So here is what I got. I have a plain ol Fender Squire Strat that I have had for several year and am ready to upgrade. I was planning on just buying a new guitar, but after talking to a few people have gathered that my guitar is fine, and the cheapest and yet most effective thing to do is just replace parts without buying a whole new guitar. Brief bio, I played little classic rock licks (sweet child o mine, thunderstruck, back in black, crazy train) as a beginner, then finally branched out into more numetal which I have been playing as of the last 2 years. I play songs by bands such as August Burns Red, Bullet For My Valentine, Devil Wears Prada, Veil of Maya, etc. What I want in a guitar: I have a friend who has an Ephiphone Explorer with the 2 double humbucker. His pickups are crazy sensitive and are especially useful for artifical harmonics and such. I also want to be able to throw in dive bombs (up and down) so a different bridge will probably be in order. I'm definitly going to need to replace the tuning hardware as well.
Basically I need opinions on what I should do. Buy a new one or fix up the one I have? If buy new, what guitar? If fix up, what parts to buy?