Originally Posted by R1ridr
I had this Squier Strat sitting in my closet for the last several years collecting dust. It was one of those guitars that I never could bond with but also couldn't bring myself to get rid of because my parents bought it for me when I was in college and we didn't really have two nickles to rub together but that was my Christmas present that year.
So a couple months ago I decided to break it down and rebuild it while I was off work for my knee surgery and see if I could make a usable guitar that I could get into.
This is what I started with:
And this is what I ended with:
The paint is a Mirage red pearl on blue with a machined aluminum pickguard. It has a set of Rose Robusta/Buff Beauty p'ups all full-sized CTS pots with push back wiring and an Oak-Grigsby 5 way switch. I refetted and leveled the fretboard as well as a set of Planet Waves auto-trim tuners. The bridge has a custom brass block and trem arm as well as a set of Babicz T-swivel saddles. Now it also sounds as good as it looks...I would put it up against any other strat out there.
I know that the sum of the parts is worth more than the whole on this one but I will never get rid of it unless I pass it down someday. Plus I've had it for 21 years.