The modding project had begun!

Discussion in 'Other Squiers' started by Davedough, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    I’ve started taking apart and cleaning up the M-80 I bought a couple weeks ago. I’ve decided to go relatively mild (for me) in the modding approach for this guitar.

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    I’ve taken off most of the accessories and am working on the pots (they are hot glued in, weirdly) and I’ll be replacing the pickups, upgrading the pots to 2 push/pull CTS 500k audio taper pots on the volume and 2 regular 500k CTS linear taper pots for the tone knobs. I’ll also be soldering in a set of .22 orange drop capacitors. I plan on splitting the coils of the new pickups.

    I bought a set of nickel covered pickups with Alnico 2 magnets in the neck and Alnico 5 magnets in the bridge. Got them from a custom builder off eBay that I’ve used before with great results. I like the new look it will bring. Here’s a test shot. It appears I’ll have to mildly route the inside cavity of the bridge pickup slot because that pickup doesn’t seem to fit. It’s less than a mm too fat.
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    I polished the frets and conditioned/oiled the fretboard. You can see how dry it was in this shot!

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    The last part of this project makes me the most nervous. The previous owner did something to the back that put in a ton of scuffs along the back that look like they’re from a belt. I’m hoping I can use a handheld buffer and some different grit polish to get them out but I may have to wet sand which has me a bit anxious. Anyway, I’ll update this thread when it’s completed.

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  2. EdSevered

    EdSevered Squier-Meister

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    Oh, please, don’t wait ‘til it’s completed to add pics, show progress. I’ve got two M-80’s, one already modded with SD Blackouts, when I bought it. The other is completely stock, trying to decide what, if anything, I want to do with it. TIA!
     
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  3. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Haha ok, I'll take pics and post progress as I go. As of right now I'm waiting for the push/pull pots to come in the mail. The vendor I bought them from sent the wrong ones to me. Also, it's playoff football weekend so I'm finding it hard to go back in my project room and get to work lol
     
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  4. EdSevered

    EdSevered Squier-Meister

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    No rush, here. Man’s got to have his priorities. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
     
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  5. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    Those are cool guitars. I would like to find a good deal on one someday.

    Don’t be too scared of the wet sanding. Just go to Walmart and in the automotive section, get a couple variety packs of paper. You want to start at 600 and go all the way up to 2500. Get a sanding block as well if you don’t have one. Get a bowl of warm water and put a drop of dish soap in it and mix it up real good. Dip the paper in the water and start sanding. Don’t press down at all, let the weight of your hand and the sanding block do the work. Use the 600 until the surface scratches are gone, and then progressively go higher with the paper. After 2500, use rubbing compound and finish up with polish.
     
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  6. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Nut

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    Yeah, them M-80s are awesome!

    Here was mine:
     
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  7. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    \m/

    That sounds great
     
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  8. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Test fit the new humbuckers in the mounting rings (they’re all the way screwed to the top) and got my new pots in. 2 audio taper push pull pots for the split coil config and 2 standard linear pots for the tone. Both 500k

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  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer John Silver Supporting Member

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    RC addiction....
    Coming along nicely, looking forward to seeing her finished..
     
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  10. EdSevered

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  11. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Beefy new pots vs wimpy stock pots. Looks like the posts are a bit bigger. Going to have to carefully drill out the holes on the body

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  12. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    First attempt at buffing. No wet sanding, just Meguiars Scratch X 2.0, a drill mounted pad and some elbow grease. Not too bad

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  13. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Squier-Meister

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    It's surprising how much you can buff out with some compound and a rotary: I've got rid of some pretty nasty scratches on cars using a combo of a rotary and a DA polisher. On guitars the DA seems to be enough: I did a sunburst Tele that I was putting back to standard before I traded it in. It almost looked like new after I'd put it back together.

    Good luck with the project. :)

    EDIT: Might need to 'refine' the polishing with a finer grade/softer pad to get rid of the haze effect, just watch the edges don't burn through.
     
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  14. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Thanks for the info. I was planning on doing a buffing by hand with a cleaner wax and finalize it with a polishing wax. Hopefully that will make it sparkle, but I'm pretty impressed with it! There are some deep scratches you can see when the light hits it but its not nearly as noticeable as it was when I bought it. I think I could live with this
     
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  15. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Not gonna lie, this is the most nervous I’ve been modding a guitar. Everything went fine though. CTS posts fit perfectly

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  16. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Trying to finish up the buffing before I start soldering in the pots. I think I’ve got the back pretty well and glossy. Moving on to the front.

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  17. ahbr

    ahbr Squier Talker

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  18. EdSevered

    EdSevered Squier-Meister

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  19. Davedough

    Davedough Squier Talker

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    Nothing too exciting for a bit since I had to get my wisdom teeth extracted (I put it off for far too long) and so I haven’t been feeling up to working on it. I did do a test fit of everything before I begin soldering which is coming next.
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