There's a near 0% chance of getting the squier Bass VI stock bridge/trem system to play with any semblance of tuning stability.
the Bass VI has always been notoriously finicky within the already notoriously finicky offset bridge/trem/setup world...and the squier is no exception...
I've got one when they were first released 2015-ish??? Super interesting instruments. But a serious platform for mods.
The trem is completely useless. If you like tuning stability, I mean.
I got a hard tail string anchor plate and drilled out the dumb assed rivets for the bridge...
Of course....there's nothing "wrong" with having a bunch of sizable scrap pieces glued into one body sized piece.
random can be cool.. purposefully putting that into the design is probably going to be more interesting.
or a solid color. will always work.
every hardware store should have naptha sometimes called white spirits in the uk. or PV naptha paint & varnish naptha
it's pretty much the luthier's cleaner of choice. it will not harm nitro or poly or most other finishes.
I don't think it's a melody maker. the lighting is weird on the headstock.... but it looks like the headstock is the larger gibson one. which would make this a modified SG Jr. maybe even a LP (sg) jr??
Gibson did get a bunch of necks/bodies/pickups etc when they purchased the epiphone brand. Some gibson made coronet's had epiphone "New York" pickups but those were completely gone by the end of 1959. These pickups gave gibson the basic size for their mini hb's... but...
That's hot!!! yeah... it's weird that the "firebird" vs. mini hb thing is so wrapped up in mystery. Gibson did make a bunch of very different pickups and put them under both the mini hb cover and the thunderbird pickup cover.
An overwound firebird style (magnet in the coil) can be...
that diagram gives a pretty good visual approximation of how different they sound too. Just looking at the magnets and where they are in each assembly.
The FB's are way thicker, bolder and more muscular than the PAF style. They can be really good.