Squier Mini Strat

Discussion in 'Other Squiers' started by chemobrainkid, Sep 22, 2016.

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  1. mwmeci

    mwmeci Squier-Meister

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    Jun 28, 2015
    Minneapolis
    Can you adjust the intonation putting a 22.75" scale neck on a 25.5" body and bridge?
     
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  2. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Barely... I made it work by filing the bottom edge of the high e bridge saddle to clear the body screw and got longer intonation screws for half of them. But a regular Tele bridge would be a lot easier with just a few longer intonation screws, or it may not need them at all.
     
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  3. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Man , I cant wait to see that. Coool
     
  4. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    Here it is at 95% completed :)

    So, it's got a Stagg full-sized strat type neck I had lying around [easy bolt-on and intonation almost bang on], it's got a 3watt Orange Micro Crush amp. I swapped out the stock Pup for a Seymour Duncan Distortion Humbucker just for fun, and even managed to retain one of the original Pot holes. So I have two volume Pots [one on the amp] and a push-pull coil split.
    This whole thing works really well, better than expected.
    The feedback on full overdrive is a bit screechy but easy to tame by winding the tone back until it stops.
    To finish the job I'm going to have two 1/4" jack outputs, one from the volume/push-pull pot for direct to external amp, and the other as a hot jumper/patch from the pot to orange onboard amp [that's the messy curly pig-tail lead you can see]. Without going mad and de-soldering stuff I didn't want to it seemed to be the easiest option to get the guitar output into the amp.

    Give me a few more days, and it will be complete and look sharp!
    Cheers!
     
  5. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    Just put up a pic at 95% complete, thanks, your comment made me get a move on :)
     
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  6. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Make my day.... only 5% to go.
     
  7. howserx

    howserx Squier-Meister

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    Apr 20, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    I bought one for my son, who doesn't play it anymore. I haul it out once in awhile. I think it sounds great, I hate to say it but it might sound more straty than my strat. My only gripe would be the tuners. they are pretty rough but they work and the guitar stays in tune so not that big of a deal really.
     
  8. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    New Zealand
    To whet your appetite Robb :)

    I picked up 2 x 90 degree 1/4" plugs and 2 x 1/4" sockets this morning..
    Next is to fashion a plate to take them both in the existing output cutout on the body.. they're a tight fit and here I'll measure 3 times and cut once..
    The original Squier [and Stagg] tuners are junk and can't hold tune so... a new set I think..

    Coupla days and counting..
     
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  9. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    I'll keep on waiting bro :)
     
  10. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Nut

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    Mar 5, 2018
    Front range Colorado
    Minis are fun to play when properly set up. And of better quality than you would expect. Especially the necks. This one had no sharp fret ends has a somewhat rounded fretboard edge. It was black and pretty beat up when I got it.

    I put in new controls and some pickups from a Squire SE, which may or may not be an upgrade, but it sounds pretty good to me. It's strung with 11s but I still have a tendency to over bend some notes.

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  11. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    And... It's Finished!

    It was a bit fluid in the end.. I changed my mind several times what I was going to do about the onboard input and external amp output. Having 2 x 1/4" sockets side-by-side was fiddly and I didn't want to have to bore out the cavity any more, so I opted for a small hole to take a cable to the onboard amp via 1/4" plug, and cut up the Micro Crush back plate to take the 1/4" Amp out socket as per the pic.
    It's very functional.
    The main volume feeds the mini amp and coil split adds some additional versatility.
    I have both volumes on 5-ish as a mid point.
    They work like a volume and gain pair. Increase the main for gain, the amp one for distortion.
    The tone works fine until you hit the overdrive then it becomes a feedback/squeal control.
    Overdrive is massive for such a wee amp, I mean 3 watts simply blows away the 1 watt squier mini one..
    Won't dwell on feedback but it's about the same as a Pignose PG200, you have to be onto it and mute or adjust as you play.
    I did notice the coil split is more noticeable on an external amp.
    All in all, very pleased with the result.
    I nearly forgot about the Orange Badge... had to put that on..

    Next project.. I've got a 5W Blackstar doing nothing...and a couple of Gats in bits... IMG_5461.jpg IMG_5462.jpg IMG_5463.jpg IMG_5461.jpg IMG_5462.jpg IMG_5463.jpg IMG_5461.jpg IMG_5462.jpg
     
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  12. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    New Zealand
    Sorry too many pics... don't know what happened... must be our Kerosene powered internet...:D
     
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  13. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    New Zealand
    Hey Robb, did you see the finished article?

    It's all-but finished. yet to replace the tuners.. one string bend and it's out of tune.. who sold those sh1tty tuners to Squier..?

    Consider it complete.
    Loving how it plays, gonna give it to my son for Christmas.

    Apologies for all the pics, my PC wouldn't post initally.. then it went mad..
    If I knew how to get rid of the duplicates I would.
    I'm better with a soldering Iron than a laptop.
     
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  14. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Man , YOU are incredible, this was a great project, I feel like I should do the same with mine.
    Thank`s again for this thread Bob.
     
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  15. Bob123

    Bob123 Squier Talker

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    New Zealand
    I am both honoured and flattered, thank you.
    Do it! you won't regret it.
    Cheers!
     
  16. neilca

    neilca Squier Talker

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    Mar 22, 2019
    Marietta, GA
    I take the Mini Strat and convert it to a Tenor Guitar. I tune mine GDAE same as my mandolin.

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  17. neilca

    neilca Squier Talker

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    Mar 22, 2019
    Marietta, GA
    Here is my latest conversion. I keep refining the process.

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  18. tuner sandwich

    tuner sandwich Squier Talker

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    Jul 27, 2019
    SC, US
    Squier minis are great guitars. I got two for my kids. A pink and a red. They don't play them much, but I do on occasion. Only thing I changed was the tuners.
     
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  19. Rat cam 68

    Rat cam 68 Squier-Meister

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    Mar 12, 2018
    Mooresville,In
    I bought 1 for my daughter about 10 years ago ,just in case she wanted to learn guitar. I had a set of pickups that I bought for another project sitting around. The pickups I found on Amazon,took a chance on a 35 dollar set of alnico 5 pickups that turned out to be really good.As it turns out I also had a set of Fender vintage tuners sitting around why not...........
     
  20. Rat cam 68

    Rat cam 68 Squier-Meister

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    Won’t let me download pictures try later
     
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