Squier by Fender 1996-97 Stratocaster Rebuild with Hand Painted Body and Hot Pickups….

An “Authentic Rebuild”

This particular guitar is a mix of three different Squier Stratocasters, all from the same model line and years of the listed serial number on the neck plate. The guitar body came to us attached to a trashed neck (with the rare “by Fender” logo) and a bizarrely modified pickguard. The body is hand painted, but oddly enough, not badly done. I had another guitar with a trashed body, same “by Fender” headstock neck, (rather rare), but no pickguard/pickups. I also have in stock several NC 94-98 serial number pickguards…. So, as we occasionally do, we took the pieces we had and assembled the hand painted body, together with the orphan neck, and a fully packed 1997 pickguard and electronics, into a unique, one-of-a-kind guitar….

The body (full size, 1.75″) is from an NC6 (1996, made in China) and is hand painted with an olive-green, tactile finish., the neck is an NC6 (1996, made in China) maple neck, with rosewood fingerboard, and the same “by Fender” logo on the headstock. (see serial number on plate).  The pickguard, and all electronics, came from an NC7 (1997, made in China) Stratocaster, and I can tell you they are very hot. This may be the best deal in the store…. (All used Stratocasters come with a used, but not abused, carry bag, and a tremolo bar for the floating bridge.)


1 in stock

Instrument Specifications

Refurbish Type: Lorien Guitar Recovery Refurbished
Dexterity: Right Handed
Brand: Squier
Color: Green
Guitar Type: Solid Body Electric
Number Of Strings: 6
Guitar Scale: Full Scale


Lorien Guitar Recovery Refurbished Instruments

In addition to selling newer factory refurbished instruments, Lorien Guitar Recovery is in the business of recovering unique older Epiphone, Squier, Mexican Fender, and other mid-range guitars for resale.

This instrument was rebuilt and then refurbished by Lorien Guitar Recovery. Unlike a typical used guitar, this one was completely checked out, and tested by skilled guitar Technicians, and then put through a multi-point refresh and refurbish process


Our Refurbish Process

After assembly of this rebuild, this is what we do:

  • All old hardware items that are damaged or non-functional are removed
  • All old strings are removed
  • All surfaces are treated and/or polished; dents and chips are repaired when appropriate
  • Rosewood pieces and fretboards are oiled with Lemon oil
  • Hardware is inspected, screws and nuts are tightened; non-functional pieces are replaced
  • Electronics, if present, are tested, and all contacts cleaned; broken electronics are replaced
  • Saddles and nuts are inspected, and if compromised, they are replaced.
  • The instrument is then re-assembled with new strings
  • The instrument receives a basic setup for playability.

Is it “Original”?

In some ways this is an original…. but not the way it came out of the factory. All components map to the same manufacturer, year, and model,

Our Mission

Too many used instruments get rejected, and tossed into a closet, or outright thrown away, or sent to thrift stores. And too many people, who should be able to learn an instrument, can’t afford to buy one or only one that is hard to play.

We believe every instrument should have a second chance, and every aspiring guitar player, should have a chance to buy a good guitar, at a fair price…. This is one of those guitars…. Don’t let it pass you by…. I offer my guitars at a fair price, but open the option for a best offer. We have to reject low-ball offers, but always consider honest ones. Try it; I may be in a good mood today! If you have a low budget or no budget, let us know. We’ll do our best to get you an instrument that is playable and affordable.

Thanks for Looking…

Lorien Guitar Recovery
“Saving the world one guitar at a time”

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