Help Me Mod My Squier Strat!

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  1. MaxLikesMilk

    MaxLikesMilk Member

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    Right now my number one is an American standard strat. I Don't have a number 2 that I enjoy,
    But I have a squier strat that is comfortable to play but sounds bad and doesn't stay in tune. I was gonna buy a squier VM of some sort or a danelectro, when I realized I could just mod my squier for half of the price. I want to spend under $200, and that is including the cost for installing the pickups because I don't wana do it my self. I can do the tuners myself though.

    I want a hendrix sounding strat. I want it to sound different from my american standard which has custom shop fat 50's in it. So recommend me some tuners that fit in a squier strat and stay in tune with constant string bends, and some nice, hendrixy, bluesy pups.
     
  2. Matt L

    Matt L Supporting Member

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    GFS locking tuners

    Fender CS '69 pickups

    Done.
     
  3. bgmacaw

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    1. Fix the nut
    2. Replace the nut
    3. See if the nut is cut right
    4. Tuning problems? Check the nut.
    5. It could be how the guitar is strung, but I bet it's the nut
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    100. Get locking tuners, but they won't help much if the nut is bad.

    New pickups that don't cost a lot that get you where you want to go? GFS Jimi Reverse Stagger.
     
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    teleman1 Supporting Member

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    I think Bgmacaw is suggesting you may have a nut issue.
     
  5. Doctor Morbius

    Doctor Morbius Member

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  6. Matt L

    Matt L Supporting Member

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    But I actually answered his two questions in the second paragraph. ;)
     
  7. snouter

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    1. Get locking tuners.
    2. Install a neck that doesn't flex,
    2. See if any nut slots are binding.
    3. Super glue the crappy stock bridge in place.
    4. Sell on Ebay and get a good guitar.
     
  8. WineCaster

    WineCaster Supporting Member

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    I'd recommend buying a soldering iron. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and appreciate how simple it is to mod guitars... especially Strats.
     
  9. EADGBE

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    A DiMarzio or Duncan bridge pickup with a switch that lets it bypass the volume and tone controls.
     
  10. T Dizz

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    The GFS locking tuners are great !!!!
     
  11. bigtone23

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    This. The nut has more to do with tuning than the tuners. The lower output pickups with stagger helps get the Jimi sound.
     
  12. MaxLikesMilk

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    I have soldering experience. I have even built myself an OD, im justt lazy lol
     
  13. luv

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    ^ Why tie up 25% of your budget on having someone install pickups for you?
     
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    Graph Tech Tusq XL nut (impregnated with teflon).
     

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