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Permalink Actually, Stacey - Sparkly guitars are IN this year.

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For the first time since 2005, I'm back in fashion. On the left my as-close-to-stock-as-possible 2003 Jagmaster, in the middle my customised 2003 Jagmaster which is currently being refitted; and on the right: my new Squier CV Jaguar in Silver Sparkle FSR. Big image for funsies. To be clear, the Jaguar is still Tort, the lighting is just terrible (like that photo).

Can we make this a Shiny Appreciation Group? (ShAG for short, in honour of Shermy of the Surfrajettes)

Metal flake and holoflake welcome, Candy Apple also permitted as long as y'all don't eat all the entrées. Classic, Offset, Gretsch and DiPinto - I'm not fussy. As long as your guitar is covered in craft-herpes, have at it. Very Happy

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

- "The Mysterious" Tqi.

Yes, I will play. Here's my "in progress" Squier Standard baritone conversion. I'm using a Warmoth neck, a guard from WD, and an f-spaced humbucker that's one of the scooped Steve Vai models, if I remember right. I unwittingly spec'd the odd hole size for the guard and then had to go find a pickup that would fit it properly. Probably not how the pros do it...

I'm going to be sawing off the side of the perfectly good headstock and reshaping it with new wood, as I simply cannot abide the worthless and weak shape that Warmoth uses. Should have ordered a blank version but I didn't know it was an option at the time.

I think I'm going to wire it with volume, tone, and a bass cut on a push/pull pot.

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Knew I could count on you! And you follow up with another Silver Sparkle Squier Standard, complete with the 2-point! Well played! If I have my data right, the Silver Sparkle finish was originally a Fat Strat too, with a blackout pickguard?

I'm a little confused by "Weak shape"? Isn't it just a fairly normal 54 Strat headstock design?

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

- "The Mysterious" Tqi.

When was sparkle out-of-fashion?!? LOL
Can't wait to see this thread start glittering out!
Bango has another DiPinto in paint right now, and will eventually be five total sparkle finished guitars, but here's the primaries right now:

The "Gorilla Gold" - Roth Mind Splitter Flake by Rowyco Kustoms

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The "Cola" which is super hard to capture, it's Coke Bottle Green over black mini-flake - also by Rowyco Kustoms

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Bango Rilla!


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I find it difficult to capture the true sparkle effect in pics or vids, holoflake is even more challenging to capture.
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Tqi, I dunno how you sleuthed that out but yes, you nailed the original configuration of the silver sparkle squier strat.

It had a nice thick neck which I repurposed for my Beast mk I tribute after reshaping the headstock. I prefer a Strat to have a headstock shaped basically like a Jazzmaster; I feel the size balances the guitar better, visually. And with an extra long and wide baritone neck, coupled with the exceptionally straight belly that Warmoth puts on their strat replacements, I simply couldn't deal.

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Personal taste, I guess! I always disliked the fat headstock. The fact that I have it on ever single Fender (ok, Squier) guitar I own is nothing to do with the headstocks themselves, but because I like the rest of the guitars.

Thankfully since they are the three up top, it's fine - but it looks way too big on a Strat for my eyes. My favourite neck shape is the 2008 Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic:

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But I'm kind of ambivalent on the guitar as a whole because of the lack of vibrato, and the neck is a semi-conversion neck which will neither fit on a 25.5" scale guitar, nor a 24" guitar. Which bonus, means if you build a body for the Duo-Sonic neck, you'll never be able to use it with a standard Fender/Squier/Warmoth Mustang neck if something happens to this one. Which is kind of sad.

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

- "The Mysterious" Tqi.

My bass player and I sport sparkle jobs. His is a purple Adam Clayton P Bass. Mine a Marty Bell-refinished AVRI Jazzmaster. Only I bought a suit to match so as not to be upstaged by my guitar!
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That's really nice, thanks for sharing! I also like the gentle lilac on the bass!

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

- "The Mysterious" Tqi.

I've been doing a little bit of DIY glitter refinish projects. My first effort was on my Squier Paranormal Cyclone in Candy Apple Red. My idea for most of my refin projects is to leave the original finish underneath and only about 3 or 4 coats of the refinish color on top (then clear coating). It's my hope that with time (if I can actually hang onto a guitar long enough, heh), my arm wear will bring forth the original coat in common wear spots on the guitar.

I swapped out the stock pickups for a set of Fender Pure Vintage '65 Jaguar pickups and a Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar neck pickup for the middle pickup. I found a guy on eBay who sells Cyclone pickguards that accommodate the Jaguar pickups.

I bought a repro Fender Cyclone decal (with cyclone illustration). The back plate still has Squier on the back so I'm not trying to fool anyone.

It's quite a fun guitar - a keeper for sure.

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This is my latest sparkle refin project, a Fender (MIM) Tele body and Fender licensed All Parts chunky Tele neck. I applied a lot more coats of the glitter paint this time and then three clear coats. I'm super happy with the results. It's now in the curing stage for a month or two before I do the wet sanding process and then put it all together. I'll update when it's all put together.

