#1
I've recently purchased a Squier Strat set online, and I saw a demo video of the Strat on YouTube. The distortion/overdrive was horrible. Now, I'm thinking about upgrading the pickups, and I found some of these items:

Lil Killer Humbucker Rail for Strats
http://yhst-50206111187217.stores.yahoo.net/lilkicrhurap.html

Single Coil Upgrade
http://yhst-50206111187217.stores.yahoo.net/5albostpi1.html

Bridge Humbucker
http://yhst-50206111187217.stores.yahoo.net/gfsporacrpok.html

Pickguard Replacement (to accomodate the Humbucker)
http://yhst-50206111187217.stores.yahoo.net/blhsspifist.html

What are your thoughts?
#2
The terrible distortion was probably the amp, was it a Frontman?

A Squier can sound somewhat decent through a good amp. I'm not sure about the pickups though as I've never heard of Lil Killer.
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#4
Noticeable, but if I'm not mistaken, he's playing through a MG10MKII... To be honest, the MG series would make a Gibson Les Paul sound like ****.
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#6
Well i think you screwed up getting the squire, you shouldda went with maybe an ibanez.. I just think ibanez is a better value for the dollar.. But i would test the amp before trying anything new...Oh and what kind of style of music are you into..
#7
TBH it was my dad who purchased it. I wanted an Ibanez GAX30, for my dad, the $300 (guitar + amp) is too much, so he got the $200 Squier Strat set which included the guitar, a Squier amp, headphones, tuner, gig bag, etc.

As for music, I'm pretty much into anything, but mostly Rock, Metal, and some classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
#8
Well i have a Crate..im not sure what model or anything, but its ALOT like a squire strat, and idk, it sounds beautiful with a Boss Ds-1, that petal is only 40$ so its not alot, you could try something like that...Or just go upgrade the pickups; (im not really a fender man so i have no idea what im saying..) but just go with some Fender pickups..

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/electric-guitar-pickups?N=100001+304394&Ntk=All&Ntt=pickups&Nty=1

Check out some of those... lol...
#9
you don't know. you don't have that guy's amp or the fingers. it might sound good for you. don't waste money yet.
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#10
Wow, I never realized pickguards were so cheap. I'm rethinking my next squier upgrade--I was going to put in hot rails or a pro track in the bridge, but I think I might just go with that PG and a real humbucker.
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#11
now i kinda think that the tone was a lot better because:
1. his guitar playing got better between the two recordings
2. he discovered better amp settings between the recordings
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#13
Don't bother with new pickups, it's just his amp which made it sound bad. My friends Squier Affinity rings like a bell through my Epi VJ.
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#14
Well, I must admit, my teacher actually has a strat, and it sounds fine on his Roland Micro Cube. If my amp doesn't give me that good distortion that I need, I'm most likely to get it.