3 Bullet Mustang Projects

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3 Bullet Mustang Projects

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A while back Musicians Friend had a scratch and dent surf green bullet mustang for a really cheap price. It had a dent on the back of the body when it arrived but that was it. First refinish attempt was Dakota red but I screwed that up so I stripped it down again and went with Daphne Blue. Add a bridge plate from plops, an aged pearloid pickguard, a custom decal from HNB and a single coil from the parts box and...

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Looks great!
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Nice as always. If there was a Custom Shop at Squier, you should be running it.
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So you stained/finished the neck?
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Thanks guys.
Yes, I stripped the neck, tinted it and finished it with tru oil. I spent a some time on the fret ends and polishing the frets as well. The neck feels great now. It wasn't bad before but it needed a little attention. I was so happy with this one that I bought another one. :wink:
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You are making miss my Musicmaster Project guitar that I traded away.

I think you sold me the body for that one too.
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Funny you say that. That's the direction I'm heading with the second one. I was missing my old '76 musicmaster. I'll post pics when complete.
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Beautiful. I enjoy seeing squiery nods towards classic-era Fenders.
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Always regretted selling my '76 Musicmaster back in the mid 80s. So I thought I would do this with one of the Bullet Mustangs. Still needs a setup but it nails the look.

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Hell yes! Much more so than the only Squier Musicmaster released:
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I always wanted to get one of those vista Musicmasters. Are those full scale necks? I bought one of the original pickguards on ebay so I could make one someday but I just haven't got around to it yet. I love how they mimic the Musicmaster bass. Very cool.
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Squier Vista Musicmasters are Gibson, or rather Epiphone scale of 24.75".

Nice little Musicmaster you built there, it looks super classy.
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sunshiner wrote: Tue Oct 17, 2023 4:15 am Squier Vista Musicmasters are Gibson, or rather Epiphone scale of 24.75".

Nice little Musicmaster you built there, it looks super classy.
Thanks, that's what I needed to know to make a drawing for templates.
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Okay, this is the last one, I swear. I've kinda been thinking a telecaster next anyway. I converted the body to a string through with a Wilkinson bridge, a set of Dimarzio Super Distortion knockoffs, made a black 3 ply pickguard, vintage style tuners, bone nut and a new decal. The bone nut still needs a little tweaking but I'm happy with it overall.

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Love the white one, the bridge looks great!
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all of these turned out stunning!
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Stang-thru bridge
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