Crappy strat makeover

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by TubeMaster, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. TubeMaster

    TubeMaster Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm going to seriously reconstruct my old Squier strat. Everything will be changed: electronics, pickups, trem, tuners and even the nut.
    Actually I've already ordered the parts from stewmac.com, and here is the spec:

    Pots & knobs:
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    250K Control Pot $2.73x1
    250K Push/Pull Control $8.98x2 - for bridge+neck and parallel/series configuration
    Black Strat Volume Knob $2.36x1
    Black Strat Tone Knob $2.36x2

    Hardware:
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    Schaller Fender Style Locking Tuners (16:1) W/Pin 6/L $78.40x1
    1/8in Slotted Trem-Nut $6.53x1
    Black Wilkinson/Gotoh Tremolo Bridge $108.74x1
    Black/Wht/Blk Strat Pickguard $18.60x1

    Pups:
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    Emg-Hz S2 Single Coil $57.00x1 (11 kohms, for bridge)
    Emg-Hz S3 Single Coil $57.00x1 (6.6 kohms, for neck)
    EMG Select Compact Dual-coil Pickup - SES $19.90x1 (6.2 kohms, for middle)

    It's gonna be black all over. :RoCkIn Well, almost.
    Any thoughts/ideas?
     
  2. sysexguy

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    I'd splurge for a switchcraft jack as well

    Andy
     
  3. TubeMaster

    TubeMaster Member

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    What's so special about it?
     
  4. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    All you need now is a neck and a body and you've got yourself one fine guitar!

    Ok, smarta$$ remarks aside, the real secret to a great guitar is the setup. Having level frets, a properly finished nut, and all little details addressed will be worth the price tenfold. Find the best tech in your area and let him/her evaluate your guitar. You won't regret it.
     
  5. Mike9

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    What kind of Squier is it? Standard, or Affinity? two post, or six screw? Either way you're going to have to plug the anchor holes and drill new ones. Might be worth it to get a trem template from Stew Mac as well. I cam send you a cut out tracing on tape that might help.

    If it's an Affinity the trem block will be too long for the body and will need to be cut down. Anyone with a horizontal metal bandsaw can do it for you. You've got to measure accurately though - I recommend measuring right off the old block. And you have to jig it up right so it's square.
     
  6. TubeMaster

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    Thanks Mike9,
    It's a California Series strat. I don't know what category it belongs to, or if it's in a category of its own. I couldn't figure this out. Maybe you know?
    Also, what is it that can be "two post/six screw"?
     
  7. Mike9

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    I can't find any info on that model - measure the thickness of the body - if it's 1-3/4" thick (Standard) you can use the new bridge, if it's 1-1/2" - 1-5/8" thick (Affinity) the block will be too long.
     

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