#1
Ok, Ive started my first project. I wanna modify my first guitar (squier strat california), into something that doesn't completely suck.

btw I play rock to metal, usually rhythm, but sometimes lead. CANT STAND METAL!

This is what I have planned so far:
Seymour Duncan JB humbucker in bridge position
White Perl Pickguard

I have NO idea what single coils to put in, what would go well with this?

Should I get a new neck?

Should I get new tuners (machine heads)?

How much Routing will I have to do if I wanted a Floyd Rose in it? Would I have to get a Floyd Rose Neck?

I am a n00b at this, so PLZ HELP!
Last edited by squirtle154 at Jul 12, 2009,
#2
Quote by squirtle154
btw I play rock to metal, usually rhythm, but sometimes lead. CANT STAND METAL!


Oxymoronic statement is Oxymoronic.
For the Floyd, you'll have to do quite abit of routing, so use templates.


EDIT: Went back to read the whole post, as for pups, take off your pickguard.
What pickup config does it have routed?


Quote by Saint78
Jackal is like 90.

Quote by Jackal58
Buy stock in Viagra. Imma gonna fuck you in the ass.
Last edited by Scowmoo at Jul 12, 2009,
#5
Maybe swap the pups if you're desperate to keep using that axe, but all the work for a Floyd isn't worth it for a guitar that costs less than the actual OFR unit.
Quote by bendystraw
what's pron?


EDIT: i googled it, you guys are gross.


a2m/gape/murder/suicide/farrakhan/braziliancakefarts/bugera
#6
Quote by squirtle154
Ok, Ive started my first project. I wanna modify my first guitar (squier strat california), into something that doesn't completely suck.
Squires don't always suck...

btw I play rock to metal, usually rhythm, but sometimes lead. CANT STAND METAL!
lol wut

This is what I have planned so far:
Seymour Duncan JB humbucker in bridge position
White Perl Pickguard
k cool

I have NO idea what single coils to put in, what would go well with this?
dimarzio have a pickup picker on their website and Seymour duncan have sound samples and a pickup picker thing on their website also.


Should I get a new neck?
Only if you don't like the neck thats on the squire now

Should I get new tuners (machine heads)?
If your installing a FR, there's really no need for good tuners. All the tuners need to do is tune the guitar, they don't need to keep tune because of the locking nut.

How much Routing will I have to do if I wanted a Floyd Rose in it? Would I have to get a Floyd Rose Neck?
Ultimate floyd rose thread

I am a n00b at this, so PLZ HELP!

...
#7
Quote by Scowmoo
Went back to read the whole post, as for pups, take off your pickguard.
What pickup config does it have routed?


It has a s-s-s bickguard, but by the hooks of it, I could have a s-s-h pickup config.

Oh, and my computer blocked out the word d e a t h, so it meant to say d e a t h metal lol
#8
ok went on the seymour duncan website, and the blackout singles look good, but they're mighty expensive! I want something that I could play rhythm on, not so much lead as the Humbucker in the bridge will take care of that.

#9
you can't type death? odd.

By the way, almost everything in metal is done using the bridge pickup. I'd get stacked pickups for the neck and mid positions.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#10
Do any of you think an american/mexican strat bridge would be good in it? the Floyd Rose looks like a HUGE amount of work, not to mention price.
#11
Is it a hardtail bridge? If so just keep the hardtail and upgrade the tuners. If it is a trem bridge you can put a FR in it but you can only do dives. as long as you can shove the trem block through something and have it attach to springs on the other side it will fit.
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#12
you can't just put a FR where a trem used to be. You have to do some sort of modifications since the saddles on the FR are higher than most bridges (like a TOM) which means the bridge either needs recessing or shims need to be added to either raise the neck higher or give the neck a neck angle.
#13
Quote by guitarcam123
you can't just put a FR where a trem used to be. You have to do some sort of modifications since the saddles on the FR are higher than most bridges (like a TOM) which means the bridge either needs recessing or shims need to be added to either raise the neck higher or give the neck a neck angle.

Technically you can but it will play like ****.
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#14
Thanks guys for all the info,
I can get a mexican strat bridge for about $83.50 nzd (Im a kiwi), so I'll probably go for that.
At the moment I'm tossing up having an EMG sa-sa-81 setup, or a SD blackout s-s-s setup. Do you guys have any other ideas what other pickups I could put in? I am aiming for a classic rock-hard rock guitar, with s-s-s/h config.
#15
Quote by random_B-RAD
Is it a hardtail bridge? If so just keep the hardtail and upgrade the tuners. If it is a trem bridge you can put a FR in it but you can only do dives. as long as you can shove the trem block through something and have it attach to springs on the other side it will fit.


It's a Trem, and I probably won't put a FR in it, just settle with a mexi strat bridge.
#16
Honestly you'd be better just buying a new guitar, like an RG or something...
#17
Question, Why would you spend so much money on a pile of crap?
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.