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zwound
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Short go-through, for more details, and pics, just looks through the thread

Update: 26/02/07

see last page for details.

So my first serious customization plan, and yes my first project post on UG!

So basically, i grew tired of my first guitar, which happened to be a squier bullet strat (the one that supposedly has the plywood body). since i already have a much better strat, and this one was just kept under the bed, i decided i would give it a complete makeover from the dull red, to superfunk, and keep it as a wall decoration, or a last chance guitar backup.

here's what it looked like when i got it:


gonna make it natural

I have a spare Fender humbucker, that i replaced on my other guitar, and im thinking of putting it in the bridge for the project. it also seems like, i dont need to route the body, as the slot in the body seems to be large enough (see below).


atm i'm finishing sanding the body. AND NOTE, bullet strats are supposed to be 'plywood'. mine seems to be a normal body! (please comment on this). i'm going to try to fill in some cavities, and find some undercoats at my next visit to a building store tomorrow!

body:


Paint stripping: Used a disc sander to get 90% of the p[aint off. this was kidna dangerous, and left some unwanted dents. then sanded it with 40 grit sandpaper by hand, and a delta sander. for the insides of the horns, i glued a roll of 60 grit on a stick, and made it spin really fast using a machine in my school. this enabled to get rid of the inside paint with great efficiency, accuarcy, and also, didnt leave any unwanted cuts! i'm currently still using the delta and 60-120 grit paper, to get rid of some dings. some of those dings will be filled in with something (i'll be checking on that tomorrow)


So tune in, and see this thing develop, as i'll be upgrading the post, as i make more progress! thanks for looking, and all comments are welcome!


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FINALLY UPDATE!!! (20.01)

i decided that i will leave my guitar natural.

i took a huge break from building, but i just got new energy...enough to complete the project.

i thought painting would be depressing, and would probably turn out unoriginal or shitty. so im leaving it natural.


todays efforts:

1. removing all remaining traces of the old undercoat (complete)
2. removing (loads) of dents using a delta sander (98% complete)
3. making all the curves nice and smooth (98% complete)
4. fine shaving (80% complete)
5. getting laquer off the neck (70% complete)

extended:

1: there were alot of traces of the undercoat, which appeared as a reddish brown layer above the wood itself. i wuite like the wood now that htat's gone.

2: since i use a sort of a disc sander to take off the paint (took 5 mins to take off the paint), it produced immaculate amount of dents on the wood. i took care of it in an hours time. it's pretty much fixed now

3: the disc sander was very clumbsy in my opinion, and since i was inda excited to get the paint off, and ruched, i left many stratocaster curves uneven and squareish. that's fixed too, and i couldnt tell there was anyhing wrong with it before)

4: swapped the sandpaper on the delta sander to quite fine grit, and went over the body for about an hour. top and bottom are pretty much done, the sides just need a bit more shaving

5: i always felt that the laquer on this squier was extemely greasy. it sucked. i think thats why i hated the guitar too and smashed it around. 120 grit sandpaper, and it comes off like magic! it took me literally a minute to shave the whole neck. i still got the headstock to do. IT FEELS SO NICE NOW! oh my god. i think i like it better than my fender neck....it feels so satinish and soft. awsome.


so pics from today:


shaving with delta sander

more delta


Thats all for today. tune in in a few days, and i should have something more done


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Update 23.01

stripping the horns

shaving finished, excluding like 2 minor dents.

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update 29.01

fisrt layer of laquer (with a brush)



Last edited by zwound at Feb 26, 2007,
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Looking good, in fact i'm surprised how good it looks for a bullet, i look forward to seeing how you get on. Good luck
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I'll be using aerosols...spraypaint that's designed for wood, and on top...automotive laquer
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I wouldn't paint the neck if I were you, because you won't find the surface of aerosol paint very comfortable. Just leave it as it is, if you really want you might consider painting the headstock, but leave the fretboard alone. And why not buy black knobs and black pickup covers? That would go better with the black pickguard.
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i love the contrast of purple black and white. since there's nothing else white, i like it as it is.
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Crap, I wonder if my Bullet's the same as yours then...
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Dude, I have one question, Im thing of getting a Squire Bullet and customizing it too, I see yours has an open cavity, do they all??
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Bullets are supposed to be made of agathis, not ply-wood. Unless I'm mistaken.
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The Bullet features a slightly slimmer laminated body, a 21-fret maple Neck with a rosewood Fingerboard and chrome covered tuners. Three single-coil Pickups, a non-Tremolo hardtail Bridge and five-way switching make this a good choice for a first guitar, no matter who you are or what style of music you want to learn.


they are listed as 'laminat' aka as plywood
Last edited by zwound at Dec 8, 2006,
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Quote by False_God
Dude, I have one question, Im thing of getting a Squire Bullet and customizing it too, I see yours has an open cavity, do they all??

sorry for my noobness, but whats an open cavity?
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^ see some of then are made to only hold Single coils, but yours is made to hold Humbuckers etc. Just wondering are they all like yours.


Also, its a laminated Hardwood!
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^ i think they all come like that, but thats just a thought. this is a 2005 model
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i've been thinking about doing something similar to my sister's old bullet (paint job, bridge humbucker)
looks like it'll turn out pretty good, but i don't usually like purple guitars.
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^ yeah, it's all about taste. i think it would be really funky...and purple black and white combination is my favourtie one...plus i want this guitar to stand out from the regular strats.

i think the purple sunburst looks hot though
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the japanese ones were made in the 80s, and they were decent guitars. for all i know, they dont make them there anymore. mine is made in china though. they mostly make them in indonesia, or so ive heard, as i havent seen many chinese ones.
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Congrats on finding a guitar to mod finally! I've seen the threads where you were struggling to find the proper tonewood or a guitar body of any shape. I have a MIJ Squier Strat from 1982, based on the serial number, and it's easily one of my favorite Strats.

