Squier Strat - 2005 Affinity Build with P90s "Noventa" (CII IC Serial)


Jun 8, 2022
This is a partscaster I built from a 2005 Affinity Strat neck. I found the neck at a music store, then went away with getting my own "Noventa" Strat going.

  • Gotoh SG381 tuners
  • alder surf green ST-body
  • Wilkinson WOV08 tremolo with roller saddles
  • Alegree P90s (budget A5 grade)
  • WD Music P90 beauty rings
  • Artec SBC73C blade pickup
  • Fender Telecaster '74 knobs
  • replacement pots; two are push-pull
  • 5-way 4P5T "superswitch"
  • Strap locks
  • M5 threaded insert hardware conversion in neck
  • cam-lever terminal blocks

I could've stuck with the standard dual P90 setup, but I wanted to add a middle humbucker to thicken either P90 in series for curiosity. Have fun reading the diagram.
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Shielding paint

It was tight wiring...

The beauty rings are not permanently attached. I hacked away a P90 cover to act as spacer to hold them together as a push fit. I also didn't have the foam inserts, however dollar-store furniture pads will do the job at a fraction of the price and ease of availability (it was in my parts box unused since 2014).


Just a little "Blacktop" look

It sounds like a typical P90 strat. The middle humbucker does have some nice clarity (Artec ain't too bad with bang-for-buck). The series combinations with the half coil split definitely gives the P90s a cleaner boost. Push-pull actives can allow for both P90s to be activated, or combined with the coil split, or activate all pickups in the middle position (which sounds a bit to gritty).

But yeah, the combinations are there however I do tend leave the push-pulls alone and mainly stick with the bridge pickup alone. Cheers.

Will Lefeurve

Most Honored Senior Member
Mar 1, 2016
Angleterre et France
Good stuff Butcher.. I'm always up for 'taking a different' route in life, and your Strat appeals to me in that way. Plus.. the P90 is my favourite single coil pickup. Nothing beats them IMHO. Its one of the reasons I love my old LP Goldtop.. those P90s can either chew your balls off, or sing you a lullaby, and everything in between.. Love the colour too by the way.. :thumb: