Identifying a Squire body

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  1. markmcconachie

    markmcconachie Squier Talker

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    I got a squire body that I am going to use for the basis of a new project...

    Is there any way to identify where it was made etc?
     
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    The serial number would help a lot. Pictures would also help.
     
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    Where is the serial number on the body? The only writing is in neck pocket and it says Nov 1996...

    The picture is from the eBay auction when I bought the body. I will take more pics if they would help.
     

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    For what it is worth, the body seems fullsize and appears to be alder...
     
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    No black shielding paint... Do you know if the body has been refinned?

    At a glance - and this is based on me figuring out what it is NOT - I would say it may be a vintage modified.

    It seems the wrong kind of red for a Bullet or an Affinity, and it's definitely not a CV or a Deluxe (if the finish is original).

    Vintage Modified is my guess, or perhaps a Standard, but other might know better.
     
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    It doesn't appear to be refinished, what are the telltale signs?

    The paint looks a lot less bright in real life, except under the scratch plate, here it is pretty bright which would make sense for a 14 year old body :)

    I thought that the Vintage Modified were new? (2007 or something)
     
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    The auction said it was from a "Korean fiesta red HSS strat"
    but I never really trust what ebay auctions say :p
     
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    Not a Standard, look at the trem holes, a Standard would have two large not the six. I havn't seen a route like that in any of the Squiers I've opened up (Standard, SE, Affinity, 90's MIK, MIM Squier Series) But there have been so many different mfg's.
     
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    Maybe it is not a squire body?

    Actually, on ebay there are many squire bodies from this period with this route... hmm
     
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    What is the thickness? the upper arm cut looks more like those on a thin body than on a full size. It may be from an Affinity or a Bullet.
     
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    I just measured and it is ~44mm maybe 45
     
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    Not that I think it helps BUT it weights, 2.163kg (4.77080335 lbs)

    EDIT:
    The outer screws on the bridge are 54mm apart
     
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    If it's Fiesta Red, it may be a Bullet, but I always think of Fiesta Red as having a more 'powdery' look to it.

    I didn't realize that, I'm not overly familiar with the Standard series :)
     
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    The current models with slim bodies are something like 42mm, that means full size is some thing like 49mm, it could be something from Korea, there were some I have seen that were almost full thickness, but just a hair shy.
     
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    I had a strat body that looked the same as yours. It was from a chinese squier affinity from 1996 which I sanded to the wood and found it had a ply front and back covering about 6 strips of alder. I sanded through the ply and then used the body for an experiment. You can see some pictures here:

    http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/stratocaster-discussion-forum/28290-first-relic-attempt.html

    These days, affinity bodies are thinner, and if its a solid body they are usually of a similar construction (alder strips with a thin ply front and back).
    The sunburst affinities often have the most beautiful grain and solid wood, (no ply front and back) with less strips, usually 3 pieces.

    In any case your body looks good should be a good basis for a project. What are you planning to do with it?
     
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    Not quite true.
    It was in May of 2000 that Squier Standards went to the 2 hole trem, and even then it must have been toward the end of the month.
    My Indo 05/2000 is one of the 6 hole Standards.
    I have seen several of the 6 hole Standars in the wild and member Suek also has a 6 hole Standard.
    http://www.squier-talk.com/forum/sq...96-anyone-here-have-2000-squier-standard.html
     
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    looks like you may have found a match, I agree on Afinity, the ones I have messed with where Indo, so the routing in the Chinese looks like yours.
     
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    I got a neck on ebay too.

    It has had the decals removed and has not arrived yet, it too is squier... with maple board, no skunk stripe and a small headstock... Again, no idea which model it is from...
    It has a fender decal which I actually want to remove, I like the idea of a custom guitar with no name :)

    If this neck is junk, then I will look for another one...

    I plan to add a tortoise shell or black pickguard, some vintage pickups (or maybe HSS) and some decent gold hardware...

    How do I buy a pickguard that will fit this guitar? It has 8 holes... I would happily drill more...
     
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    Any pictures of the neck? sounds good :)

    As for pickguards you could get almost any of them to fit. It may need new holes but that is ok as they would be covered up. The only hole you might have a problem with is the one nearest the jack plug, if you use an 11 hole guard. Then again it might be OK. I had to make a small wooden block to attach that particular screw on mine, the original squier guard must have been marginally smaller.
     
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    I will take some pics of everything when the neck arrives...

    I do have a spare pickguard, an 11 hole and you are right, the screw nearest the jack socket doesn't quite fit... will this be the case with all the 11 hole guards? Should I just stick with an 8?

    I looked at your other thread (with the similar body) it looked great, a nice relic :)

    EDIT:
    All the info about the neck

    Neck: Maple
    Fretboard: Maple
    Inlay: Black Dot
    Side dots: Black
    Scale Length: 25 1/2"
    Nut Width: 43mm
    Heel Width: 57mm
    Frets: 21
    Tuner Hole Size: 11/32" (10mm)
    Truss Rod Adjustment: Headstock

    Once I take off the stupid decal, I think that I will like this neck :)
     

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