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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Oh hai Shartscale! You like Skwires? Reply with quote

I haven't posted here in ages, I thought I'd drop in and say hello.

Recently I've been inspired by this USA made Cyclone:



So I got myself a Squier Cyclone and turned it into this: (please forgive the crappy phone pics)



I'm lucky enough to have found a Squier Cyclone from the original run for sale locally. I can't remember the name of this color but it's a lovely deep purplish blue. I paid a small fortune to have a custom made dual single coil pickguard cut in vintage pearloid. I had some spare Lace Sensors (red and blue), so I wired those up to some 1meg pots. Sounds good. I would have preferred black pickup covers, though. I've thought of spray painting them black, but I'm worried it would look shitty and wear off.



Stock tuners were perfectly fine, but I swapped them out for some Wilkinson Kluson copies. I like Kluson types better because the string end goes inside the post. I had to use conversion bushings. Thankfully the new tuners completely cover and hide the mounting holes of the old ones!



I'm really impressed with the build quality of this guitar. Cheap guitars these days are getting to be so good that I can't justify buying the expensive ones anymore!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely. I think the white pickup covers look great!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always liked the original squier cyclones. that cobalt blue was not available on the fender run and was easily the prettiest color of the bunch, though I did like the orange alot.

Well done on that. Those were made in Indonesia if I remember correctly and had, typical of squier at that time, inconsistent neck/fretboard finishing so I'm glad you got a good one.

Great job btw. love it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Oh hai Shartscale! You like Skwires? Reply with quote

astro wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have found a Squier Cyclone from the original run for sale locally. I can't remember the name of this color but it's a lovely deep purplish blue. I paid a small fortune to have a custom made dual single coil pickguard cut in vintage pearloid. I had some spare Lace Sensors (red and blue), so I wired those up to some 1meg pots. Sounds good. I would have preferred black pickup covers, though. I've thought of spray painting them black, but I'm worried it would look shitty and wear off.


Man, that finish is gorgeous! The white pearloid really works with it too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually my crappy phone pics don't do the colour justice. In person it is very striking and deep looking. It also has faint metallic particles in the paint for a subtle shininess. Too bad Fender didn't include this colour for the recent reissues.

I'm very pleased with the vintage pearloid guard. The stock stark white pearloid on cheap guitars looks nasty and the replacement guard has a nice creamy colour. Much better this way.
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