1996 Fender Squier 50th anniversary strat

FENDER SQUIRE STRAT ELECTRIC GUITAR WHAMMY BAR TREMOLO PROJECT

Ebay purchase.

Condition: For parts or not working

Sold for: £65.00

HERE I HAVE A OLD USED FENDER SQUIRE STRAT IT IS IN WELL USED
CONDITION HAS BEEN PAINTED AND STICKERED AS SHOWN GREAT PROJECT SOLD
AS UNTESTED

THE ITEM IS IN USED VINTAGE CONDITION AND THERE ARE SOME AGE RELATED
MARKS AND WEAR AND TEAR. PLEASE NOTE IT LOOKS AS IF THE PREVIOUS OWNER
HAS PAINTED THE GUITAR AND THERE ARE STICKERS ON THE BACK AS SHOWN


Guitar – Make an offer price: £65.00

Postage: £13.00 Not included in final spend.

New Strings: £7.00 Not included in final spend.

Replacements parts I already had.

Brass Bridge Nut: £1.91

Three-way switch. Unknown cost.

Total spend : £66.91


Rather than spend fifty quid on a guitar body, I thought I would take a chance with this item. After doing some quick research I found that these guitars where probably quite good. That is quite good compared to modern standards of cheap guitars.
You really take a massive chance when your buying anything that looks this bad.
There is no way of knowing what sins lay beneath the surface, literally.

After pealing all (the going into a time machine) 1990’s stickers off, there where a few dings in the finish, as you’d expect.
With the craze of relicing things I chiped a bit more paint off, to give it that vintage mojo (whatever that is?).

It looked like utter shit.

So I got out my heat gun and stripped the *ucker back to bare wood. Or as close to bare as I thought necessary, I’ve actually left most of the sanding sealer on the body.
If a times comes when I want an Olympic white guitar I can sand it a bit more give it a light spray with more sealer and put a top coat on it.

I’ve been considering making a Fast Eddie clarke tribute guitar since before he died, so once the finish was off, I was pleasantly surprised to find a really nice looking piece of wood. It looks not dissimilar to the aforementioned legends guitar.
It is a four piece full thickness body well suited for such a project. I think it’s Agathis, it reminds me a lot of Mahogany. It’s not as finger nail soft as Mahogany but the close grain patterning is very similar.

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The one ply 8 screw scratch-plate was beyond redemption so for now I’ve covered it with paper.
Replaced the nut with a solid Brass nut from China.
Spent a couple of days playing it and setting it up for me, shimming the neck etc; it doesn’t sound half bad.
The pickups are a little washed out and oddly it sounds much better with the volume rolled almost all the way off.

I may just replace the ceramic magnets with Alnico magnets later on and not bother buying new pickups.

[EDIT]
After adding some Resistors to the Pots and adjusting the pickup height, the pickups sound really good. I use a three-way switch, the bottom tone control is share between the Middle pickup and the bridge pickup


I think it came with all original hardware?
Full sized 500k pots, a proper five way switch steel construction type (snapped lever) and the standard pickups with ceramic magnets. There are a couple of frets that need replacing, but it works so why bother?
The Tuners albeit original and cheap and nasty work well and probably don’t need to be replaced.
The neck had a laminate rosewood finger-board and the frets are tiny thin as standard.
All in all is you’ve got the skills to pay the bills and one of these very cheap guitars shows up. It’s worth a look at the very least.

Fully Sanded Scratch-plate with pickup covers and an old decal I had knocking around
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For a Fast Eddie (ish) guitar, all I need now is a brass scratch-plate, fit a dimarzio super distortion (Black), make a cannabis leaf decal and remove the twenty second fret, although I’ll remove that anyway, I’ve got no business up that end of the neck. Job done.

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Final thoughts

Be careful when buying these guitars. Check the forums for details.
The guitar on this page is a YN6 it’s made in China and it’s from 1996.
Also check the condition of the frets when possible. I didn’t and have a guitar with bad frets. It’s perfectly playable. but there is so little meat on these frets that fileing is a waist of time, the frets really need to be replaced, but I’m ok with it, it still plays good and I don’t really notice it. But someone else may have problems with it.

What should be replaced when you get a guitar like this?

The Nut. Without any question.

The Pickups. Optional. Cheapest solution if you don’t like your pickups, is to change the magnets on them. Bar magnets are easy to swap out.

The Tuning pegs. Optional. Depending on how bad they are this is a must.

The bridge. Optional. I’ve blocked my bridge off. I don’t use a tremolo arm, so I’m not bothered.
At the least, a good brass block on the bridge would be a good start if your a tremolo user and this is cheaper than replacing the entire unit. Most new units don’t come with a brass block, so if you upgrade the bridge later on, you’ll have a brass block for it for the replacement.

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1996 Fender Squier 50th anniversary strat

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