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Squier SE Special for modding

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:12 pm
by iainblack
I was looking for a cheap Squier to customise. Small headstock, white to allow base coat for refinish. I found one on Preloved for 50 quid including an SP10 amp. Called the guy - does it have a small headstock, dont know, is it an Affinity? Dont know. Its in good condition tho. Eventually got that it had a pearlescent scratch plate so I was hopeful that it was an SE Special.

It was and in mint condition for a 2004 model! Excellent for customising, scratchplate screw holes match fender specs for 11 and 8 hole plates. The body if full depth (3.6 kgs), cast tuners. Nice neck. My only problem is I now feel it's too good to refinish. The trem is not standard and could do with a full size with steel block. I changed the strap buttons first as the ones supplied were poor. Heres a few photos:

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Nice swimming pool :-(

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Anyone read chinese characters?

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Potential alternative scratches:

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Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:40 am
by bluesyrat
third option (brass) is the best IMHO :wink:

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:20 am
by iainblack
Already got one like that so will be keeping this one as stock and looking for another one which I will be doing day-glo green!

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:29 pm
by mirrorboy
I ended up doing a stickered relic with my ?40 gumtree Squier.

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Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:57 pm
by iainblack
Nice stickers! Weird how Squier do a single ply 11 screw scratchplate. I have a 3 ply 8 screw scratchplate! Maybe they wanted to save money on screwing and drilling ?!?!

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:24 am
by mirrorboy
Yeah the scratchplates are oddly configured, but at least the older single-ply ones are a decent thickness unlike the flimsy ones on recent Squiers and Jimmie Vaughan Fender strats.

Green dayglo you say? Bet that would look wild with the green moto scratchplate, like kryptonite! Must confess am strangely drawn to green guitars these days, never had one see. Never wanted one either, up until recently that is :D

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:14 am
by iainblack
I suppose the Steve Vai Loch Ness green ibanez was an influence and he had a bright green strat when he played with Zappa before he was an Ibanez endorsee

greenie

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:41 pm
by japaxes
here you go tomImage ..and a red one too

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:04 pm
by iainblack
They are so cool Gez

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:24 pm
by iainblack
Steve Vai's Green Meanie:

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:16 pm
by imosdad
mirrorboy wrote:I ended up doing a stickered relic with my ?40 gumtree Squier.

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That is just the coolest thing I have seen for a long time!

Dave

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:35 pm
by mirrorboy
I did it over a few months last year as sort of therapy recovering from lung cancer (all gone now thanks to NHS). I lost a bit of lung but am singing again, albeit a little bit higher in pitch than before :D

I will have to look for another Squier now, Iain's got me inspired again. I got no preconceived ideas so I'll see what turns up first.

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:58 pm
by bluesyrat
mirrorboy wrote: all gone now thanks to NHS. I lost a bit of lung but am singing again, albeit a little bit higher in pitch than before :D
I'm very glad to read you're fine now... it's time to play loud :D :wink:

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:39 am
by iainblack
Great news Colin. Now was it Dave who had the retro comic book Tele?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:34 pm
by imosdad
Mirrorboy,

Fantastic news re your health. Thanks for sharing that. Iain is right I did go a bit mad on the Breezy mod front...

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I still have great memories of the Leeds get together and many thanks for your efforts in helping organise that.

Who knows - another sometime?

Cheers

All the best.

Dave