E7 bullet rescue/rehab

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
C497B42F-D4C2-46DE-93BB-6A84ED745DF8.jpeg Ok so I got this Bullet, really to use the neck on another Tele build. But I liked it so much that I decided to see if I could bring it back to life, instead. So far I’ve cleaned decades of grime and sticker residue off it, replaced the damaged tremolo and am now trying to buff the faded paint out so you can’t see where the stickers used to be.
I’m using auto buffing compound and a random orbital polisher, and it’s going pretty well. I’m kind of putting this thread up to track the progress of it, I will be adding more pics shortly.
 

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
I think it got “smashed”, the bottom corner by the output is broken. I glued the body back together, and am filling in where the paint is gone. I will try to paint that area in white if I can get it to match at least sorta closely. Oh, and I’ll be using a black plastic jack plate instead of the Brass one that was on here. (That one is going on a Hondo LP copy that someone replaced all the hardware with a Brass stuff years ago, except for the output, so that worked out well)
 

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daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
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New bridge holes (gotta go buy proper size dowels to fill the outer 2 holes. Oh, and an extra pot hole for... 36CEDC7B-3240-4DA9-A657-F4DE1CD26F5A.jpeg
V/T/T wiring with good components. I’m going to wire it up like a HSS Strat, since I’ve done a half-a-dozen of those so I’m familiar. The wiring this had, was a rats nest, and none of the pots matched. So I always planned to replace everything.
 

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
I wired everything up on an old Strat pickguard, so the 2 tone pots are too close together. Actually the wire connecting them together is too short for me to rotate the pots so they fit properly... I have to put a longer wire between them in order to install them.
Today’s job was going to the hardware store to get dowels to glue into the old bridge screw holes. I have toothpick sized ones (way too small) and 1/4” dowels on hand. But I’m way too lazy to turn one of those down to the right size, so I wanted to buy properly sized ones. Well, they had ones that were just a little too big (.1875 I think) so I’ll end up turning those down anyway... I also needed more stainless screws for the bridge, and pretty much every other screw this guitar came with were all rusty, so I got some new, black pickguard-sized screws.
I also finished shielding everything today. I’ll finish buffing the paint out next, to get the little bit of shrilling paint off the white part. I also started filling in the damaged area with wood filler-man the paint is thick on this! You can clearly see the lighter Maple front and back compared to the.. alder? Whatever the middle is. CF0440BF-3B60-4422-A4C7-DEFAA716C2C9.jpeg 004989CA-8667-47E8-80D9-1C49322AF4FE.jpeg
 

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Dr. Squier
Nov 3, 2010
5,741
Tampa Bay Area
Good on you for bringing back. I think that is a better candidate for a complete refinish. It's time consuming, but for about $20 you could have it looking brand new. Just my 2 cents. if you need guidance send me a pm and I'll walk you through how I would fix that gash.
 

Michael7

Dr. Squier
Jan 12, 2010
6,388
Virginia Beach, VA USA
How did you like the pickups when you were playing yours? These are interesting pickups, in that they have a ceramic bar magnet on the bottom of a bobbin that is parallel on both sides. A regular "tri-oval" bobbin like the one below won't fit the narrow body routs. I have thought about having a local winder replace the slugs with alnico magnets and then rewind my original bobbins to a better/Stratty spec. One other odd thing is that these guitars have 52mm pole spacing on the neck and middle pickups, and 50mm spacing on the bridge bucker, which is opposite the normal practice. I think 52mm bobbins could be used inside the stock bridge trim ring if the bobbin ends were flattened a bit and it would all be undetectable as a modification.

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daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
Good on you for bringing back. I think that is a better candidate for a complete refinish. It's time consuming, but for about $20 you could have it looking brand new. Just my 2 cents. if you need guidance send me a pm and I'll walk you through how I would fix that gash.

I’ve refinished a couple guitars now. At first I thought of getting out the heat gun and just getting all the white paint off this, but I didn’t want to cause the dreaded finish cracks these era Squiers get. Plus, I kinda wanted to see if I could just polish out the sticker “ghosts”.
 

daan

Squier-holic
Oct 21, 2013
2,999
Twin Cities
4922647D-8589-4A31-B34E-2C38BE788BB5.jpeg 7A8CF3EB-BA2D-4660-A39D-A89D948EF5DB.jpeg As far as the pickups on this thing, the bridge pickup is an old Dimarzio, it looks exactly like the “Super 2” pups that came in older Hondos and the like. I didn’t care for the neck pup that much, the poster above’s idea to rewind it with alnico slugs is a good idea. I should look into that, before I go buy something...
 
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Michael7

Dr. Squier
Jan 12, 2010
6,388
Virginia Beach, VA USA
Cool bridge pickup! That is the K-10. I have been on the fence about buying a neck one locally to use in the bridge of some future project. Do you like the K-10 in the bridge? I hear they are very bright.

I bet that face will clean up nicely with the compound. Good project thread!
 


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