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This is really cool too. The Paranormal Cyclone drives me nuts. The CV Jaguar pickups sound amazing, why wouldn't they put these in there and be true to the original!? Thank you for fixing it!

And I love the dual-finish thing, it was always one of my favourite Fender oddities - pretty sure back in 2003 when the Fender Catalogue was a thing, they had a couple custom shop models "painted twice" in that way. Very cool!

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

- "The Mysterious" Tqi.

Last edited: Sep 26, 2022 17:31:38

Not my main surf guitar, but she sounds vintage and fabulous. I added a Tru-Arc bridge, Biggsfix, soft spring and Duane Eddy arm. These parts keep the vintage look of the guitar but vastly improve the stability and feel of the system. Other than the Hallmark vibrato this is the smoothest I have used. I also added pearl buttons to the Gretsch/Gotoh locking tuners.

The Swart Space Tone Reverb is a one-off with tube tremolo and reverb. Setup sounds great.

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Last edited: Sep 27, 2022 18:48:09

Surfysonic wrote:

I've been doing a little bit of DIY glitter refinish projects. My first effort was on my Squier Paranormal Cyclone in Candy Apple Red. My idea for most of my refin projects is to leave the original finish underneath and only about 3 or 4 coats of the refinish color on top (then clear coating). It's my hope that with time (if I can actually hang onto a guitar long enough, heh), my arm wear will bring forth the original coat in common wear spots on the guitar.

I swapped out the stock pickups for a set of Fender Pure Vintage '65 Jaguar pickups and a Fender American Vintage '62 Jaguar neck pickup for the middle pickup. I found a guy on eBay who sells Cyclone pickguards that accommodate the Jaguar pickups.

I bought a repro Fender Cyclone decal (with cyclone illustration). The back plate still has Squier on the back so I'm not trying to fool anyone.

It's quite a fun guitar - a keeper for sure.

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This is my latest sparkle refin project, a Fender (MIM) Tele body and Fender licensed All Parts chunky Tele neck. I applied a lot more coats of the glitter paint this time and then three clear coats. I'm super happy with the results. It's now in the curing stage for a month or two before I put it all together. I'll update when it's all put together.

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What kind of paint are you using? Where from?

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For the Cyclone, I first used Rustoleum Rose Gold Glitter from Amazon.com. Unfortunately, the Rustoleum paint clogs VERY quickly - like by the 2nd coat. I was able to wring as much of it out of the first can as I could. I gave up on it after running into the same issue with the 2nd can.

I went to my local Lowes to buy a non-spray version of the same paint by Rustoleum, to avoid the clogging problem. Inadvertently, I ended up buying Krylon Glitter Blast Rose Gold (10.25 oz.). It was a happy accident, as the Krylon Glitter Blast works so much better and did not clog.

I still used my Rustoleum Lacquer clear (from Amazon.com) and it worked alright - there was a little bit of chemical reaction in some parts and it's likely due to changing paints midstream (or the Krylon didn't react well with the Rustoleum clear). In any case, I foolishly ignored the rule that the the rattle can paint and lacquer clear coat should be the same brand, to avoid any chemical incompatibility.

For the Tele, I bought the Krylon Glitter Blast Sapphire Shimmer (also from Amazon.com). It only seems to be available in 5.75 oz. cans, so I ended up buying about 6 cans (using really only 4). This time, I bought some Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Gloss (yup, also from Amazon.com) for the clear coats. Not really sure if the UV-Resistant part was necessary or not, but it's what I ended up getting.

Disclaimer - I'm just a hobbyist and I learned most of this stuff from watching YouTube vids and getting advice from folks far better at it than me on this and other guitar forums. If you're just starting out, do yourself a favor and do some research.

Like anything, it's a learn-as-you-go process. I'm having fun with it and while I'm no perfectionist, I can look at my efforts and try to learn from my mistakes.

Also, use a proper respirator mask when painting and applying the lacquer clear coats to avoid getting harmed by this stuff.

The doofus formerly known as Snorre
Surfysonic on YouTube
World Famous Philistines: 2014 - 2015
K39: 2013 - 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv9JADQ4ukw

Last edited: Sep 27, 2022 23:02:20

Steve those are COOL!!!! If I liked sparkle, I'd love those. Sadly I'm a glitterphobe who believes glitter heralded the end of the Age Of Man. God I hate that stuff, and here in New Orleans people just throw it around like it's air. I had one tiny piece in one of the seams of my hardwood floor and it really pissed me off.

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TMI Dan

Daniel Deathtide

Thanks and LOL, Dan! I feel ya. Not gonna lie, some of my clothes still have glitter as do my slippers and sandals. I don't mind some of it may have drifted onto the fretboard of the All Parts Tele neck. I've done so many stupid things to that poor neck like using brown shoe dye on the fretboard to try to get the clay look on the dots.

I really should try harder to rein in my tinkering/modding urges, heh. Yes

The doofus formerly known as Snorre
Surfysonic on YouTube
World Famous Philistines: 2014 - 2015
K39: 2013 - 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv9JADQ4ukw

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