Squier CV Starcaster Trem Bar & WRHB Mod (pics /wall of text)

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Squier CV Starcaster Trem Bar & WRHB Mod (pics /wall of text)

Post by charmonder » Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:00 am

I really wanted to do this mod stated in premier guitar and got lucky and found the same CV starcaster local for an unpassable price so now this:

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First off, relax , the school stickers are already falling off as it is, definitely won't make it past next summer.


I can't comment on the routing procedure too much I had a friend do it for me and he did a very careful job for the routing, you don't need the entire pool, we left a stair step in the back of it, and in the end we did the suggestion of stringing up both e strings to visually confirm before making screw holes and it lines up perfectly:

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(kinda hard to photo it on iphone without skewing it but the point is youd be surprised how perfectly straight you can get it drilling by hand!)

NOT MENTIONED IN THE PREMIER GUITAR ARTICLE:
1 This is how it will come out in the end, and
2 These are the washers you need.
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Unsightly if you look it right in the butt like this but its actually 100% sturdy, no unwanted movement. I expect washers might need to be changed at some point(hopefully several years?) but I'm game I like the guitar enough, I used 2x each for the back screws and then you can use an exacto knife to cut one in half for the middle screws on the plate.



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I went with the exact same porter WRHB as stated in the article, sounds wonderful! I highly recommend doing this. The stock squier pickups I remember are kinda boxy sounding, not at all a bad sound, kinda bluesy maybe beatlesy sounding, definitely suits for a good hollowbody tone but from what I gather its just not what the starcaster was supposed to sound like, so you might want to replace them with some kind of WRHB clone.

Lastly, I didn't like the gibson layout so I reorganized the controls:
* pickups going directly to the switch
* selector switch running horizontal
* all knobs "master"
* VR1 bass cut 250k (332 cap, shaves deep bass)
* VR2 volume: 500k (w/ a treble bleed)
* VR3 & VR4 tone: 500k and 250k pots in series to cap to ground... a useless feature, I had a strong suspicion I would get something out of raising the impedence to match the original starcaster but it seems to make no difference if you use 750k, 500k or 250k

It all works though and I don't think I'll ever bother mucking around in there ever again!

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Re: Squier CV Starcaster Trem Bar & WRHB Mod (pics /wall of text)

Post by my main man » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:20 am

This is super cool. I didn’t think it was possible with the contouring but now I want one.

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Post by Gordon » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:25 pm

Wouldn't it be better to have metal spacers? Or have a metal piece made, following the shape of the but of the trem? Or (better?), a piece of wood in the vein of a Vibramate, but cut in the center -like a gasket, if you will-, so you could either cut the front part or sand it to follow the curve of the guitar top, so there'd be no gap? :ph34r:
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Post by timtam » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:30 pm

I would now add a roller TOM, in place of the high-friction TOM/AOM. ;)

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Post by parry » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:35 pm

Nice! 8)

I added a JM trem to my reissue Modern Player Coronado. The body is contoured as well (maybe less so?), but didn't need washers. I flipped the heads of the two outside screws on the trem plate so the E strings don't rest on them, instead. Sits flat against the body, works just as smooth/beautifully as it ever did on any of my offsets.

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Post by mbene085 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:49 pm

Oof, both of those are beauties.

I like the star stickers on the Squier, by the way. It just...works.

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Post by Lost In Autumn » Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:29 am

timtam wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:30 pm
I would now add a roller TOM, in place of the high-friction TOM/AOM. ;)
a mosrite roller would better match the neck profile.

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Re: Squier CV Starcaster Trem Bar & WRHB Mod (pics /wall of text)

Post by charmonder » Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:35 am

thanks for the kind words and suggestions, I'll be thinking about upgrading the bridge and probably have good year or so to come up with a more elegant solution than the rubber washers.

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Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:35 pm
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this guitar is absolutely beautiful
parry wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:35 pm
I flipped the heads of the two outside screws on the trem plate so the E strings don't rest on them, instead.
thats brilliant , I have this issue on my jaguar, the screw head interrupts the high e, I'm going to do this ASAP

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