Bullet Mustang - show and explain your mods

Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by xtomx2000, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    I've posted it before, but this is my formerly white mustang. Repainted, new pickups, only volume knob, moved the switch, and put in a metal plug for the hole.

    If you ever want the relic/road worn look just do a poor job of spray painting like I did and it'll happen in no time.

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  2. Lindsey Graham

    Lindsey Graham Squier Talker

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    I've been looking to shoddily spray paint a guitar that will "relic" easily. What was your process? I'd like it to be pretty smooth like yours, but not super hard factory finish.
     
  3. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    I sanded back the original finish, but not to the wood. Just enough to get through the clear coat and give it something to stick to.

    I did a few coats to give it a good solid coverage. I put about 2-3 cans of clear on it, which sounds like a lot but it doesn't go on very thick. Then I wet sanded the hell out of it, polished it, and here we are.

    I used Rust-O-Lium paint and clear gloss. I used florescent pink and was hoping for a very hot neon pink color. It darkened to this red instead.
     
  4. paulnb57

    paulnb57 Squier-Meister

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    I think this one is finally finished!
     
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  5. scrub

    scrub Squier-Meister

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    I want to do this with a black one, I don't use the bridge pickup on my Mustang anyway.
     
  6. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-holic

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    Looks great! I want it. Where did you get the single pickup pickguard?
     
  7. paulnb57

    paulnb57 Squier-Meister

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  8. MarkRoick

    MarkRoick Squier Talker

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    A second addition to my 'Stang gang! (You can see my Surf Green one on the stand behind this, and a few pages back in this thread)

    Picked this up in person from an eBay seller about twenty miles away. I was the only bidder and got it for £93.

    The guitar came completely stock, I replaced the pickguard with this custom one from good ol' earlpilanz, eBayed the tuners, conversion bushings, replacement roller bridge saddles and white pickup covers. The pickups themselves are a set of no-name ones from Wish, multimeter read the neck at 5.75k and the bridge at 6.25. (The spare pup from the set of 3 also read 5.75). They sound decent enough for now, just gotta intonate it properly and I'm away!

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  9. paulnb57

    paulnb57 Squier-Meister

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    Very nice Mark
     
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  10. GhostpipeOrgan

    GhostpipeOrgan Squier Talker

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    Upgraded the pick ups to GFS Mean 90s , changed out volume and tone knobs for abalone topped ones (also have pearl to go with my white pearloid style pickgaurd) ,pickgaurd was custom order with the humbucker holes cut to fit covered humbuckers from Precision Guitars in AZ . Looking to get a different neck with white trapezoid inlays or get fret stickers and paint the headstock so it’s matching the body.
     

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  11. Chinaski

    Chinaski Squier Talker

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    I added some Fender stamped saddles from a MIT Strat Tremolo/Bridge with 2 1/6" spacing. I have some reservations due to the bridge setup.

    With the saddles adjusted and bridge string-loading design it looks like the saddles are pulling the intonation screws at an angle under string tension. Does this look like an issue or should I just rock on?

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  12. paulnb57

    paulnb57 Squier-Meister

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    Rock on! I don’t see it causing an issue...
     
  13. Raabje

    Raabje Squier Talker

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    Did you change the pot from 250K to 500K, or leave it stock? I have installed Tonerider Alnico 4 with CTS 500K pots for volume and tone, and a new capacitor (don't know the value anymore) the guitar is now bright sounding with pots full open. I am wondering if I should go back t0 250K pots.
     
  14. wayne thomas

    wayne thomas Squier Talker

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    did you drill the bridge to take tele saddles? very nice mod, that's what i want to do
     
  15. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    New pickups with a 500K volume pot.
     
  16. Chinaski

    Chinaski Squier Talker

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    Neat. I ordered a spare set of the recommended brass block saddles in this thread, but I doubt the extra pressure on the intonation screws will affect anything.
     
  17. santos

    santos Squier Talker

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    Jan 29, 2017
    near the beach...
    My Squier Bullet Mustang was already modded when I bought it.

    It was Olympic White with a tort pickguard and a single hotrails pickup angled 'backward' and the previous owner had replaced the decal with a Fender one and shot nitro lacquer over it and the rest of the neck. They had also replaced the tuners with vintage style ones (I might replace these with white plastic buttoned ones in the future).

    I had a Sonic Grey body already and an original 1960's Fender Musicmaster bridge so just I swapped the bodies over and changed the bridge and... here's my modded Squier Bullet Mustang :)

    The lighting in pics makes the body look more blue than grey, but in better daylight it's a blue-ish grey that reminds me of the vintage 50's / 60's Volkswagen Beetles and buses.

    I might upgrade to two pickups if I can find the right pickups but for now it's such a fun guitar to play!

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  18. santos

    santos Squier Talker

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    Jan 29, 2017
    near the beach...
    I finally finished modding my Squier Bullet Mustang and it's turned out pretty much how I wanted.

    The mods I did were fairly inexpensive:
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    Swap the bridge for a late 1960's Fender Musicmaster bridge.
    Change the pickup configuration to H/S with an upgraded Fender Jazzmaster 3-way switch.
    New custom 3-ply white pickguard.

    When I bought it (used) the neck had already been refinished and the tuners upgraded to Kluson style.
    I would have preferred it to have a VM Squier Mustang neck but this is fine for now.

    I had it set up, frets dressed, nut re-cut, etc, and it's a keeper. Got flatwound 10-48 strings on and it plays and sounds great. Super lightweight and a breeze to play. These can be excellent little guitars with a bit of tinkering :)

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  19. Catalyst

    Catalyst Squier Talker

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    I really like what you did, I'd only put aged pearloid guard imo.
     
  20. santos

    santos Squier Talker

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    Jan 29, 2017
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    I almost went with a pearloid guard, might still do it in the future!
     
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