NBD— vintage Squier content

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cataract, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Picked up a well worn ‘93 MIK Squier Precision for a ridiculously low price.
    Can’t wait to throw probably 3x the cost worth of mods on it!
    This’ll probably turn into a progress thread so STAY TUNED for the obscenity that’s sure to ensue!
  2. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Let it rip, route a MM pickup between the pickguard and bridge, install LED side markers, new ultra light tuners (no matter what you do the stock tuners have to go, they are aweful), preamp, high mass bridge...

    The MIK squiers are typically really solid (though the body may be plywood), interested to see what you do with it.

    Sub'd :thumbsup:
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  3. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Will definitely take the MM pickup suggestion to heart— hoping my boutique builder of choice will accommodate a cover that is non-black (I have a very specific color scheme in mind!)
    Haven’t popped the neck yet but if it’s plywood, it’s REALLY light for a plywood instrument. Time will tell!
    And yes, the stock tuners are indeed garbage. I’m thinking Sperzels might be in this thing’s future.
  4. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Squier score! Getting into Squiers myself at the moment, and love tweaking budget basses. Check here for ideas, and to show us where you go with it :thumbsup:
  5. Warning; you are approaching a very slippery slope!

    I'd start with another pick guard.
    Maybe tort or gold.

    Play it a while to see what bothers you about it
    and what is actually getting the job done in spite of expectations.
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  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Congrats. Love that color – perhaps even more so than the Buttercream finish on the current Fender Player series.
  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yep: nice score! good luck with any/all modifications you make --- looking forward to gawking at any changes you make. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  8. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Congrats on the snag... looks really thin, too! Is this camera angle, or what?
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  9. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi cataract :)

    Nice modding platform! Go wild! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    Rocksolid, their plywood bodys! (Tokai too used plywood on their Ps and they' re :hyper:)

    Easy to find out! Even without taking the neck off!

    The headstock says "made in Korea" (not "crafted in K")

    and the serial number (7 digits) begins with the prefix M

    All other prefixes are non plywood! (which doesn't mean they are better or badder)

    When your bass was built in 1993 and plywood, the number should be M 3XXX XXX ! (3 for '93)

    We will see! Plywood bodies on Korean Squiers are thinner than the standard bodies! (40 mm plywood)

    Maybe we will have to call you "Eagle Eye Spidey" from now on! :D


  10. 1. install Fender Original '62 pups
    2. Quality strings (I like .050-.105)
    3.Set it up to perfection
    4. Full stop! (from extensive experience)

    Result: A great tone, great responsiveness, bass music machine you will be very pleased to own and play. Looks good too. Good score.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019
  11. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    The great thing about Squiers is often they're plenty 'good enough' as-is. But IF you want to hot-rod one, they're like Harleys or small-block Chevys: There are lots and lots of aftermarket parts you can swap in, and often they're drop-in with little or no filling, filing, or routing. If you've owned basses with bespoke or unique parts and pickups where changing anything past the strap lugs is major surgery, this can make modding Squiers big fun.
  12. onamission

    onamission Supporting Member

    I have a black Korean, one of the best necks I ever played. Excellent
    platform for mods. I did Dimarzios, and a Badass bridge.

    View attachment 3476757
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019
  13. Clemouze


    Sep 1, 2016
    Paris - France
    Please go to full mod option, we only live once !!
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  14. Frank Talarico

    Frank Talarico

    Aug 21, 2018
    Heres my basswood 5 string jag so far, popped a new neck and strings on (highbeams) and next is a blackout preamp and a active bypass pushpull!
    Then eventually I'd like to throw a music man humbucker in the j spot.

    Attached Files:

  15. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
  16. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    Vintage 93 Korean plywood Squier?!?
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  17. Yay!!! Please, just don't do that stupid belt sander relic job. We've had too many eyesores around here already. Beautiful catch, though. Keep us posted.
  18. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Raining on somebody’s NBD? Okay …
  19. Aside from the NBD news, that's a damn good photo.
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  20. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    I’m really digging the flatter than usual radius!
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