#1
So, my Squier Affinity is starting to become tired out, 6 years of heavy abuse has left it tired out, and starting to fall apart on me. So, what I'm looking for is a decent replacement guitar, and I'm not looking to spend alot of money, but Bareknuckle pickups are a must, so that'll be thrown in there.

I like Squiers enough, and I've heard nothing but good things on the CV Squier's, and I have no shame playing a Squier, since I've gotten my Affinity to blow non-believes away in shame.

I have plenty of great amps to play on, my Trace Elliot and my Modded Valveking, I'm not worried about tone so much as the playability of the guitar. Can ya'll go over the guitar and the mods I plan on carrying out over a period of months and see if you can recommend either something else, or something you'd change.

The tones I'm going for, metal, not going for a particular sound, just whatever unique metal tone I can get, which is why I'm getting the Sinner single coils, awesome awesome single coils, but I'd also like to be able to get a good Billy Talent tone, which I'm certain they can nail.

I'm looking at this guitar

Squier CV Strat SSS- $349.99 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-classic-vibe-stratocaster-60s-electric-guitar

Graph Tech String Saver Steel Saddles- $60: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/graph-tech-string-saver-classics-strat-tele-2-3-16-spacing

Graphtech nut- $12.99: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/graph-tech-slotted-trem-nut-for-stratocaster/360450000000000

Schaller Locking Tuning Machine Heads 6-in-line-$80- http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/schaller-locking-tuning-machine-heads-6-in-line/360387000000000

Fender American standard 11 hole white pickguard- $12: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/fender-american-standard-strat-11-hole-pickguard

3 Fender 250k pots-$12: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/fender-250k-split-shaft-potentiometer/361266000000000

Bareknuckle "The Sinner" Single coil set with white covers-$234.99: http://guitarasylum.com/index.php?/pickups/bare-knuckle-pickups/single-coils-for-strat/bare-knuckle-pickups-the-sinner-single-coil-set/flypage-2.tpl


So, I'm looking at a destructive sleeper Squier that can do blues to metal for $761.97, or to round that number out, $800 over a period of 3-6 months to acquire all the parts.

What do you guys think? Stupid idea? Or no?
#2
The only issues I can see is whether ot not a US standard pickguard will fit a Squier (I know on basses they generally don't, no idea here) and you potentially called billy talent metal

So, no, if that's what you want then go for it.

Though, TBH, you could probably get a better guitar for $800 anyway.
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#3
if you like how it plays thats a great idea... but for 800 dollars youcan get a really nice guitar stock and add the pups anyway...

or maybe find a used guitar at the same price? or the same guitar used would save yousome money and since your basically changing out everything but the neck and body it wouldnt be a bad idea
just a few sugestions out there for you
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Used American strat on Craigslist $500-600, upgrade pickups.

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#6
That's an awful idea. Buy a proper Strat.

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That's an awful idea. Buy a proper Strat.


Have to agree with this. Sure you can do it, but it's like why? It almost seems like you're doing it just to say that you have a Squire that sounds good.
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#8
For 800$ or less you can easily find a used American Standard, American Special or Highway One or even 2 nice MIM Strats.
Especially if you get a Special or HW1, you'll still have enough money for new pickups, locking tuners and a new nut (I'd recommend a roller nut).

But spending 400$ on a guitar which doesn't even cost that much?
It will still be a cheap guitar, made of cheap wood and cheap hardware (unless you also swap the bridge which is another 100$).
#9
$800 will get you a really nice Schecter if you're into metal, but yeah I agree with the others that you're better off buying a used American standard. I've got nothing against Squiers as beginner guitars, but the fact is the electronics inside won't be very good, and even after all the upgrades you plan to make it still won't sound as good as it should (it will sounds better, but not $400 better).
#10
http://www.hellomusic.com/ec/Home.aspx Sounds good to me, and its not used!
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It almost seems like you're doing it just to say that you have a Squire that sounds good.

He is.

Buy a real strat. If you really want to build something like that get a Warmoth.
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#12
Well, it's not going to happen now, I just found out today I got fired from my job.

But the point of buying a Squier CV was to have a decent cheap platform to mod, I plan on doing all of those mods to any guitar I buy, I just need a good platform to start with.

Guess I'm stuck with the Squier for a while longer.
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Well, it's not going to happen now, I just found out today I got fired from my job.

But the point of buying a Squier CV was to have a decent cheap platform to mod, I plan on doing all of those mods to any guitar I buy, I just need a good platform to start with.

Guess I'm stuck with the Squier for a while longer.


sorry to hear that. i had a contract job and that expired without my being hired so i'm poor at the moment myself.

sure things will pick up for you and i'd consider getting an american strat when it does.
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Well, it's not going to happen now, I just found out today I got fired from my job.

But the point of buying a Squier CV was to have a decent cheap platform to mod, I plan on doing all of those mods to any guitar I buy, I just need a good platform to start with.

Guess I'm stuck with the Squier for a while longer.

Sorry to hear about that man.

Squier CVs are good guitars for the price, but I honestly think you can take just about any standard Squier, upgrade to GFS pickups and level the frets, and you'll have a guitars as good as the CV. I think one thing people don't realize is that the CV costs more, so the pickups and the finish work is a little better, but it's still a Squier in the end. It will never touch a good American Strat, Fender used better wood for them.