Started 1975 Stratocaster Build

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by porkpie, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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    Got a long way to go, in no hurry. Need some more parts like a bridge, purchased some F style tuners that were original to the year, new Fender neck plate hardware also didn't like the gold hardware (bridge and tuners) that it came with. Cleaned up the body and new copper shielding,

    Before and after:

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    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018
  2. guitar guy

    guitar guy Dr. Squier

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    Nov 3, 2010
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    Looks good! Can't wait to see the end product!
     
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  3. MrSinister

    MrSinister Squier-Meister

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    Earth
    Very nice... I like the finish... it looks like a fine piece of furniture!
     
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  4. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Meister

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  5. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    That's going to look nice.

    Chrome hardware and white plastic?
     
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  6. Hoss

    Hoss Squier-holic

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    Drool worthy. Bet it turns out great! Keep us posted!
     
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  7. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Nice body
     
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  8. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
    Glad you got it going, looking good:)
     
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  9. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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    Thanks everyone. Today I grounded the jack cavity to the main cavity, soldered in a new switchcraft switch since it didn't come with the original but it did come with the original switchplate cover I believe, also made the ground connection to the trem claw. So I'm no electronics expert but shouldn't I be able to plug in the body in and tap on the pickups and hear something? I'm sure I installed the switch properly. Hopefully a small setback.

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  10. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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  11. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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    Making some progress. I installed a new Fender reissue vintage bridge 2 7/32" spacing and trem bar,still has the original claw and springs. I guess I'd call this project more of a rescue from a guys garage then a restore because the original parts needed to do this would cost a small fortune, at least for me. I am using all Fender reissue parts though except for the loaded pickguard from Rock'n R Guitars. Just want to do the best job I can right now, parts can always be replaced.

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  12. squierbilly

    squierbilly Squier-holic

    Apr 21, 2013
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    Man I love 70s strats.. Congratulations on that beauty,, its going to be great!..
     
  13. Paully

    Paully Squier-holic

    May 29, 2014
    Maine USA
    Great progress.
    Hope it comes out just how you want it to.
     
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  14. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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    Thanks guys, I know a lot of people frown on replacing head stock decals. I agree to an extent, if you are trying to defraud or misrepresent this is WRONG! I've started the replacement of the head stock decal on this guitar as the one that was on there was incorrect for a '75 and a bad job was done, see pic. I know for a fact that it's a '75 neck from the serial on the heel of the neck. Bought the correct decal from http://www.oldfret.com/ . This is the second day of lacquer, coming along fine.


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  15. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
    That’s looking great:)
     
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  16. mb doug

    mb doug Squier-holic

    Jan 4, 2012
    Long Island
    Really coming along well. Nice work!
     
  17. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    Keep up the good work
     
  18. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

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    Aug 9, 2010
    colorado springs
    so this is an all original 75 sans parts? too cool!
     
  19. porkpie

    porkpie Squier-Nut

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    Not sure what you mean there horax."sans parts?"