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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / ‘88 Squier Strat Needs New Body


San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Nov 17th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have this MIK strat that I’ve modded extensively and am thinking about replacing the original plywood body that is quite heavy. I would like to go with alder for the wood. Looking for value of course, but not the sole objective. Any recommendations for a replacement body to fit with the original maple neck (that I love btw)?

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 17th, 2017 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fender sells replacement bodies on their website. I've also had really good luck with bodies from GFS (Guitar Fetish) I've built several guitars using their bodies and they have worked out perfectly.

Note that the Fender bodies will be drilled for the current bridge mounting arrangement (wide). Your Squier body is most likely the narrow import spacing. The after market GFS bodies are not drilled so you can mount any style Strat bridge you wish. Neck fit should not be an issue.

In the case of the genuine Fender item you will most likely be doing a bridge replacement with the Fender body for proper mounting hole spacing.

GFS bodies and necks


San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Nov 17th, 2017 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve actually checked out the GFS website and the bodies look good. Glad to hear they’ve worked out for you. The prices are certainly good. The bridge spacing on my Squier is vintage Fender width, not the narrower newer years’ Squier width.

Thanks for the heads up; again! :)



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Nov 17th, 2017 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Because of it being an 88' I'm of the thought that this would be a good fit with an Mexican Strat body. It has the about the same dimensions as Mexican Strat era with the slightly narrower fretboard and the tremolo would be a proper fit.
Some of these necks were made in Mexico and sent to other countries of manufacturing for Fender bodies and components, but think that this should be correct.


San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Nov 17th, 2017 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Mex strat body actually has a narrower bridge spacing. 2 1/16” vs 2 7/32” for my Squier. 2 7/32” is the Fender vintage bridge spacing, same as my Squier. Not sure about the neck fitting though.

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the downtime
Nov 17th, 2017 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Other places to get really good guitar bodies (finished and unfinished) are Warmoth, Musicraft, USA Custom, Allparts, Guitar Mill, and B. Hefner. I've used these companies' products in the past and have always been satisfied.

Shop around.

Fleabay is a great place to to pick up used stuff for a decent price. Check sellers like Stratosphere.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:20 PM, Nov 17th, 2017)


San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Nov 19th, 2017 12:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo!

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Nov 23rd, 2017 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good ways to get stuff cheap are going unfinished, or looking for Mexican bodies on eBay.

Unfinished alder ain't no big deal. A light oil finish to keep arm grime from working in too much, and pair it with a nice tortoise or black guard, and it can look surprisingly good.

Check Stew Mac, too... they seem to favor odd batches of things over standard production pieces.

If you go super cheap, expect at least a little fitting of the pocket.

Not sure on the string spacing... would you prefer a wider spacing, or are you concerned it wouldn't work with your current set up? If you don't mind it narrower, it would work. You can get the same bridge as comes on the Mexican strats after market for $35 or less. Of course, if you picked up a really nice bridge for this Squier, then that is another matter.
Food for thought if you find a narrow spacing body that you fall in love with.



Nov 24th, 2017 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

You are mating a lower line Squier neck with a new body. My advice: Don't spend a lot of money (unless you want to, it's a free country).

That said, you are in San Diego, a big city. Craigslist.


San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Nov 24th, 2017 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is a project guitar and I’m not spending a lot for a new body. The strat bodies from GFS are about $100 including shipping. The quality seems decent and the body is made of poplar. My current bridge should fit, but I may opt for a Callaham bridge upgrade for giggles.

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