my approach is probably a little different than some guys
I don't mod until I feel i have to
I was trying to give you a realistic assessment of a couple of areas ..
they might or might not be problems
I came up old school , a best case scenario is when ever I buy a guitar I make sure the basic guitar has parts that work & aren't broken
if parts aren't there or if they are broken I usually have an idea of what is available for a replacement
I used the affinity bridge as an example as a possible problem area because if all the parts arent there or if something is broken it might turn out to be a headache tracking things down
now in the case of the particular guitar I picked up for 69 bucks
the guitar was set up horribly & was unplayable
once I got it home
I found that everything worked correctly & I was able to adjust the guitar into a decent playing /sounding guitar as she was bone stock
within limits of course cause (it's still a lower end guitar that plays nice )
I'm only in for a set of guitar stings + my time spent twidling w all the adjustments across the board
now in my case as far as the bridge goes everything works fine & I can live w that ..
I did the research and saw that there ain't much out there for a drop in replacement bridge so I'm cool w that also
if it ain't broke I can let it be
over here the next move would be to put in better electronics
meaning higher grade vol & tone potentiometers & a better 3 way or 4 way switch
the cost involved for that is gonna peanuts & the guitar is still basically stock with a low cost to me overhead
from what you are saying ,
so far it sounds like you need a neck pu and some potentiometers
yet we dont know that for sure
hey why don't you get somebody local to look this guitar over for you ?
they might be able to spot something & give you a proper diagnosis
if not take some detailed photos & post them so we can take a look
even though it's only a Squier ..this story might work for it ..lol
a student once asked a very wise man once
"how do you get wisdom "?
the wise man replied
" by practicing good judgment "
the student then asked
"well how do you get good judgment"?
with out missing a beat the wise old man said
" by practicing some really bad judgment & learning from your mistakes "
best of luck on what ever you decide to do
I don't always play a solid body
but when I do , I prefer a Tele
Play Tele's my friends
You can't find out what you can do with that guitar if you are afraid to commit.
If it is a Std it will have a solid, string thru bridge that is not replacable with a 3 saddle style. It will sound MUCH like a Tele should regardless of occasional opinions to the contrary. Any POS comments are totally unsubstantiated.
A useful neck pup can be had for under $10, I suggest a Strat type ceramic.
A tone pot is not a critical component if the resistance is in spec.
Make sure the neck is straight, no fret damage, truss rod works and the bridge/neck alignment puts the strings close the right area. It probabaly will.
Just because you believe something does not make it true.
Does anyone know if the routing cavity is for only lipstick and single coil pickups or if is routed for a humbucker too?