#1
So i'm going to be heading up to a pawn shop with some good deals this weekend and I hope to be coming home with a cheap strat or LP type guitar. Honestly i'll take whatever I can get a good deal on as long as it feels good.

What would you reccomend for electronics upgrades? new pickups are a given and i'm not sure if i want to go all out and get something like BKP or just stick with a SD or dimarzio. I'm open to suggestions. What else should i consider upgrading in the guitar to turn it into a pretty good guitar?

Current gear is schecter c1 hellraiser, (the new one is going to be purposed for a punk/rock type of thing)

using a VHT special 6 ultra, ibanez ts9, tc hall of fame, mxr phase 90, mxr noise clamp, crybaby 535q and tc polytune.


I'd like reccomendations for either HH or HSS set ups because I dont really know what i'm going to get. I want it to be suitable for a wide variety of genres but mostly a punk/rock as well as really smooth and chimey clean stuff in the neck position
#3
Well Duncan and Dimarzio are a solid choice. But if it is a cheapo GFS pickups are pretty good and average $30 a pickup. I have actually replaced a Dimarzio Super Distortion with a GFS Fat Pat that sounds better IMO.

www.guitarfetish.com

This is the GFS site and they have good locking tuners for $30 a set. I have ordered lots of parts and pickups from them and everything has been good quality.

Hell their guitars are a great value also
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#4
You don't even know what you're buying but want new pickups.
Also you'd rather get a cheap guitar to upgrade than a better guitar that doesn't need upgrades.

Think about what's wrong with that.
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#5
Personally, I'd just get a set of cheap pickups if you dont like the ones in whatever you buy. I don't really see the point in putting great pickups in cheap wood
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#6
A cheap guitar from a pawn shop doesn't necessarily mean crap wood.

For punk, generally speaking, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders for the single coils and something like a SD Pearly Gates for the humbucker (ie a slightly hotter PAF type of thing.) But really, wait until you get the guitar and then come back.
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#7
When I think pop punk, I think JB.

I also think Marshall DSLs and Mesa Single Rectifiers.
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#8
Quote by JesusCrisp
You don't even know what you're buying but want new pickups.
Also you'd rather get a cheap guitar to upgrade than a better guitar that doesn't need upgrades.

Think about what's wrong with that.


Because I'm not going to strip a nice guitar and try and paint it and put new everything in it and risk ruining it. If I spend $50 on a guitar and drop a nice set of pickups in there, paint it myself, and make it my own, i'll leave with a little better feeling knowing its my own handywork than just buying it as is off the shelf. I like projects. I'd rather put the $300 into this than however much into something new