I'm sure this forum gets a lot of these kinds of threads, but I would appreciate some advice and opinions on the subject.
So I'm fixing up my old 2002 Squier Affinity Strat, the first guitar I ever owned. It needs a lot of work, but it should make a fun summer project.
The main problems with it, which I think are typical for a chinese-made Squier, are the following:
-Cheap wood in the neck; it snapped on me 5 years ago. Had it glued once by a luthier, but it snapped again from string tension.
-Cheap Squier pickups. Weak magnets, poor quality pole pieces.
-Cheap hardware & electronics. Cor-Tek 5-way switch, gritty Alpha 500kΩ pots, .33uF capacitor, Hardly any shielding.
So far, all I've done is strip the body of it's hardware, removed the original, broken neck and ordered a Warmoth replacement. I've also gutted the body of all the pickups and electronics, and shielded the cavities with adhesive aluminum foil tape.
My next goal is to replace all three pickups and replace them with a set of either the Fender Hot Noiseless or Vintage Noiseless pickups, add a phase reversal switch for the middle pickup and a master volume kill switch. I was going to replace the pots, but I thought I'd just clean them up a little bit and see how they do.
I've been following the wiring diagrams from the Seymour Duncan site for a 3 single coil 1 volume 2 tone Strat, as well as their diagrams for the Kill Switch, Treble Bleed, and Phase Reversal switch. I've also found some good information from some other websites listed below.
Along the way, I've been told to just throw out this piece of crap guitar, that it wouldn't be worth the investment of time and parts, but this guitar has a lot of sentimental value to me. It turns out that it is one of the limited edition 2002 Squier Affinity Strats in British Racing Green with a CBS-style headstock, so it does have a little market value in that respect.
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