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Scored a Squier Vintage Modified Thinline for $49!

guitardad

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I stopped by Guitar Center the other night just to buy a mic cord. Of course I strolled around and checked everything out. Walked by the used wall, and they had a beat-to-heck black thinline Squier Vintage Modified tele for $49. I couldn't walk out without it.

So I get it home, tweak the truss rod, lower the saddles a tad, tighten the pots and it plays just great. The three way switch works, but it's busted off, so that's getting replaced.

I'm SO tempted to use this as a platform to tweak out the electronics and refinish the body since it's so rough. I'd still be way under what one of these costs new.

Ideas?
 

guitardad

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I'll have to do that, especially if I end up doing mods, refin, etc. Before and After shots are always fun!
 

guitardad

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Totally random, dumb luck, I'd say!

As I mentioned before, I was not shopping for anything other than a mic cord, and I guess they had been doing some remodeling or relocating of inventory in the shop. Took me forever to find a simple mic cable. So I'm strolling along past all the new stuff over to their used corner. Usual smattering of amps and guitars. Then I see this rather beat up looking Squier on a stand, not even hanging up. Whoever owned this one took the idea of relic-ing a bit too far. The 3 way switch works, but it's busted off below where the top knob sits - you can still make it move though. Some of the finish is scraped off down to the wood and kind of 'into' the wood a bit. Lots of scuffs on the sides and back. From the front 5 feet away, it looks fine.

The Duncan Designed pickups are really pretty good for what they are. The tech had already gone home for the night, so I couldn't get anyone to track down a wrench to check to see if the truss rod still worked. They told me I had a 30 day warranty, so I thought I really couldn't lose at $49!

Every employee I showed it to or asked about the guitar said they were going to buy it if it was still on the floor at closing time.

I can either cash out quickly locally (provided they don't read this thread) or I can keep it and work it over. Leaning toward keeping it and having a little fun with it. That's why I threw it out there to the forum for some ideas. I'm thinking of a total rewire, pots, pickups, etc. GFS suggestions anyone?
 




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