#1
So my friend Will gave me his old squier tele and I actually like the sound I get out of it, but the bridge is rusted to hell so I think I'm gonna replace it. Anyway I was wondering how easily I could do some modifications to it and how much it would cost me to do it well. I want to replace the bridge with a tremelo (perhaps something similar to a bigsby?) and put on some locking tuners so it will stay in tune when I use the trem. So, is this possible to do without breaking the bank or should I spend the money elsewhere?
#2
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So my friend Will gave me his old squier tele and I actually like the sound I get out of it, but the bridge is rusted to hell so I think I'm gonna replace it. Anyway I was wondering how easily I could do some modifications to it and how much it would cost me to do it well. I want to replace the bridge with a tremelo (perhaps something similar to a bigsby?) and put on some locking tuners so it will stay in tune when I use the trem. So, is this possible to do without breaking the bank or should I spend the money elsewhere?

i don't really know much but sounds like a bad idea because squiers kinda suck
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#3
for the price it would cost you to do it well (well enough that is doesnt pop out of tune everytime you bend a string) you could get an equally decent guitar with a trem . . .

90% of trem conversions either go wrong or go well but still end up making a guitar almost unplayable :/
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Quote by Thesmartkid
So my friend Will gave me his old squier tele and I actually like the sound I get out of it, but the bridge is rusted to hell so I think I'm gonna replace it. Anyway I was wondering how easily I could do some modifications to it and how much it would cost me to do it well. I want to replace the bridge with a tremelo (perhaps something similar to a bigsby?) and put on some locking tuners so it will stay in tune when I use the trem. So, is this possible to do without breaking the bank or should I spend the money elsewhere?


Not a good idea. Spend money elsewhere.
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#5
Spend money elsewhere. Locking tuners and Bigsbys are nice, but they'll be wasted on a guitar that sounds bad.
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#6
Squier's are getting to be nicer guitars, you'll never convince someone who will only touch something with FENDER USA on the headstock. That being said, with no experience, a bigsby is an expensive and pretty serious mod. My suggestion (assuming you have the butterscotch non string through affinity squier) is go to guitar fetish, they have locking tuners, rolling string trees, and a cheap vintage style flat body vibrola (trem). What I would do is Email their customer support and tell them you have a tele, and want to add that trem, and ask them what parts you would need in addition to the locking tuners and roller string trees. in the end your looking at like maybe $125 in mods, where as a bigsby alone costs $149+ alone. Check out there pickups and pickguards as well
#7
Whats with all this squier bashing? I love the 90s squires as well as the classic vibes. I think that you might be putting a little too much work and taking a little bit large of a risk though. I would just replace it with another Tele bridge and then if you really want to, get a guitar that currently has a trem.
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#8
Yeah, definitely look around for cheaper trems. I was gonna put a bigsby on my epiphone, but I found a $20 trem (prolly from China) and I'm very happy with it, stays in tune just fine, but I did have to drill some holes, so no going back without being ugly. Same for roller bridge and nut. You can get a locking or roller nut for only $3-5. I think my bridge was just under $20.
#9
Don't even attempt it, Tele's weren't designed with a trem in mind, plus, to add a trem your going to be removing a lot of wood. Plus, I doubt you'll ever use it, I never use my trem.

Best thing to do, is to buy a replacement tele bridge, some new tuners, and a new nut, and you should be good to go. www.guitarfetish.com is a good site to get some decent parts for cheap.

Too all the noobs saying Squiers are not worth it, ya'll just be noobs.
#10
Spend the money elsewhere. Without experience, you're looking at wasting a lot of cash on something that could easily go horribly, horribly wrong. I'd go with ethan_hanus' suggestion. Buy a new nut (bone is the better choice, but this is up to you), new tuners (Squier stock tuners are utter crap), and a new bridge. You could also spend whatever money you have left over on improving the pickups and wiring.
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