#1
Well ????

Since i haven't saved up enough for a strat (i'm 16 and dont have a job) should i buy really good pickups like lets say Texas Specials....and put them on my Squier so i can get a more "Strat" sounding guitar....or
save up for like 12454343253453 more years and
get a real strat ???
is it worth it....???

I am a blues rock player.....and i like to have an extra PUNCH....to my guitar....
i really enjoy hearing the guitar scream....as well as....adding percussive hits on muted strings etc.etc.etc....what do you think ???

thank you all....
#4
I would, in fact I plan to after I buy quite a few other things on my GAS list. I love the feel of a squier strat, but they lack that amazing sound. a 100$ investment would make it like a real fender for half the price
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#5
In my experiences, most Squiers are built quite well, but have terrible electronics. I'd say do it and be amazed at how much more full your guitar sounds
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I would, in fact I plan to after I buy quite a few other things on my GAS list. I love the feel of a squier strat, but they lack that amazing sound. a 100$ investment would make it like a real fender for half the price


yea...minus half the other things that make a fender a fender...
#7
If you like the guitar enough, then do it. I'm currently modifying my Squier because I love the neck on it. It's more comfortable than any MIA 2008 Strat necks I've played.

But if the guitar does nothing for you, if the neck is slightly warped, the tuning wobbly, the jack socket crackling, the pots dirty, then maybe you are better off saving up and getting a MIM Strat, or better still, a MIJ Strat from ebay.
#8
Do you have a good amp? Upgrading pickups are worthless if you don't have a good amp.
#9
^ What he said. The boy needs a good amp.
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#10
new amp before pups.
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#11
Good guitars consist of great sounding woods, flawless craftmanship, good quality electronics and hardware. Squiers typically lack all four. You can upgrade your pickups but I wouldn't spend a lot.
#12
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Good guitars consist of great sounding woods, flawless craftmanship, good quality electronics and hardware. Squiers typically lack all four. You can upgrade your pickups but I wouldn't spend a lot.

unless your clifford the big red dog...your not gonna tell a whole lotta difference of wood, especailly if hes somewhat new. and electronics are replaceable for a reason d00d.

i say go for the pups and also what squire is it? if its a classic vibe series doo ettt
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#13
I guess it all depends....

Some of the Squiers and the early MIM Strats came with horrible sounding pickups but these days theyre equiped with much better parts so first thing, find out exactly what vintage Squier you own.

2nd, I'd look around on Ebay and buy a set of used pickups. I got my Rio Grandes for under $100 and saved a lot of cash by doing so. A "real Strat" can sound a lot of different ways but you might be thinking of one of the Fender "Vintage" pickup sets or the EJs. Texas Spls are a different flavor...

Try out some different Strats till you find a sound you like. Then try to find some used pickups.

The amp is the finale part of the tone chain, so you'll have to listen to some amps and once again, buy a good used amp. When I went electric, I dropped in at my local auction house abd bought a 100 watt Peavey 1X12 for $40.00 and a brand new Pignose 60 watt 1X12 for $25. You don't need that much power any more than I do (I sold those amps for a huge profit!) but the deals are out there.

Some cheap but good pickups and a 5 to 15 watt amp and you'll be set for a long time!

Good luck!
#14
Do it!!

One day I'm going to change the pups in my pacifica strat [HSS]- I love that guitar - it is really great to play - - - apart from the all out noise from the single coils and the lack of real strength in the humbucker.

But I agree with the above - new amp before anything else.

If you only have enough money for pups or amp, Go for the amp.
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#15
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unless your clifford the big red dog...your not gonna tell a whole lotta difference of wood, especailly if hes somewhat new. and electronics are replaceable for a reason d00d.

i say go for the pups and also what squire is it? if its a classic vibe series doo ettt


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I would do it providing your squier isnt a bullet.

There are also other pickups you could try, not just fender ones.
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#16
Some Fenders are actually quite cheap, so you could sell the squier, and you wouldn't be that far off getting a Fender, also, don't forget Christmas isn't too far away so you could get it then. But putting Fender pickups in your Squier will make a big difference.
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#17
What kind of Squier is it? If you enjoy the feel of your Squier then go for it.

By the way, Tex Specials aren't "really good". Sure they're good, but IMO "really good" belongs to handwound boutique pups. I'm not saying they aren't good, but they're not the best ever.
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#18
Ok for those that wanted to know...
my Squier is not a bullet its from the affinity series....
its a SQUIRE STRAT-Crafted in Indonesia
with a serial number of:
s/n ICO70724972- can anyone tell me what this means... (year, etc.)
i liked around online but not much help.....

thank you everybody......
#19
Right on wikipedia.

Indonesian Squiers

IC: I = Indonesia, C = Cor-Tek (Cort), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.

IS: I = Indonesia, S = Samick, the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
So your guitar was made in '07 (2007).

Do you like your Affinity? Affinities commonly have thinner bodies and necks (nut width is smaller), unlike their counterparts.
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