NGD - Fender MIM Squier Series

Mockbel

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Hi

a friend of mine living in the US decided to get rid of his old guitar. 1995 Fender Stratocaster MIM - Squier Series

I went through some interesting readings on these guitars... bodies and necks are US overstock parts shipped to Mexico.. electronics and hardware are cheaper asian made...

my plan is to use stock SSS pickguard from my FenderAmerican Special on this guitar and hopefully I get a decent strat..

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Take the neck off and look for a Hector Montes stamp at the heel. My MN4 neck is a nitro'd HM. He is renowned for doing the necks for the Clapton and SRV sig Strats, and went to the Custom Shop full-time in '96. Mine was partsed to a (1997?) loaded AmStd Inca Silver/Sage Green body. Plays and sounds amazing
 
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Yesterday took it to my guitar tech... threw my American Special SSS pickguard in and did a setup.. one fret needed some work and the guitar feels and sounds now amazing...

next upgrade would be bridge and tuners but I won’t do that beforeI fully bond with the guitar
 

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I have one too. They are a great deal. I replaced the MIM pups with a MIJ actual Strat loaded pick guard. I'm sure will be very happy with it.
 

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Take the neck off and look for a Hector Montes stamp at the heel. My MN4 neck is a nitro'd HM. He is renowned for doing the necks for the Clapton and SRV sig Strats, and went to the Custom Shop full-time in '96. Mine was partsed to a (1997?) loaded AmStd Inca Silver/Sage Green body. Plays and sounds amazing
What color is the body?! It’s beautiful!
 

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Thanks, my favourite solid Strat colour. It's a variant of Inca Silver, I used to think it was the US version of Sage Green.
 

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Here is it after mod... not much visual change but the 3 ply pickguard definitely looks way better than old cheap 1 ply one !
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Nice!

Those asian bridges can get a little wonky with intonation, but if your tech can intonate, no worries.

Tuners are tuners. I can't get too excited one way or the other if they work.
 

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My tuners are a bit stiff, even after a shot of silicone lube. Might grab another set of aged Gotoh vintages, they're great in my ST62 :yesway:
 

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When my son was 7, he said he wanted to play. Being the world's hippest dad, I bought him a Strat; having worked at the Evil Empire when the first Squiers came in, I was very impressed, and that was my plan - but he ended up with a MIK "Squier Series" Fender (they made them in Korea for about a year before the Mexican plant got up & running). It's a quite decent Strat, and at 34 he's still playing it - no mods, just a few set-ups by dear old Dad.
 




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