$32 Tele bare body from Walmart

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by Michael7, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Much better !
     
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  2. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Squier Talker

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    Aug 18, 2020
    Rhode Island
    Hard pass on any tele top loader at any price...Had a 59 top loader and sold it for $800 in late 70’s to a local semi pro country picker.

    I thought I hated it but she’d be a rare bird and worth a cool fortune right now, tho $800 back then was huge money.

    I’ve only in the last few years come to understand Telecasters and figured out how to make the appropriate noises with one.
     
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  3. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    New York
    I wonder if I can return it if I mess up the drilling? Would the WM cashiers even know?
     
  4. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier

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    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    I have one and it is very light weight and definitely not maple. It is a build I did and it is a decent guitar. I made a demo.
    https://rumble.com/van5x5-telecaster-demo.html

    The grain resembles ash but is much lighter and softer than hard ash. but it works...
    some pix....
    5e.JPG 5g.JPG 5a.JPG 5c.JPG
     
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  5. jtees4

    jtees4 Squier-Meister

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    Jun 7, 2012
    NYish
    Has decent looking grain too.
     
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  6. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    You’re gonna need some “Minwax Wood Hardener” under the bridge, and in the neck pocket. I built a Strat with a Palouwina body (grain looked just like the bare Tele body the OP posted) I managed to pull a bunch of the screws out where the Trem was attached (plus the spring claw thingy) because the wood was so soft. I got another body and doused it in the gardener and that one held up just fine (it neck dove as bad as an SG though)
     
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  7. BarnyardShark1979

    BarnyardShark1979 Squier-Meister

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    Jul 9, 2020
    Baltimore Maryland
    Mine came in the mail. It's super light, looks just like the product pic on the website. GuitarFetish sent me a sale email so I went ahead and ordered one of their premium Tele necks for $60, I might just have this thing put together before year's end.

    I was planning on just doing a Tru-Oil finish on mine, as I don't really have the facilities for spraying lacquer (no garage). If I was applying that Minwax Wood Hardener, would I do that first, then the Tru-Oil, vice-versa, or only the wood hardener under the bridge and in the neck pocket, and only Tru-Oil everywhere else? This is my first attempt at a partscaster, have only replaced electronics and hardware in the past.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  8. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I would do the hardener first, just where you’re screwing things to the body. I sprayed Shellac over everything afterwards
    (It makes a good sealer coat because it sticks to everything, and most everything sticks to it) I would find a piece of scrap wood, or maybe just try the neck pocket to see what Tru-oil does on the hardener. It may not have any issues sticking, but it probably won’t look the same as TO on bare wood. I TO every neck I have, and I’ve TO’ed one body now. Necks aren’t so bad but I think I put 30 or 40 coats on the body I did, and it’s still uneven... so it’ll look nice (it really brings out the grain) but it may not make the slick, flat surface spraying Clear does... (unless you’re willing to do a TON of coats with sanding between)
     
  9. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I’ve sprayed many bodies just outside... I took an old Broom handle and cut a flat spot on it, to screw 2 neck screws into it and just stabbed that into the ground while I was painting. It’s safe to move inside after like an hour if you can find a spot to put the stick where nothing touches the body. It might smell a little but not nearly as bad as actually spraying inside. I put the stick longways on a Cabinet with a bunch of heavy stuff on it, with the body hanging out in space so it didn’t touch anything. I hope this makes sense... I wish I had pictures of this to better explain this. You don’t need a fancy spray booth or whatever as long as you have somewhere outdoors you can go! And Humidity is the problem, I’ve sprayed bodies outside in Wisconsin in the winter, just put your spray cans in a tub or whatever of warm water when you’re not actually spraying. As long as the paint is warm you’ll be ok!
     
  10. bloozstar

    bloozstar Squier Talker

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    Jul 24, 2020
    Tarrant, Al
    If the usual free shipping for anything over $35 thru Walmart this would be sweet. If reasonable shipping cost apply, good too. I've gotten far too excited over a 'bargain" price on any Guitar part, only to find out the shipping and handling is something like $125.00, and I'm not told until midway thru checkout. If you buy, please let us know if it's (as we say in Alabama) "any count".
     
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  11. bloozstar

    bloozstar Squier Talker

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    Tarrant, Al
    I've built guitar bodies from maple butcher block, it's strong. It will EAT router bits so using carbide bits are necessary. Kinda looks fun too.
     
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  12. Michael7

    Michael7 Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    These bodies have gone up to $35, but the price still includes shipping. Just follow the link in my original post.
     
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  13. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    s.w.mo.
    You'd be surprised at the different things you can buy at different stores these days. Bought a audio technica 95 turntables cartridge at home depot .com at a fair price they no longer sell those but. Walmart has a large assortments of guitars and parts.
     
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  14. BarnyardShark1979

    BarnyardShark1979 Squier-Meister

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    Baltimore Maryland
    Just for giggles I tried to line up this body with the body of my Squier Std. Tele, just wanted to see if the silhouettes match. They do not, this Walmart body has a wider horn at the cutaway. I feel like this might make it look a little goofy once the pickguard is on, but I'm fine with my first partscaster project looking a little goofy. That's "personality", right?
     
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  15. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    Off topic. That AT-95 is a sweet affordable cart. And has great reviews. I own 2 of them along w others. 20200429_184947.jpg
    I made the cart holder from a car model case.
     
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  16. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

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    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    It's Paulownia. Definitely not Poplar. Guy I know here in town got one. The routes were clean and the roundover was done well. It's just really soft wood.
     
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  17. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

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    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    The wood hardener is basically just a super-thinned clearcoat. It's probably almost 75% solvent. That wood is pretty porous, so I'd get the Tru-Oil Sealer and put a few coats of that on first. It'll make your Tru-Oil job much easier.

    EDIT: The wood is REALLY going to soak up that Tru-Oil, so you could follow a process of:

    1. Several Tru-Oil coats that will soak in and technically harden the wood.
    2. Several Tru-Oil sealer coats.
    3. More Tru-Oil coats.

    The hardener is so thin you can't really control it when it's applied. If you try to put it only under the bridge, for example, chances are it's going to spread out while it soaks and you'll end up with blotches.
     
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  18. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

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    73
    Nov 29, 2010
    Indiana

    I have that guitars’ twin. Also got it from Walmart a few years ago for the same price. Very fun and light guitar. Also did some upgrades on mine.
     
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  19. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
    There’s that old GAS acting up again....
     
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  20. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    s.w.mo.
    Yes at95 you cannot go wrong. Diggin the case possum'!!
     
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