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black/purple sunburst.thats pretty sexy
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Congrats on finding a guitar to mod finally! I've seen the threads where you were struggling to find the proper tonewood or a guitar body of any shape. I have a MIJ Squier Strat from 1982, based on the serial number, and it's easily one of my favorite Strats.




thanks but i haven't given up yet on that wood. i can probably get ahold of a piece of wood in a week or two, but i don't care bout that since i'll be besy dressing this thing up.
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atm i'm finishing sanding the body. AND NOTE, bullet strats are supposed to be 'plywood'. mine seems to be a normal body! (please comment on this). i'm going to try to fill in some cavities, and find some undercoats at my next visit to a building store tomorrow!

body:





It is laminated.....look at the grain toward the center of the guitar....the grain suddenly changes....Its Laminated at the center....A LOT OF LOWER END GUITARS AND BASSES ARE LIKE THIS....But thats ok. No the guitar isn't plywood, but its not one piece of wood either
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does anyone know what wood squier strats are made of?
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indeed, it's not plywood, but many guitars are made from several pieces...well i suppose better than plywood!

by the way, laminate IS the same as plywood. i dont know what this is exactly, but a few experts told me its glue-wood (in literal estonian translation). basically its several pieces of OK wood (in this case its alder or ash) glued together...i don't think this would really affect tone, and i knew my bullet wasnt all that bad...the only things i didnt like about it were the electronics and the colour...the electronics made such a shit hum...and oh yeah, hated the hardware too...tremolo was like a sample, and i would need to tune the guitar every 30 mins of playing
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Plywood isn't all that bad.... (see sig)
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it depends what you mean...as a decoration, plywood full painted body won't be any worse than any other wood...but then it comes to playing, that's when you see the difference...my guitar will be a bit of both, i guess.
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I was thinking of redoing my Squire Bullet (20th anniversary edition >.> then I realized the only think I like about the guitar is that is has a super-comfortable neck (imo).
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Quote by Bloodshed
It is laminated.....look at the grain toward the center of the guitar....the grain suddenly changes....Its Laminated at the center....A LOT OF LOWER END GUITARS AND BASSES ARE LIKE THIS....But thats ok. No the guitar isn't plywood, but its not one piece of wood either



It's just a multi piece body, Most high end guiitars are also mutli piece.
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Quote by False_God
^ see some of then are made to only hold Single coils, but yours is made to hold Humbuckers etc. Just wondering are they all like yours.


Also, its a laminated Hardwood!


My bullet is plywood that's routed for signles.
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Looking really good so far. (I'm using really rough sand paper and a electric sander but no paint seem to be moving is there any one who could help me out, if so PM me plz)
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I have a Bullet two but mien was completely different. It was blue, had a thin body and a stop tail bridge.
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Good job man (to zwound). I plan on doing the same thing to my Squire Strat too. Painting it, adding a humbucker, and all that. The way you sanded it looks extremely good, btw.

Also, does anyone know if Squires made of alder have an open cavity like that?
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i don't think they do, honmestly...very unlikely...im not sure thoguh, but as much as i've heard its easy/cheap to do.
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this looks really crap, to be honest...

your better off customing a gibson les paul, like i did

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Dean Razorback explosion
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Amps: Vox, valtronix 50 watt
marshall avt 100

And a slash wah pedal

dudes... check that equipment, and im still in high school! well my last year
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this looks really crap, to be honest...

your better off customing a gibson les paul, like i did

My gear...

Guitars: Gibson les paul Standard (with emg zw pick ups)
Dean Razorback explosion
Gibson les paul classic (ebony)


Amps: Vox, valtronix 50 watt
marshall avt 100

And a slash wah pedal

dudes... check that equipment, and im still in high school! well my last year

^ okay, now what the **** was the point of that post???

i dont really care what you have, dont think others do, and prolly if you try bragging with pretty normal stuff like that...u will win no respect, since some ppl here have stuff 100 times better than you...and possibly play guitar better than you...so i don't see a reason why u shud brag.

just another rich kid...if u weren't u prolly wouldn't be such a dick about it.

fag.
Last edited by zwound at Dec 22, 2006,
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Quote by Slash.joeperry
this looks really crap, to be honest...

your better off customing a gibson les paul, like i did

My gear...

Guitars: Gibson les paul Standard (with emg zw pick ups)
Dean Razorback explosion
Gibson les paul classic (ebony)


Amps: Vox, valtronix 50 watt
marshall avt 100

And a slash wah pedal

dudes... check that equipment, and im still in high school! well my last year


erm, changing pickups hardly classifies as major customizing....

At least this guy is actually painting his guitar as well, rather than just unscrewing some stuff, soldering/unsoldering some stuff and then screwing it back together again.
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@ Slash.joeperry.. Yes, you do sound like you're still in HighSchool. Your parents may have money but you still have no style.

To our Estonian Luthier : Nice job so far Mate! It has been said before, but many high-end guitars are made of several pieces of wood glued together. It doesn't affect the sound one bit, but if you do a transparent finish it won't look as good. I've had less luck with one of my guitars *cough*plywood POS*cough*, but I re-did it anyway.. Easy way to start modding. Plus, it doesn't sound as bad as I expected and I actually play it when I'm drunk enough
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thanks whistler! you just made my day.

i've taken a break from building, but decided, i'm gonna actively continue this project to the end, starting from today. i need to use the school workshop fro most stuff...but..i'll do it...jujst give me time.

todays schedule: sanding. thinking what to do about a few nasty cavities.