Squier Precision Restoration

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HillBillyWannaB, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Thought I'd post a couple pics and progress on a Squier Precision I picked up today. It's a 2000 Affinity series, got it off craigslist for $40. Not going to put a bunch of money into, just using parts I have sitting around. The neck looks nice, so I'll be reusing that too.

    Here's what it looked like when I got it, somebody had fun with stickers and a sharpie...





    Wish me luck!
  2. Here she is "sans-stickers"...





    Better already...
  3. I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with her, but I think I'll be looking at a finished product similar to this...

  4. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, Maryland
    Looking forward to seeing what you do! been doing some (minor) restorations- myself...

    BTW: I'm close to you- Harford Co. (not that that means anything)!!
  5. Interesting how the guy used his Sharpie to obscure the Squier logo.
  6. your idol

    your idol

    Oct 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    That right there is the stuff dreams are made of. Good luck to you and that lucky bass. I hope when its reborn its everything you want it to be.

    My biggest concern is how sealed is that headstock? If its a matte finish that sharpie may have bled pretty deep into that woodand sanding may be futile since sharpies bleed deep like crazy. You may have to do a matching headstock deal there with the paint. I would truly start there first if thats a dealbreaker
  7. Yeah, I had that concern too, I'm going to start sanding today and see where we're at. Have another MM jazz neck I can use, but I'd like to keep the original parts
  8. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    If you keep it blue as it is (it's a genuine alder body after all...) instead of sandin' it, blackpaint headstock with same black marker, gloss it, then add a single bridge pickup, wire'em volume/volume (no tone control) and you'll get your very own Fender Jazz special!

    Just my €. 0,02

  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Everything do-able easily except the headstock. Yeah, unfortunately Sharpies DO have staying power when soaked in.

    But try denatured alcohol to remove the Sharpie FIRST. That stuff is like Kryptonite to Sharpie marks.

    Otherwise, you'll probably have to go with a dark-painted headstock.
  10. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Another headstock option (if the sharpie sunk in) is to apply a nice veneer?
  11. Just sanded headstock and it came right off with about 10 swipes of 120 grit sandpaper....whew! I'll post up some neck pics after I oil the fretboard later today.

  12. Is the Squier logo still intact?
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Probably not after 120 grit.
  14. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Cripes... you sanded the headstock off!!??
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Easy. Paint it black, add a custom decal with your own name on it.
  16. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, Maryland
    ... maybe you can make it a Steinberger copy?
  17. Haha,didn't take that much off, looks really nice actually, but yes the Squier logo is gone. Took some bore oil to the fretboard and it looks brand new.
  18. Happy to see you rescue a Squier from the silly kiddies out there. Looking forward to your progress. :)
  19. your idol

    your idol

    Oct 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Glad that sharpie came off. I did forget denatured alcohol before. Its actually the ingredient in a sharpie that keeps the pigment wet and as it evaporates away the pigment dries... Reintroducing denatured alcohol in excess of the original ratio destroys the pigment.

    Hakunamatata... You got it off amd thats all that matters. Cant wait to see what your finished product is.
  20. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    No doubt he HAD to because everybody knows that your band mates will consider you some noob hack if you show up with a Squire bass.

    On the other hand covering instruments with ratty-looking stickers really makes the band look pro... Didn't we have a thread on that a while back?