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    When I paid 200 for that epl lp, the guy gave me a squire strat. For some reason he has tape on one of the tuning keys. Plays good and stays in tune. Should I upgrade to decent tuners and American strat pick ups ? What do you think that would cost. It's a free guitar, what to do.
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  • #2
    Hard to say what the tape is there for but a decent set of tuners wouldn't hurt. Make sure you buy a set that fit the existing holes. As for Fender pickups, you can easily pay $200 for a set. The Tex Mex set is around $70 and it's probably comparable to what you'd find on a MIM Strat. Whether you'd like them any better is unknown. (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acces...ckups-set-of-3.)
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    • satmanjf@gmail.com
      satmanjf@gmail.com commented
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      So mim is probably the way to go then, tape I don't get. It does have CY at the beginning of the serial number

    • powbob01
      powbob01 commented
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      I actually prefer the Tex-Mex pickups over the pricier Texas Specials.

      I think they are sparklier.

    • DeepEnd
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      powbob01: Thanks. To be honest, I simply looked for a fairly reasonably priced set of Fender pickups since that's what the OP said he was interested in. I figure no sense putting a $200 set of pickups in a Squier.

  • #3
    Wow, impressive!

    "Decent" tuners can be had for cheap. 20-30 bucks, 60 for a "name brand".
    And yes, you could go and buy the American set of pickups, but why? if you are going to do the complete upgrade, don't forget the bridge, which is the cheapest POC they can get, and the electronics, which again, they buy for pennies. You can get a decent set of pickups, from ebay, and yes, Chinese, for 40 bucks. They have a humbucker in single size, that sound great, and with a series/parallel switch, can do convincing "quack" tones at 2 and 4.
    I guess the main point it, how much do you want to pay for a "free" guitar?
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    • satmanjf@gmail.com
      satmanjf@gmail.com commented
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      To. Be honest I'm thinking ,200-250 but not sure what you guys think, I really go with youz guyses remarks, could have said y'all in all seriousness what would you guys do





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    • satmanjf@gmail.com
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      Great info brother

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    PUPS are your call. Since it is a Squire, unless you are in love with it, live with what you got for a while. You may find you hate it, and then you will have money invested in it. However, whether it is free or $5000, nothing is more irritating than a guitar that won't stay in tune. Get a reasonably good set of tuners, but don't go crazy. If you find you love it, you can always add nicer pups later.
    Last edited by Axisplayer; 09-07-2017, 05:06 PM.

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  • #5
    For just a hair over $100 you can do a Mighty Mite trem replacement and new tuning machines. That's where I'd start, and probably stay for a bit. The standard pot metal bridges are notorious for seizing the ball ends of the strings. You might look at GFS for a good budget friendly loaded pickguard. A lot of their stuff is pretty killer
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  • #6
    My rule of thumb is that if I really like the neck then it is worth playing with the other stuff. If the neck feels wrong for you find a nephew you like and give them a present.
    Re the (no photo?) tape
    I have a couple of guitars which if I lean them against furniture or into a corner tend to move the tuning key an irritating fraction.
    Another possibility (if the tape is on the key) is that he sometimes changes to an alternative tuning live and it makes it easy to flag the "right" tuner on a six in a row.
    As a note, if you take out the old pups remember to label them, the middle one will likely be reverse polarity.


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    • #7
      Originally posted by Chordite View Post
      . . . Re the (no photo?) tape
      I have a couple of guitars which if I lean them against furniture or into a corner tend to move the tuning key an irritating fraction.
      Another possibility (if the tape is on the key) is that he sometimes changes to an alternative tuning live and it makes it easy to flag the "right" tuner on a six in a row. . . .
      Yeah, I note we still don't have any idea why the tape is there. The OP says the guitar:
      Plays good and stays in tune.
      That tells me there may not be anything wrong with the existing tuners at all. Until we get pics and/or the OP removes the tape and tells us what's underneath we're shooting blind.
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      • satmanjf@gmail.com
        satmanjf@gmail.com commented
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        I would post a photo but seems to be such a pain in the ass

      • DeepEnd
        DeepEnd commented
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        See my reply in your thread about posting pics.
        Last edited by DeepEnd; 09-25-2017, 06:29 PM.

    • #8
      I'd find the guy you gave the Dinky to and make his day again.

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      • #9
        I would get one of those "Made in Mexico" Strat trems with a big brass or steel block from GFS. But if it's a Squier Affinity part of the block might stick out the back, because the bodies of the Affinitys aren't the same width as the Squier Standard Strats. Also, to get the block to move freely, you'll probably have to do a lot of dremeling in the cavity.
        Last edited by humbuckerstrat; 09-11-2017, 02:36 PM.

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        • #10
          Originally posted by humbuckerstrat View Post
          I would get one of those "Made in Mexico" Strat trems with a big brass or steel block from GFS. But if it's a Squier Affinity part of the block might stick out the back, because the bodies of the Affinitys aren't the same width as the Squier Standard Strats. Also, to get the block to move freely, you'll probably have to do a lot of dremeling in the cavity.
          I had similar issues replacing the trem in my Fernandes. I'd recommend the OP simply replace the trem block but they don't have standardized screw spacing (I found that out with the Fernandes too) so the replacement might not fit.
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