you got ripped off when you bought the Guitar fetish bridge, there rubbish.

On another note: Holy beautiful koa acoustic DO WANT!
#34
That's a nice acoustic shame about the headstock.

Also the headstock on the strat is really bad I'm sorry but the body looks good.

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#37
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bleh. that's one ugly headstock.

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Also the headstock on the strat is really bad I'm sorry but the body looks good.

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and no offense, but it looks very stupid

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That is the ugliest headstock I've ever seen.

Judging by the massive amount of dislike for my headstock, I think I'll change it. Suggestions, please? By the way I just found out my dad has some maple lying around and I guess if I really had to I could glue some more on, even though I stress I really would like to get done as fast as possible
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Last edited by salsawords at Apr 26, 2009,
#38
I'm telling you, just round it off a little bit. Smooth out the curves and it'll be fine. Don't take too muck off. You can always take off more, but you can't put it back.
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#39
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I'm telling you, just round it off a little bit. Smooth out the curves and it'll be fine. Don't take too muck off. You can always take off more, but you can't put it back.

Like this basically?

I mean I like it and stuff, I just don't think it fits with the rest of the body very well. I'll definitely still consider it. Thanks brah.
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#40
Maybe something like an Ibanez headstock? they're quite similar.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
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