A Quick Rundown Of The Projects I’m Working On Right Now

The number of guitars I’m modifying and reviewing is rapidly overwhelming my bedroom.

When I’m not reviewing guitars here or ranting about some opinion I have, I’m often trying to fix up cheap guitars by swapping parts, re-wiring, or mixing and matching my favorite guitar designs. I thought it might be a cool read to go over all the projects I’m working on that may or may not end up as future articles. Plus, if you have any ideas for builds or mods you want to see me do, let me know! Also, if anyone wants a partscaster built to their specs or is looking for build ideas, reach out!

Turning A Squier Stratocaster Into My Dream Stratocaster

My new, very beat up Squier Strat with Maple neck and Sunburst finish!

I love Strats, actually, I just love Fender guitars. My first guitar ever was a Sunburst, Mexican-made HSS Stratocaster and it is still my number 1 to this day. When I saw this beat up Squier at my local music store, I was instantly inspired to make it great, and luckily my good friend and trusted tech gave it to me for next to nothing. I am still in the planning phase but I’m going to put some premium single coils in there, swap out the bridge, and add locking tuners. Hopefully, this will get me really close to the SSS Strat I’ve always wanted! I love the feeling of the neck on this thing, and even though it’s cheap Maple wood, it’s just so comfortable to my hands. Plus the guitar is naturally relic’d from years of abuse and just looks great.

Re-Building Joe Strummer’s Telecaster

A stunning replica of my musical idol’s guitar.

To my complete and total surprise, I found a Fender Joe Strummer signature model Telecaster on Reverb for around $300 or so bucks. The complete guitar usually goes for anywhere from $800 to $1400 used, and was always out of my price range. I jumped on that deal quick, even though the guitar was missing a few original parts. While it still has the original pickups, bridge, and wiring, it needs a white pickguard to replace this black one that the original owner put on. Plus, I had to re-install the input jack. I couldn’t get any neck to fit on it right, so luckily my local music store helped me sort out the installation and intonation. All it needs now is a proper Rosewood Fender Tele neck, instead of the Squier Strat neck I put on as a place holder.

More Telecasters Than I Know What To Do With

Still figuring out if I should mod them, sell them, or gift them to someone?

Both of these Tele bodies are wired up, with the natural finish Tele coming from a kit I assembled myself. The black one is a Squier Affinity Telecaster I outfitted for an Ultimate-Guitar.com article. The guitar sounds great and is loaded with used Fender Standard MIM Tele pickups. I temporarily put the neck on it that I am using for the Can We Build A Better Guitar Than Fender? article, just to test it out, but now it needs a proper neck of its own. I’m wondering if I should rout out cavities for the humbuckers I have left over from the 920D Custom wiring harness, or if I should add a P90 I took from my Les Paul Special? I also have a GFS Retrotron humbucker lying around, so many options…

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