Help to ID this Squier Strat model

Oldguitarguy

Squier-holic
Mar 2, 2019
2,102
Nj
Can anyone ID the model of this Squier Strat with body that is 1 25/32” thick, a CXS 03 serial number, and Crafted in China? Is it an SE or something else? Anyone know
what the pups would be and the quality of them, or the rest of the guitar model? Keep the stock pups or replace with GM 62’z or premiums? Anyone know the routing shape under the hood? Thanks in advance.

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dbrian66

Dr. Squier
Jul 14, 2017
9,741
Maryland, USA
At least the neck is an SE. The body probably is as well, but the pickguard has definitely been changed. So who knows what the pickups are. The stock pickups are ok. Nothing great, but usable. I personally replace everything on these guitars. But that’s more because I want to rather than I need to. I would suggest setting it up real good and just play it. You might just love it as is.

Here is what the pickup route looks like.

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Wikingcaster

Squier Talker
Jun 13, 2022
11
Spain
replace the whole bridge with a thick block vintage fender, they are cheap.
+1 to this! Replaced the stock bridge on my Korean Squier Stratocaster gold logo from 1997 with one of those Fender Vintage Style Tremolo (which is the one that every - or almost every- Made in Mexico Fender Strats have stock) and is of great quality plus it required no mods to the body, it was a matter of unscrew old one and screw new one in.

I paid 20 euros for it shipped, new from a reputed shop here in Europe.
 

Oldguitarguy

Squier-holic
Mar 2, 2019
2,102
Nj
@dbrian66 @Protone @Texaspicker @Nduro @Wikingcaster @Guitarmageddon

I plan to mod this SE and need some thoughts on options:
1) high mass MIM block or GFS high mass brass block (I have them already - just need to pick one - any thoughts? Shown in picks.
2) are these stock tuners any good or should I replace? If so, with what?
3) should I install a TUSQ XL nut or leave stock?
4) replacing electronics with GM 62’z and a GFS premium strat harness;
5) installing roller guides;
6) filing fret ends to smooth neck sides;
7) installing shielding;
8) full set up and D’Addario Nickel Wound 46-10’s;

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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dbrian66

Dr. Squier
Jul 14, 2017
9,741
Maryland, USA
I personally prefer the brass block. But that’s opinion based and I’m sure someone else will tell you something different. The good news is you already have both, so you can try both and see which one you prefer. Another mod I always do it the Tusq nut. Just make sure you get one with the proper dimensions. I also like to use the Tusq string trees. Stock tuners are fine unless you are changing them for cosmetic reasons. An on/off switch for the neck pickup is also a great (and easy!) mod to do while you are changing out all the electronics.
 

Protone

Squier Talker
Sep 4, 2015
71
Louisville
I have only used the Mexican bridge for my mods and have been very satified with the results. For tuners I have used Wilkinson and Guyker both have worked well. Both make well made tuners. I dont change the nut just use some graphite from a #2 pencil.
 


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