#1
Hey, I have a Squier SE-100 that I got in a beginner package about 10 years ago and I haven't touched it in ages. I decided that I'm going to modify it so it can be at least a viable guitar for gigging. I've never modified a guitar before, but I'm under the impression that changing the pickups and neck is the best way to make a major improvement (but once again, I'm very new at this so I don't really know.)

All I'm saying is that I really don't know where to start and could use some advice. I don't know what to look for in necks and pickups. I don't know if I should get three of the same kind of pickups or try to get three different ones. I'm hoping that I can get some Pete Townsend and Mick Ronson kind of tones out this guitar, but I don't know what to look for. Can anyone please give me some advice or at least point me to some helpful links? It'd be much appreciated.
#2
if the guitar sounds good go for it as you've had it for a while. I hate when people swap pickups on guitars the second they get them or a week after blaming poor sound quality in just the pickups.

anyways.. you've got a bunch of options
everyone is going to say seymour duncan or dimarzio but here's some affordable options

GFS pickups - lots of different varieties

double rail pickups on ebay aren't bad. They are very loud like humbuckers and cancel hum and can coiltap to single coil tones. They are 6$ american each with free shipping. The bridge pickup is 12k , the neck positions about 9k if we're going by just resistance. The larger the resistance usually the louder the pickup is what people think.

My advice if you've got a bit of money to burn is find what the guitar is missing sound wise and go from there. My suggestion is a 4 wire pickup so it cancels hum not like the classic single coils.

wiring wise
here's my schematic I use. There is a push pull in it but you can skip that. That is just to turn all 3 pickups on or the neck/bridge like David Gilmour of pink floyd does. This is a strat diagram I wish fender would do as I find strat wiring to be impractical. Your volume and selector remain the same. You have the feel of a strat still but a master 2 band EQ controls to shape each pickup. This is very cheap to do if you skip the push pull pot.


Last edited by Tallwood13 at Jan 15, 2015,