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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Getting back into playing, picked up a SE strat.

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Wilmington Island GA

...earache my eye!...!
Feb 16th, 2018 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't played in a while now, maybe a couple years? Kinda blurry, long story...
Anyway I decided to start again,had a small Blackstar amp and I picked up a Squier SE strat, black w/ RW board, my least favorite color combo but it was cheap $90. I got it because it was cheap and the neck felt fantastic. I mean great, enough to ignore the color (which I don't like).I kinda liked the way it sounded after new strings but then it just quit working.
I took it apart, everything looked fine. Was just gonna get another one and swap necks until I was steered to loaded pickguards. Got 1 for $65. Has similar pickups to what was in it, but full size 250 k pots, 2 orange drop caps, think 1 is a treble bleed, tone wired to the bridge PU and 7 way switching.
This thing is now freakin" awesome! I didn't change the strings when I swapped everything so I could get a better idea of the actual change and not just be impressed with the new strings (it happens).
Now for more mods, probably gonna put locking tuners for convenience. People tell me to put a full size trem block, but will it matter if I leave it decked with 5 springs anyway? Gonna upgrade the nut if/when it gives me grief or is it worth it just to do it anyway. Last but not least I want a different color body, any color. I only like black with maple and the neck was what made me buy it anyway so I'm keeping it. Eventually will get a used or aftermarket body.

Good to be back, ain't been here in a while.


(This message was last edited by ex-gibson at 01:08 PM, Feb 16th, 2018)

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Feb 16th, 2018 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome back, Jerry!

If you're not a wang bar user and leave the bridge decked, leave the stock block in there.

A replacement block *will* make a positive difference for the vendor you buy one from. But it won't improve your tone to the dollar amount you spent on it.

If you like the tone of the guitar as it is, be advised that a replacement body just might kill the magic mojo. Cheap bodies can sound better than aftermarket bodies, so there is no guarantee it will improve the tone.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Feb 16th, 2018 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Like Peegoo said, just play it. Now you've got pickups in there that you like, nothing more to do IMO.

"Cheap bodies can sound better than aftermarket bodies..."

Case & point, I have '02 MIC Squier (basswood body) that has been my Frankenstrat mod platform for 16 years. It has had 5 or 6 incarnations and the common denominator in all of them has been the body & neck.

It is now a Strat-Tele Hybrid (pic in my profile) and it sounds fantastic with whatever pickups I put into it.
It's just got something...

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Thunderbolt GA

...earache my eye!...!
Feb 16th, 2018 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, probably just gonna put some stripes or graphics on it to break it up a little. Maybe something Harley or Triumph.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Feb 16th, 2018 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

“...just gonna put some stripes or graphics on it to break it up a little.”

Just be aware that putting anything over that bulletproof poly requires some good prep work. There should be numerous threads on it here somewhere.

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