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Mods on your Squier strat?

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by ch0pz, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. ch0pz

    ch0pz Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hey everyone,
    I was just wondering what (if any) mods have u done to your squier strat. Whether youve changed your pickups, got a custom paintjob, changed pickguards, done a relic job or anything else let us know here...
    and also post pics of your mods if you have any!!

  2. bek

    bek Strat-Talk Member

    May 14, 2006
    Mine is dead stock except for a Deaf-Eddie Fat-O-Caster switch. I'll probably change the tuners eventually, but it's great otherwise so I'm leaving it.


  3. Stratosaurus

    Stratosaurus Strat-Talker

    Jun 11, 2006
    Roseburg, OR
    Wilkinson EZ-Lok tuners, Mighty Mite pre-assembled pickguard.

    People have told me that the Mighty Mite pickups sound great. When I tell them that they cost me $35 they don't believe me.

    Great clean tone. And now it stays in tune much better thanks to the tuners.

  4. GotBoostVR

    GotBoostVR New Member!

    May 8, 2006
    my first electric git-fiddle.
    black squire strat.

    first mod, painted the PG.
    about a week later ripped it up, and re routed it myself and droped a epi-bucker in the neck postion, made for a pretty good rythm guitar.

    but then I decided I wanted to change it up some.

    it got a set of overwound pickups on clearance from guitarfetish.com
    and their superstrat wiring kit (3 in phase-off-out of pahse mini switches instead of a 5 way selector) in pearloid.

    sounds AMAZING, so versitile. the pickups are HOT, and lmost dead quite.
    the bridge is biting, and kinda twangy, perfect for cuttin through.
    with the bridge and middle on just flat out great rythm.

    all the mods cost me like 35 bucks I think after shipping.
    people **** a brick when I tell them that.

  5. CAFeathers

    CAFeathers Strat-Talk Member

    May 25, 2006
    Vacaville, CA USA
    I had a 2001 Chinese made Squier Strat that I got new for really cheap. Great sounding guitar, the only thing I did to it was add a small toggle so I could add the bridge pup to the neck and and get all 3 on at once.
    I shoulda kept it.

  6. photoweborama

    photoweborama Strat-Talker

    Dec 5, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    I put GFS Texas Premium pickups in mine. I wired the bridge to the bottom tone control, I also put in a push pull switch so I can get all seven switch positions.

    I also shielded it, put a CRL switch in it, put a switchcraft jack in it.

  7. StratDal

    StratDal New Member!

    May 9, 2006
    Simi Valley
    I had a SD Trembucker pup installed on my Bullett. The guitar rocks and is really fun to play. My friend who performs on a regular basis likes playing my guitar more than his own. I consider that a complement!

  8. jwsamuel

    jwsamuel Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Upper Holland, PA
    I just finished modding my Cherryburst Standard Stratocaster. I replaced the rosewood neck with a maple Mighty Mite neck equipped with Wilkinson EZ Lock tuners.

    I replaced the stock pickups and pickguard with Fender 57/62 pickups and a Warmoth pearl white pickguard. The pickups are wired with only one volume and one tone control.

    I'll try to post a picture soon.


    Edited to post pic:


  9. mustang_steve

    mustang_steve Strat-Talk Member

    May 2, 2007
    St. Pete, FL
    Hello folks, first poster.

    I have a Fender Starcaster (the Target one, not the classic one)...from my understanding it's the same as a low-end Squier

    I'm a guitar newbie as well (read my sig to understand my pain :p ), so all I've done is stuff that makes things easier for me.

    Zeppelin strap locks, planet waves strap. I decided I needed these on my first day of ownership, when I had the strap fall off, and the rather undesired meeting between my guitar's headstock and my endtable ensued. The guitar won....the endtable has a huge dent in it :cry:

    I also tightened the hex nuts on the tuners, as well as applied some blue loctite on them to assure they don't loosen up again.

    I am about to also loctite the hex nut on my output jack, since it keeps coming loose.

    Upcoming mod is installing an LSR roller nut....the stock one just doesn't seem right...no matter what I do the low E has fret buzz. The amp doesn't seem to piick it up, but it annoys the bejeebus out of me.

    Once all that is done, I think I'm going to leave it as is, until I get good, then figure out where to go from there.

