#1
I got an affinity squire as a first guitar...and i really want to get a good sound and probably a relic look... should I mod the strat by putting new a new bridge and pups on it...if so, what do you recommend for a really jazzy-blues sound for clean and distortion...
or buy a fender standard for about $399-500 and do the same?
Last edited by purplestrat at Jan 28, 2008,
#4
Get the Fender dude, you can always mod it later on and make it an uber guitar, or mod it now if you like. If you just spend the money getting extra mods for the squire you'll always be limited in terms of how good you can make it, and ultimately it'll be a slight waste of money because of that. If you get the fender you'll already have a really good sound, but unlike with the squire, you'll be able to mod it to an even higher level because the base you're working on is much better.
#7
Get an American Fender, shove some noiseless pickups and ugh, that's ORGASMIC!
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#8
Quote by Punkismygod
^-- depends on what do you want to play
i asked "what do you recommend for a really jazzy-blues sound for clean and distortion... "

and what are lace pickups...one of my friends mentioned them as being awesome...ive heard of them countless times, and looked them up a few times...but what makes them so special?
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#9
Actually, it really depends. Do you like how your Squier feels? If so, I would just mod the Squier and forgo the Fender.
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#10
First of all what amp do you have?

they are supposed to sound like vintage pickups, they emulate the sound without the single coil hum... and they do a pretty good job.

But I like the Vintage Noisless set, they dont have the true single coil chime, but the have the single coil sound, and no noise.

I also like the Samarian Cobalt Noisless, but they are spendy... I really like the Texas Specials in the SRV sig... but they are noisey when used with a lot of dist... or bad sheilding.

My advice is to get a MIM Standard Strat and put Vintage Noisless pickups or Texas Specials in it... or maybe a Roadhouse Strat, has pretty good p/ups stock, and if you dont like them it is a pretty cheap guitar to replace them.
#11
Quote by Wylde_Life
First of all what amp do you have? ....

+X^0

If you have the chops/skills, etc.:

Squier Strat + Decent Tube Amp = Decent results
Custom Shop Fender Strat + SS Amp = Blah

Consider also, that by modding your Squier Strat, you'll learn so many thing:
1. How to re-finish and the patience to do a decent job.
2. How to do basic electronics for when you de-solder pots, switch, PUs, and re-install them with the upgrades after the re-finish.

In the end, your modded Squier will end up better (hopefully) than when you started. Better to learn and/or make mistakes on an inexpensive starter than an expensive one.

#12
well...i got a BOSS gt-8...and have learned to use it pretty well... and i can get a lot of different amp sounds... (I can get a really good tube sound)...so with a multi effects processor, are pickups as important? and i already have a Gibson Les Paul so I'm lookin to a strat for the lighter stuff...so i probably wouldnt use a lot of heavy distortion with it
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#13
change your neck of your squire to say....a ibanez then get some duncans on youe strat then over time change your whammy to a floyd rose it'll be pretty kick ass
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#14
Quote by tenaciousjp
change your neck of your squire to say....a ibanez then get some duncans on youe strat then over time change your whammy to a floyd rose it'll be pretty kick ass


Thats what you call metal. hes looking for lighter stuff.....but that does sound sweet.

Yeah i have a schecter damien fr and im cheap as hell so i was thinking about buying my friends affinity strat for like 50$ and modding the hell out of it....new pickups (hot noiseless hopefully) new tuners(schaller locking) and hopefully a new finish....something like a brownish green or greenish brown....kinda like camo minus the camo pattern and a pickguard....something crazy?....its black now so idk.....

but i was wondering....am i better off doing this, or swapping out my schecter's emg hzs for seymour duncan jb '59 set and getting push pulls......

feedback PLEASE!!!
#15
Mod the Squier. Modding a Fender destroys its worth, but there's not much worth to a Squier.

I put in new pickups, refinished the entire guitar (including the neck). I reliced it slightly and antiqued the hardware. Then I put vintage tuners in it. It plays better than any Fender I've played.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#16
I would still look into a good tube amp, it makes the effects sound so much better (a cheap 5w would be good, unless you gig a lot)

I was thinking you had a different squier, at least the body wood is Alder, so it would'nt sound bad at all... If you like the p/ups then dont replace them, do what you think sounds good.

I would still go for the Fender, but thats just me, it doenst really decrease the value to put new pickups in it, only if you cut holes or refinish.
#17
Quote by Chad48309
Mod the Squier. Modding a Fender destroys its worth, but there's not much worth to a Squier.

I put in new pickups, refinished the entire guitar (including the neck). I reliced it slightly and antiqued the hardware. Then I put vintage tuners in it. It plays better than any Fender I've played.


+1

its what you like. get your Squier set-up well (the giutarshop you bought it will do it for free if you ask them nicely) and then play it and afterwards play the fender youu thought abouut getting. if you like the feel of the squier better, stick with it.

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#18
The Squier would be my choice to make any radical modifications to (aging, cutting, painting, drilling holes). The foreign Fenders will have a better overall level of quality in craftsmanship and tone but if left stock a better resale value (should it have to happen suddenly).
#19
well, if you are interested in modding guitars, i say mod it.

if you are looking for a new guitar, get a new one.

however, dont limit yourself to one brand until you have tried all the flavours on offer to you. i just got an ibanez jetking for £200 and it does nice humbucking full sounds and with the flick of a switch jingly jangly single coil sounds too... and you can get 3 for the price of a mid range fender.
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#20
Quote by deadlydunc
well, if you are interested in modding guitars, i say mod it.

if you are looking for a new guitar, get a new one.

however, dont limit yourself to one brand until you have tried all the flavours on offer to you. i just got an ibanez jetking for £200 and it does nice humbucking full sounds and with the flick of a switch jingly jangly single coil sounds too... and you can get 3 for the price of a mid range fender.


+1

If you really like your squier and you want to see how far you can mod it, I say go for it. But if your just looking for a better guitar and got money, fender will always be better.

Cant really upgrade the wood your guitar is made out of :P
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#21
Quote by ICANSEEYOU7687
+1

If you really like your squier and you want to see how far you can mod it, I say go for it. But if your just looking for a better guitar and got money, fender will always be better.

Cant really upgrade the wood your guitar is made out of :P


You can always buy another body or neck.
#22
Quote by strummin67
You can always buy another body or neck.

That was my parents' theory when I decided to mod my Squier. The main reason I keep it is for sentimental reasons. I've never played a neck that plays as well as the one on my Squier, and I just wanted to bring it up to speed in my life, you know? I love that guitar.

Also, official Fender necks cost quite a bit of dough, and it's pretty difficult to sell a Fender when the body is completely different.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#23
I have a '70 Tele that I thought about swapping bodies and putting humbuckers in. I'd find a Squire or comparable Tele body and bolt it to the original neck. When I decide I no longer want it I put the '70 all back together and either keep the other components for a future project or sell them.
#24
well, if you are interested in modding guitars, i say mod it.

if you are looking for a new guitar, get a new one.

well...i guess i could do both...relic the squier just to make it look cool and plus i'd be more comfortable refinishing for the first time on a cheap guitar...then i could buy a fender