I picked up another Strat at the pawnshop for 79 bucks. Squier Bullet Strat by Fender. At that price, I couldn't resist. Problem is they had 2 other nice guitars that were beckoning to me and marked at the same price.  Maybe another time. LOL

The guitar had a nice acoustic tone and volume unplugged and I took it to the cashier without testing because I have modification plans for this one. Tele bridge pickup in the bridge position(keeping the Strat bridge/tremolo), Victory Lowrider Gold Foil(RWRP) for the middle and Firebird for the neck position. Kinda of a do it all guitar.

I did plug it in after I got home and it sounded great. Made me rethink things a minute, but I don't need another regular Strat. Those pickups will be fine in something else.

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I get it Paul.

Last year I was at a flea market and this one booth had three different acoustic guitars for sale. I picked a small Oscar Schmidt by Washburn student size. The bridge had started to peel up on one corner. I repaired it and restrung it with Silk and Steel strings, and I couldn't believe the sound. You never know what you're gonna find out there.

When I first walked into the pawnshop, there was an Oscar Schimdt acoustic on the wall. Spalted Maple top with Abalone all over it. Had a great tone too. Had to remind myself that I was there for the electrics and got tempted with the other ones.

There was a 3/4 size Squier Strat that I thought about converting into a 8 string Bouzouki. :0

Nice find Paul, should keep you busy for a while.

Here is a Squire Strat I acquired when the customer did not want to pay for the repair, over 20 years ago.

Its assembled in Japan from USA parts s/# shows 1984. Fenders early trip into overseas manufacture.

I think its a 64' reissue. The next of collectables I'm told. I did a search and saw good examples asking $1600.00. This one is well worn and comfortable, and very heavy compared to modern day Squires. 

Scratch plate not original. 

That looks awesome. Looks well played too. These Squier guitars are very good.

I went looking for a cheap bass drum pedal to build a suitcase drum.  This old made-in-Korea Dean resonator was hanging on the wall.   It sounded horrible with electric strings on it. 

But I had a secret lying on a shelf at home...a National hot-rod cone (and some 13-56 acoustic strings). 

It don't sound crappy no more.

That looks  great and I bet it's great to play on. I love my 4-strig gas can canjo and I have a few aluminum turntable platters to use on reso builds coming up. I used a small aluminum skillet in a plywood Strat clone and made my Strat-O-Rez guitar.

HA!  That looks awesome!  

I got a dumpster-caster and some Frankenstein parts lying around--I might have to plug in the router and make some sawdust...

The good thing about the skillet being aluminum is the aluminum's effect on single coil pickups. If there's enough aluminum, the 60cycle hum diminishes and sometimes disappears altogether by the way aluminum disturbs pickup magnet's eddy currents. Something I just happened to stumble across. Also has a piezo under the skillet.

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