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I got tired of looking at my old Squire sitting in a corner collecting dust.

So I decided to refinish it, put new electronics in it, re-fret it.

Yesterday I was browsing through some customization threads, and saw someone who outlined their entire process from start to finish. So I figured that would be a good idea for me to do as well.

I, of course, decided a bit on the late side as i have already put a first coat of paint on the top side. but from here on out anything I do to it I'll be taking pictures and posting them here.

To start, here's what I plan to do.
-Reshape the body.
-Refinish it.
-Replace all the electronics.
-Possibly add a tremelo.
-Replace the current pickups with EMGs.
-Make a custom pickguard.
-Possibly refret it.
-Add new tuners.
-That's all i can think of now.

I want people's input on this project as I go along. =]

It would be greatly appreciated

Here's what im starting off with:

Top - First Coat

Top - Angled

Back - Sanded

Headstock - Unpainted

I can't decide wether or not to paint the headstock.

The color that is on the top is the color I plan on painting it.

As I've said, your input would be greatly appreciated, so color: keep it or no?

If no, give me a new suggestion =]

Thanks
-Purvis
#2
paint it. i wish my headstock was a different colour, not just boring wood colour.......
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Quote by cornmancer
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Quote by Paperback Hero
im also thinkging about reshaping the headstock as well
Cut it into the shape of the newer strat headstocks.
#6
take the whole little rounded bit off the top
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Quote by cornmancer
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#8
at the top of the headstock, that little round knobbly bit (haha) cut most of that away, so you get a more ibanez-ish style...

i cant do it on mine tho. i have a reverse headstock =(
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Quote by cornmancer
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#10
even so...you have to admit, the headstock shape it pretty cool
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#11
Imo, this is your chance to shape the headstock to something of your own, try to make a design that fits for you! Make the guitar one of a kind! Sure, there's not too much space to cut away from the headstock, but you should be able to think of something neat.
#12
Just took a jigsaw to it

I went for a schecter hellraiser style

i kinda screwed up on the angle i cut, it might not be too late to fix it idk

but heres a picture
#14
its getting there i think. keep going for the really fine detail stuff
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Quote by Rum Monkey
Please tell me thats photoshop'd.


nope, jigsawed...so its got some roguh edges atm

im working on sanding it down to a decent shape atm
#16
i think it'll look awesome when it's done. and thats just the headstock!
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Quote by cornmancer
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#17
I think you should have drawn up some designs and templates before just going at it with a jigsaw but good luck anyway i hope it turns out well!
Gear!
Guitars:
Epiphone Dot VS
Ovation Celebrity CC024
Jackson JS30DK
Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazz Bass
Pedals:
Vox OTT Boost
Amps:
Laney LV300
#18
Put in a killswitch. Put in 2 volume knobs and leave 1 at like 3-5 so you can just flick over to a soft part or a regular rhythm[for say like a song that goes into a clean mode, that way you don't have to switch channels on your amp. =] ] and also add a another switch for a preamp booster. Possibly put a 12ax7 tube slot behind the bridge kind of on the top, with a small metal grill[that pops out] and have that as your boost. Or as your preamp period. I would throw in a set of LED's that glow what color you like as a replacement for the dots. You could put LNO on the headstock for "Like No Other". =] and possibly a Kahler hybrid tremolo flat mount system.
I got some good guitars, yo.
#19
Only go with EMG's if you ONLY play metal. They're typically not good for clean/rock stuff. If you want a good 80's 90's hard rock tone too[or blues] go with burstbuckers either in the bridge or neck[most likely neck].
I got some good guitars, yo.
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Quote by Leat
Only go with EMG's if you ONLY play metal. They're typically not good for clean/rock stuff. If you want a good 80's 90's hard rock tone too[or blues] go with burstbuckers either in the bridge or neck[most likely neck].


we pretty much only play drop-C metal
#21
Quote by Paperback Hero
we pretty much only play drop-C metal

Lol, you'll love EMGs.
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Didn't Kerry King use MGs at some point?

I think he just endorses them because he likes sacks of money
#22
Quote by Leat
Possibly put a 12ax7 tube slot behind the bridge kind of on the top, with a small metal grill[that pops out] and have that as your boost. Or as your preamp period.


What the hell.
#23
^ My reaction as well....

Might just be the rough edges, but in its current state the headstock looks like rubbish. I don't think the Squire's headstock is long enough to make into the Schecter Avenger Hellraiser style one. Worst case scenario you have to cut a flat side into it and glue a piece of maple to that so you have more area to work with.

Sounds great so far though. Btw I really love your black background picture taking skills.
#24
Alright,

so I finally sanded the headstock.


So for you naysayers who said it looked terrible suck it =]

And I got the body reshaped.


still needs to be sanded down but ill tackle that tomorrow
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Quote by Paperback Hero
Alright,

so I finally sanded the headstock.


So for you naysayers who said it looked terrible suck it =]

And I got the body reshaped.


still needs to be sanded down but ill tackle that tomorrow

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Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#27
^I don't think he likes it....

And neither do I, really. Sorry.
But it doesn't really matter what I think. If you like what you've done, then it's awesome.

And to Leat (several posts above), you can't just stick a tube onto a guitar and make it work... And I'd imagine burning your hands/arms would become a problem if you did get it working.
#28
got some cash today so i might invest in a different color of paint =]

anyone have any suggestions?

im not doing any sort of red or blue
#30
Quote by james4
^I don't think he likes it....

And neither do I, really. Sorry.
But it doesn't really matter what I think. If you like what you've done, then it's awesome.

And to Leat (several posts above), you can't just stick a tube onto a guitar and make it work... And I'd imagine burning your hands/arms would become a problem if you did get it working.


its also not even close to finished

right now it looks like hell to be honest

after sanding, it will look less like hell

and once i finally get some paint on it i think it'll look great

not sure what your take on it will be however =]
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Quote by Paperback Hero
Alright,

so I finally sanded the headstock.


So for you naysayers who said it looked terrible suck it =]

And I got the body reshaped.


still needs to be sanded down but ill tackle that tomorrow


Oh god.

I've never seen a reshapen strat turn out anywhere near good.
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Quote by mr_hankey
Oh god.

I've never seen a reshapen strat turn out anywhere near good.


thanks?

idk if thats a complement or not

ill be sanding down today to get rid of all the sharp angles and the rough edges
#33
well, if the body was smoothened out a bit less jagged it could be alright...

but i actually love the headstock!!
#34
Quote by Paperback Hero
thanks?

idk if thats a complement or not

ill be sanding down today to get rid of all the sharp angles and the rough edges


Oh no, it's definitely not a compliment.
#35
Quote by Paperback Hero

And I got the body reshaped.



Sorry but that looks worse than any soviet-made guitar (and those are ugly!).
#36
why does no one realize that the guitar isnt done?...this is a process im posting pictures as i do stuff, not just after its finished and "pretty"

it has jagged edges, yes

i havent gotten a chance to sand it yet to round off the edges and get it ready for paint...

of course something that was freshly cut looks terrible

give it a while =]

it'll turn out fine
#38
Good luck with that body... If you can make something nice of out it, good going...
#39
the headstock turned out awesome . and i think the body will look good too when it's sanded and smoothened
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Quote by cornmancer
Please daddy, just for one hour.
#40
so i didnt get a chance to sand the body today

hopefully tomorrow

got some paint today

gonna do a laiho-caster finish =]

or something of that nature
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