What must you do to a Squier Affinity Fat strat (HSS) before it is better than a Yamaha Pacifica 012? Replace pickups, whatever, what do you have to do, or does the Affinity HSS alright out do the Yamaha Pacifica.

If it all depends on the type of music you play, see my sig for the kind I play (classic rock)

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
replacing the pickups would make it way better, but its never going to play/feel better than the pacifica, a setup will help but yamaha guitars just play nicely.
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