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MIJ Squire Bullet Strat: Need Pickguard

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by brians356, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. brians356

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    I want to replace the pickguard on my mid-'80s MIJ Bullet Strat. A few years ago I found an online source for PGs including for Bullet Strats, but now I can't find it. I want a thin, white/cream, single ply PG. Anyone know where I can buy one ready to install?
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    Musiclilly??

    $12... 1 ply cream. 11hole. Should work!!
     
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    Here is page from Amazon.

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    guys.. bullet strats looked like this in the 80's. It has a square tele pocket too.

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    That's the place, thanks. But, there's one slight problem, the perimeter screw hole near the top of the middle pickup is in the wrong spot. Compare the photo of my Bullet S3 with WD's shadow diagram.

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    That's odd, it has the notch for a heel truss rod adjustment. My early '80s has the adjustment at the headstock. The WD seems perfect for your guitar, screw holes all match as well. When and where was that sunburst made?
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    ah, that's annoying. .... that must be the USA layout.
     
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    I can live with it, but it requires drilling a new hole in the body. Considering it's (generously) a $500 guitar, not a collectible, no big deal.
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    Oops, the bridge PU location is too close to the bridge plate in the WD pattern.
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    I see now that all pickups on my Squire Bullet have been moved closer to the neck (away from the bridge) compared to WD's pattern, and to your photo. So only the pickup holes and screws are shifted. I guess I need a PG patterned for '83 MIJ Squire Bullet S3.
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    The pics made it much clearer- especially when compared to the WD diagram.
    Two choices-

    1- Send your pickguard to WD and have them cut you one from it.
    2- get the material of your choice and cut your own using your pickguard as a template.

    Option 1 is expensive, and you wont have a pickguard while it’s being done.
    Option 2 would be cheaper, you may need a few new tools, but you would then have experience to make more in the future!
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    I was just writing an email to WD with that photo. But they would almost certainly need the PG as a pattern, unless they've already made one like mine for someone else. I don't play the guitar anyway, so down time is ok. Problem is it's not worth throwing money at, I could justify $30 for a ready-made PG, but more than that I'll probably punt.
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    Talking with WD is a good thing as well-they are really great to work with and will give you a firm estimate. Obviously, parchment or cream 1ply will be cheaper than multi ply abalone or something!

    My avatar bass has a WD 3 ply mint green pickguard I got from them in 2014. Frank was awesome!
     
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    A guy I play in a band with says the same. I've since determined it's a MIK '87 Bullet, not an earlier MIJ.

    I love the neck and it plays great, but I'm not crazy about the OEM pickups. I'm thinking of putting Bill Lawrence pickups in it, but I wonder if you know about WD's Kent Armstrong single coils? They seem to carry that brand almost exclusively. I know nothing about them.

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    No, I don’t know about the Kent Armstrong pickups. But my 2cents says check out Bootstrap Pickups. Wound in Ohio, VERY reasonable price, and options for vintage (Nocaster AlNiCo III for a third of Fenders price) up to “Twisted Tele” options (called “pretzels” lol)

    do a thread search- lots of like for them and their service. I’ve got a set of the Original Recipes set to go into a ”projekt” I’m working on...
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    I'm convinced there are several hole spacing on the many models of Squier Fender Strats out there Even among the three pickguards I have there are not the same. I bought a Fender Pickguard that fits pretty well on my Squire bullet but not all the holes lined up. And the Fender starcaster I have is different than either one of those two....

    I mean... there's three different patterns right there. Maybe I've got the variances covered but it part of me thinks there is no rhyme or reason and you might have a dozen different styles. LOL. Ugh.
     
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    Try also Pickguard Heaven/Pickguard Planet, aka Chandler Music in N. California. They made (for a previous owner) this guard for my mid-1980s MIJ Squier Bullet. The number on the bottom of my guard may be their internal stock number, but custom cut for the Tele bridge.

    Don't forget that USA made Fender Bullets use different pick guards from Squier models.

    Your 1987 MIK would have a E7 neck plate and a Strat type head stock. Solid wood body.
    http://www.squierwiki.com/Bullet-S-3T-(3rd-Version)

    The MIJs had Tele type with heel adjust. Laminated body.
    http://www.squierwiki.com/Bullet-S-3T-(2nd-Version)


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    @Michael A., Thanks, looks a good resource and I'm in the west coast region. Mine has the Strat headstock and E7 serial number, so I'm convinced now it's MIK.
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