My second POS Squier pimp mod

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassgod76, Apr 5, 2014.


  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    It's been a while since I've modded a turd bass into a low-end lady killer.

    I purchased this crappy Squier last year for $40 on Craigslist.
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    It has this horrible paint job, and it was in sad shape.

    Intitally, I set it up, swapped out the pickups with a set of Quarterpounders I had laying around, and it worked nicely as a beater bass, which stayed at my practice space.

    After finishing my LoBue build, it's time to get this puppy hooked up with new paint, a J pup in the bridge, and some better hardware.

    COLOR: Surf Green
    I'm thinking this is where I'm going for.
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    PICKUPS: SD Quarterpounders
    I really wanted to use DiMarzios, but I have these on hand.

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    ELECTRONICS:
    I like the switch aspect. I know a lot of you like balance knobs. I'm just lazy, and want a bit more rock and roll look.
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    I'm still not sure if I will do it this way, or just drill and install the input jack on the side of the bass.

    First, I had to disassemble and lay down the initail coat of stripper.
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    After coat of stripper #3
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    After a couple days, I had enough off to fell comfortable that I could press forward with modding.

    I pitched the garbage bridge, and added a Fender vintage threaded saddle type. Once again, another part I had on hand.
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    Next, I had an old bridge cover I decided to add.
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    The bass didn't have a J pickup, but being that I already had the pickup and template; might as well.
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    Stay tuned for the rout, cavity cleanup, and tuner re-fit, soon!
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  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    I love modded Squiers. Great platform for that.
  3. bassingeorge

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    I would very much like to see it finished!
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Looks like a cool project can't wait to see it finished.
  5. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    This weekend, I Forstnered and routed out my bridge pickup. It took a ton of measuring to make sure all was straight, but I think it will work.
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    Drilling out the jack hole. Ha! I said jack hole!
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    After some cavity routing, the template is removed.
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  6. aquamentus

    aquamentus Supporting Member

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    Modding Squiers. Nothing better.
  7. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Jack plate install and cavity clean out, coming soon!
  8. nogoodwithnames

    nogoodwithnames Supporting Member

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    Sub'd.

    Wanna see how this one turns out, good work.
  9. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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  10. groundhog

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    Cant wait to see this finished. Subscribed.
  11. Ronbeast

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    Looking like a cool project. Surf green is my favorite! The pieces in that body aren't half bad, how many pieces is it?
  12. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure how many pieces it is. I will post better pics tomorrow.
  13. Luvie

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    Will it have a matching Surf Green headstock?
  14. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    No, I was thinking about doing a tinted amber clear.
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  15. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

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    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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  18. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Today, I nearly completed all mods on the body before entering the filling and sanding stage.
    Input jack plate is mounted
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    The control and P cavity are cleaned out.
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    I also drilled out the wire channel for the bridge pickup, into the control cavity.

    Next, I filled the old pickguard holes, and the other misc. holes the former owner decided to add to the body. I know from past experience that pickguards never seem to fit right, unless new holes are drilled.

    Might as well do it right.

    Starting to dowel holes with skewers.
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    Skerwers trimmed.
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    Sanded down.
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    The back strap pin area was badly carved out. If I filled this, then tried screwing in the rear strap pin, it would most likely dimple in, and screw up the paint job.
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    To fix this, I will drill out the caved in area, dowel the hole, and sand flush.
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    Dowel installed and sanded.
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    In the mean time, I ordered this little gem for the neck heel. Looks nice.
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    More to come!
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  19. CDuff

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    I haven't been on TB in a while, and I've just been going through old build threads, but I got so used to seeing the final outcome that I'm actually annoyed the final post here isn't a finished bass :D This is coming along so nicely. Definitely subscribed and I can't wait to see more. Good work!
  20. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

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    Like where this is going so far

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