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My Most Loyal & Longest-Serving Guitar.
As I was typing this post I realised that I have not had any guitar in my posession longer than this Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster.
It very well could have not survived the journey at all after all the abuse it's been subjected to at the hands of my inability to leave stuff alone!
It has had some reconstruction around the neck pocket where it suffered serious damage and it has had a few gouges filled and patched up. It has been refinished about 5 or 6 times and now it deserves to be played with no more facelifts! The frets are getting worn and it may need a refret at some point, but for now, it'll be ok. It still works.
I've been through so much with this guitar. I found it used in Phuket Town in October 2012 and instantly loved it when I picked it up (except the colour). It was originally sunburst with a tortoiseshell pickguard. I went on to strip the finish off the body and the neck (a big mistake) and finihsed it in a Wudtone finish (which turned out to be a horrible decision). Just for the record, I think the Wudtone finishes are pretty awful, but my tastes have changed since 2012/2013.
After my dismall first re-finish attempt I sprayed the guitar sky blue and fitted it with a mint-green pickguard. That was an amazing finish and I refinished it twice more the same colour after some fading of the paint happened and then after some serious damage that I had to repair, I re-finished it again to hide the "surgical scars".
In 2022 my aesthetic principles must have changed because I started to go off nearly all colours except black and white. This resulted in yet another re-finish of my trusty Classic Vibe to what you see now and regardless of whether my tastes change again or not. This is the last re-finish I am giving this guitar. The overall dimensions of this guitar are probable a lot less after all the sanding it has been subjected to!
It has been through many different wiring schemes too, including the Toneriders that are currently in the Red Racer Strat. Now there are a set of unbranded, made in China, alnico 5 pickups. Low/vintage output and sounds perfect for this guitar. Wiring is bone stock, 5-way switch (the original CRL from my old Custom Shop '56 Strat that I had from 2004 to 2014). The tone capacitor needs changing though. I've got a 0.01 micro farad in there and I'm going to try going back to a more traditional 0.047 micro farad instead.
I love this guitar and anyone who knows me will know this guitar. Every musician I know who has played on the same stage as me will have played alongside this guitar at some point.
It is a significant player in the story of my guitar-playing life. I love this guitar!