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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / My $15 Squier Strat project: "Old Filthy"

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Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Dangit! Hot weather.
Jan 21st, 2012 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used those brass inserts and SS screws on several guitars. I get them at the Ace hardware store in town and they aren't expensive.

George
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Colorado

Jan 22nd, 2012 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Steve. I'll drop by an Ace soon and see what they have.

Here is what I did today. Like E.F. Hutton, when Peegoo talks...

...people listen

George
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Colorado

Jan 22nd, 2012 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


And here's my apprentice

George
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Colorado

Jan 25th, 2012 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Problem:

I glued the tees in on Sunday. Last night (Tuesday), I tugged on one of the tees to make sure it was glued in tight and it came right out as if it had never been glued! The others all turn easily and I'm sure I could pull them right out if I wanted to.

I used Elmer's Wood Glue as seen in the apprentice picture above. Should I have used something else?

Or is it the finish on the tees? Maybe golf tees are painted with something that wood glue doesn't stick to? I'm thinking I should sand the tees down to bare wood and try again, but do I need different glue while I'm at it?

Thanks.

FunkyKikuchiyo
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Jan 25th, 2012 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd bet it was the paint/sealer on the tees. You'll probably want to drill the holes out slightly now to get the old glue out. You may need to upgrade to a dowel.

George
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Colorado

Jan 25th, 2012 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks. I thought tees were an upgrade from a dowel, but that's what I get for listening to Peegoo.

*shakes fist angrily*







(just kidding, of course!)

FunkyKikuchiyo
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Jan 25th, 2012 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I meant upgrade in terms of size.... poor choice of wording on my part. If you have to drill it out a bit to get the old glue out of there and sand down the golf tee, it probably won't be a very snug fit.

catscratch

Australia

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Jan 25th, 2012 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not a final dance in the capital of France I hope!

George
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Colorado

Jan 29th, 2012 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I happened to be in Home Depot today and bought a dowel make of Oak.

What should I dowel this neck with?

1. Golf tees with the paint sanded off

2. The alleged Poplar dowel

3. The Oak dowel

4. Something else?

Thanks.


WireDog
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andDuctTapeDog
Feb 2nd, 2012 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't see how you could go wrong with Home Depot oak dowels. If there were problems with them expanding/contracting too much or any other weird problems, H-D wouldn't sell them. Oak is a hard-wood, as is a Stat neck, so I think you'll be fine.

I've drilled and doweled new holes for a new trem using oak on my MIM Strat with no problems.

George
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Colorado

Feb 5th, 2012 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's what the guy at Home Depot said too, although we didn't discuss guitars specifically.

I doweled it a few days ago and drilled and mounted the neck yesterday. I was a little apprehensive, having never drilled a neck before, but it worked great and I even managed to get the neck straight so the E strings are equidistant from the fingerboard edges.

I still need to set the intonation, install strap buttons, and find a tone knob to replace the missing one, but so far it plays just fine.

And, unlike my last Squier Strat that I mentioned earlier in this thread, the nut slots seem to be cut properly. Even without having the 12th fret intonation set perfectly, the notes at the lower frets are pretty close to in tune, open chords sound good, and it seems to return to pitch after mild whammy bar use.

I'll post a picture or two when it's all done.

Thanks to all for the advice.

George
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Colorado

Feb 10th, 2012 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not the best pic below, but Old Filthy (or should I call him Mr. Clean now?) is finished.

Like my last Squier Strat, this one doesn't have that super-glassy neck pickup tone nor does it quack particularly well in positions 2 and 4.

The pickups are pretty hot and I like all 5 switch positions. Sustain is excellent. The nut slots are fine - it intonates well and returns to pitch even after some deep dives.

With neck and middle pickups selected and the tone rolled back a way on each, and though a Hot Rod Deluxe on the More Drive channel, this guitar rocks! So much so, that my Telecaster is getting lonely.

Old Filthy

Bear
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Feb 11th, 2012 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That thing looks great, man!

WireDog
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andDuctTapeDog
Feb 15th, 2012 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good rescue, George! Looking Good!

I need to get mine re-fretted and back in action. An inexpensive new neck would be cheaper, but the stock neck was so sweet I don't want to let it go.

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