Hotrails? From China? He is a fool they said. He is mad. They all laughed. Well who is laughing now?

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  1. Davono

    Davono Strat-O-Master

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    So I sold my mex a few months back to finance some things. And I got the itch and bought a cheap, mint 2008 Indo Squier affinity with a lovely natural flame on the neck. Bought for €75. Then put Chinese hotrails from musiclily. All pics below. Came out great. Zero hum. I thought I would be changing the caps and pots, but they are actually great too. Serious amount of guitar for €118.
     

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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Very Cool! HNGD!
     
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  3. Textele

    Textele RIP Silver Member

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    Antiguia is a member here and did a write up (I think) on those pickups. Basically same design is what I remember as Duncan, bet it sounds great.

    I'm not laughing, but I am glad for you it worked out so well.
     
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    bgmacaw Senior Stratmaster

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    Glad the ones you bought turned out OK. I bought a set of 5 (unbranded ones) to go in cigar box style guitar builds. Out of the 5 only one worked correctly. 3 didn't work at all and one only worked on one coil.
     
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    Every time I sign in here, I laugh hysterically. Sometimes it's a giggle.
     
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    Not sure about mad. I think it's a smart move. I Have two strats loaded with those hotrails and they are fantastic sounding pickups at any price.
     
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    Dropped lucky there mate. Nice one :thumb:
     
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    Textele RIP Silver Member

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    Yeah, a good sense of humor is a must in life. Especially here. ;)

    Look at it like entertainment :thumb:
     
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    Totally silent. Zero hum..shocked at how well they sound.
     
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  11. Davono

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    I wanted a 3 or 4 ply scratchplate. I will sell what I took out of it for 20 quid, so I view the pickups as essentially free.
     
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  12. Davono

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    It's flawless. Soldering was pretty good too, but I did cop one wire arcing on the switch.
     
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    If not too microphonic I like the Musiclily blades... got them in two of my partsccasters...

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  14. Textele

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    Play it! :) Some of those necks on Squier's are really great necks. My cousin passed earlier this year and he left a Squier neck, I couldn't believe how well it fit my hand. And it had the most beautiful slab of Rosewood on it as I've ever seen.

    By the way were not laughing at your success with the pup change, glad it worked out great for you.

    It was in the title of your thread, "Who's laughing now" - we're referring to Strat-Talk in general, pretty funny and entertaining place this is. For many reasons.
     
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    Apparently surgical tubing instead of springs helps
     
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    If you are swapping the pickguard, and the body is routed for it, get one with a reverse bridge slot in it. I've found that useful.

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    You can really build a good guitar to your tastes for very little money and knowing how to set it up. I used to think having something expensive is what made a good guitar and it can be a factor , but I have yet to find an expensive guitar that it didn't have something that didn't need swapped out. Usually due to tastes and preferences for certain things.
     
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    Cool guitar for cheap. Gotta love it. Especially that neck!
     
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    I generally leave them alone, an affordable guitar, new or used is a decent instrument out of the box these days. I have a 2005 & 2016 Squier Bullet & Affinity that the pickups still read 3.7K for DCR. That's what the ceramic pickups measure. If in 15 years a 2005 measures what they did brand new, why change them out. The pots might get a little crackly when turned if the guitar sits, but a few turns and that crackle is gone. Even the more microphonic Chinese pickups at higher volumes & distortion, just lower the volume, back off the treble & set to cleaner overdrive & distortion settings and they aren't microphonic squeal bad. Pack it with some surfboard wax and even that disappears.
     
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