#1
My friend is getting rid of his squire strat that came in one of those starter boxes with an amp and junk. I might buy it from him cheap and I was planning to strip the paint and stain the body, but I was wondering if the wood used in these guitars are even good enough to stain? I know my friend (different friend) stripped his and accidently sanded too deep and had a spot of like plywood or something.

Would stain look ok on it? or would it be a waste of time and a guitar?
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#2
stain would not look realy good on a plywood guitar, with any luck it should be a cheap cut of a tone wood such as ash
#3
hmm, thats what I was sorta thinking ^^^ idk, maybe if i get it ill just strip it, repaint it, and try to get a little better sound.
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#4
Find the guitar online, so we know what specific guitar your talking about. It might be alder, which does take stain alright. Or, if you have it sanded down, get a nice grain shot and we can identify the wood.
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#5
I made this exact thread a while back.

Anyways, I think the wood is Agathis and not plywood.
You could stain it if you wanted to, but it probably wouldn't be worth it. If you stain it a whole lot so there is hardly any grain showing then it would look good I think. Give it a shot just so I can see the result. I was gonna do the same.
#7
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I made this exact thread a while back.

Anyways, I think the wood is Agathis and not plywood.
You could stain it if you wanted to, but it probably wouldn't be worth it. If you stain it a whole lot so there is hardly any grain showing then it would look good I think. Give it a shot just so I can see the result. I was gonna do the same.


Ya, I have always wanted to stain a guitar to kinda match my desk and pedalboard, and I never had the balls to do it to my tele or schecter. That was sorta my plan to go with a darker stain, cus I knew even if it had usable wood it wouldn't have that great of a grain on it.

^ (Invader jim) I'm thinking he got the guitar about 4-5 years ago, because we both started playing about the same time. I know it isn't new (past 2 or so years).
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#8
well my squier Bullet is Basswood, if that helps.

don't think it does though

is it a bullet, affinity or standard?
#9
I stripped my old squier for a repaint, Was alder, with some weird laminate on the top of it that I never identified. I was planning on just staining it, but to my dismay, when I sanded it down there were big patches of very light coloured filler, especially on the edges. I ended up painting it solid colour. Hopefully yours won't be so bad, the grain looked nice enough so it would have been good to stain.
#10
The squire isnt made of plywood. It will be made of alder or agathis depending on the model. But the wood used wont be 2 or 3 pieces it will be made of 10 +/- narrow strips laminated together which wont look good at all stained and clear coated. Plus they slather a very thick layer of pore filler or what ever they use to make it quicker to sand smooth.

Go with a solid color and save yourself alot of headaches.