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In this article, we describe a custom build of a Monterey Pop Festival Stratocaster replica. The process is documented in HD as much as possible, starting with the disassembly of a used Squier strat to the finished replica. This guitar is built strictly for personal use and is not for sale.
I the first video we see a complete disassembly of a stratocaster guitar.
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After taking the strings off, we start by removing the pickguard. Take out 8 or 11 pickguard screws, depending on the strat model/year you have. To remove the pickguard completely, you need to cut the grounding wire that connects to the tremolo springs claw and also the wires to the output jack.
Remove the 2 screws holding the output jack cover and pull it out along with the wires we cut earlier. Before taking the bridge off, we need to remove the springs in the back holding it in place, flip the guitar over and tak out the 6 screws holding the back cover in place to remove it.
Next, remove the springs and the 2 crews holding the "claw" in place. Once again flip the guitar over and remove the 6 screws holding the bridge and pull it out of the body.
Next, unscrew the 4 neck plate screws, remove the neckplate, and carefuly remobe the neck from the body.
Finaly, remove the screws holding the strap buttons. The body is now completely disassembled and ready for preping for a new paintjob.
On the neck, unscrew the string trees, then on the back side unscrew the little screwes holding down the tuning pegs. When those are removed, the tuning pegs can be pulled out, after which you need to pull out the bushings from the front. There are also other models where you need to unscrew the bolts around the tuning pegs on the front using a 10mm socket.
The body and neck are now ready for sanding and painting.