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Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by xtomx2000, Apr 23, 2017.
The wood looks much better than I expected, it looks great! Well done!
Thank you guys, I show you some photo of the body during the progress.
I had to use a wood treatment oil to cover it because in a real natural state sucks....
By the way, the body is full of layers underneath the paint!
I love the '70s yellow that you've done on the neck. Did you remove and replace the original decals? I've never restained a neck before...
Thank you so much for this post! I wanted to buy a Bullet Mustang to strip it clean, but I wasn't sure (cheap guitar, wood grain, number of glued pieces etc.). Now that I've seen yours... I ordered one, no actually, I ordered two, you know just in case.
How did you remove the finish? Heat gun and scrape?
Thank you, I'm glad my photos helped you
Yes, heat gun and scrape.
Be careful with the heat gun because it's easy to burn the wood,
I have no idea about the wood type but it's soft.
I'd like to get one just for modding, but times are tough for $$$.
Hey MrBob, after all, I followed your advice and this bridge works really very well! So thanks for this!
I also installed vintage tuners with plastic knobs.
Sorry I missed this post.... On the Bullet Mustangs, I did not remove or replace the original decal. I Kiwi'd right over them.
That's beautiful. Now I kind of question my own choice, I went for a Schaller 3D-6 which is really great but also very modern looking (which I'm not a huge fan of).
First post here. I've split the coils on the stock humbuckers (while they are taped to look like 2-wire humbuckers, if you remove the first layer of tape, they are indeed 4 wire, you will see the south ground and north hot are simply soldered together which is necessary anyway to split the humbucker to single coils). The conversion with a push/pull pot worked great. I also installed and wired a kill switch. You can see the whole process (including mistakes along the way) on youtube here:
I also bought a new pickguard form the ebay seller, earlpilanz (£27, they cut them specifically for the squier bullet mustang), and other chromed odds and ends to change the aesthetic. All told it cost £54 to make these modifications.
As I note in the video, I felt the Imperial Blue doesn't mod aesthetically as well as the black model. I felt chrome was the way to go.
I plan on changing out the tuners, at the moment the stock tuners are having trouble holding on to the 6th string (11-49 gauge).
Here are the pickup ohms and polarity for those interested:
The mods were good fun. I'm pleased with the end result both aesthetically and mechanically. I look forward to hearing your thoughts...
Welcome to the forum and thanks for documenting your project journey.
Question for you guys. I'm thinking of getting a red tort pg from earlpilanz myself. First question are the screw holes in the right places? And, secondly do I need to be able to solder to reconnect the pickup selector or does it unscrew? I couldn't really tell when I opened my mustang up and I was too nervous to mess about with it too much as I have 0 electrical skills!
Hi, the pickguard lines up perfectly with the screws, plate, bridge, and neck. It is made specifically for this guitar. I was very pleased, though it was expensive. The guard even comes with grounding tape.
No soldering, the three way switch unscrews.
It fundamentally changed the look of the guitar for the better.
Cheers. I'll go ahead and do it then!
Glad it worked out for you - I have that same bridge on my Mustang too now.
So I went on a short scale shopping spree (2 Mustangs and a Jag). The blue one has gotten a new bridge (Schaller 3D-6) and a set of no-name locking tuners. Did some quick fret polishing and removed the logo, not because I dislike Squier, I just like plain headstocks. I gave the neck some Kiwi-treatment, but it turned out way too red for my liking (used the brown one) so I sanded it back down.
It will probably not be blue that much longer, I'll strip it down and stain it mocha brown (like tommasoc shown previously in the thread). The black one is left stock for now, but will eventually get a new black pickguard, bridge and tuners.
Also: The toggle switches has to go, I hit them all the time while I'm playing.
I think the Kiwi has to be the light, or dark tan and not brown. The black goes like the colour of a bad bruise. I bought a few the other day. The best result on a piece of scrap wood seemed to be the light tan followed by the dark tan. The brown was way too red. I've decided on dark tan, I just like the shade.
Seems to be a few folks here not liking the blue and wanting to change it for something else. I got the black. Still waiting to change either the stock bridge, or saddles.
I was actually impressed with the blue, but I don't think it's as versatile as the black one (aesthetically). The blue one looks the best if it's going towards a classy look, like chromedmustang's one.