Your Pure Stock Electric Guitars. Bought New. Zero Alterations.

mystichands

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1995 Fender American standard Strat bought brand new. No mods whatsoever. It’s my first and only Strat.
1966 Guild Starfire lll
Someone put Schallers on it back when they were made in West Germany, before 1991. But no mods at all. I wouldn’t touch anything on a cool oldie like that. But to be honest, I like the Strat a lot more in terms of playability and overall sound.
 

russ Stauffer

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The Les Paul pick guard came loose so I just took the screw out but otherwise totally original “es-Les Paul standard top”. The tele is a 2020 52 AO.
 

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Telenator

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Perfection. Right from Day One. Wouldn't dream of any alterations. Ever.
I never buy guitars for what they "might" become. They must perfect on the rack, or they stay in the store.

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Fuelish

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Virtually all of mine are bone stock, and pics are pretty useless, as they're nothing nobody's seen before. Pulled the pickguard, poker chip, knobs off my Epi LP (replaced knobs of course). My Squier Strat had a jumper wire installed so the neck tone control also controls the bridge position......easy to do. The rest of my guitars are the way they came from the factory......even my '64 Harmony H15 :cool:
 

Ron R

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PS Custom, FSR Telecaster, Ibanez A63, and my Harley Benton SC450 P90 GT all remain stock.
The only electric I own that's been modified is my old Ibanez Roadstar, which was modded with replacement pickups before I traded for it.
The Harley Benton will likely get a new pickup switch, based on the stock switch failing being the most common complaint I've seen about the guitar.
 

awasson

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Many electric guitarists, and I'm a prime example, love to make changes to guitars they've purchased. I've done it to lower priced guitars, (Fender MIM Teles and MIM Strats. Les Paul Studios. A mid '80s Charvel Tele-Style. Two Ibanez RGs and many more), and expensive guitars too, (Les Paul Traditional. Eric Johnson Stratocaster, etc.). Why? I'm not concerned about resale value. I don't buy and sell. I do it to make them mine. To make them me. To prowl outside the pack. Plus .... I love trying to find something better than what I've already got. Increments of improvement toward something better. It's an electric guitar player gas thing. Yet ....... there are some guitars I've purchased stock, have never changed a single thing on them and still own them to this day. An again ... it's not about resale value. I've just never found anything about them I could improve upon and "making them mine" might actually make them less than they were upon their brand new purchase. I love to make changes but ... the following list of guitars were all bought new by me, (some as many as 20+ years ago), and remain absolutely stock. I've truly never found anything that would improve upon them.

2002 Ibanez JEM DBK.
2007 Gibson Custom Shop CS 336.
2008 Suhr Custom T-Style.
2014 Melancon Custom T-Style.
2017 Giffin Standard.
2018 Melancon Pro T-Style.

I also owned a 2001 Fender Double Fat Strat that remained stock for as long as I owned it, (about 10 years), but someone out of the blue heard it and offered me a price I just couldn't turn down so it's no longer in my stable.

So what about you. Especially you Love to upgrade types. Any guitars in your home or studio that remain exactly as they were when you purchased them? How long have you owned them? Are your reasons similar or different from mine?

Thank you for your responses. 🙂

I'm of a similar mindset.

I've got three 40 year old Ibanez Artists; 2 AS100 and 1 AR100. One AS100 that I bought new in 1981 now has Phat Cat (P90 in a humbucker size) pickups; I love those pickups. The other AS100 is stock but someone changed out the tuners. If I can find another set of OEM tuners, I'll put it right back to stock. It's a great guitar and since I have one with big single coils and the other with Stock, I get the best of both worlds. My AR100 has a set of aftermarket Alnico 2 cream coloured pickups. Again, I am perfectly happy with the upgrade and glad I made it. It's a killer Les Paul substitute.

I modded my MIM Strat of which the only factory parts are the frets and the body and neck wood. Everything else has been changed a dozen times. Right now it's a HSH config. It's got an Aftermarket strat bridge but I think I might put in a Wilkinson/Gotoh 2 point bridge.

