Does this make economic sense?

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  1. Go Cat Go!!

    Go Cat Go!! Member

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    Absolutely not! I got the e-mail about the upgrade kits and just shook my head.

    Having said that, I did buy an Affinity tele last week. Nice neck, the next day I upgraded the pickups to some Vintage Vibes I had in the parts bin. Also upgraded the electronics and added a 4 way switch. No money out of pocket. I bought the tele because I knew I had the parts already to make it a great player.
     
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  2. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Not to me, but there's an arse for every seat. Someone will think it's cool.
    Or maybe will use it for a kit upgrade.
     
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    If you got your Squier used for $100, maybe.
     
  4. kingrazor

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    I'd rather wait and see what things I wanted to upgrade most on a cheaper guitar and then get those individually, picking what I want. Most cheap guitars benefit from upgrading to CTS pots (which are pretty cheap really) and a bone or graphite nut. If it needs more than that, it's probably better to just get a better guitar in the first place.
     
  5. Guitarworks

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    No, not to those of us who are so heavily into gear
    that we accumulate lots of spare everything and have no need for such a thing. But to someone not that far along with a kitchen table in an apartment and no fully equipped shop & stockpile of parts, who wants to get busy with a new rummage sale fixer-upper, it might be appealing.
     
  6. skydog

    skydog Supporting Member

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    I'm not that familiar with the parts listed. Would this bring a Squier up to MIM quality?
     
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    skydog Supporting Member

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    And then with the leftover parts you could build.... a squier strat!
     
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    kingrazor Member

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    My opinion of MIMs is not all that high, I feel like you could bring a Squier up beyond an MIM for a lot less than this.
     
  10. Nebakanezer

    Nebakanezer Silver Supporting Member

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    You can get a used MIM for less than that, if you aren't in a hurry.
     
  11. Jabby92

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    No. Pretty much everything on Stewmac is overpriced.
     
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    David B Silver Supporting Member

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  13. Halo of Convenience

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    If you would jump at 220 for set of pickups for the squier, sure...makes perfect sense.
    Mine got takeoffs for 0.

    But I still like StewMac.
     
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    I got an actual Les Paul Special used for $525 a couple of months ago.

    Or I could have gotten a Squier Affinity ($200) plus this set ($300) and saved $25!
     
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    I can separately buy everything in that kit but the pickups for $150 USD
    For this not to be a rip-off, the pickups would need to be worth more than $150USD on their own. I changed the slugs to A5 poles on a Squier for $20.

    And Phil McKnight would shill gasoline even if he were on fire.
     
  18. donnievaz

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    No way man! Take that $300, sell the Squier, and put it all towards a much better used guitar. That's not to say that a Squier's not decent, some are actually not bad. It's just not worth sinking that kind of money into it.
     

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