NGD: '05 Squier 51

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  1. cam.man67

    cam.man67 Member

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    And in Butterscotch Blonde no less!:) snagged this one off the 'Bay after losing a bid on another '05 '51 in Sunburst.

    And what a geetar! I can definitely see why this guitar has such cult status...for the price, it's an overachiever for sure.:) the neck feels great in-hand, not nearly as bad as the last Bullet Strat I played.;) there are a few fret ends that need some attention, but that's minor. I can get the action surprisingly low, too!

    I guess it makes sense, part of this guitar's appeal is its friendliness to mods...so what on the horizon?

    Here's the plan:
    -Replace the horribly cheap bridge (this guitar's worst feature) for something better
    -swap the neck pup for a GFS Lipstick...stock neck pup isn't bad, but I sorta bought this guitar to try out a lipstick, so we'll see.;)
    -swap the bridge pup (PO put in a Duncan JB) for a GFS Surf 90.
    -since I won't need the push-pull volume knob for coil splitting, I'm going to retask that for either series/parallel, or a tone switch a la Gretsch style. Not sure at this point.;)


    ...and that's it! :) Squier/Fender really knocked it out of the park with this one!
     
  2. OiRogers

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    I had a burst finished one for several years... picked it up on clearance for like 80$ NIB.

    I sold it like a moron a few years back.:anon

    It is one of the few guitars I've parted with I actually regret selling.
     
  3. geodr

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    I have a burst from that time frame and did three pretty inexpensive mods that really improved the guitar:
    1) replaced the nut with a precut tusq nut
    2) removed the saddles, drilled the back of the existing bridge to accept three brass tele saddle (so called "bubba mod")
    3) replaced the neck pickup with a GFS strat pickup

    Total cost of mods about $60. Really fun to play now and sounds great. Happy with the bridge bucker, and still deciding whether to change the wiring - maybe not.
     
  4. bgmacaw

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    I think I was watching that auction. Sounds like a nice one.
     
  5. ballhawk

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    Pass that bag over to me. I liked the 51 so much when it came out that i paid full price for one. I now have two of them. The second one I got from a guy who really butchered some mods so, in the long run, my average price was also low.
     
  6. cam.man67

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    ..aaaaannnnd we're back--this time with a pic!

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    As an aside, I cannot stand the JB..way to middy and compressed. Ick...
     

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