Originally Posted by slngd
Thanks everyone for your replies!
Just to make it clear; I like THIS slab of wood. None of the MIM/MIA/MIJ Fenders i have tried out have felt this good in my hands.
I have redone my plan after you guys talked me out of all the expensive aftermarket upgrades. (Thanks says my wallet)
Any of you wouldnt happen to know where i can find some more extensive information on the bolt conversion?
The SX slab of wood is one reason there is so much SX love on TB. But noobs always get the mods all backwards!
My "standard" SX mods go like this.
Forget new pickups.
First mod is copper foil SHIELDING! Do control cavity, pickup cavity and back of pickguard.
Mod #2 is wiring. I'm not a big fan of vol/vol so my usual mod is vol/rotary switch/tone. Rotary gives neck only/both series/both parallel/bridge only. Series/parallel mod is a GREAT Sx mod! I've also done some with vol/blend + series parallel.
Mod #3 is threaded inserts for neck screws and control plate/pickguard screws. 8-32 for neck. 4-40 for plates. http://www.amazon.com/Flushed-E-Z-Dr...111866&sr=1-11
I just hammer the 4-40s in with a bit of epoxy. Not super strong but good enough for pickguards etc.
Mod #4 New pickguard from Pickguardian.com. You send him the old one and say "copy this" (in new material of your choice). If you lucked out on your wood, this makes lowly SX look positively booteek!
Mod #5 If it's a new "ursa" headstock I'll do the "dixiecup" mod just for looks. Of course this is just a cosmetic thing.
That's it. If you have the better bridge, that doesn't need changed. If you have the cheap bent metal one, it is VERY hard to do better than this for twenty bucks! Is a perfect fit for 5 strings, don't know about 4 strings. http://basspartsresource.com/bridge_musicman.htm
(Note will NOT fit under SX ashtrays!)
SX tuners are usually sort of variable and sometimes stiff, but work. Can be changed to taste. I don't.
Sometimes you need to file down a high fret or two but that is certainly not always the case.
Note SX pickups are killer and the ONLY reason to change them is single coil hum and you've got too much money burning a hole in your pocket.
See TB "chunger" SX thread for even more info.
That's pretty much it.