#1
Hey everyone,

I currently have a 2002 Squire Strat, and am running through a Peavey 30Watt Vypyr.
The amp is brand new, and I am loving the tones it produces. I've been playing too long to be seen with a only a Squire. I've been waiting, and waiting to get rid of this Squire guitar for years.

Though, the other day I was thinking. Since the guitar is made out of Alder (From what MusiciansFriend.com tells me) and a normal Fender is made out of the same wood, maybe I should repair it. I realise that the quality of the Squire wood is cheaper than a Fenders but still. I would replace the Squire Neck to a used mint condition Fender Strat neck. I would replace the pickups, and pickguard. Also the neckplate.

Its either do all that, or buy a new Epiphone LesPaul Standard Plustop. Keep in mind if I do upgrade the Squire, I would have to pay my local store to actually install everything. I have no experiance in building guitars.

Thanks everyone!

Lifelines
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#2
Those epiphones are good and since you have no experience in building it would cost a lot to do it by trial and error or pay someone else.
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#3
If you're gonna change so much stuff on the squier, you might as well get a new guitar. I would get the Les Paul and change the pickups on the Squier. Later changing the pickups on the Les Paul would be a good a idea too, so make sure you choose the one with a nice wood and body.

Hell, I have way more fun buying cheap guitars with good wood and pimpin them out than buying an expensive one all ready.
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#4
I'm no modding expert, but if you're gonna turn it into a Strat, then you might as well buy an American Strat.

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#5
Well, here in Canada a new LesPaul Standard Plustop is a bit over 700$.

On eBay the necks are going for around 250$, and with the pickups a set of 3 Tex Mex pickups are only 80$. Or I could go for some Custom shop 64's for 150$. Plus the hardware i'm looking at buying is only 30$.

So i'm looking at paying 510$ with the costs of installation. I beleive.

Lifelines
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Squier "20th Anniversary" Stratocaster
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Yamaha Classical CM40
Peavey Vypyr 30 Amplifier
#6
Sorry for the double post, but I forgot to mention,

Instead of having the Squier logo with my old neck. I will have a Fender Logo. I hate it when i'm gigging, alot of newbie guitarists judge you on what guitar you use, and not the music. I try not to worry about it, but I always do :P

Lifelines
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Yamaha FCX720SCA Acoustic
Yamaha Classical CM40
Peavey Vypyr 30 Amplifier
#7
DOUBLE POST DOUBLE POST! LOLZ

hah im messing around...

Anywho- the Les Paul and Strat are two different animals. Which one would you prefer? The work you are suggesting on the Strat is a big project to undertake. As for worrying about the logo, don't worry about it- if its a hot rodded guitar it'll be "uniquely" yours... and you shouldn't care what other people think
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#8
tbh, i bought all the parts for my strat copy and did it myself and it was totally worth it. I bought lace sensors and a neck for 150, tbx tone control, new neck plate, pickgaurd, knobs and tuners, nut. Did it all myself; i had never worked on a guitar before. I broke the neck at one point, just had to slow down, glue and clamp the neck sand the nut a little better and i was good to go. Do it yourself save some money and look for a cheaper neck. This forum has all the info you will need.
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#9
I would buy the LP and new pickups for the strat, then you have 2 good guitars, and one with a good name for your image .

I have a Squier too, and today I bought my second guitar, an Epiphone Korina Explorer and hell! I'm happy!!! (And there isn't even Gibson on it, but its still way better than showing up with a squier )
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#10
For the longest time, I hated my Strat and couldn't wait to get rid of it and I had tried a few LP's in the past and had loved them. I got a new amp, and said to myself "Wow, this is actually a pretty good guitar." The Fenders in the store, sound amazing. As do the LesPauls.

I can't say I have a favorite between the two. 50% of my influences use a LP, and the other half use a Strat.

I'm really not sure what to do at this stage.
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Peavey Vypyr 30 Amplifier
#11
Again, a doublepost. I'm getting bad :P.

If I choose to go with the LesPaul, I would be selling the Strat.
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Peavey Vypyr 30 Amplifier
#12
Quote by LifeLines
Again, a doublepost. I'm getting bad :P.

If I choose to go with the LesPaul, I would be selling the Strat.


There ya go- you willing to do that should tell you that maybe its time for a LP
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#13
Your right. Why upgrade something with cheap wood, when I can get a brand new Fender MIM Standard Strat for less!

Thanks guys for all your answers. Its time to sell the seven year old Strat.
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Peavey Vypyr 30 Amplifier
#14
Quote by LifeLines
Sorry for the double post, but I forgot to mention,

Instead of having the Squier logo with my old neck. I will have a Fender Logo. I hate it when i'm gigging, alot of newbie guitarists judge you on what guitar you use, and not the music. I try not to worry about it, but I always do :P

Lifelines
You know what I hate? When people have no pride in what they own and pretend to have something they don't. Who cares if it's a Squier? Most people who are worth your time will be there for what they hear, not what they see.

Don't be a poser.

#15
Well man, my main guitar is from a unknown, now non-existant, company called Walker. They made handmade guitars with great woods but didnt make it cause people read the logo and compared them to korean ****ty brands.

Anyway, i pimped my guitar with a Lace sensor and two Swineshead pickups and did my own kind of wiring. Point is, now i have a great guitar with my own touch and it screams beautifully in concerts. If you make your squier your own(maybe even do a crazy paintjob), no one can say anything.

So I told this boring story to tell to not worry about the brand. But I think there's no point in customizing it so when you can buy a real Fender for cheaper. Just think well if you want to have a strat or a les paul, try them out alright.

EDIT: Here in Brazil squiers are, as bad as they are, thought of as intermediate-low level guitars. So you get the point of how crappy one can think my guitar is before hearing it.
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