When I first tried to learn to play the guitar, my Dad was taking lessons with a Yamaha strat style guitar. I took it over for a few weeks of beginner guitar lessons when I was 15. Then I didn’t do anything until grad school when I first put together the Wolverine guitar.
So I was pleasantly surprised when an extended family member brought me a bag of guitar parts at the family Christmas party. He said his son had taken it apart to repaint it and now it was missing parts. I got to put it back together and replace the parts so it can go up on Craigslist before his son moves away.
First I checked all the electronics and used Deoxit to clean all contacts. I had to glue the backs of the pickups in place (the glue had flaked off).
I then polished the frets and cleaned/oiled the fret board.
After that soaked in (yes, I know I need to clean up my workbench), I found some replacement screws and springs so it would all go together. Next I put it together with one string on it to really test it through an amp. Once everything worked, I strung it up and did a proper set up. There is one fret that seems a little high, but I was able to compensate with slight relief in the neck and raising the bridge on the G and B strings 1/32 in.
It actually plays pretty well. Great entry level guitar!