#2
well, the bridge is pretty bad, the pickups are not good. the electronics will be reliable but won't sound all that good and if you change all that you'll be stuck with low grade wood.

you're looking at a money pit without a lot of return when you get sick of the lack of great sound (it will probably sound good but not great) and you'll lose a lot when you sell it.

Find a used one that someone has replaced everything on or save up for a better model.
#3
Quote by SenorSmiley
well, the bridge is pretty bad, the pickups are not good. the electronics will be reliable but won't sound all that good and if you change all that you'll be stuck with low grade wood.

you're looking at a money pit without a lot of return when you get sick of the lack of great sound (it will probably sound good but not great) and you'll lose a lot when you sell it.

Find a used one that someone has replaced everything on or save up for a better model.

so if i do buy it.... i am gonna replace the pickups for sure..
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#4
you're really throwing your money away. the pots will be fine and function well. I mean, how much money do you want to put into the thing - remember that you won't get hardly anything back when you decide to sell it.

you can upgrade pickups, electronics and hardware but unless you change the body and the neck it's not going to be 'great'.

i would ask myself how much it would cost to get the mim to be what i wanted then look at what a guitar made of good wood would cost and do the math.

also, im not trying to give you a hard time, i just would rather see you save and be really happy and have something you keep for a long time.
#6
if you don't change anything it will be decent. seriously, don't start changing things for the sake of changing things
#8
Quote by SenorSmiley
well, the bridge is pretty bad, the pickups are not good. the electronics will be reliable but won't sound all that good and if you change all that you'll be stuck with low grade wood.

you're looking at a money pit without a lot of return when you get sick of the lack of great sound (it will probably sound good but not great) and you'll lose a lot when you sell it.

Find a used one that someone has replaced everything on or save up for a better model.

lol..........the mim strat is a pretty darn good guitar. but new pickup will sound better than the stock one's.
#10
Quote by SenorSmiley
it's a decent guitar. i'm not saying it's not - but i wouldn't put a lot of money into one.

lol.............for the average guitarist (including myself) it's a good guitar.
#11
pickups are pretty much the only thing to swap out.... bridge if you want, tuners (it goes out of tune a lot so im just guessing)
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#12
it's a fine guitar. i personally wouldn't put $100+ dollars into a guitar that I bought for $400.00.

I would probably spend the 100 to jack my budget up to 500 and take a look for a good deal on a used Am Std
#13
Quote by apak
pickups are pretty much the only thing to swap out.... bridge if you want, tuners (it goes out of tune a lot so im just guessing)

guessing what.....................why give advice if your guessing. if you can properly string a guitar it will stay in tune. if not buy locking tuners.
#14
Quote by SenorSmiley
it's a fine guitar. i personally wouldn't put $100+ dollars into a guitar that I bought for $400.00.

I would probably spend the 100 to jack my budget up to 500 and take a look for a good deal on a used Am Std

whats the difference between putting new pickup's in a epi.........same difference. if you do this properly.......it will increase the resale of the guitar. thats if you want to sell it.
#15
Quote by SenorSmiley
well, the bridge is pretty bad, the pickups are not good. the electronics will be reliable but won't sound all that good and if you change all that you'll be stuck with low grade wood.

you're looking at a money pit without a lot of return when you get sick of the lack of great sound (it will probably sound good but not great) and you'll lose a lot when you sell it.

Find a used one that someone has replaced everything on or save up for a better model.

You've got to be joking. Money pit? Come on man.
#16
no, i'm not.

if it were me, i would buy a used american strat with a few knocks on it for 500 rather then spending 100 on a 400 mim.

just a different way of thinking.

the only Epiphone i have is a 1965 Olympic. I would not buy any of the new ones except for maybe the John Lennon Casino.
#17
Quote by SenorSmiley
it's a fine guitar. i personally wouldn't put $100+ dollars into a guitar that I bought for $400.00.

I would probably spend the 100 to jack my budget up to 500 and take a look for a good deal on a used Am Std

that'd be the smart move, just make sure you can check out the guitar in person(if possible, dont let that be a deal breaker)

and MIM is a decent guitar stock, most of the stuff these folks are advising you to get are professional eqt. there's nothing wrong with that, except the pricetag

the only money id put into a MIM is maybe new tuners, mine would lose tune every 6-8 days or so, which isn't that bad.
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#19
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I would advise getting a better guitar if it can be had for the same money, yes.

Well of course. If you can get a decent used MIA for the same price as a new MIM, then why not. But this isn't possible for everyone. I looked around when I bought mine, couldn't find a used MIA Fat Strat in my market--especially for $399. So I bought a new MIM HSS and I'm quite happy with it.
#20
good for you. i would wait it out and continue to save. everyone has different ideas about how to do things and what they're looking for. just my opinion.

glad you're happy with your guitar
#21
they are good as they are i own a tele mim and what i change was the bridge pup to a SD lil59 and im thinking of changing it back to the original so dont worried its a good guitar

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#22
Quote by SenorSmiley
it's a fine guitar. i personally wouldn't put $100+ dollars into a guitar that I bought for $400.00.

I would probably spend the 100 to jack my budget up to 500 and take a look for a good deal on a used Am Std

where are you finding MIA strat's for $500...........pick me one up next time
#23
Quote by mmjohn
where are you finding MIA strat's for $500...........pick me one up next time

Exactly my point. There is like one Strat for sale in my city and it's an MIM. Plus, he wants an HSS which makes it even harder. There's always something better you can save up for no matter what. Maybe he only wants a $400 guitar though. Maybe that's all he needs.
#24
craig's list, ebay, etc... sometimes you'll find something with stickers on it or with a gash or something that won't affect playability.
#25
Quote by SenorSmiley
craig's list, ebay, etc... sometimes you'll find something with stickers on it or with a gash or something that won't affect playability.

lol..................where are you from????????????
#26
MIM strats are very good for the money.

depending on ur amp, you'll eventually want to upgrade the pickups, and tuners.

but if you're good at setting up ur guitar, tuning shouldnt be an issue.
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