Rehab project

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Guitfiddlist, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    So my buddy shows me this strat, I run the numbers and see it’s a 2000-2001 silver logo MIM. I tel him to message and buy it, I send him the cash and he goes to get the guitar(s).
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    The strat will need a total rehab. I have a JB humbucker and have been wanting to do a single pickup hotrod for awhile.
    I’m going to go with the gold paint I used on the Charvel and I ordered the cheapest thing I could find for a pickguard. I’m gonna coil tap it too.

    this color: DB86775F-CA7E-4ADA-90C3-02CA7412BE46.jpeg And this pickguard: 71F9ADAC-BF96-45F0-ADF3-DF5FA42CDC3B.jpeg

    The LTD is probably gonna get put in the project pile for a rainy day
     
  2. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Age:
    54
    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    In for progress ;)
     
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  3. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    So I got it from my buddy today and started in on it. I am glad this guitar will be put back to use as intended, but I’m not sure I want to be the one to do it! :confused:

    What a mess. Acrylic paint, glued on magazine bits, I’ve unearthed sharpie, a magnet in the neck pocket hole (?), hot glue to hold the pickups in (no screws), a wall anchor in the bottom of the body near the strap pin, a pickup screw and wood screws holding the pickguard on and lastly.... the strap smelled of cat urine.

    At this point, I am trying to remove the paper pieces that seem to be glued on with some sort of thin brittle glue, maybe Elmers?

    After I get this crap off, I’ll start in on the paint removal and so on...

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  4. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    Oh.... and the LTD M-52 was not cracked, that was sharpie
     
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  5. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    Cleaned up the headstock with steel wool and left a little remanence of this carnation of this Guitar’s life. Or, I really was just done with it at this point because I got to really looking at these frets. Either I’m going to crown/level/polish these (which will bring them lower than I usually like) or I refret it and redo the back of the neck while I’m at it. There is a few gouges that I’m not sure I’m going to like too much. I haven’t gotten into the body more than just disassembly.

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  6. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-holic

    Project is putting it mildly. :D
     
  7. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    I’m hoping some sand paper and elbow grease will get the hand painted craft decoupage acid trip art fest off the body without digging too deep into the poly. I’ll give the whole thing a good once over before I paint it.

    I’m done for the night. I think I’m going to strip the back of the neck and refinish it. There’s a few divots... but for now, she’s at least more cleaned up. B318B8F9-E18A-4670-963E-77ACC64B27D4.jpeg 0B5B9D0C-CCA3-4AC4-BE1E-4E8984840688.jpeg
     
  8. brodg68

    brodg68 Squier-Meister

    Age:
    52
    134
    Jun 11, 2017
    NC
    to each his own - but what is wrong with someone who would do that? All honesty, projects like this make me feel as much as a conservator of the guitar as anything.

    Best of fortune, melamine pads (magic erasers) are your friend I find, and I'll be following.

    I probably should sand some lacquer on a classical that came from the trash dump bout now....
     
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  9. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    On the gouges on the back of the neck, I've used Gorilla epoxy. It's a clear thick resin-like liquid in a small applicator. I sanded the area, put a drop of epoxy in the blem, let it dry, and sanded it out. Two coats and it was smooth. If you're going to sand the entire back of the neck, try a light sanding, fill, and do your thing.
    On the frets, clean the fret wire until smooth to the touch. Lube up the rosewood and play it. This neck is a torture chamber, less maybe better
     
  10. ToneChaser77

    ToneChaser77 Squier-Meister

    Age:
    42
    323
    Sep 29, 2019
    Milledgeville, Ga
    Holy crap. They went crazy on it. Cant wait to see it all cleaned up.
     
  11. Rodiebobw

    Rodiebobw Squier-Nut

    Age:
    56
    653
    Jan 12, 2020
    Rockwall, Tx.
    Holy frak...That is blasphemy.. I get a rowdy paint job, maybe one thing on the body to show your originality or stamp but ffs why do people do that crap to an instrument?
     
  12. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    I have done the frets (have a thread started on a fret job for under $20), filled and sanded the back of the neck (thank you for the suggestion @surf green) and did some light embellishments of the age and trauma this guitar has endured.

    I had recently needed a touch up pen and found the 5 pack at Home Depot. It’s basically markers that are wood colored. I used the darker ones to color in the already present dings and even made a few on the dings of the neck (that you cannot feel).
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  13. Ricky3Fingerd

    Ricky3Fingerd Squier-Meister

    Age:
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    472
    Nov 26, 2019
    Canda
  14. mikm

    mikm Dr. Squier

    Jun 4, 2012
    NY
    Keep at it! almost any guitar can be brought back to at least acceptable results and MIMs are worth it for sure!
     
  15. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

    Age:
    56
    736
    Jan 28, 2019
    colorado springs
    Congrats and great job on the head stock it turned out nicely. I can't wait to see how the body ends up looking.
     
  16. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum Squier-Nut

    Age:
    57
    751
    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    Ya think. Wtf!
     
  17. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum Squier-Nut

    Age:
    57
    751
    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    That MIM Neck is looking real f... g sweet right now brah....
     
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  18. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    278
    Aug 16, 2019
    ‘Merka
    I’ve been building up the coats of tru oil and steel wool.

    I’m just about ready to tackle the body...
     
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