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I have an Ibanez SF420FM. I'm interested in changing the pickups. Nothing is wrong with the ones in, I just want to step it up. I know little to nothing about pickups, I'm a very beginner but don't mind "spending up" for the future..within reason. I want the quality to be what "I will be" in a couple of years and forward.

What would be the best to put in, within reason? Thinking more about what would be (Some of it I'm guessing is even doable)
For the below, model/type/Brand, as much detail so I can google it up.

1) Pickups, $200 ish ea (maybe jus the lead pickup if it gets pricey, IF you can do jus one)
2) If doable, or with it, Bridge, at bottom where strings go in and adjustable $200 ish
3) POTS (volume knobs), I figure its prolly good idea for these to step up if the pickups are better. $100 ish

I know I'll be asked, how much do I want to spend and what is my goal. I put guess prices above, and I like to play like old classic rock, and new alternative rock.
Thanks AJ
 

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It sounds like there's no real reason for you to upgrade pickups yet. If you're at a beginner stage, and can't find anything much wrong with what's loaded up stock, then save your coin. There's also plenty of tweak-ability tone wise with pickup heights, and even pole piece heights to fine tune your sound. Main rule is making sure the pickups aren't coo close to the strings, as the magnets will screw up intonation. but maybe have a play there first. Once you're getting past the beginner stage, and have a better understanding of what tone you want to achieve then maybe revisit pickup upgrades.
 

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It sounds like there's no real reason for you to upgrade pickups yet. If you're at a beginner stage, and can't find anything much wrong with what's loaded up stock, then save your coin. There's also plenty of tweak-ability tone wise with pickup heights, and even pole piece heights to fine tune your sound. Main rule is making sure the pickups aren't coo close to the strings, as the magnets will screw up intonation. but maybe have a play there first. Once you're getting past the beginner stage, and have a better understanding of what tone you want to achieve then maybe revisit pickup upgrades.
So...that $1900 Strat I'm looking at on line? you're saying I should...maybe wait a couple of weeks? hahahah!...I think you are right. Currently is sounds awesome as far as I can tell, and no quality of pickup is going to instantly make me better. I did buy a $39 kit that has all the tools to adjust the strings perfectly, that should tide me over for a long time.
 

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that's a better purchase, learn how to set up your instrument. That's a far more valuable thing right now. ;)
I agree.
Mind you that beginners usually overlook importance of good amp or processor and spend all money on guitar, then play it on too cheap disappointing amp or similar.
 

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I agree.
Mind you that beginners usually overlook importance of good amp or processor and spend all money on guitar, then play it on too cheap disappointing amp or similar.
I think I didn't do that...I know a tad bit about electronics..With the guitar I got a Boss KATANA-50 Mk II, along with a good quality cable. I'm used to being on the other side of the table in a forum (ie a car forum and computer) where I know my stuff. So I'll try to listen. I can't count HOW many times I'll tell a beginner .."you are WASTING your money!!"...and they won't listen.

HOWEVER.....sometimes you just want to make a mod, for the fun of doing it......even if it doesn't really do any good.

I think I'll leave it as is after getting it adjusted perfectly....if I get really good, just buy a strat!
 

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I went totally against grain......I'm trading my Ibanez for a Fender players stratocaster HSH - Brand new. I took a chance and offered a shop my Ibanez + $275 (tax included), I figured he'd laugh in my face.....however, he's ordering the HSH for me! The shop owner said, and I agree after research - this Mexican Fender has really up-ed their game in quality, and the price has not caught up to it........YET. Being I paid $250 for the Ibanez...I'm getting the Fender HSH for $525.......not bad eh ?
I hope I'm not disappointed. I figure, THIS will be my piece for years to come...If I continue and get MUCH better, only then will I look at $1500 plus. If I end up quitting, and the price catches up to the quality...I can sell it without loosing much.
 

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Hope it works out for you. The Mexican Fenders sound really good these days. Hell, the Squiers are generally great these days too. Enjoy your new purchase. :)
 

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Hope it works out for you. The Mexican Fenders sound really good these days. Hell, the Squiers are generally great these days too. Enjoy your new purchase. :)
I researched and found a video, a guy with in depth knowledge could not tell the difference.....until he literally took apart both in detail. He has reason to be US made biased, but had to admit, there is very very little difference and for $200 you could make the Mexican, "be" virtually a US guitar. The biggest difference is, US made has bi-directional tension adjust in the neck.
I know and understand "what" that is..but don't know enough to know how often it may be needed or how "must have" it is. He didn't see it being a big deal at all.
 
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