#1
Hey guys, I have a friend who is looking into modifying his guitar a little bit. He is going to be getting some new pickups, I think 2 singles and 1 humbucker but I'm not too sure. He's getting a new nut cause his is kinda busted. A knew plug-in for the guitar cable, a new face plate, he's also getting one of those swithes that changes between the pickups and he's getting a new one of those, and maybe a couple other things that I'm not quite sure what they are but he says the price the guy is gonna charge will probably somewhere around 400-500 dollars.

The guitar has a strat body style if that matters and he plays some rock, country, blues for the most part. I was wondering if you guys could suggest the best pickups for that kind of music and maybe some other modifications that would be a good pick for the sound. Thanks a lot....if I'm asking the wrong kinds of questions the please let me know.
#2
Seymour Duncan SSL-2's in the neck and middle, and a Seymour Duncan Peraly Gates in the bridge.
You got your glassy strat tone up top, and a rude bluesy humbucker in the bridge.

If you're looking for cheap, yet premium-quality, alternatives - check out guitarfetish.com. Everyone here seems to love the pickups, especially for the prices.

EDIT: All the stuff you mentioned should NOT cost 500 bucks. If that's what the guy is charging, I'd do it myself if I were your buddy. All of those mods are fairly easy, even for a beginner to guitar hotrodding. Definitely would teach ya a bit about guitars, and save ya some bucks.
Last edited by forsaknazrael at Feb 6, 2007,
#3
well the guy said it'd cost all that much for the service and for all of the parts and it'd probably cost more like $450 if that makes any difference? He was going to spend about 240 on all the pickups and the guy said the work i think would be somewhere around 120 or so i think. I would love to learn how to do some of those easy modifications and stuff but I wouldn't even know where to begin to learn how or anything like that so this guy is our best bet i think.
#4
You know how to solder and use a screwdriver? Yes? Good, you can do everything there except change the nut. If not, its time to learn. Just practise a few time with the old pickups before jumping in on the newies. Ask someone else about the replacing the nut, I haven't needed to learn yet (but shortly will).
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#6
I suggested guitarfetish.com in your other thread exactly like this one.

They have great pickups, especially their Premium Alnico PUPs...

You can replace all of that yourself fairly simply with a soldering iron.

To replace the nut, you take an eyeglass flathead screwdriver and put it in between the bottom of the nut and the neck. You tap it with a hammer very easily, being sure not to gouge the wood. Once you get it to release from the nut-slot, it's as simple as sliding it out. If you crack the nut, it doesn't matter, just be careful with the wood.

Total: $109.75(You would still need to buy a nut at your local shop)

Humbucker: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/crpafhublbrp.html
Good PUP set(just use the mid and neck pups): http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/provalstpiou.html
Jackplate w/ jack: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/stjafouplfrj.html
5-way switch: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/st5swwifrtis.html
Pickguard: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/whhsspifist.html

Of course that is just for a range... Go there and have him custom order the ones he wants. This was just to show you that it would be much cheaper if he went elsewhere and did the work himself.
#7
Quote by eXperiment63
I suggested guitarfetish.com in your other thread exactly like this one.

They have great pickups, especially their Premium Alnico PUPs...

You can replace all of that yourself fairly simply with a soldering iron.

To replace the nut, you take an eyeglass flathead screwdriver and put it in between the bottom of the nut and the neck. You tap it with a hammer very easily, being sure not to gouge the wood. Once you get it to release from the nut-slot, it's as simple as sliding it out. If you crack the nut, it doesn't matter, just be careful with the wood.

Total: $109.75(You would still need to buy a nut at your local shop)

Humbucker: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/crpafhublbrp.html
Good PUP set(just use the mid and neck pups): http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/provalstpiou.html
Jackplate w/ jack: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/stjafouplfrj.html
5-way switch: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/st5swwifrtis.html
Pickguard: http://store.yahoo.com/yhst-50206111187217/whhsspifist.html

Of course that is just for a range... Go there and have him custom order the ones he wants. This was just to show you that it would be much cheaper if he went elsewhere and did the work himself.


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#8
thanks for all the help guys, I think the biggest problem for us though is that we don't really know how to soder that well, or well enough anyways to mess up a guitar i guess. I suppose he just doesn't want to go out and buy a bunch of stuff and then try to soder and **** something up and then have to go get it done by this guy anyways and end up wasting more money...thanks for the help though
#10
thanks for that site forsaknazrael, i read through it all and understand a little bit better the mechanics of it but i think i'll have my dad or someone show me a few times first. thanks again though
#11
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thanks for that site forsaknazrael, i read through it all and understand a little bit better the mechanics of it but i think i'll have my dad or someone show me a few times first. thanks again though



I learnt to solder by ripping apart old radio's and disassembling then reassembling them. My parents got a little angry at me though....
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#12
I learned to solder by dropping a soldering iron on my leg and getting a pretty gnarly burn. Lesson learned: Don't drop the soldering iron.
Also:
http://www.stewmac.com/wiring101/soldering_dos_donts.html

Quote by Amped
thanks for that site forsaknazrael, i read through it all and understand a little bit better the mechanics of it but i think i'll have my dad or someone show me a few times first. thanks again though

No prob. Just give it a try, though. Definitely would save you a lot of money...and..really...there's not a lot you could reeeeally screw up, as long as you follow schematics from guitarelectronics.com, and follow the stuff in those guides. Plus, you have people on UG here to help.
Last edited by forsaknazrael at Feb 7, 2007,
#13
thanks that helps even more...the stewmac thing but the leg burn tip was helpful too
#16
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will do, thanks again forsaknazrael you help out a lot


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