#1
its a '95, in great shape, i like the pickups that are in it. i just want to give her some lovin' as she has treated me well for a long time. bone stock other than graphtech saddles and i love them. also the trem is decked. tuners are fine (and i don't like locking tuners anyway).

trem block? it is the older smaller one. that may be a good move.

roller nut?

roller trees?

pots and some nice tone caps? although the pots are fine, could i just swap out the caps?

she plays great, and feels great, and is a keeper.

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i know that this thread is rather ambiguous. what would you do?
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#2
find a used tweed case on craigslist.

the guitar sounds fine.

edit: roller nut on a decked trem? why? i can't see a need for a roller tree either. pots/caps? do you really think it needs them?

if you have a nice case already, consider a good strap.
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#3
I think you have the main stuff covered. Maybe something aesthetically, like a new pickguard, knobs and switch-tip? If it sounds and plays like you want, I'd go for an improvement on looks to be honest.
#4
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find a used tweed case on craigslist.

the guitar sounds fine.

edit: roller nut on a decked trem? why? i can't see a need for a roller tree either. pots/caps? do you really think it needs them?

if you have a nice case already, consider a good strap.


haha, i am overran with cases. i have three closets full i could always use another strap.

it doesn't really need anything, i just want to throw a few bucks at her... lol.


i think that the trem block would be the most important. everybody has different thoughts on different metals.

i was thinking that if i redo the tone caps, i will wire up the bridge pickup to one of the tone knobs.

greg, i consider you one of the more knowledgeable people on strats, ideas?
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#6
. Roller string trees and a new nut. Failing that, forget about the string trees and buy staggered tuners.

. Straplocks.

. Maybe a new trem block. I was skeptical that having a brass big block in the Floyd of my Jackson would make any appreciable difference. But colour me surprised when it did.

. If you're into messing around with cap values, then perhaps get a varitone control? That would be cool on a Strat. You wouldn't have to use the typical chicken head knob either, you could just use a standard strat knob that fits onto the shaft and you'll keep the guitar looking stock that way. It would mean that you could use one tone control for adjusting the capacitor value and the other tone control for adjusting the level of cut.
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#7
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. Roller string trees and a new nut. Failing that, forget about the string trees and buy staggered tuners.

. Straplocks.

. Maybe a new trem block. I was skeptical that having a brass big block in the Floyd of my Jackson would make any appreciable difference. But colour me surprised when it did.

. If you're into messing around with cap values, then perhaps get a varitone control? That would be cool on a Strat. You wouldn't have to use the typical chicken head knob either, you could just use a standard strat knob that fits onto the shaft and you'll keep the guitar looking stock that way. It would mean that you could use one tone control for adjusting the capacitor value and the other tone control for adjusting the level of cut.


i have strap locks.

i am set on the trees i think. they are cheap in comparison to other things.

what would you recommend for a nut?

i think the block is top priority.

the varitone is interesting, but i am not sure i need all that functionality.
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#9
New trem block for sure.

I went from whatever piece of shit bridge with shitty tiny and light block that is in a stock Squier to the Wilkinson WVPC hipshot style with a big steel block on my Strat the difference was huge, so I can only imagine how good it will be with a brass block.
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#10
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i think the block is top priority.

Depending on the thickness of the block you're going to buy compared to the stock one, I wouldn't expect a dramatic change. But the change is certainly there if you get something like brass.
what would you recommend for a nut?

LSR rollers are nice, but I think you do need to modify the nut shelf to get one to fit. They're expensive too.

Failing that, just get a TUSQ nut. In my opinion they're the best standard nuts you can buy. They're very hard and they're also teflon impregnated, so they're very slippery. They even yellow like bone when exposed to UV light. You can get them in black, white, ivory etc.
the varitone is interesting, but i am not sure i need all that functionality.

Aye, they aren't for everyone. But if you want to do something different from the norm, they're a nice option if you like messing with tone control.
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i have strap locks.

i am set on the trees i think. they are cheap in comparison to other things.

what would you recommend for a nut?

i think the block is top priority.

the varitone is interesting, but i am not sure i need all that functionality.


+1 for the brass big block
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#13
I generally have an idea about what I want to do to a guitar if I want to mod it.


If I cant think of it then I sit on my money and wait until I can actually do something I WANT with it.
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but muh big block
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#16
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she plays great, and feels great, and is a keeper.


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#18
Trem block and splurge for the brass claw and screws with noiseless springs.
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#19
Made in Mexico, huh? Make it LOOK like it was made in Mexico, esé!

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#20
an EMG Afterburner maybe to have an onboard boost? US $47 on Amazon, easy installation, works with all pickups
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#21
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greg, i consider you one of the more knowledgeable people on strats, ideas?

the only other thing i could think of, was installing a TBX tone control circuit.

not sure if you can swing it for under $50, but it's a worthy upgrade to most stocks strats, IMO.

I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#22
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the only other thing i could think of, was installing a TBX tone control circuit.

not sure if you can swing it for under $50, but it's a worthy upgrade to most stocks strats, IMO.



They're <$20 shipped.
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Adding a greasebucket cap at the very least helps many Strats.
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#24
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yes! get two and put one on another guitar.


They will be on my next order.
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#25
i have a 95 as my main strat. i'd say that i'd consider replacing the bridge saddles and the trem block first for that budget. i have graphtec saddles which i really like and a steel trem block. my strat also has staggered locking tuners and an LSR roller nut. the roller nut is nice but over your budget and then it needs to be installed properly. if you don't plan on using the trem just make sure the nut is cut right and the guitar has a good setup, should stay in tune.
#26
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i have a 95 as my main strat. i'd say that i'd consider replacing the bridge saddles and the trem block first for that budget. i have graphtec saddles which i really like and a steel trem block. my strat also has staggered locking tuners and an LSR roller nut. the roller nut is nice but over your budget and then it needs to be installed properly. if you don't plan on using the trem just make sure the nut is cut right and the guitar has a good setup, should stay in tune.


I have graphtech saddles already and love them.

What would you recommend for a trem block? What do you think about material-wise?
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#27
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What do you think about material-wise?

wood.

if someone says the species of wood matters for tone in a trem block, i'm gonna lose my shit.

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#28
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wood.

if someone says the species of wood matters for tone in a trem block, i'm gonna lose my shit.


Well...you probably wouldn't want to use balsa or cork.

Commence shit-loss, gregs1020.
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#29
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I have graphtech saddles already and love them.

What would you recommend for a trem block? What do you think about material-wise?


steel seems to work just fine. can't say i've tried brass or some of the other more esoteric types though. personally i can't see spending real money on this as some blocks can get rather pricey. as long as it's reasonably quality steel then you should be good. a block from say guitar fetish should be fine. wait i did have a brass block in a strat copy many years back and it didn't seem any better than anything else.
#30
I like wenge.

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#33
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steel seems to work just fine. can't say i've tried brass or some of the other more esoteric types though. personally i can't see spending real money on this as some blocks can get rather pricey. as long as it's reasonably quality steel then you should be good. a block from say guitar fetish should be fine. wait i did have a brass block in a strat copy many years back and it didn't seem any better than anything else.


where did you get yours from?
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youre just being a jerk man.



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#34
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where did you get yours from?


well my strat was bought used with all those upgrades so i'm not sure. it appears the same as pix from Guitar Fetish site so i'm guessing that where it came from.
#35
I would tape a 50 dollar bill to the headstock somehow..... lmao. MIM strats are great just as they are. I would not change a thing.