Know Your Gear Squier Upgraded

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by mdparent03, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    I watch Phil's videos all the time and he did a really good job with modding this Squier. I might have to try some of those tuning keys he uses. Enjoy.

     
  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    Cool video. Did he say what brand tuners he used?
     
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  3. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    I think he mentioned them in another video as the Graphtech ratio locking tuners. I just looked them up and they are pretty expensive. Maybe I wont be trying them.
     
  4. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    A lot of what he put into that guitar was high dollar. I'm sure it was nice, but I tend to be a little cheaper! Lol
     
  5. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    He lists the parts in a credit style list at the end of the video.

    It doesn’t say graphtech, but it does say ratio tuners, which are graphtech’s What’s surprising is... out of the box, they fit the Squier two pin mount, and they come with adapter plates if you don’t have the pin holes.
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    For $139... they better!

    If you watch all the way to the end... including his $150 of labor, the total cost of upgrades over $600, add the cost of an affinity new, and that puts you at over $800!

    That’s used Fender USA territory!

    Of course all his components are new, and top shelf.

    I would bet at least a dozen members here have built similar (if not reversible) mods to a CL affinity w/Used parts, for not much more than the cost of an affinity new.
     
  6. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-Meister

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    I saw the video and the totals were a little high for those of us who are "frugal". It was nice to see him mod the Squier though.
     
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  7. squierTony

    squierTony Squier-holic

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    I watched this at work today:)
     
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  8. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    That's where I posted it from....lol. Slow day.
     
  9. guitar guy

    guitar guy Dr. Squier

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    Ha ha. Nice. Same here.
     
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  10. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    He can change the body and neck too :D
     
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  11. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    I agree with that. Everybody here has done these mods and more to our beloved Squier's for a lot less money. I would have upgraded the bridge too. But in that video, he wouldn't have gone cheap and adding that would have put the total cost close to $1k Still was good to see some Squier loving. He has only done a few Squier videos that I have seen.
     
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  12. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-Meister

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    I believe he said he owns one as well and does like it
     
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  13. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Affinity's are really nice but he never mentioned that the neck is not as wide at the nut which is something that you cant mod. I know it's not an issue for allot of you but that is just a deal breaker for me. I'm actually surprised the Bullet doesn't have a narrower nut and the affinity has the regular width neck. But that did turn out very nice.
    I don't think I would spend that much on the upgrades though. I would have spent the $20 on a MIM tremolo instead of the $20 springs ( I know he had them already but just saying).
    Anyway just a couple thoughts I had on it.
     
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  14. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-Nut

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    Yeah, he owns and has modded a bullet. There is a video of it somewhere, Did anyone catch the name of the tool he used to un-nut the tuners?.


    It is ok, I found it in the description .. "gator grip" and i ordered one for my tool box.. A guy cant have enough tools..right?.
     
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  15. I still would've masked off the fretboard regardless of how gentle that emery board was. I'm a little surprised he did not replace the nut.
    Good video and it's always interesting to see how other folks are doing the same things you do.

    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  16. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    He did, he mentioned it twice, showed the new one in the bag, he just didn’t show installation.
     
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  17. scrub

    scrub Squier Talker

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    I wish he had! That was the main reason I watched the video.
     
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  18. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    Would have made it twice as long, unless it was a drop in (which no nut I’ve replaced yet has been).
     
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  19. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Meister

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    I watched and enjoyed the video as well.

    Kinda crazy to drop that kinda cash into an Affinity.

    There are definitely some good options out there to upgrade it ,have it sound great, play great and not spend a wad .
     
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  20. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    it's a Gator-grip universal socket. Useful tool to have in the garage. Never thought to use it on my guitars though.
     
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