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De ville
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Jul 26th, 2013 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually like the burgundy mist looking at the photos online, but for me it's hard to judge that color not seeing it in person. I guess that's because it's a darker color, and I've never seen one in person.

Ever played one of these Rev? I'm curious about the pickups. I'd be okay with changing them out, but I've never done it.




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Jul 27th, 2013 01:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't played one of the current ones, but a few years back I had to do setup work on several for a friend.

The pickups were serviceable and sounded alright, little more hum than I'd like in some instances, but they were basic, functional cheap Strat pickups - these days Squier doesn't put out the junk electronics of the Korean era as far as sound.

Not Affinity (since they don't make affinity Jaguars or Mustangs etc yet), but close to the price point, played one of the Cyclones, the PUs sounded acceptable but I didn't make them run through my abusive pedalboard (was at a friend's who got one when cheap Mustangs were unobtanium). Sounded fine through a basic tube Peavey something or other.

De ville
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Jul 27th, 2013 10:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, thanks for the input Rev.

VanGoghsEar

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Sep 27th, 2013 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an older model Aztec Gold special edition Affinity Strat. The guitar plays great, holds tune very well, but I did not like the scratchy pots and weak PUs. I put in a Dragonfire prewired pickguard with Vintage style pickups for $40 and have been very happy with it. The Affinity with the DF pickups satisfies all my Strat needs.

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Oct 3rd, 2013 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At one time Affinitys had 500K pots. Don't know if they still do. Switched them for 250Ks which decreased the harshness of the pickups.

I like the new gold logo models.

LHW

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Jul 5th, 2014 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought one with the sunburst finish. I'm left-handed, and of course it was the only one in the store. I really like the two tone look. It sounds a lot better than I expected, considering the price!

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Aug 19th, 2014 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm picking up a "rescue" Affinity Strat tonight. Found it on a local 'yard sale' Facebook group. Strings broken, dirty and missing the trem bar. Have to see what shape it's in. Looking forward to rehabilitating it.

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Aug 19th, 2014 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool. Let us know how it turns out.

tom l
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Aug 20th, 2014 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's had a hard life. Looks like it maybe spent a stretch in a wet garage. Corrosion on the trem springs and the switches, some screws rusty. Very dirty overall. It's "Crafted in China", and the neck stamp says July, 1999.

I pulled it apart completely and have started to scrub it down. The neck actually cleaned up fairly well. The top two frets had a lot of wear, but I've smoothed them out pretty well. After cleaning, sanding, and polishing with several grades of MicroMesh, the pickguard and trem cover look pretty good.

At this point I'm deciding what of the hardware and electronics will be re-used and what will be replaced. I'll probably try to keep the pickups, but the switch, pots and jack will go. (If anyone has sources for decent/cheap, let me know. I was looking at Guitar Fetish last night.)The tuners are intact and working, but I may replace them anyway. I haven't spent much time on the bridge yet. It's intact and dirty. I'm not sure if there is corrosion or just grime on it. If it cleans up well, I'll probably re-use it. (No trem bar, but I was planning on blocking it anyway.)

The finish on the body has some issues, but it's possible with some work it can be restored fairly well. There are some dings and scuffs, but nothing horrible. I was initially thinking of repainting and a color change, but I may opt to try to save what's on it.

Here's a "before" pic

(This message was last edited by tom l at 09:17 AM, Aug 20th, 2014)

tom l
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Aug 21st, 2014 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After an evening session working on the body with MicroMesh sheets, it actually looks pretty good. There are a couple of small dings, and a few of small "road rash"-like pits along the bottom edge - like it had been set down on a rough concrete surface.

I'm thinking I won't go for a "showroom new" finish or re-paint - I'll just polish it as best I can, and leave some "character". That way I won't be paranoid about any future dings.

I did a complete teardown of the bridge, and it turns out there was no corrosion on the chrome, just a lot of dirt. Cleaned that up and reassembled it, so it's ready to go. I have new trem springs and tuners on order, and will be ordering new electronics soon. Still debating about the pickups. GF has a nice complete pre-wired pickguard for not too much, so I may grab that setup.

LHW

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Aug 21st, 2014 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Make sure you post an "after" pic!

tom l
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Aug 26th, 2014 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the GFS pre-wired pickguard. Very nice. It's a close fit, but some of the screwholes don't line up. I'm somewhat hesitant to make new holes, but don't really want to re-use the old single-ply guard. I suppose that it's silly not to add holes, given what the guitar has already been through.

(This message was last edited by tom l at 11:34 AM, Aug 26th, 2014)

amphead4

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Aug 27th, 2014 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just drill it.

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Aug 27th, 2014 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Fill the old holes with small dowels & wood glue, and then re-drill.

If you've smoothed the pitted frets (just the worn ones), they are now lower than the ones farther up the neck, and you're going to have buzzing strings if you like medium to low action.

It's always best to set the neck as straight as possible with the truss rod, and then level all the frets at once. This guarantees the frets' tops are all the same height.

Until you've done this--you cannot appreciate the *huge* improvement it makes in smooth playability.

Here's another tip about leveling frets...read the caption below.

tom l
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Aug 27th, 2014 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The new pickguard was just a bit too far off to fit without a lot of fiddling. I pulled the components and installed them on the old one. In the end, it still looks pretty good. I wasn't able to get it to a mirror polish, but still quite reasonable.

Peegoo, I didn't remove much from the frets. It was more a matter of polishing. Waiting on tuners now.

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Aug 28th, 2014 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool!

tom l
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Sep 2nd, 2014 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It lives!

The 'after' photo

tom l
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Chuck Finley is forever.
Sep 3rd, 2014 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmm - the after photo is dark - makes it look as if it had been repainted. But it's still the same blue as it was (just shiny now).

(This message was last edited by tom l at 12:31 PM, Sep 3rd, 2014)

De ville
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Dec 21st, 2014 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks great!

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Dec 21st, 2014 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like a can of Beanie Weenies heated up on the stove: very good!

Nice work.

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