Stagemaster 7 Covidia (BarryFlat) Baritone Conversion - F/Bb

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  1. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    850
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    Last October I bought a Squier Stagemaster 7 hardtail out of a local pawnshop.

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    https://www.squier-talk.com/threads/ngd-squier-2000-stagemaster-7ht-v2-7-in-blue-number-5.176326/

    I was cruising through You Tube and ran across this:



    I decided to stretch the neck to 28" and make a baritone out of her. I contacted the luthier in South Africa - Hayward Guitars ie Graeme Hayward and ordered the 28.0" 25 fret Stagemaster baritone neck. Yep, 25 frets!!!

    https://www.facebook.com/HaywardCustomGuitars/

    Graeme does fantastic work. COVID delayed the shipping for quite some time but it was well worth the wait. Shipping from South Africa is reasonable and I would not hesitate to order another neck from Graeme

    I put the neck on the blue Covidia body and then had to wait again. DiMarzio wasn't shipping the DiMarzio pickups I wanted (Titan 7 bridge and PAF 7 neck in creme). COVID. Well, they finally came in so I could finish the guitar.

    https://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/7-string/titan-7-bridge
    https://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/7-string/paf-7

    A "normal" baritone 6 string has the lowest string tuned to B. If it were a 7 string the lowest string would be F#. I decided to tune down a 1/2 step so that makes the lowest string a F and the 6th string a Bb or F/Bb - "Drop F". That is low - it's in bass country.

    I use 0.014-0.080 strings:

    1 Bb 0.014
    2 F 0.018
    3 Db 0.026
    4 Ab 0.036
    5 Eb 0.049
    6 Bb 0.064
    7 F 0.080

    The DiMarzio pickups really do a great job with this neck.

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    Body:

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    I need to sand off the Jimi decal and try a newer one. Not sure why this one turned milky when hit by the lacquer.

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    Rather than use the original Squier tuners, I used a set of Gotohs. Brown's Guitar Mill in Newnan is making a double cut body for the original 25.5" neck, TOM bridge, string thru set up. Should be fun!

    I re-named this guitar "Barry-Flat". It is a gas to play.
     
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  2. grizzlewulf

    grizzlewulf Squier-holic

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lucerne, California
    Wowee. Put up some demos if you're able? I'm curious how it sounds
     
  3. aoresteen

    aoresteen Squier-Nut

    850
    Oct 31, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    My studio is dead right now for re-cableing. When I can I will.
     
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