SE project about to get started

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by dogmatic, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    Just joined up a few days ago as I've been doing some research before my first project arrived... well it arrived in the post today.....

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    Not sure of the year but it certainly seems to be an SE strat. How would I tell the year?

    The idea is to turn it into something like this:
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    My old E serial number MIJ contemporary strat. The neck was a bit on the skinny side for me so it had to go. I'm not gonna copy it exactly but I'd like to sttempt a refinish on the paint and swap the bridge pup out for a bucker of some sort with a splitter if possible.

    The SE seems in need of some tlc, gave it quick shake down earlier and was pleasantly surprised by the way it feels and sounds! I have an 87 deluxe strat as well so I've got a good base to compare it to. Think I'll stick with the original neck and mid pups and get going with the paint job and sourcing new electric internals asap. Quite an impressive guitar though, expecially for the money... only £57 + postage.

    Stay tuned!
     
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  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    Looks good!. Should be a fun project. It looks to me like an SE, but I am not 10% certain on the European models.
     
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  3. Best1989

    Best1989 Squier-holic

    Apr 25, 2019
    Arequipa
    Yes, that's the Euro Red SE. Man, it's a shame that you will remove the red. Have fun!
     
  4. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

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  5. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    Is it cheating to buy a loaded pickguard?

    Couldn't resist it... wanted to save some time waiting on multiple orders coming in and just get cracking with the paint job. Was a bit over budget but it's come from a 2014 American Special so has texas specials middle and neck and a creamery bucker in the bridge. Unless the tex specials are REALLY special I might just sell them on and recoup some of the cost. I'll see how they sound.

    That's one big piece of hardware down... tuners and bridge to go.

    I'm working tomorrow and then jamming with some mates afterwards so I should be able to get started with the tear down at some point after that.

    Anybody swapped their stock bridge out for the mex unit? Notice any/much difference if so? Seems like a relatively cheap and easy upgrade if it makes a difference.

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  6. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    tbh the red is starting to grow on me a bit ;)
     
  7. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
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    HNGD! SEs were not offered in red in North America. Between my affinity (pun intended) for SEs and being jealous we do not have red ones here, I ... it does not matter. She is yours. Enjoy.
     
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  8. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    That looks great !

    I'd just play her all day ;)

    With a good the amp these guitars sound great !
     
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  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Just a kicked back frog... Silver Supporting Member

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    RC addiction....
  10. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert


    Is there a color you guys across the pond can't get ? Cause as a SE lover - a red one is on my bucket list ?
     
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  11. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    I think I see an opportunity to start exporting these things to the states!

    I promise not to show you any pictures of me lifting the paint off if it's going to upset people!
     
  12. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    I plugged it into a blues junior to try it out yesterday. I was surprised by just how decent it sounded, clean and with drive... my soft spot for all strats is the neck with the tone rolled off.

    If I get time I'll do a quick setup today and maybe take it with me when we jam tonight. The pickups are a bit low and the action is a bit upsy downsy.
     
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  13. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    With some drive & delay the partscaster I built with SE electronics shocked me through my MP15 :eek::eek:
     
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  14. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    Firstly welcome to the forum...
    Usually, If you take the neck off you can see the year stamped at the heel of the neck.
    And, I have to be honest, the Squier pickups are pretty dam decent, as most are. I'd leave the neck and middle and put in a bucker. Nice color red. I'd leave it red. I like the Pearloid PG w the cream knobs. Cool looking guitar...
    Enjoy.
     
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  15. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
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    The elusive UK red SE............I thought there was a law against painting it. Welcome aboard.
     
  16. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    Took a screwdriver to it...

    It's been brutally routed out at some point... straight through the body to the rear cavity. Oops! Also been lined but that won't matter too much as it's getting stripped anyway. Also looks like someone has already put a fender bridge on... all Fender branded saddles in place.

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  17. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    I'm sure I can move a few ! How often do they pop up where you are ?
     
  18. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    never paid much attention before... I'll let.you know next time one comes up.
     
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  19. dogmatic

    dogmatic Squier Talker

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    I had thought that but there was a homemade metal shim in the neck pocket that seems to have worn the stamp off so I can't make it out... was hoping for a serial number somewhere? Took a few cranks of the truss rod to level her out but it got there. That horrible sensation when you can feel the whole neck tensing up in your hands!

    The nut is a total abomination (maybe made from a chopstick??) so there's a replacement graphtech arriving on Monday. 2 top strings were fretting out on the first fret. I'll take a picture tomorrow to show just what a mess it is. Onwards!
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  20. Fret Cheese

    Fret Cheese Squier-Meister

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    The saddles have been changed but the bridge/trem block is stock squier - you can tell from the thin pot metal trem block. That's a easy swap if you feel a full size block will make a tonal difference. Anyway have fun with the upgrades :)