Oh My! I did it again...Stagemaster!

Discussion in 'Other Squiers' started by aoresteen, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I couldn't help myself. I was in a pawnshop and there she was... an abused cobalt blue '99 Squier Stagemaster HH. Well, $69 later I brought her home!

    Has the lic. Floyd Rose bridge & locking nut. Strings were rusted as barb wire from 1876, output jack nut & washer missing, and the whammy bar is also missing. Fixed the output jack and moved on to the strings.

    I started to change the strings. Understand I've NEVER worked on a Floyd Rose bridge before. I was able to get the stings off but noticed that the string locking block was missing on the high E saddle. Hum, what to do?

    I realized I was treading beyond my ability so I just packed it up and took it to my guitar tech. He is getting the proper parts for her and will set it up correctly.

    I'm gonna mod this baby but just not sure exactly what I'm gonna do to her yet.

    Stay tuned :D
     
  2. YeahDoIt

    YeahDoIt Squier-holic

    Jan 14, 2010
    Florida, USA
    This could be good. I'm interested in seeing pictures.
     
  3. mrlinguini

    mrlinguini Squier-holic

    Jun 2, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    Any new news on your Stagemaster?
     
  4. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Got her back from my tech and it plays great! I'll get some pics up soon!
     
  5. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Update - Photos

    Here she is:

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    The trem cover is warped but functional. Mods I'm thinking about are new pickguard & trem cover, new pickups. Not sure on just which pups to drop into here.

    I am for suire going to get a new FR trem block from here:

    http://www.floydupgrades.com/catalog/

    I need to send him my block for a perfect fit.
     
  6. D34dBaWx

    D34dBaWx Squier-holic

    Dec 23, 2009
    Ark
    Pickguards for those are hard to find, short of going custom made. They are pretty neat guitars. They remind me of a Ibanez RG alot.
     
  7. macrocket

    macrocket Squier-Nut

    976
    Nov 4, 2011
    Jonesboro, AR
    I really like that guitar. Are they pretty easy to find used?
     
  8. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I have all my pick guards custom made by Terrapin Guitars. John does great work!

    http://www.terrapinisland.com/


    Stagemasters pop up on eBay every now and then and I've seen a number of them in pawnshops over the last two years. Most are way over priced.

    The ones to look for are the neck through ones made in Korea:

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    Very nice guitar!
     
  9. D34dBaWx

    D34dBaWx Squier-holic

    Dec 23, 2009
    Ark
    Very cool. I will have to keep him in mind!
     
  10. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    UPDATE

    Pulled the bridge and pickguard/trem cover and boxed them up to send out for replacements.

    Next I need to select new pups for the Stagemaster.
     
  11. ratdog472

    ratdog472 Squier-holic

    Age:
    45
    Jun 17, 2010
    Austin MN
    Who are you going thru for the pickguard?
     
  12. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I have all my pick guards custom made by Terrapin Guitars. John does great work! He's done at least 12 pickguards for me.

    http://www.terrapinisland.com/
     
  13. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Update:

    Floyed Upgrades called today. They reccomended a 37mm brass L block, Titanium String Lock Blocks, Stainless Steel Block Screws, Floyd Stainless Steel String Lock Screws, and Floyd Stainless Saddle Mounting Screws. All in with shipping the cost was $157. The steel parts were rusted & corroded

    Told them to do it - let's see how it sounds! All for a $69 pawnshop guitar :)
     
  14. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

    Age:
    49
    Dec 14, 2009
    Philly Area
    Rust? huh... does'nt show from the surface pictures ..
     
  15. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    The saddles are fine. Look at the screws:

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  16. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Update:

    Good news:pickups are in and so is the pickguard. :)

    Bad news: I'm traveling this week and will not be home until Saturday so MAYBE I will get some time on Sunday to work on here. :(
     
  17. ratdog472

    ratdog472 Squier-holic

    Age:
    45
    Jun 17, 2010
    Austin MN
    How much was the pickguard?
     
  18. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I think it was $50 plus $7.50 shipping. John did three pickguards for me this time plus a tremolo cover so he gave me a little break. I think there would have been a $20 pattern charge if I had just bought one.

    On average I budget $60 all in for a custom pickguard.
     
  19. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Guitar is all put together with new pups and new pickguard/trem cover. It's at my tech's for final set up. I should have it by Sat if not this Thursday.

    I can't wait!
     
  20. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    638
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Finished!!!!

    Here she is with new Shadow pickups.

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    The neck is a Shadow SH AZ 49 Jazz guitar and the bridge is a SH 680 humbucker. Both are epoxy filled. This my second AZ 49 jazz pickup and I really like them. I've only had an hour or so with the 680 but so far it sound great.

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    The guitar plays oh, so well. I liked the rebuilt Floyd bridge so much that I sent my other Stagemaster bridge to Floyde Upgrades for the same treatment.

    This $65 pawn shop rescue has come a long way :D