The upgrade and modding gravy train...

stratamania

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I was just pricing out some pickups for a possible upgrade / mod to a Fender I have had for about ten years.

Lace Sensor golds about €168 which seems a good value for a set of pickups. I then thought why not get a new pickguard, pots, cap and Freeway selector switch so I can wire up a new pickguard assembly and swap it out with the old one and keep that intact. Suddenly it is now €314 or thereabouts.

Its then getting close to a third of the price I paid for the guitar about a decade a go. If I swap out the bridge and tuners also then I would probably be looking at around €600 retail for parts...

Perhaps I leave it as it is...anyone had a similar experience?
 

TBurst Std

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LOL , just think, double that amount, lookup some deals in the show case and just build another guitar.
 

Rick

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Have I noticed the price of things going up?  Nah, can't say I have.  :icon_jokercolor:  Seriously though ... It took me until about 40 years-old to realize that the prices of things will always go up.  It's the system.  Only place I saw prices go down was in Japan, and that sucked just as bad as prices going up.  Whatever ...

I like Tb's idea, just build a new one!
 

stratamania

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I don't think the parts have gone up that much recently. Just when I think back that my first Strat I bought new in the 70s cost me less than some pickups cost now, gives pause for thought.
 

TBurst Std

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Well by gosh if things are going up that much, double your profit and build 2 new ones LOL
 

stratamania

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So the motto is more guitars...yikes the kitchen will have to be converted to make room  :laughing7:
 

TonyFlyingSquirrel

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You have more than one Phillips head screwdriver, right?

The right tool for the job designates that you have a versatile toolbox full of tools to serve a variety of purposes.

Instruments are no different.
 

stratamania

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TonyFlyingSquirrel said:
You have more than one Phillips head screwdriver, right?

The right tool for the job designates that you have a versatile toolbox full of tools to serve a variety of purposes.

Instruments are no different.

I have several Phillips head screwdrivers. I even have some that I dedicate to guitar work.

Actually I might use these parts as a basis for a new build. I have a spare Warmoth neck that I need to re fret so there is that.
 
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