I mentioned before that my friend, EC, who asked me to fix a bunch of his guitars and, more importantly for this post, upgrade his late 80’s Squire strat. I finally took apart the strat to see what we have to work with.
The original white body has faded a lot when you compare it to the paint that has been under the pick guard. Very vintage without looking “relic’d.” One of EC’s goals was to have another friend strip the paint and refinish it in some sort of clear or light tint wood stain. But when I got it apart I found these layers on the inside.
I am by no means an expert, but doesn’t that mean this is a plywood body? I could be wrong (and hope I am), but I don’t think refinishing this guitar with a clear or light tint is going to work very well. Here’s another picture to get your opinions.
But since I am pretty sure refinishing the guitar as originally desired is out of the question I started looking for other strats that meet the other upgrade goals…mainly gold hardware.
Drum role please!
It’s David Gilmour’s #0001 strat. I don’t know who to give credit to on the picture, but EC agrees that this is the new target. Although the bridge will likely be upgraded to a two post blade pivot style and the tuning machines will be locking with sealed gears. Hopefully it will be a real player when we’re done with it!