#1
My friend is selling his Squier Affinity Telecaster for £35. I was thinking of buying it and modding it so I could bring it to college and leave it there when I go to lunch without having to worry about it since its cheap. Is this a good idea? Another option would be to buy a Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster for £220. Could I make the Affinity as good as the classic vibe though or is it the wood that is much better in the classic vibe?
#2
wood weight and general overall parts and build quality is what I've found to feel different in those guitars... the classic vibe is nice, but I've played squiers that sounded alright as well. If it's gonna be a University banger, buy the cheap one and have some fun with it.
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#3
Well, the Classic Vibe has a pine body, while the Affinity has an alder body.
I wouldn't say it's necessarily better, but it does sound different.

Personally, i prefer the feeling of the Classic Vibe to the Affinity.
However, i'm also a big fan of the Squier Affinity Series. They're usually great guitars (always try before you buy), and excellent for modding.


It's a tough call, really.
The Classic Vibe Telecasters are really awesome, no doubt about it.
But on the other hand, a £35 Affinity Tele for modding is a pretty sweet deal...

I'd say: if you're looking for the traditional Telecaster sound, go for the Classic Vibe.
If you already have an idea of what you're looking for with the mod job, go for the Affinity.
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#4
For pretty much dead on £100, you'd be able to buy the guitar, then replace all the pots and electrics (inc an orange drop cap.), and two new IronGear pickups.

For that much, you'd have a pretty fine sounding guitar, but it wouldn't be much of a loss if the body & neck got damaged while in college. The new guts would actually cost/be worth more!

In my opinion it'd be pretty good as a basis to mod! You could always look at upgrading the bridge and tuners too then, after/with the electrics.

#5
Thanks for the replies.

Quote by Instrumania
For pretty much dead on £100, you'd be able to buy the guitar, then replace all the pots and electrics (inc an orange drop cap.), and two new IronGear pickups.

For that much, you'd have a pretty fine sounding guitar, but it wouldn't be much of a loss if the body & neck got damaged while in college. The new guts would actually cost/be worth more!

In my opinion it'd be pretty good as a basis to mod! You could always look at upgrading the bridge and tuners too then, after/with the electrics.



Any suggestions for what electronics and hardware I should use?
Do you know any good sites to buy from?
#6
Axetec! :
http://www.axetec.co.uk/index.htm

3rd result down:
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_029.htm
is the wiring set you want. Can choose your own setup then from the drop downs.

http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_063.htm
thats the link for the single coil pickups. The steel twin is a stacked bucker if you want a grittier, thicker sound, but to fit in the tele. Steel-Foundry pickups (can buy in a set) are the ones for the more classic tele sound.

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#9
Hardware in terms of bridges, nuts and tuners you mean?

edit: if so, then axetec are good for it again! haha..

locking tuners (£25): (go to the bottom)
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_038.htm

graphite nut (£2.50)
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_025.htm

Bridges (depends on string formation etc, ie through body or through bridge), which start at £12.50
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_040.htm
Last edited by Instrumania at Sep 1, 2010,
#10
Quote by Instrumania
Hardware in terms of bridges, nuts and tuners you mean?

edit: if so, then axetec are good for it again! haha..

locking tuners (£25): (go to the bottom)
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_038.htm

graphite nut (£2.50)
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_025.htm

Bridges (depends on string formation etc, ie through body or through bridge), which start at £12.50
http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec%20guitar%20parts%20spares%20pickups_040.htm


Yeah that's what I meant. Thanks
#11
I've been thinking about stuffing a couple of Irongear tele pickups in my Squier standard Tele, so if you do put them in the Affinity I'd love to know what you think of them. I've used Irongear pickups for my DIY tele Delux (I put in a couple of Hammerheads) and was very pleased with the sound they give

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#12
Looking to buy myself a Squier 50s classic vibe telecaster.
Going to try and mod it with a bigsby kit, change the Alinco3s to... something.

Any suggestions? (looking for sound of Oasis)

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