I posted about the latest axe here, a 2006 Indonesian Squier Affinity Strat I bought for the princely sum of £50.
The challenge is to put some rather nice upgrades into this but ideally keep this under the price of a new Affinity Strat – which according to Andertons right now is £179.99.
That gives us £129.99 to play with.
Because these are thinner bodied strats, we’re going to leave the bridge alone for now – and concentrate on other areas.
First area, the electrics (all parts via Amazon, Pickup via Axemail):
|22 Guage Cloth Covered Wire (2ft)||£5.14|
|Graph Tech Tusq XL PT-5042||£10.99|
|CTS 250k Log Pot (Volume)||£6.29|
|CTS 250k Linear Pot (Tone) (x2)||£12.58|
|TaleeMail Strap Locks||£6.99|
|25mm Copper Shielding Tape x4m||£6.21|
|Sprauge 0.22uF Capacitor||£2.71|
|IronGear Texas Loco Neck Pickup||£27.20|
Add this up and our Affinity has cost us £128.11, which gives us room for Tuners later on, but what are getting for our money ?
- Replacement Cap, Pots and Wiring equivalent to American Pro level
- A new NUT, always one of the fun parts of cheaper guitars
- Shielded Cavities to reduce hum
- A Spanking new overwound pickup for the Neck, which if you read any reviews the IronGear feedback is always really good.
More to follow when I start putting this together 🙂