  10. djw

    djw Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    The Garage
    Hi all,

    First post, but been lurking around for a bit.
    Very cool site, thank you.

    Anyway the wife surpirsed me with a Squire HSS.
    First was some neck fix'n, and new strings (I use 046-10's)
    Then got a Trem-Setter and differnet springs. After a bit of
    tweaking the tremolo works awesome.
    Next was a sheilding up grade and add/replace the pickup mounting
    rings with metal ones.
    Plays nicley, and gives me some addtional tones to the collection. :D

    A few Pixs

    Oh yeah, blue loctight on that pesky input jack nut.

  11. mustang_steve

    mustang_steve Strat-Talk Member

    May 2, 2007
    St. Pete, FL
    Well, the updated mod list is:

    Mighty Mite loaded pickguard (rails)
    roller string trees (d-g tree is backwards, since I found that makes the string angle almost identical to the stock setup).
    chrome knobs with M.O.P. inlay.
    zeppelin strap locks
    filed out the 6-hole backplate into a slot backplate (makes string changes easier).

    I might not do the roller nut mod anymore, since I am starting to like the tone as is, so the replacement nut may be another white plastic or a bone nut....it still needs one badly though, it's cut too low.

  12. numeric

    numeric Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Ames, IA

    Swapped the crappy neck out for a '51's. This'll be on there until I get ahold of a better maple strat neck. The very bad relic job is the reason I got this guitar cheap. Maybe a refin is in order, hmm?

  13. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    Bullet Strat mods - AP SRO-FAT neck finished in orange butterscotch, Gotoh staggered Kluson tuners, vintage bone nut, new pups - Keystones for bridge and middle and L200 for the neck, CTS 250KA volume pot, no load 250KA tone pot, 1meg neck blender pot, CRL 5-way, Switchcraft jack. DaddyO 11-49 roundwounds. Sweet. My number one guitar.


  14. Phat-O-Caster

    Phat-O-Caster Strat-O-Master

    Apr 16, 2008
    94' MIM Fender "Squire Series" Fiesta Red,pearl white pickguard, texas specials with pearl white covers,cream pearl trem cover (off my Strat+) Sperzel locking tuners, and a few tweaks under the hood-I love this guitar. Brian
    posted a front close up in main forum under Greetings if you care to take a look.

    Attached Files:

  15. epistrat

    epistrat Strat-Talker

    May 8, 2006
    Houston, Tx
    I have red, silver and blue Lace Sensors on my '99 Squier, and I swapped out the stock maple fretboard neck for a rosewood neck that I got from my '01 Double Fat Squier Strat (which had a cracked trem post hole, and was unplayable).

    I got a new tremolo from guitarpartscentral.com, but I still need 5 springs to keep it in tune. I was also able to replace the stock trem claw with the new one that came with the trem from guitar parts central, the holes in the trem claw cavity for the screws matched up just fine.

    The stock hardware was really bad:mad::rolleyes: I still would like to replace the stock input jack with a better one.


  16. Duckus Ruckus

    Duckus Ruckus New Member!

    May 25, 2008
    Cleveland, OH
    Mine has a input javk upgrade and Lace sensors, blue(neck), gold(middle), and red(bridge). Oh, and strap locks.

  17. thaus

    thaus Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2007
    London Canada
    Hey cool that someone actually put IN some lace sensors! It normally reads the other way round; they remove them from a guitar! How do you like the tone? Are they as silent as I have read?

  18. thaus

    thaus Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2007
    London Canada
    Here's my DiStefano modded Squier Bullet; basically Rob turned it into a new guitar!! Love it.....


    1. New nut - vintage unbleached cow bone
    2. Squier logo removed and neck and headstock tinted
    3. Keystone pups installed
    4. Complete rewire with blender option
    CTS 250KA master volume
    CTS 250KA no load master tone pot w/.022uf cap
    CTS 1MA neck volume blender
    CRL 5way
    Switchcraft jack
    5. Kluson tuners installed

  19. StratDen

    StratDen Senior Stratmaster

    May 23, 2008
    Thaus, that photo is catalog quality! And the look is pure candy!

  20. StratDen

    StratDen Senior Stratmaster

    May 23, 2008
    Nice! The strap makes it all look fast! Just curious, was the jack problematic (scratchies, etc.)?