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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Squier Strat Guitar, use our service manual.

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    • Pull off the three tone/volume caps.

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    • Pull off the end cap on the pickup selector.

    • Note: This is not how the switch should normally look. This one is bent slightly; the tip should be pointing straight up.

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    • Unscrew the three bolts holding the tone/volume potentiometers to the scratch plate.

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    • Remove the 3 washers from the tone/volume potentiometers

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    • Unscrew the eight screws which hold the pick guard to the main body.

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    • Unscrew the two screws holding the pickup selector in place.

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    • unscrew the six screws holding the three pickups in place.

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    • Lift off the scratch plate, revealing the electronics inside the main body

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    • Another method of dis-assembly: remove the pickguard screws (leaving pickup screws, pots and switch untouched).

    • Remove the jack plate, desolder or cut the output jack wires, flip over the guitar and desolder the ground wire on the tremolo. Remove the pickguard with all electronics attached.

    • This method gives easy access to do electronics repairs/mods, without having to readjust pickup heights and individual components won't move around when you're soldering.

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    • Lift off the three pickup covers.

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    • Remove the springs which were on the underside of the pickups.

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    • Unscrew the two screws holding the lead input cover in place and lift off the cover.

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    • Unscrew the input threaded bolt, which holds the output jack in place.

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    • Unscrew the screw holding the bottom strap button in position.

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    • Carry out the same process to remove the top strap button.

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    • Remove the six screws securing the bridge to the body.

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    • Take out the six screws holding the white back plate in place.

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    • Remove the three tremolo springs from the spring claw and tremolo block.

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    • Unscrew the two screws holding the spring claw to the body.

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    • Remove Bridge from main body.

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    • Unscrew chrome parts.

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    • Undo the 6 screws holding the saddles to the bridge. Then remove the spring and unscrew the 12 threaded bars.

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    • Unscrew bridge from the tremolo block.

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    • Remove the four wood screws holding the neck to the body of the guitar.

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    • Pull neck away from main body.

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    • Unscrew the two small screws securing the string trees to the headstock.

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    • Unscrew the tuner bushings with a 10mm hex driver

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    • Push the tuners from the front to pop them loose. It make take a bit of force if the alignment peg is stuck. Some use screws instead.

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    • Remove the tension screw followed by the tuner button, metal and then fiber washer.

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Awesome teardown! Keep up the good work!

Matthew Newsom - Reply

totally agree

lon -

Great for a "tear-down" per-se, but horrible first steps for anyone to use to get inside their Fender Strat.

To get inside, don't unscrew every screw from the surface as is described here. The faceplate of a Fender Strat (and many other guitars) holds all the electronics to itself, so you only need to undo the screws around the edges and then lift off the faceplate to get to everything inside. From here you can remove the components that matter and solder or re-wire as is necessary, and then replace the faceplate as a single unit.

The steps in this article will lead to far more work than is necessary if you plan on fixing or replacing aspects of the guitar.

Topher Kessler - Reply

when I pulled off the knobs they pulled out a metal pin and the pin will not come out of the knob and I cant get the knob and pin to go back in

nellasemaj2000 - Reply

I'm having the same problem. Does anyone know the fix or have you found a solution?

Manny OK -

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