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mike_pacey

canada

Mar 16th, 2012 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi, folks -- first post, after years of reading and learning.
I've had a Japanese Squier Strat for years. It's an A-series, which would place it around 1985-86. It feels great, but frankly I'm thinking of swapping out some of the electronics. It's pretty much unshielded, and weak-sounding.
Since there are plenty of pre-wired Strat pickguard / pickup assemblies around, I was considering that option. Will a 'traditional' Strat assembly fit my Squier?

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E NC

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Mar 17th, 2012 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes.

A-series Squiers had low price-point Japanese electronics and tuners. The necks and bodies are usually well made.

Rick Plays The Blues

Austria

May I try that again?
Mar 25th, 2012 10:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mike,

I did exactly that on my 84 made Squier Strat (a late JV series) - replaced the junk switch, the old pots and old wires and swapped the pickups.
Made me really happy - a way better guitar was the result.

I did this with all original Fender parts (including pickups) and also had to replace all plastic knobs, only things still original in my case are the plug and the pickguard itself.

A complete pickguard assambly sure will fit as well, but look on the pickguard screw positions - these might differ. Maybe not an issue, as new holes are easily made and the old holes are anyway behind the pickguard, but just sayin ...

LeadSeries

United States

May 19th, 2012 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just sent out an '83 SQ Squier for all new electronics. CRL switch & pots, switchcraft jack, Tex-mex pickups, pickguard shielding. The Japanese electronics are weak.

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May 20th, 2012 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I just sent out an '83 SQ Squier for all new electronics. CRL switch & pots, switchcraft jack, Tex-mex pickups, pickguard shielding. The Japanese electronics are weak."

SQs have some really cheesy electronics. The biggest weak spot is the pickups. A lot of SQs seem to be fine even with the cheap wiring, pots and switches but while its being upgraded it is better to go for a complete upgrade


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