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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by dirocyn, May 29, 2020.
The loss is hanging on to something you aren't going to use.
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.
Having trouble sorting thru the options in the poll but agree with many posters.
First, get rid of the Squires & hang on to the $$.
Upgrade the pickups in the MIM. If you still aren't satisfied with the MIM, put the ceramics back in (or not) and sell it.
Use all the money to go play guitars first, then buy one you really like.
I don't knock Squire SE & Affinity Strats, I bought one for my daughter and although I can play them they give me no satisfaction. I also know that I don't like the MIM Standards. I can appreciate that some people do, I prefer different. Sounds like you might too.
Give them all back to goodwill and feel Good in your self and end your internal turmoil .
I agree with replacing the electronics and pickups on the MIM, since you find it to be the best feeling of the three. Also, I am a fan of Bootstrap pickups, but it sounds like you already have pickups you like.
Replace the pickups in the MIM.
Me either, I'd rather have a Squier.
or...just buy yourself a loaded pickguard for the MIM with everything exactly how you want it. Swap it out and dump the old one for whatever you can get. Keep the SE and do some mods with the electronics, better pots..different pickups..play around till you get it right for a nice second player.
Find someone who likes the feel of the Affinity and hopefully get a good buck for it to cover the costs of the work on the other two, cause it sounds good.
I'd finance a new loaded guard with the pickups/pots/cap I prefer with the revenue from selling the others.
Agreed ..if you mod $$$ better keep it.
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
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
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.
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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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.