$50 CL find and just a little bit of TLC

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by CavalierX, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. CavalierX

    CavalierX TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    27
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2019
    Location:
    Central Orygun
    Found a Squier Affintiy Strat on CL a few months back and finally got the bug to get it fixed up this past month. Someone had "over sprayed" the guitar with white latex paint and then did a really poor job with a really wet rag to wipe it off. The result was little spots of dried on paint left behind on the finish here and there, but the pickguard and hardware on the body had sucked some of the whitewash under the edges. My goal was to create a very reasonably priced, vintage sounding, 60s/70s toned, tight and reliable little jam axe.

    Basically the guitar was fine, but needed to be torn down and cleaned. After I took it down to its bones I cleaned everything well using very dilute Murphy's Oil Soap (MOS) and paper towels. I worked the frets with a little sanding sponge-block and cleaned up the sprout and leveled the very little wear they had. I then cleaned the fret board with the same dilute MOS, but then I re-oiled and darkened the Rosewood with some Old English dark furniture oil. This made the fret board pop.

    Aftre the clean up was done, I shielded the cavities with copper tape and got a new Red tortoise shell pickguard. I loaded that with some very well priced set of Wilkinson Alnico pickups, a set of CTS pots, orange drop, switchcraft 5 way the covers and controls are all an aged cream/ivory color. I put in a new Black Tusc nut and Tusq string trees on the neck. Then I added some chrome and brass roller saddles to the tremolo I have a set of these on a Tele Bullet I just modded and they sound great. Finally I installed Fender Locking Tuners (which were the most expensive addition), and those ALMOST dropped right in, but I have to drill the headstock for the little tuner teeth.

    She plays really well - the TUSC nut improved the string spacing at the nut for open chords. The new Gilmore GHS signature nickle rockers (10 to 48s) sound great. Honestly my only complaint at this time is the skinny tapered neck girth/width at the nut, I have been playing fatter/chunky Tele necks for a while now and the affinity feels like she need to eat more. lol The tone is nice... Its a little hot, but not so much that it gets muddy. She sounds clean and has a good range up and down the 5-way. I MAY look for some different Pups for her later on, but for now I have significantly lest than $200 into this guitar.

    She looks great though and I just wanted to share.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    awasson, Wildcard_35, Bob Mc and 25 others like this.
  2. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,884
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Location:
    Nebraska
    She does look great! Well done and proves that it doesn't a lot of money to end up with a really nice instrument
     
    CavalierX and Skydog1010 like this.
  3. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    670
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    You, my friend, did some work! I bet it feels good to play knowing you made transformed it.
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  4. PlainAllman

    PlainAllman Tele-Holic

    Age:
    44
    Posts:
    640
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2019
    Location:
    Van Zandt Co, Texas
    That actually looks amazing! Great job! I really like that color combination.
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  5. Ducerro

    Ducerro Tele-Meister

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    341
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Location:
    Yoakum, Texas
    Well Done!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  6. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    52
    Posts:
    2,227
    Joined:
    May 15, 2017
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Nice one dude. That looks F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,764
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    Black 'n Tort is a great combination. I have a matching Strat and Tele with that combo.

    .
     
    CavalierX and Fiesta Red like this.
  8. 39martind18

    39martind18 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    113
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Location:
    Spring TX
    Purty, purty!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  9. jimilee

    jimilee Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    48
    Posts:
    1,368
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2017
    Location:
    Chattanooga
    That does look great. I love the fat headstock, and that strap!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    64,190
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Looks great!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  11. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    4,801
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Location:
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    You did a really good job. It looks terrific!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  12. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,652
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    Horn Lake, MS
    Black and Tort = yummy
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  13. preactor

    preactor Tele-Holic

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    562
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Location:
    gainesville, ga
    Love those stories where someone rescues an abused guitar and makes a treasure out of it.
     
    awasson and CavalierX like this.
  14. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    916
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2019
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Nice job.
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  15. Deathray

    Deathray Tele-Meister

    Age:
    55
    Posts:
    465
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2019
    Location:
    Central illinois
    Sexy looking axe!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  16. stepvan

    stepvan Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    161
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2018
    Location:
    amherst
    looks that kill!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  17. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,365
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Well done!
     
    CavalierX likes this.
  18. CavalierX

    CavalierX TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    27
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2019
    Location:
    Central Orygun
    A quick serial number search found that this Affinity was a 2004- I am really surprised by this since it was not that banged or dinged up at all. I think this old girl spent a lot of time in the closet. I am pleasantly surprised by this and glad she now hangs on the wall or sits in the stand in my office.

    And thanks for all the kind words I just enjoy doing these little restoration mods.
     
    awasson likes this.
  19. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    10,075
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Location:
    Southern California
    Great looking Strat! That's one you'll enjoy for a LONG time. Very nice reclamation job!
     
  20. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,843
    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Location:
    Space
    Looks like a cousin to my own Craigslist find! (Restoration/modding i progress)

    unnamed.jpg
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.