My Classic Player 60's has a Wilkinson 2-point bridge now as well as some wiring changes. It has the factory Custom 69 pickups and aside from the bridge it looks relatively stock.

I would not change a thing on my Eric Johnson Strat. I bought it used and the previous owner did a mod to the pick guard and neck joint to access the truss rod but I wouldn't have changed a thing on that guitar.

If I had a JEM, it would remain stock and if I had a Cabronita Telecaster or a Classic Player 50's Baja Telecaster, they would be stock.
 

SanoTele

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Many electric guitarists, and I'm a prime example, love to make changes to guitars they've purchased. I've done it to lower priced guitars, (Fender MIM Teles and MIM Strats. Les Paul Studios. A mid '80s Charvel Tele-Style. Two Ibanez RGs and many more), and expensive guitars too, (Les Paul Traditional. Eric Johnson Stratocaster, etc.). Why? I'm not concerned about resale value. I don't buy and sell. I do it to make them mine. To make them me. To prowl outside the pack. Plus .... I love trying to find something better than what I've already got. Increments of improvement toward something better. It's an electric guitar player gas thing. Yet ....... there are some guitars I've purchased stock, have never changed a single thing on them and still own them to this day. An again ... it's not about resale value. I've just never found anything about them I could improve upon and "making them mine" might actually make them less than they were upon their brand new purchase. I love to make changes but ... the following list of guitars were all bought new by me, (some as many as 20+ years ago), and remain absolutely stock. I've truly never found anything that would improve upon them.

2002 Ibanez JEM DBK.
2007 Gibson Custom Shop CS 336.
2008 Suhr Custom T-Style.
2014 Melancon Custom T-Style.
2017 Giffin Standard.
2018 Melancon Pro T-Style.

I also owned a 2001 Fender Double Fat Strat that remained stock for as long as I owned it, (about 10 years), but someone out of the blue heard it and offered me a price I just couldn't turn down so it's no longer in my stable.

So what about you. Especially you Love to upgrade types. Any guitars in your home or studio that remain exactly as they were when you purchased them? How long have you owned them? Are your reasons similar or different from mine?

Thank you for your responses. 🙂
2019 Rivolta Mondata - Locking tuners
2021 PRS SE Starla - Locking tuners, Seymour Duncan Psychotron Humbuckers
2003 AM STD Strat - Locking tuners, Van Zandt pickups, Calloway saddles
2019 Z guitars Moderne - Locking tuners, Ibanez Super 58 pickups
2017 Reverend Jetstream 390 - No mods

I guess the moral here is buy Reverend or keep plenty of locking tuners on hand.
 

Bandboy

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MIM strat: licking tuners, new bridge and saddle, new jack

Yamaha SBG 2000. New pickups

Classic Vibe 60s tele: bridge pickup, upgraded electronics.

Epi Chinese Casino: new pickups.

MIJ tele: new pickups.

ES 330: New saddles.
 

timbraun

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My Custom Shop Strat, the Beardsell Birdy are stone stock, and I think my '75 Tele Custom is stock.

The ES-335 has had a busted pickup ring replaced, but it's stock, too. That was a scary almost drop when I caught it with my fingers into the neck pickup.

Sometimes a guitar is too pretty or valuable to mess with. Sometimes I think I can improve it or I want a different pickup tone.

But oops none of the above were bought new by me.
 

Slowman

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Many electric guitarists, and I'm a prime example, love to make changes to guitars they've purchased. I've done it to lower priced guitars, (Fender MIM Teles and MIM Strats. Les Paul Studios. A mid '80s Charvel Tele-Style. Two Ibanez RGs and many more), and expensive guitars too, (Les Paul Traditional. Eric Johnson Stratocaster, etc.). Why? I'm not concerned about resale value. I don't buy and sell. I do it to make them mine. To make them me. To prowl outside the pack. Plus .... I love trying to find something better than what I've already got. Increments of improvement toward something better. It's an electric guitar player gas thing. Yet ....... there are some guitars I've purchased stock, have never changed a single thing on them and still own them to this day. An again ... it's not about resale value. I've just never found anything about them I could improve upon and "making them mine" might actually make them less than they were upon their brand new purchase. I love to make changes but ... the following list of guitars were all bought new by me, (some as many as 20+ years ago), and remain absolutely stock. I've truly never found anything that would improve upon them.

