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Old 05-06-2012, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My 1993/1994 MIJ Stratocaster Makeover - Lots of pics!

Hello I'm a drummer but love everything about guitars and basses. I also like to have projects. I bought this MIJ Squier Startocaster from a guy at work for £50 and its been around the block. Turns out these in good condition are worth some good money - but I will be keeping this one! Started off as a black Start, I was going to have a go at a relic but changed my mind. Anyway many photos documenting the whole process. I thought it is a Standard MIJ Squier Startocaster but with the 62 style pick-guard I think this was a 60's reissue style (Maybe someone knows). I wish I got a better starting picture.

Now before - you can see where I started to do a relic.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default sanding and filling small dings...

255 sand papers to 400 and filler
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default More sanding

lots of sanding - than seal with clear coat.
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Default back to sanding

more sanding 400 ready for undercoat
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default White 2K gloss undercoat

White 2K gloss undercoat to make colour even and brighter
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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sanding again with 400 and scotchbrite
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Surf Green 2K!

i went for a nice classic Fender custom colour used on the early 60's Strat.
Also went with 2K rather than base and clear - to keep with the originals. Deeper colour as well.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Flat and Polish
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getting it back together
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Decided to have a little custom upgrade -
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This is freaking awesome! Thanks for posting this.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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All ready to go
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.
I've had many people say I should get rid of logo and ad a Fender one but think this is much better and keeps it real.
It does sound and play great - although I'm a drummer!
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Just lookin at it is givin me a cavity...... sweet.
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This is freaking awesome! Thanks for posting this.
Thanks! BTW I'm from San Diego but moved to the UK 14yrs ago.

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Just lookin at it is givin me a cavity...... sweet.
Thanks - I also think its tasty!
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Looks great. I applaud you for refinishing a Strat that many would say is collectable. Keep the logo's...I like 'em.
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Snap ! Nice welcome posts ...
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Amazing job. It's worth around 250 quid. Leave the logo, it's an original Squier, you don't want a fake Fender. And it'll be worth less if you change it.

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Looks great and keep the logo.
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Outstanding!!!! My fav color and p/g. Thanks for posting.
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