#1
Well, I've decided to mod a my Squire Affinity Strat that I bought some time ago. The reason I decided to do this is because it's the only guitar that I own with a comfort contour body.

First off, I want to ask if it would be cheaper to buy a new guitar. The guitar I would probably buy instead would be a $700 Ibanez (Edge Pro Trem). So, should I mod this guitar or buy a new one? It needs new tuners, p-ups, knobs, and p-up switch. I want to get YJMs in the neck/middle and an EMG in the bridge. Tuners would be Schaler Locking. Knobs/switches I'm not sure about yet.

Second, what should I mod first IF I decide to mod this guitar?
#2
I'd personally say go for the new Ibanez, And later upgrade. It's gonna be a better investment overall.
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#4
I'd imagine you'd have more fun modding your own guitar, but that might just be me.

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#5
I'd personally recommend the new Ibanez. But trust me on this one, If you plan on getting a new guitar, try it out first, and try as many others as possible, so you know what you want for sure.

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#6
id mod m8. i play a encore strat and have the same view as u, its the most comfortable guitar i own and ive had a few. im replacing various nuts and screws, importing a duncan sh-1 for the bridge pickup, replacing the neck. i think modding adds to the fun. u'd be more satisfied when the final product is finished. the next guitar i want to buy is a Schecter Extreme Omen or maybe a Epiphone Les Paul Standard both roughly £350. Modding my strat will only cost me £150 tops.

Good luck with what ever you do tho m8

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#7
I also own a Squier Affinity Strat. Got it for free.

I see your point with the comfort, but personally I would go for another guitar for more tonal ranges. Plus, upgrading a Squier Strat seems kinda ehhh to me. If it was a Fender, then ya, i'd pop some pickups in it. Most squiers are usually made from a cheap agathis, whereas Fenders sport Alder bodies (much better quality).


Either go for an Ibanez, or save up for a Fender. Or both. I personally wouldn't put anything super-nice in a Squier.

Just my personal opinion.
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#8
It'd be more fun and rewarding modding it, but if it were me, I'd get the new guitar, then mod later, s'what I've done over the years.
Also your idea seems a bit tricky, mixing passive and active pickups you'll need two circuits in there for that.
#9
If you can do the mods yourself, go for it. It won't be $700 unless you go out of your way to spend extra money.

If you're considering paying someone to do the mods, either do them yourself or buy a different guitar. Installation costs would be ridiculous. But that's why you should do them yourself!

The only other thing to consider is the fact that the Ibanez has a floating Floyd-style bridge. If that's what you really want, you should consider buying a new guitar (unless you already have a router). If you own a router, install one on your strat!
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