I have been playing guitar for many years, but my friend won a guitar in a Costume contest this Halloween and I looked it over for her, My first thought was raffle guitar from a beer company its going to have a warped neck, Frets not nailed down correctly but I looked it over anyway. Obviously the materials were cheap but the neck was actually straight and other than the string action being way too high its actually playable. I told her that there is a guy I know that does set ups for $50 but I may be able to get it for 40$ or even 30$. I told her the action of the guitar needs to be lowered a lot for it to be played smoothly. And told her she could get a decent set of used pickups for real cheap at some local mom and pop shops here And i've only replaced pickups in a loaded pickguard on strat style guitars and les paul style but this a solid body style. It has a bridge, middle and neck PU but are they the same puckups you would put in a pickgaurd?
Hard to tell much from the photo you linked, but I'm assuming that you mean the guitar has a "rear-routed" body?
Any Strat-style pickups should fit, they just are mounted a little differently. But with cheap knock-off guitars, I would measure the pickups that are on there now just to be sure they're not some oddball dimension. You want to measure the size of the pickup covers to be sure that they will fit the holes, and also measure the distance between the mounting holes on the baseplate. Then compare those dimensions to any Strat-type single coil pickups such as stock Fender ones. If the dimensions are the same (they probably are), then you're good to go.
If buying used pickups, I advise taking a multimeter with you to check that the pickups are operational before you buy them. If you get an "out of range" or "infinite resistance" reading, it means the pickup is terminal. You should read somewhere around 3K-8KΩ for a Strat-style single coil pickup. Too low a reading could indicate a short, also not a good sign . . .
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My local shop will do basic set up - truss rod adjustment, action/saddle height, even touch up the nut where necessary - for the price of a set of strings. Buy the strings, leave the guitar for a couple days, they install the strings and set it up. $50 is way too much unless there's something really wrong with the thing to begin with.
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2016 17:06:13 GMT -5 by ashcatlt
Here in Seattle, the high-priced spread won't even open the door for you if you aren't ready to spend that same $50. But at the same time, there are some mom-and-pop shops here that will do the same job (and probably at better quality in less time) for half that. If one has the opportunity, shopping around is always better than leaving your axe with the first joint that says "sure thing, compadre, we'll have you fixed right up in no time a'tall, yessirree bob".
Like newey, that picture didn't tell me enough to make an educated guess as to whether this thing is a wall hanging or an actually playable instrument. More images, please.
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