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Re: Upgrading pickups on bullet strat
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2019, 08:00:59 am »
Jhob

Good luck on your project, thought I'd share you ups and downs of my Affinity upgrade from a while back

https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=39537.msg368997#msg368997

Have fun.

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Re: Upgrading pickups on bullet strat
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2019, 01:41:36 pm »
Thanks Toby!

Good to hear your project went well.  I'm hoping that mine will be relatively straight-forward.  The pickups are here, just waiting on the scratchplate and then I can get started.  Optimistically hoping to get it done in an evening.  Think I'm just going to use the original pots & 5 way switch to keep it simpler.

Want to get a few sound clips first so that I can hear the difference too.

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Re: Upgrading pickups on bullet strat
« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2019, 11:38:50 pm »
I completed the upgrade last night, ended up being a very late night!  It was all going well - pickups fitted and all soldering successfully done and tested.  Then I tried to refit the pickguard but the pickups weren't now lining up with the cavities.  I worked out that material needed to be taken from the Neck recess on the pickguard, indeed the old pickguard had clearly had the same treatment.  An hour and a half later and some painstaking needle-file work it was back in one piece and re-strung.

I really like the look of it, the light mint green scratchplate is subtle and the cream pickup covers offset it nicely.  I think I'm going to get some dark pink knobs to go on it, I think that will look cool 😎

Anyway, I had to wait till tonight to test it out properly, which I did after adjusting the pickup height.  The sound is amazing!  It's a night and day difference to how the guitar sounded before, so much more attack and bite.  The modulation is loads better too, so much more responsive and expressive. The output is much greater and overdrive sounds and much more punchy and crunchy.  It feels like before I had a toy and now I have a proper instrument.

I was expecting it to be better, just not this much better. I'm so happy right now!

There's a photo of it here. Will post more once it has the new knobs on.

Thanks everyone for your advice!

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Re: Upgrading pickups on bullet strat
« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2019, 07:34:02 am »
Congrats, glad you got it all worked out and are so happy.
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Re: Upgrading pickups on bullet strat
« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2019, 08:20:11 am »
Enjoy  8)
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