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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Refinished my 62AVRI body

daveg

Northern VA

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Jun 23rd, 2019 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Finished with my body refinishing project on my '06 62AVRI body Saturday. Originally it was black...and a gorgeous looking body. But I never liked the way it felt...it felt a little "plastic". Took some of the finish off and discovered at one time the body had been painted red, and before that gold before leaving the Fender factory black. Probably explains why it always felt old compared to my other RI style Fenders. Instead of refinishing it black...I went a different route, Lake Placid Blue. Never owned a Fender that wasn't either Black or Burst and always liked that color.
First attempt was with Reranch. Looked great, but I purposely did the clear coat thin...too thin. After wet sanding, I'd gone thru the clear coat in a few areas and when I went back and added more nitro clear coat...it was too humid and I had a milky white mess on my hands.
Figured I'd just start over. Reranch's site was down for inventory, so I ordered Gracey's instead and stripped off my first attempt. The only real difference I could tell between the two brands was the first two coats of Gracey's LCB had the greenish tint that LCB has when it's aged by sun exposure. Additional coats took care of that. This time around I also bought 2 small space heaters and between each coat of paint and clear coat, the body sat between them for an hour each time and then for several days after the final coat. The finish dried A LOT faster and I was able to wet sand and polish within a week. In a couple of months I might checker a few areas.
The neck obviously isn't the original 62AVRI...that neck is on my 57RI body...and the 57RI neck is on a hardtail body I had MJT build for me. Needing a neck, I picked up an MIM lacquer 57 neck..and it's surprisingly as well made as the MIA 57RI neck I have, frets and finish were perfect. They're A LOT less expensive than their MIA counterpart. They do have more of an amber tint, but I do like that...some don't. Wet sanded the back of the neck so it lost that new nitro sticky feel and cut a bone nut for it. I actually set the trem up to float...something I've never done on my Strats before. I surprised myself with actually getting it right. The bridge floats great with three springs and returns to pitch. Never been able to pull that off before. Maybe cutting the nut myself was the secret.

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Jun 23rd, 2019 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW, nice work!

It's entirely possible that body was once candy apple red. The common approach is to spray silver or gold, and then shoot translucent red over the metallic layer. That's how you get the candy-like iridescence in the finish.

You did a fine job.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jun 23rd, 2019 11:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, looks great.

Is that mini toggle for the 7-sound strat mod?

I have that on one of my strats. It's a great little mod.


Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 24th, 2019 12:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

That looks totally awesome!

I agree - Candy apple red sounds like what was under that black. CAR is trickier to get right so I can see them bailing on it and going solid color.

daveg

Northern VA

The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid
Jun 24th, 2019 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, the mini-toggle is for the neck/bridge pup option. I do it on all my Strats, it's become my favorite pickup combo on Strats. I figured it might have been a CAR at some point, but wasn't sure.
I tried an experiment on the bridge pickup before I wired it up. I'd seen the extra magnets on the Jimmy Page bridge pickup when I was reading about his signature model. In my other two Strats I always put a baseplate on the bridge and tried something different this time. I bought bunch of tiny 3x1mm magnets from Amazon and stacked a few on the low and high E and A string poles...trying to boast the lows and highs so I could get a more Tele like tone. I have a tolerate/hate thing with Strat bridge pups...they're too thin to my eats. Not enough high and never enough low like a Tele, that's reason I've always added a mini-switch. This has worked better than just a baseplate. The low E and A sound far more Tele like than I've ever been able to get before on a Strat bridge...without creating too much magnetic pull that would create intonation problems from raising it up closer to the string. Might go back and add a few to more to the high E and maybe the B...they're tiny little magnets so it's easy to make the poles a little stronger in small increments. But the bridge pups alone is really killer on this Strat...something I've never been able to say on any of my Strats.

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VA

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Jun 24th, 2019 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great outcome. Very cool info about the little magnets. I learned something!

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jun 24th, 2019 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Yes, the mini-toggle is for the neck/bridge pup option. I do it on all my Strats..."

The other mod I do (and this is my "all my strats" one) is the adding the tone 2 for the bridge pickup.

I've used one of two schemes for this. Either one works for me.

Interesting about the mini magnets also.


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Jun 24th, 2019 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is one cool looking Strat, and yes, I also learned some stuff. Thanks for posting and for the explanations.

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Jun 25th, 2019 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I truly love LPB Strats....well done Sir

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