What's on your bench?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by mdparent03, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

    Apr 30, 2017
    I'm just playing around with screwball ideas, it's nothing that can't be easily replaced if it sounds like poop. :)
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  2. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

    Apr 30, 2017
    Went off the rails, sanded off a lot of the black and decided to give this project to a friends daughter for her birthday next month. She might enjoy the sparkle, plus it hides imperfections. :)

  3. Big tuna

    Big tuna Squier-holic

    May 6, 2014
    east Tn
    I have nothing on the bench but i did put my jm back in one piece after 8 months of lacquer drying and procrastination. mex jm dipinto 013.jpg
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  4. fred2202

    fred2202 Squier Talker

    Dec 30, 2017
    I picked up a mid 90s Marshall ValveState s80 amp for peanuts. Amp was dead as a door nail with no sound so I thought I’d salvage the two Celestion speakers for a future project and trash everything else. IMG_1180.JPG IMG_1182.JPG . It sat in the garage for a few weeks. Was curious as to what was exactly wrong with it. Spent a couple of evenings signal tracing, fixing broken solder joints, cleaning pots and replacing some resistors. Brought it back to life and it’s 100% functional. Sounds pretty good and I’m going to hold onto it for a while.
  5. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

    Apr 30, 2017
    An axe idea I'm flirting with. :)

    Just doing a conceptual layout with poplar I had handy, I will do the real build with a hardwood. I have been toying with ideas for a few months and finally believe I may have reached a viable solution to a question nobody asked. :D

    A newer drop forged Craftsman double bit of no real value, I will remove the rust and blunt the blades. A squire bullet humbucker will fit with minimal modifcations to the pickup. I figure left over old jack plate inverted will cut down on the size of cavity needed to carve out for a direct plug in to the pickup.

    I can cut some slots in the top axe head through the eye as a string retainer, then make a floating bridge cut from some ebony scraps I have.

    I don't think I will have to worry about neck dive.

  6. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    That would be a real battle "axe" ;)
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  7. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
  8. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    I am finally working on the flag Tele that my wife got me for my birthday. Took it all apart to see what kind of routes were under the covers. Nothing special. All the electronics are as you would expect from a $100 guitar. Spent a couple hours on the neck leveling, crowning, and polishing frets. It definitely had some high spots, but it turned out real nice. Nut was cut almost perfect so that’s going to stay for now. Got the action nice and comfortable. The bridge pickup sounds pretty good but I’m not sure about the neck. I am going to just play it for awhile and tinker with the height. My guess is I will replace the pickups and electronics. Overall I am very happy with the quality of this guitar. It’s a very good build platform!

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  9. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-Meister

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Stuff for my first SE mod. Full report later if I don't burn the house down.
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  10. jeepster61605

    jeepster61605 Squier-Nut

    Dec 21, 2009
    Central IL
    New neck on Apple here... 0826181029.jpg
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  11. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

    Feb 21, 2017
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    And micro Deluxe 1 watt of tube power :) 7FC8CA59-9E40-4378-8F1C-EBD512A392B3.jpeg 31747BC0-FCC6-420B-AB80-6F23F4DE3BCA.jpeg
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  12. Dave M

    Dave M Squier-Meister

    Feb 27, 2017
    Mira Loma, CA
    I'm working on an idea..started out as a repaint...turned into a non-thinline...cause i wanted widerange pickups....oh dig my cnc machine;)

    Oh yeah ,,,who knew people make wood pens out of Basswood !!:rolleyes:

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  13. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
    A first for me this weekend, a legit USA PRS, and an Oscar Schmidt gold top LP knockoff. Both almost fresh out of the box, with no attempts to adjust at all. The gold top cake in for a complete setup, and the PRS for a new bridge pickup install and checkout.

    First impressions, the LP really surprised me for a sub $200 guitar because the fret ends and neck bindings were near perfect. Seriously, side by side with an equally new $1,500 Maryland made PRS, the fret ends were just as smooth, even and comfortable. Not saying the whole fret job was equal, that was outside the range of a $35 setup, so I didn’t check level up and down the whole neck or degree of polish, but the ends were nicely done. Beyond that, the setup was atrocious, as expected. The neck had at least 30 mics of relief, the bridge was too low and crooked, and the tailpiece too high, the nut slots were too high in the middle and the tuners were sloppy and hard to coax into tune. But the truss rod was double acting, worked smoothly and got the neck flat in seconds. The worst problem was that the neck pickup was tilted way up in frontand wouldnt lay flat. Either the route was a little too far forward, or the bump outs for the legs too small, or something, but I had to pull the pickup out and file the back corners off the feet to get the thing anywhere close to flat. Once that was done and the setup dialed in to close enough, it played and sounded quite nice

    The PRS on the other hand, was actually almost perfect in every measurement. Neck relief, nut slot height, bridge height, intonation and pickup height were all dead nuts on. Tuners were top locking, high ratio and smooth as silk, bridge saddles were set to match FB radius, and pickup height was fine. Both pots were super smooth, low friction types, the push pull coil split worked easily yet positively, and the switch was positive and smooth. The octagon knobs were a surprise, giving a positive grip and some tactile feedback when turned. Going to look into getting some of those to keep on hand and recommend in the future. Gonna open her up today and swap the pickup, will edit in some info on the guts after that is 441825A9-C284-43CA-BBC2-7048AE656C47.jpeg A09F1189-903C-402A-B29C-9CA35065CA9F.jpeg done.
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  14. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    A few things, currently, with a backlog of a bunch more. But I should have this Rickenbacker-type template done this weekend. (The 3 P90s drawn on are for reference only.)


    A vented Tele with a lefty bridge pickup, right bridge pickup in the neck spot, and a reverse headstock neck. Maple capped on Alder.


    And this Epi Coronet-style project. Stained with Rit Fabric Dye. Never going back to using pricey dyes. This stuff is awesome and cheap. Might do one more coat.

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  15. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I put a new painted Kmise neck on a 2000 CAE SE body. It turned out real nice. I bought the SE for $45 for the neck. I put the neck on a SX Furrian Tele.

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  16. Afrika61

    Afrika61 Squier-Nut

    Test drive with some of the componants mounted. And that's 45 coats of Tru-oil curing on that offset:
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  17. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

    Jun 29, 2011
    Had the Champ amp on the bench today to get the tolex fixed up a little and a speaker replacement. Used 3M Super 77.
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