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New or Upgrade...Feeling the need to change up my guitar. New or upgrade?

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#1 7eguitar

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:04 AM

I currently own an Indonesian made, Squire Strat Affinity with original SSS pickups. It is the only electric I have owned in my 6 years of playing. I do love the guitar, but am not at all opposed to buying a new one. I don't have much money, but will save up to buy what ever I decide on. Should I upgrade my current guitar or spring for a new better quality one? If I upgrade my current guitar does anyone have some good recommendations for upgrades? I play a lot of rock, but am no stranger to blues. I know this question has been asked a lot, but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask one more time.


#2 Dave C

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:31 AM

I bought an affinity recently and it wasn't a bad guitar. There's a bit or snobbery associated with the fact that it is 40mm thick instead of 45, but does that really make much difference? I don't know.
Mine was Chinese. The neck is fine, very good in fact. I've added a Seymour Duncan little 59 to the bridge position and that has transformed the guitar.
It all depends what you want to spend.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:10 AM

Personally, I'd go with a new one, but that's just me. I personally, don't see the point in upgrading a cheaper guitar. At the end of the day, it might sound better, but it's still just a Squier.

I know that may sound snobby, and Squier have made some excellent guitars, but I still can't see the point.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

At the end of the day, the only difference between a MIM Fender (which plenty of people play with good results) and an upper-end Squier is going to be electronics and a few minor workmanship flaws. My Chinese-made Squier Classic Vibe plays just as good (IMO better, but that's debatable) as my buddy's American Deluxe, except two things: 1. It goes out of tune when I flop on the whammy, and 2. It's tone leaves something to be desired.

So, it being my project guitar anyway, I'm swapping the pups and pots and input jack and selector switch to solve the tone issue and putting a TUSQ nut and saddles on it. Other than that, it's really a fine piece of work - well fretted, good intonation across the board, plenty of sustain, and the paint job is top notch.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:22 AM

I've played some good Squier's.

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