#1
So, yeah, just hear me out on this.

I know it's really not worth it, but it's the school's guitar club's guitar, and we don't tend to get much in the way of new instruments.

What I'm speaking of is your basic Wal-Mart First Act stratocaster. I'm just looking to make some basic improvements, improve tuning stability, the controls, maybe put in a bridge humbucker to satisfy the mostly metalhead club.

Suggestions as to the cheapest-yet-highest-quality way of doing this?
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#2
To me, I'd rather spend pick-up/bridge/Tuning peg money on a new guitar; Seeing my first guitar was a First Act Strat which slowly turned horrible within a year, which is when I'd had enough and I bought a real guitar.

You could try a cheap (more metalish) guitar from rondo music between 100-200 bucks, maybe. I'd expect to spend that on any decent pick-up/bridge/tuning peg upgrade.

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#3
yeah find an HSS strat on craigs list or ebay. It'll cost about the same in the end, and be much better.
#4
Damnnit! He said he's not buying a new guitar, so listen to him for god's sake!
I'd spend my money on tuners, pups too if you have money.
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#5
get some grovers off ebay (I got mine for like 25 bucks) And find a decent bridge pickup like a dimarzio evolution or something used of course. Theres some upgrades for under 100.
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#6
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get some grovers off ebay (I got mine for like 25 bucks) And find a decent bridge pickup like a dimarzio evolution or something used of course. Theres some upgrades for under 100.

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#7
My point is that within a year, my First act's bridge had ripped one of the screws partially out of the body and now doesn't stay in tune for 3 notes. And I never used the whammy on it.
Not to mention that the wood on it is awful, and some pickups sound terrible if you you match them with bad wood, no matter how good the pickup is.

Plus, pimpedoutsquire has a quote in his sig that he's ignoring in this thread.
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#8
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So, yeah, just hear me out on this.

I know it's really not worth it, but it's the school's guitar club's guitar, and we don't tend to get much in the way of new instruments.

What I'm speaking of is your basic Wal-Mart First Act stratocaster. I'm just looking to make some basic improvements, improve tuning stability, the controls, maybe put in a bridge humbucker to satisfy the mostly metalhead club.

Suggestions as to the cheapest-yet-highest-quality way of doing this?
1 - Block the trem.
2 - Level and dress the frets.
3 - Replace the nut with tusq or other hard synthetic compound.

Forget about putting any serious money into this.
It's NOT worth investing more than a few dollars in.
For $110 you can get an SX in HSS, HH, or HSH.
They're actually a decent guitar.
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#9
That quote is there because I find it ironic. I don't agree with it in any way.
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#10
alright, thanks everybody. I'll pass this along to the club, see how they feel about it.

As far as blocking the trem, you can just get a block of wood and put it in the space between the trem unit and the body, right?
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#11
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1 - Block the trem.
2 - Level and dress the frets.
3 - Replace the nut with tusq or other hard synthetic compound.

Forget about putting any serious money into this.
It's NOT worth investing more than a few dollars in.
For $110 you can get an SX in HSS, HH, or HSH.
They're actually a decent guitar.

yes seriously.

lol i have all three done on mine haha. tusq is real nice tho. and blocking the trem is cool too.
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#12
2 suggestions:
1. find a decent used squire on ebay.
2. get a sick guitar, and claim in it in your taxes so the state pays for it. =] since im assuming you are a teacher.
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#14
Actually, I'm a student. I just want to get the club some decent-ish gear.

So yeah. Block of wood in the trem, and then maybe some tuners and a hot-rails style pickup from GuitarFetish? Sound good?
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