This Squier Strat was left outside for five years – before it was brought back to life by a crazy guitar mod

A battered Squier Strat zip tied to a garden fence
(Image credit: David Hilowitz Music/YouTube)

We’ve seen our fair share of guitar restoration projects, from Jared James Nichols rescuing a tornado-damaged Gibson Les Paul, to Monty’s Guitars salvaging Ed Sheeran’s Martin acoustic guitar – gifted to him by Eric Clapton – which had been almost destroyed in a fire.

Such stories usually make for some of the most heart-warming tales of the instrumental world, and this new project from YouTuber David Hilowitz – who sought to resurrect an abandoned Squier Stratocaster – is no exception.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.