I recently bought my first electric guitar, a used 2004 MIM Fender Strat. I play mostly alternative and classic rock. My guitar works well for the most part for these genres, especially if I use a distortion pedal (I have a Digitech RP-50, it came with the guitar). I think I want to upgrade the bridge pickup to some kind of humbucker. Would it be better to get a sort of "stacked" humbucker (Seymour Duncan has some) that I could just switch out with the single-coil that's in there right now, or get a normal humbucker and a new pickguard, and do whatever else would need to be done? What are some good pickup brands? How much would it cost (estimated)? I don't really think I'd be able to switch it out myself, as I'm not very good with electronics, and I'm pretty clumsy, so please include the price of having a shop do it, as well.
What amp do you have?
Fender Frontman 15G, just a practice amp for now. Of course, my parents are pretty strict so I'm not allowed to turn it up past 2 when they're home, or else they say it's too loud...
Instead of replacing pickups and what not it's way better tonally to change your amp considering it's a large portion of your tone.
Ok. What sort of amp would you recommend?
Ah woops what is your budget?
Around $200. I know I'm probably not going to get anything really good with that, but ya.
you could get an epiphone valve junior
Save up for a super champ XD.It's an absolutely brilliant little amp for classic rock tones in practice/small jam settings and will improve your sound a lot.
I actually like the Frontman 15g. It has a nice clean tone and with a good OD pedal it sounds beast. Although a tube/hybrid amp would be better. I would suggest just saving money for now.