#1
Hi all. After putting it off for years, I'm finally going to start modding my first guitar, a Squier Affinity Strat. As much as I love this guitar, it has several issues at the moment that prevent it from being in my regular playing rotation, and I hope to remedy that.

At the moment, the only sure-fire upgrades are coming in the form of a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge position and the addition of 500k pots. However, I know next to nothing about tuners and single coil pickups, and that's why I'm here.

So UG, what are some nice, stable tuners for a strat? And are there any neck/middle single coil pickups that can give me a nice, ska-reggae type clean tone why also giving a nice fat distortion sound? All help is greatly appreciated!

Also, for those that are curious, this is the guitar in question:

#2
are you going for a full size JB or a single size one? if the full size one make sure the guitar is routed for it.

i dont know a huge amount about singles either but i world recommend an RW/RP (reverse wound Reverse polarity) for the middle
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are you going for a full size JB or a single size one? if the full size one make sure the guitar is routed for it.

i dont know a huge amount about singles either but i world recommend an RW/RP (reverse wound Reverse polarity) for the middle


Hey man, thanks for the reply.

I'm going for a full sized JB; thankfully the body is already routed for that. And I'll definitely start looking at those types of pick ups. Any ideas for quality tuners to throw on it?
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Quote by Explorerbuilder
a 500 K pot with a JB might be way too harsh and bright. They are already insanely bright and trebbly.


Interesting you should think that, because I removed a JB after a couple of weeks because I thought it sounded like mud, and replaced it with an SD Jazz. But this was through a warm amp, a Blues Deluxe. I might think better of them through a bright amp like my current one.

jacob, if you're going to HSS, it is a good opportunity to get a flashy new pickguard.

I don't know too much about strat SCs, but I play mostly clean, and I'm very picky about string-to-string balance. So I would either get ones with a modern stagger, that is, a high 3rd string pole, or be prepared to adjust the pole heights to suit (on plastic bobbins only), which is what I do.
#6
Don't go for a JB; I did exactly the same thing and it sounds extremely bright. Only really suitable for certain types of metal in a strat. Think Iron Maiden.
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Quote by Explorerbuilder
a 500 K pot with a JB might be way too harsh and bright. They are already insanely bright and trebbly.


Hm. I was under the impression that a 500K's were pretty much necessary when using humbuckers.
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Don't go for a JB; I did exactly the same thing and it sounds extremely bright. Only really suitable for certain types of metal in a strat. Think Iron Maiden.


Well I'm going with the JB since I play a lot of punk rock and pop punk, and from my research I found that JB provides a lot of great crunch without needing a ton of gain from the amp and without breaking up cleans (like say, a SD Invader). Not to mention that most of my favorite guitar tones come from guitars equipped with the JB. I'll definitely look around though for anything else that might be better suited.
#9
Alright, after poking around online I've found out that the JB is actually supposed to be paired with a 250k pot, so I'll be doing that as to avoid getting excess treble in my tone. Apparently it also helps with the pickup cleaning up/sounding clearer with gain, so that's a big plus.

Would it be best to go with 250k tone pots here?
#10
I have a 250k pot with mine. It's still extremely bright. It's a great pickup (as I said, I have it myself) but it will turn the bridge position of your strat into a bit of a one trick pony. The clean sound in the bridge is, for me, unbearably ice-picky and borderline unusable. Also, if you keep the other pups stock, there will be a SIGNIFICANT difference in volume between pickup positions. The bridge will be overwhelmingly louder than the others, to the point where switching pickups in a live situation is very awkward. I ended up having to replace the neck pickup too (I never use the middle one).

Strats have a very unusual and unique sound, as I'm sure you know. You have to be pretty careful selecting pickups for them. I regret that I wasn't.
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#11
Just a simple suggestion regarding tuners - removing the middle string tree (D and G strings) actually improved tuning response and (surprisingly) stability a good bit for me.

Hope this helps!
#12
You'll probably be better off with something like a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates or a 59 than a JB. Very trebly and harsh pickup, even with 250k pots.

If tuning stability is a problem, replacing the nut with a TUSQ one and the string trees with roller string trees often makes a huge difference and they're easy and very cheap to change. The bridge itself can also be a problem, but changing it quickly gets expensive. In cases of cheap 6 screw vibratos like yours, it's best just to block them.
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If tuning stability is a problem, replacing the nut with a TUSQ one and the string trees with roller string trees often makes a huge difference and they're easy and very cheap to change. The bridge itself can also be a problem, but changing it quickly gets expensive. In cases of cheap 6 screw vibratos like yours, it's best just to block them.


Yup yup. Already have the bridge locked down pretty well.