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I have a Squier Affinity Telecaster that I've decided to mod. It was metallic blue before I stripped the paint. Here's the plan:



  • Strip the paint
  • Paint white
  • Switch the bridge pickup to a GFS Vintage '59 Alnico II (I'm leaving the stock neck pickup because I actually didn't mind it much)
  • Tortoise shell pickguard
  • Maybe coil tapping, series/parallel or phase switching
  • Make string-thru


The guitar's routed for HS so I'll just have to switch the bridge and install the ferrules.
So now for pics!

I opted for chemical stripping, but I didn't get a good one so it took forever to strip... This was after it had sat overnight and I'd scrubbed it with a 3M thing.


Here's the front stripped


And the back


And here's the front sanded to P320 with the neck bolted on just for fun.


Originally, my plan was to stain it with Danish Oil which is why it's stripped down to wood. After stripping though, I counted seven pieces in the body and the scrubber thing had stained some of the wood blue so I just decided to paint it white. Sanding did get a lot of the stains out though.

Today I'm sanding the edges so that they're round again and then I'm going to check the whole thing over to make sure I didn't miss anything sanding.
Last edited by Locked_Deadbolt at Aug 2, 2009,
#2
great start. good luck with the rest of the project. it's going to look awesome judging from your description
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#3
If you pull this off, it could be the second coolest tele i've ever seen. And i've seen a lot of teles. Good luck!
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#4
very cool looking project! I always wondered what a Tele with a hum in the bridge would sound like. Good luck man and it looks like you got off to a great start.
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#5
Haha, thanks! I'm planning on doing a matching P-bass eventually, but I have to start saving for university and get a job first! Maybe Christmas will be nice to me...

@sw1ss023: I want to see this Tele that is cooler than my plan
#6
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Haha, thanks! I'm planning on doing a matching P-bass eventually, but I have to start saving for university and get a job first! Maybe Christmas will be nice to me...

@sw1ss023: I want to see this Tele that is cooler than my plan

Mine


It isn't near done though. It wil be white like yours but flowing, black designs on it.
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#7
I want to see this Tele

Small update: I've finished rounding the edges and checking it over. I've gotten out most of the cross-grain sanding from rounding the edges, but there were a couple of stubborn places where it wouldn't quite get out. The few places where that happened though it's really hard to tell.

Anyways, here are some pics:

The back, sanded to P320 with my toes in there too


A rounded edge!


I'll get to Home Depot soon and pickup grain filler, sanding sealer, brushes, wire, primer, paint and clear coat. Once my money's done transferring from the bank to my PayPal account I'll order my pickups/hardware too. Hopefully it'll be painted and dry enough to put together by the time my order gets in
Last edited by Locked_Deadbolt at Oct 27, 2009,
#8
Sweet toes. Are you going to paint those too?
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#10
Get some fake nails that look like tortoise shell and paint your actual toes white.
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#12
That would be epic.
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#13
That's gonna be awesome. If you have a video camera you should make a video of playing it after it's done.
#14
tele string through = sexyness, if you succeed at doing this, i want to know how you did it and i'll do it on mine.
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#15
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tele string through = sexyness, if you succeed at doing this, i want to know how you did it and i'll do it on mine.

All I'm going to do is get the sting-through bridge, use it to mark where the holes need to be and use a small bit to drill through the top. Then on the other side I'm going to take a bit the same size as the ferrule and drill a hole as long as the ferrule. The last thing will be drilling with a slightly larger bit just a little so that the lip on the ferrule will fit. Then it'll just be a matter of popping in the ferrule and stringing it up. I'm also LIGHTLY putting scotch tape over where I'm going to be drilling to reduce chipping the finish.
#16
It isn't a Tele without ferrules.
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#17
yours was routed for a humbucker?

Mine wasn't...
But i rectified the situation by getting a GFS rail HB.

Also, i don't suppose you have a spare strat copy lying around, coz when i did mt tele, i threw in the middle pickup on my Johnson strat, which gave it a really rich full, and heavy sound.

but that was coz the original neck pickup broke.
#18
I'd originally planned on getting a rail humbucker because I didn't want to bother getting a new bridge, but I don't like restringing with the top loader so I'm getting the new bridge. Then i figured I might as well get a full humbucker

To answer your question about the Strat copy, no I don't have one. Unless I absolutely fall in love with Strats sometime soon, I probably won't be getting one of any sort. They're not my favourite.
#19
I'll be watching this
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#21
It wouldn't hurt but I can't remember if it does.
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#23
I didn't use it on mine but it isn't near done yet.
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#24
Small status update: I'm heading to Home Depot today to get my finishing/soldering materials. If the weather's any good tonight, I'll start with the sanding sealer, otherwise I'll have to wait until tomorrow when the temperature's lower.

Damn these hot Ottawa summers. Yellowknife summers are perfect for this
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#27
Soooooooo... I shot the primer today!!
The first pic turned out weird because of wind, lighting, angle, and the fact that it's taken by a camera phone.




There are a couple small blemishes, and I've done what I can to make them less noticeable. One's behind the neckplate, another on the tip of the lower bout, and the third on the side that'll be sitting on me leg/facing the ground. They won't be seen too much, so I'm not too worried about them.

And here's my hanging rig made up of a bungee cord, two clothes hangers, and a garage door
It works pretty well.
#28
More pics! The white paint is on. It looks similar to the primer, but it's much nicer. I'm going to let it dry over night, do a quick sanding, and then it's time for clear coats assuming it doesn't rain tomorrow.



If PayPal works everything out right and it doesn't take a week to convert Canadian dollars to USD, I'll be able to order my hardware tomorrow.
#31
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Ah I'm getting flash backs to painting my Tele white, except i did the opposite and got rid of the string through

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I hate the top load. I find it really annoying to restring.
#33
More pics. I had a really weird primer that came out textured. I decided to be unique and leave it so the finish is a bit textured too. Clear coats are on too. It's not high-gloss, but there's a definite shine to it, which I prefer. I'm not a fan of high gloss I find.

Back with flash showing the texturing.


No flash.


Front with flash.
Last edited by Locked_Deadbolt at Aug 6, 2009,
#34
Front without flash.


EDIT: More news! My order has been shipped.


EDIT 2: I took a humbucker from a smashed Ibanez my friend gave me just to see what it would look like with a humbucker, and I found that the two little tabs for the screws made it just too big! It's looking like I'm going to have to route a little bit now.
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#35
Tell me how the GF hardware is.
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#40
A GFS Vintage '59. It turns out I'll have to do a little routing though. I took an old Ibanez pickup I had lying around and to check if it would fit and the base plate made it just a little too big.
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