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I'm stripping a Squire Strat and starting over any tips?
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I'm stripping a Squire Strat and starting over any tips?

I'm looking for suggestions on pickups and any electronics to get a higher quality Strat type sound. Any ideas?
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I was at the same point three years ago. Unless you LOVE the Squier's neck, consider buying a used Standard (MIM) instead of upgrading the Squier. Depending on where you are, you should be able to find one for US$300-400. It's not that Squiers aren't good: my first decent electric was a Squier VM Strat, and I still think it was a really good instrument for the price. But the MIM will probably have better tuners, a better bridge, and more durable fretwire. If you're not in a hurry, you can probably find a used MIM with upgraded pickups for the same price as a used MIM with stock pickups.

Used MIM Strats are one of the sweet spots in today's guitar market.
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I'm looking for suggestions on pickups and any electronics to get a higher quality Strat type sound. Any ideas?
Done a couple. The beauty of strats is that you can buy loaded pickguards and slot them straight in. That way you upgrade the pots and pickups in no time.
Just upgraded one and had it wired to a fezz parka tone mod (google it, really cool).

Not sure if available where you are, Iron Gear Smoke Stack 2 duo single coil pups are amazingly good for the price (about $30 over here) but you will have to buy the pots separate and wire them up.
I know there are better known brands, but Iron Gear compete ( and outperform) at a fraction of the price.
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I was at the same point three years ago. Unless you LOVE the Squier's neck, consider buying a used Standard (MIM) instead of upgrading the Squier. Depending on where you are, you should be able to find one for US$300-400. It's not that Squiers aren't good: my first decent electric was a Squier VM Strat, and I still think it was a really good instrument for the price. But the MIM will probably have better tuners, a better bridge, and more durable fretwire. If you're not in a hurry, you can probably find a used MIM with upgraded pickups for the same price as a used MIM with stock pickups.

Used MIM Strats are one of the sweet spots in today's guitar market.

Ditto. I mean for $300-400 you can often find a MIM that has already been through someone else’s upgrade cycle. I picked up a MIM with Fralins and (poorly done) S1 for well under $400.
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