NGD: My Pink Squier Bullet Strat Project

Tyuk

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I bought this Bullet Strat from a friend about two years ago (they wanted to just give it to me but I insisted paying $50 for it) with the intention of modifying/customizing it with some parts I had lying around. A couple years of procrastination later and it's finished!

TL;DR: bought a pink Squier strat a couple years ago, upgraded its tuners and put a Gibson (gasp!) humbucker in it.

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The stock single coils sounded decent/very warm for single coils but I already have an SSS strat so I wanted a different setup. I've had a 1 humbucker pickguard sitting around from my punk days that looked great against the pink so I thought why not. The humbucker was originally an SD Distortion but I installed that in an SG Faded Special, swapping out the stock Gibson pickup (490T). The two 490's sounded great in isolation but I was never happy with the way the two pickups contrasted each other with the same amp settings. The 490T is now installed in the pink, punk machine and sounds great!
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Due to the extended pickup screws on Gibson humbuckers, the body cavity needed to be routed a bit (to the right of where the ground wire comes out of the body) to accommodate for the length of the screws.
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The stock tuners were terrible and almost non-functional from not being used for years (the guitar sat in a closet for about 8-10 years before I got my hands on it). The main tuning machine holes in the headstock needed to be enlarged to accommodate the 2-pin Fender tuners that were taken off my MIM strat years ago and have been sitting in the drawer. A drill press did the bulk of the work then it was finished by hand. We also had to drill new holes for the 2 pins that hold the tuners in place (you can see the original tuner's screw holes).
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The pearloid/single humbucker pickguard holes (an official Fender product) however didn't line up with the stock pickguard holes (a Squier product) so the original holes were filled and re-drilled for the pearloid pickguard.
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And finally, a setup!
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My Fender Family now:
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Very nice!

I did something similar for breast cancer awareness a few years ago. I had a pink Bullet Strat I’d bought used for $50 USD. I dropped a set of Donlis A5 pickups into a Musiclily red tort pickguard and backplate, put a Switchcraft output jack, CTS pots and a Nichisen tone cap in it, wired the second tone knob to the bridge pickup, put Musiclily tuners on it, et voilà.

My daughter-in-law came for a visit and fell in love with it’s tone, light weight, and resonance. I was due to visit their family in NJ in a few weeks, so I put it in a gig bag and took it on the plane with me. Here she is with it when I surprised her with it:
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Very nice!

I did something similar for breast cancer awareness a few years ago. I had a pink Bullet Strat I’d bought used for $50 USD. I dropped a set of Donlis A5 pickups into a Musiclily red tort pickguard and backplate, put a Switchcraft output jack, CTS pots and a Nichisen tone cap in it, wired the second tone knob to the bridge pickup, put Musiclily tuners on it, et voilà.

My daughter-in-law came for a visit and fell in love with it’s tone, light weight, and resonance. I was due to visit their family in NJ in a few weeks, so I put it in a gig bag and took it on the plane with me. Here she is with it when I surprised her with it:
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A much more altruistic purpose! Nothing quite like giving a guitar as a gift; you are a good person!

The ‘official’ story is that this guitar will eventually belong to my children one day. But for now...
 

Willie Johnson

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The shell pink/tortoiseshell Squiers look great, and I like the pink-pink one above.

When I get the gumption I'm going to do my old red Korean Fender Strat up with a bridge-only humbucker, a zebra Atomic I took out of the neck position of my Super Sonic. I got a blank white Strat pickguard that I need to cut for a humbucker.
 

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Very cool, Fun project! :D

I recently got a Peavey that has a similar vibe; purple sparkle, Strat-like body and a single bridge humbucker. On paper a “one trick pony,” but very useful and fun to play!
 

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I bought this Bullet Strat from a friend about two years ago (they wanted to just give it to me but I insisted paying $50 for it) with the intention of modifying/customizing it with some parts I had lying around. A couple years of procrastination later and it's finished!

TL;DR: bought a pink Squier strat a couple years ago, upgraded its tuners and put a Gibson (gasp!) humbucker in it.

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The stock single coils sounded decent/very warm for single coils but I already have an SSS strat so I wanted a different setup. I've had a 1 humbucker pickguard sitting around from my punk days that looked great against the pink so I thought why not. The humbucker was originally an SD Distortion but I installed that in an SG Faded Special, swapping out the stock Gibson pickup (490T). The two 490's sounded great in isolation but I was never happy with the way the two pickups contrasted each other with the same amp settings. The 490T is now installed in the pink, punk machine and sounds great!
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Due to the extended pickup screws on Gibson humbuckers, the body cavity needed to be routed a bit (to the right of where the ground wire comes out of the body) to accommodate for the length of the screws.
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The stock tuners were terrible and almost non-functional from not being used for years (the guitar sat in a closet for about 8-10 years before I got my hands on it). The main tuning machine holes in the headstock needed to be enlarged to accommodate the 2-pin Fender tuners that were taken off my MIM strat years ago and have been sitting in the drawer. A drill press did the bulk of the work then it was finished by hand. We also had to drill new holes for the 2 pins that hold the tuners in place (you can see the original tuner's screw holes).
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The pearloid/single humbucker pickguard holes (an official Fender product) however didn't line up with the stock pickguard holes (a Squier product) so the original holes were filled and re-drilled for the pearloid pickguard.
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And finally, a setup!
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My Fender Family now:
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Great stuff I liked that. The word crafted on the back of the headstock seems to be a stretch when looking at those pick up routs! But who cares it’s under that nice looking pickguard guard.

It’s strange I looked at the screws and counted 11 but it looked like they were off. I guess it’s just because there’s no front pick up giving the impression of a missing screw. My pearloid is an eight hole, but when compared to your other Strat yours both look the same equally spaced.

Does it have a name? I vote for Narf or Poit!
 

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Does it have a name? I vote for Narf or Poit

I vote for Poit.

"Gee, Brain, what are we going to do tonight? "

"Same thing we try to do EVERY night, Pinky - try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD! "
 

Tyuk

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Great stuff I liked that. The word crafted on the back of the headstock seems to be a stretch when looking at those pick up routs! But who cares it’s under that nice looking pickguard guard.

It’s strange I looked at the screws and counted 11 but it looked like they were off. I guess it’s just because there’s no front pick up giving the impression of a missing screw. My pearloid is an eight hole, but when compared to your other Strat yours both look the same equally spaced.

Does it have a name? I vote for Narf or Poit!
Never got into the habit of naming my guitars but Narf would have my vote too!
 




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