That is a marvelous looking instrument. I like to tinker so I might have a go at mine. I don't know if I have the desire to spend a bunch of money on it though. It is supposed to be thinner than a MIM or American strat, correct. What is your feeling on shielding the cavity and at minimum changing the pots and cap? I run it through a blues jr. and it is very dynamic compared to many humbucking pickup guitars I play with. Thanks for any input in the upgrades. I already tightened all the tuners and the output jack. Had to fill some holes with wood shavings and glue as a few were stripped.
Thanks. I enjoy taking inexpensive guitars and upgrading them to something you cannot buy. I have 5 guitars (soon to be 6) and 1 bass, ranging in price from free to $1600. All have been upgraded with various combinations of pickups, pots, knobs, tuners, etc. to make them uniquely mine. Some people feel it is a waste of money and that I should buy the next higher model or two. Even if I did that, I would still probably mod the guitar.
Yes, the Affinitys are thinner then the higher line models. But they are also lighter. My Esquire is every bit as resonant as my AVRI 52 Tele. I use PAF type humbuckers or stacked humbuckers in all my guitars as I hate 60 Hz hum and I seem to live in a very noisy electronic environment. I shielded the bridge cavity of my Esquire before I replaced the pickup and it helped only slightly.
I buy a lot of my parts for my cheaper guitars from Guitar Fetish:www.guitarfetish.com
I find their parts to be a very good value for the price. Of course, my more expensive guitars are upgraded with higher quality parts.
Bottom line, do what ou want and can afford to make the guitar yours. And above all, have fun.
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