2002 Ibanez JEM DBK.
2007 Gibson Custom Shop CS 336.
2008 Suhr Custom T-Style.
2014 Melancon Custom T-Style.
2017 Giffin Standard.
2018 Melancon Pro T-Style.

I also owned a 2001 Fender Double Fat Strat that remained stock for as long as I owned it, (about 10 years), but someone out of the blue heard it and offered me a price I just couldn't turn down so it's no longer in my stable.

So what about you. Especially you Love to upgrade types. Any guitars in your home or studio that remain exactly as they were when you purchased them? How long have you owned them? Are your reasons similar or different from mine?

Thank you for your responses. 🙂
Very impressive lineup sir , I wouldn’t change a thing either!
 

Brettlowden

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I have a 1969 Strat that I modded with a 5-way switch and Fat Strat pickup in 1978. I reinstalled the original pickup last year. Because of it's "vintage" value, I'll never mod it again. On the other hand, I took a belt sander to my new CV 50s Tele before I had it a month. <Edit> Also, Gotoh tuners and brass saddles.

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deepintheblues

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Many electric guitarists, and I'm a prime example, love to make changes to guitars they've purchased. I've done it to lower priced guitars, (Fender MIM Teles and MIM Strats. Les Paul Studios. A mid '80s Charvel Tele-Style. Two Ibanez RGs and many more), and expensive guitars too, (Les Paul Traditional. Eric Johnson Stratocaster, etc.). Why? I'm not concerned about resale value. I don't buy and sell. I do it to make them mine. To make them me. To prowl outside the pack. Plus .... I love trying to find something better than what I've already got. Increments of improvement toward something better. It's an electric guitar player gas thing. Yet ....... there are some guitars I've purchased stock, have never changed a single thing on them and still own them to this day. An again ... it's not about resale value. I've just never found anything about them I could improve upon and "making them mine" might actually make them less than they were upon their brand new purchase. I love to make changes but ... the following list of guitars were all bought new by me, (some as many as 20+ years ago), and remain absolutely stock. I've truly never found anything that would improve upon them.

2002 Ibanez JEM DBK.
2007 Gibson Custom Shop CS 336.
2008 Suhr Custom T-Style.
2014 Melancon Custom T-Style.
2017 Giffin Standard.
2018 Melancon Pro T-Style.

I also owned a 2001 Fender Double Fat Strat that remained stock for as long as I owned it, (about 10 years), but someone out of the blue heard it and offered me a price I just couldn't turn down so it's no longer in my stable.

So what about you. Especially you Love to upgrade types. Any guitars in your home or studio that remain exactly as they were when you purchased them? How long have you owned them? Are your reasons similar or different from mine?

Thank you for your responses. 🙂

My Black Cherry FMT is all stock. Nothing I’d change nothing I’d want to. The Seymour Duncans are just great.

My MIM Tele just swapped out the stock pick ups for RadioShop ID Tele pups.

My Fender Nashville is having Lindy Fralin Blues Special put in as we speak.

Going to resist doing anymore work on them, could get stupidly expensive.
 

1stpitch

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Do switch tips count? I have an AmPro II Tele that is bone stock except for a replacement switch tip. I flick those barrel tips off and lose them in about 3 days usually, if that.

I also have a Player Plus HSS Strat that I haven't done any mods on.
 

richiek65

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Unmodded:
Orville ES335
Gibson Firebird V
Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster
Epi 339 x 2
Artist TC59
Yamaha AEX520
Hamer XT90
Yamaha FG432S

Modded:
Tokai Strat (only the body, controls and tuners remain)
CP 60s Strat (tuners, pickups, pickguard)
Squier SSH VM tele (tuners, pickups, pickguard, bridge)
Partscaster tele (guess you can't have an unmodified partscaster by definition?)
 




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