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My second POS Squier pimp mod

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

  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    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.

    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.

    PICKUPS: SD Quarterpounders
    I really wanted to use DiMarzios, but I have these on hand.


    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.

    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.

    After coat of stripper #3

    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.

    Next, I had an old bridge cover I decided to add.

    The bass didn't have a J pickup, but being that I already had the pickup and template; might as well.

    Stay tuned for the rout, cavity cleanup, and tuner re-fit, soon!
    Rano Bass likes this.
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I love modded Squiers. Great platform for that.
  3. I would very much like to see it finished!
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Looks like a cool project can't wait to see it finished.
  5. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    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.

    Drilling out the jack hole. Ha! I said jack hole!

    After some cavity routing, the template is removed.
  6. aquamentus


    Apr 15, 2005
    Keokuk, IA
    Modding Squiers. Nothing better.
  7. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Jack plate install and cavity clean out, coming soon!
  8. Sub'd.

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


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
  10. groundhog


    Jan 23, 2014
    Cant wait to see this finished. Subscribed.
  11. 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 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I'm not sure how many pieces it is. I will post better pics tomorrow.
  13. Luvie


    Oct 23, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Will it have a matching Surf Green headstock?
  14. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    No, I was thinking about doing a tinted amber clear.
    Stormchaser likes this.
  15. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    minty fresh
  17. mikew31

    mikew31 Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Superior, WI
  18. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Today, I nearly completed all mods on the body before entering the filling and sanding stage.
    Input jack plate is mounted

    The control and P cavity are cleaned out.

    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.
    Skerwers trimmed.

    Sanded down.

    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.

    To fix this, I will drill out the caved in area, dowel the hole, and sand flush.

    Dowel installed and sanded.

    In the mean time, I ordered this little gem for the neck heel. Looks nice.

    More to come!
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  19. CDuff


    Sep 14, 2002
    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

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Like where this is going so far