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Best Modification you have ever done, to any guitar?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Dave1234, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Dave1234

    Dave1234 Tele-Afflicted

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    I did something I had been meaning to do for a long time; I changed the stock tuners in my SG special to Grovers. Best thing I ever did.....more sustain, stays in tune, even when getting a bit OTT with bends. Simple, but oh so effective.
    Anyone else made a simple mod that just worked better than you ever thought it would?
     
  2. twangking

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    Changed the pickups. Brought a whole new life and voice to my telecaster.
     
  3. Leo1951

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    Installing a Dimarzio Evolution in one of my Kramer SuperStrats.
     
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    Put finger grease on the strings...as often as possible.
     
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    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

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    Neck blend on Strats for neck and bridge in series.
     
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    The mods I've done here are just for looks. A way to personalize two of my guitars.

    On the '52 Hot Rod I added a leather pickguard, angled slot control plate with knurled knob, and a pin-up girl neck plate.

    The Jag I posted two months ago. It was a project to commemorate 30 years since my 1st gig in 1982 (at which I played a borrowed Jaguar). It's a Fender Japan Jaguar HH Special I snagged off ebay. I painted the pickguard white, added old school control knobs, a pinstripe, removed the bridge pup cover, and an "82/30" sticker a friend designed for me. I had a local jeweler engrave the logo in the neck plate as well. The final touch was the '12 on the back of the head stock.

    Here are some pix!
     

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    And The Jag pix.
     

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    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Doing the wiring update on my '52RI, and not least, changing the pickguard on my MIM 60's Classic from a 3-ply mint to a 1-ply white! ;)
     
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    Changing the bridge on my FSR Black Paisley to a Wilkinson Compensate Brass Barrell one made a big difference to the sound o the guitar.

    J5
     
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    I modified a nice mandolin once by transferring ownership to someone who could actually play it. Seemed like a successful mod.
     
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    Hands down best tele mod was Bill Lawrence / Wilde Microcoils.
     
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    A good setup!

    The bottom line is, a guitar has to be playable or you won't play it.

    For me, the most important part of that is usually a new bone nut. My fingers are short and fat, so wider string spacing helps a lot. I just replaced the original nuts on my best sounding tele, and my acoustic. Now my best sounding guitars are getting played a lot more!
     
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    Yeah...a good set-up...definitely.
    And either the Fezz/Ted mod or treble bleed are critical for me because I almost never use pedals.
    When I twist the vol knob, it's really important that the tone doesn't change drastically.
     
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    wired to go Tele-Meister

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    Straplocks on ALL my guitars.
     
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    Most successful mod I've done is dead simple and I've applied it to several guitars - get hold of some Micromesh (hi-tech abrasive material) and flat down the gloss on the neck to a satin finish. Improves playability very considerably. I've also used it experimentally to give a slight roll to the edges of one rosewood board. The result was encouraging but I'm a bit nervous about doing the same to other guitars, because unlike the finish mod it's irreversible.

    A 4-way switch mod in one Tele has worked well for me, though I've left my others stock for now.
     
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    Hmm, actually installing a Cavalier "Lion" pickup by Rob DiStefano really improved my 2011 AS Tele quite a lot. That's an honest to goodness mod not requiring any owner transfer. Plenty of good stuff, none of the bad. If you like twang but don't like ice pick, it's a good choice.
     
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    A good setup is cruxial, but I wouldn't call it a mod though ...
     
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    Changing the bridge on my MIM Cabronita to an American Standard hardtail.
     
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    Learning to to play it.After a few months I gained a small but significant upgrade ,the chord A .I later modded out the A to a D and even an E .I stopped after that as I didnt want to guild the lily.:grin:
     
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    This is the obvious winner, but to play along: rolling the fb edges. The rounder, the better.
     
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