Considering getting rid of one

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by dirocyn, May 29, 2020.

How should I fix this? Multiple choices allowed.

  1. Put the best pickups (A2) on the best guitar (MIM)

    15 vote(s)
    71.4%
  2. Replace just the pots & cap in the MIM

    6 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. Put the SE original pickguard & pickups on the Affinity and sell it

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. Put the MIM pickguard on the Affinity and sell it

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  5. Put the SE back to stock and sell it.

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  6. Try different pots, caps, maybe even pickups in the SE and see if it can be made into a keeper

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Try the SE pickups in the MIM, maybe they'll sound better there

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Something else I haven't thought of yet

    9 vote(s)
    42.9%
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  1. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    The loss is hanging on to something you aren't going to use.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You have to be realistic about things. Anything you add to or change in a guitar is going to be a loss if you're going to sell it. Nobody is going to pay extra for your mods. I'd expect to pay less, much less.
     
  3. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    Having trouble sorting thru the options in the poll but agree with many posters.
    First, get rid of the Squires & hang on to the $$.
    Upgrade the pickups in the MIM. If you still aren't satisfied with the MIM, put the ceramics back in (or not) and sell it.
    Use all the money to go play guitars first, then buy one you really like.

    I don't knock Squire SE & Affinity Strats, I bought one for my daughter and although I can play them they give me no satisfaction. I also know that I don't like the MIM Standards. I can appreciate that some people do, I prefer different. Sounds like you might too.
     
  4. Stratwrangler

    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Give them all back to goodwill and feel Good in your self and end your internal turmoil .
     
  5. Pdsor

    Pdsor Strat-Talk Member

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    I agree with replacing the electronics and pickups on the MIM, since you find it to be the best feeling of the three. Also, I am a fan of Bootstrap pickups, but it sounds like you already have pickups you like.
     
  6. Laren

    Laren Strat-Talk Member

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    Replace the pickups in the MIM.
     
  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Me either, I'd rather have a Squier.
     
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  8. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    or...just buy yourself a loaded pickguard for the MIM with everything exactly how you want it. Swap it out and dump the old one for whatever you can get. Keep the SE and do some mods with the electronics, better pots..different pickups..play around till you get it right for a nice second player.

    Find someone who likes the feel of the Affinity and hopefully get a good buck for it to cover the costs of the work on the other two, cause it sounds good.
     
  9. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd finance a new loaded guard with the pickups/pots/cap I prefer with the revenue from selling the others.
     
  10. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Agreed ..if you mod $$$ better keep it.
     
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  11. SILENCER

    SILENCER Strat-Talker

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    You're likely chasing the dragon

    A) Buy a better Strat
    B) Build a Warmoth, etc and get exactly what you like
    C) It's possible Strats may not be for you

    EDIT

    One other option is a loaded pickguard from Mojotone, Duncan, Lace etc for about 350.00.
    Drag and drop on the guitar which has the neck you like the most
     
  12. Deafsoundguy

    Deafsoundguy Strat-Talker

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    My 2 cents - a truly great amplifier will allow even okay-sounding pups to shine. Start trying better amps and notice the difference. Of course I'm going to say tube amp only, because you may need all the help you can get. Since getting my Rivera, every guitar and every pup sounds good, and I only use a comp, no other pedal. Changing out pups is a PITA and trying out amps is easy when things open up.
     
  13. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    I would sell the Affinity, I also find the nut too thin.
    But I would def keep the SE , no question.
    If I couldn't get the MIM right , I would sell that too and maybe get a CV.

    But as said , sometimes it's not worth throwing money at a guitar that you going to try force yourself to love.

    The repairs to the mim are just going to cost money and you won't recover it because if I was buying a 2000 mim, I would expect the pots etc to be mim standard, and with what's in there you not even going to get current mim pricing for that model.

    More I type, I think I would sell both of those for whatever I could get, and find a Squier CV.

    You may even have to put a bit of money in, but that SE looks good and a good CV , I would be happy.



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  14. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    My amp is great. It's an old silverface Fender Bassman. It sounds splendid with my tele, with my Casino, with my VM Jaguar, my Yamaha SBG500--and it even sounds great with my bass (needs some different EQ settings of course). The Affinity sounds good through this amp, and the MIM sounds good too--just unusually dark. The Squier SE is "meh" through this amp, and I suspect I'm just not getting along with the (cheap import) pickups, or possibly the tone controls in the guitar.