Modded Squire Bullet - Debbie

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by aoresteen, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    678
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    A few months back I bought a batterd and abused 2001 hard tail Squire Bullet from a pawnshop. The guitar had been hanging there for well over a year and I had passed on her many times before. Last Oct I I finally gave in and bought her for $40 tax included - 'out the door'.

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    Beat to heck, the elctronincs didn't work, and the high E string saddle was a replacement - didn't match. My first intent was to re-paint her.

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    So I stripped her down and did she ever need cleaning up.

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    So I set about to clean up 10 years of grime. I had a macting string saddle in my parts bin and I cleaned up the bridge.

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    Next was to replace the tuners with a nice set ok Wilinsons that I had.

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    I pulled the old diamond backs and drilled out the holes to 10mm.

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    Then I filled the old screw holes

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    Then I installed the new tuners.

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    Next was to do something with the electronics. I have been itching for a P90 in the bridge Strat and did some research and stumbled accross Debbie Davies' Baby Blue guitar:

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    http://www.debbiedavies.com/guitars.html

    Looked real nice so I decided to do a similar guitar. I bought a new Mighty Mite P90 and a used Seymour Duncan Cool Rails. Digging through my parts been I found a MRG Filtertron humbucker that Iwould work nicely in the neck.

    I had Terrapin Guitars make a custom pickguard for the pickups.

    http://www.terrapinisland.com/

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    I set it up with one tone & one vol using 500K CTS pots & a .047 cap. Wireded it up and had my tech do the final set up and bone nut.

    The only knobs I had in my parts bin that are 1/4" shaft size were some wood ones. I ordered correct white Fender knobs for it and will replace them when I get them. I installed a set Schaller Straplocks and replaced the neck plate with an engraved Squire logoed one.

    Here's Debbie:

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    I might still paint her but for now I'm just lovin' the way she sounds! Not bad for a slab of plywood!
     
  2. woolbrig

    woolbrig Squier-holic

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    Apr 16, 2010
    Bethalto, IL
    Very nice! I like the look of the pickguard with that color body.
     
  3. JapaneseBullets

    JapaneseBullets Squier-holic

    Wow! Great job. That pick guard does indeed work really well with that color.
     
  4. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    Wow, what a beauty! That thing looks great, & that pickup combo is quite creative!
     
  5. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Age:
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    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana
    Great job! I really like restored 'trash bin' guitars. Making them 'players' and giving them new life is great! One of my favorite things to do.
     
  6. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

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    Dec 14, 2009
    Philadelphia
    :D Love it ... looks like fun...
     
  7. justbob

    justbob Squier-Nut

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    Springfield,MO
  8. gouacats

    gouacats Squier-Meister

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    Jan 12, 2010
    AZ
    Looks great! You didn't end up repainting, correct?
     
  9. ns2joel

    ns2joel Squier-Meister

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    Feb 21, 2010
    Brownsville,Tx
    Hey nice save! How does she play? There's one at a pawn shop by my house.
     
  10. stranger4life

    stranger4life Squier-Nut

    517
    Apr 20, 2011
    Elysburg, Pa.
    I absolutely love the color combo! The step by step story behind your mods and upgrades were a nice treat too.
     
  11. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    678
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA

    Not yet. I still might but so far I'm just paying her.

    It plays well. The neck was resonably straight. The frets were in good shape. With a proper set up and a bone nut, she sounds great. I've found over the years that the Squire pickups are the main problem. Relplacing the ceramic type pup with ALNICO really ups the sound. I have been very surprised with the Mighty Mite P90. Only cost $23 new. Sounds outstanding.
     
  12. Kid Klash

    Kid Klash Squier-holic

    Dec 17, 2009
    PDX
    Beautiful job man! CONGRATS!!!

    I love Terrapin... they made me a pickguard (looks like a similar material as yours) for my Tele Custom project :
     

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  13. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    678
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Sweet! P90's and brwon sheel were made for each other!

    Nice axe!

    +1 on Terrapin.
     
  14. lilblackduck

    lilblackduck Squier-holic

    Dec 17, 2011
    Hernando,Ms
    Great job. I'm thinkin bout a P90 in the future myself
     
  15. 5thumbs

    5thumbs Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2009
    usa
    aoresteen...... That's sweet I see only 1 volume and tone? good job I love the P/G
     
  16. 5thumbs

    5thumbs Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2009
    usa
    Kid how did i miss that it's to cool :cool:
     
  17. psp742

    psp742 Squier-holic

    Sep 17, 2011
    Morganville, NJ
    aoresteen.. cool project guitar... maybe she will become your main guitar...

    are you still planning to refinish her?
     
  18. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    678
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Yup - only one vol & one tone. Works for all pickups.



    Maybe! Just playing her for a while!
     
  19. guitar guy

    guitar guy Dr. Squier

    Age:
    33
    Nov 3, 2010
    Tampa Bay Area
    Da-Rool!!!! I love it! Don't change a thing.
     
  20. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    678
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    These shall hencefore be known as "Debcasters" with the approval of Debbie Davies herself.
     
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