After market guitar hardware modifications

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tapper mike
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5231 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:22 am

I need to win the lottery so I can get more guitars and pimp my current stable. These days I always talk but never follow through with mods I want for my guitars.

What have you done and what are you thinking of doing?

NTO
KVRist
279 posts since 8 Feb, 2011

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:28 am

For electrics - did a couple with this. Good value.
https://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2011/1 ... struments/
https://www.awesome-guitars.com/

'course pots and caps are low cost

For all - bone nuts, plus acoustics - saddles and pins

Supplier standard
https://www.stewmac.com/

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Bombadil
KVRAF
5059 posts since 31 Aug, 2013 from Far From the Twisted Reach of Crazy Sorrow

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:12 am

I tend not to bother, although I put Texas Specials in my last Strat, and DiMarzio Twang Kings in my current Tele.
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vurt
addled muppet weed
58657 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:19 am

tapper mike wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:22 am
I need to win the lottery so I can get more guitars and pimp my current stable.
or you could learn how to siphon power from neighbours, steal food and loo paper and soap and stuff from work.
i would advise dealing weed but you guys can buy it in shops now sorry.

im still pushing for my warlocksplorer to be built. other than that no real desire to mod stuff. mainly as i get halfway through things and get distracted.
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Forgotten
KVRAF
8371 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:19 am

Bridges on electrics, and pickups is where I have upgraded. Added locking tuners to my Strat, and swapped out pickguards on a few.

tapper mike
KVRAF
5231 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:46 am

vurt wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:19 am

i would advise dealing weed but you guys can buy it in shops now sorry.

The lines in Ann Arbor are backed up for a miles and sales are brisk
https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/20 ... emand.html

In January a store is going to open near me in Walled Lake. Still there is going to be a huge blackmarket as 87 percent of municipalites in Michigan don't want recreational marijuana stores in their neighborhoods. I haven't bought it since the early 80's I asked how much an ounce would cost and no one I know would tell me. I doubt If I could get solid connections to buyers or upper level dealers for revolving door sales.

Jafo
KVRAF
1944 posts since 20 Dec, 2002 from The Benighted States of Trumpistan

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:14 pm

I favor Tusq nuts and picks; bone is probably better but barbaric... and not as slippery? I almost always swap pickups (normally for some Duncans of vintage derivation) and magnets (favoring A3 and UOA5). Upgraded pots, caps, switches and alternate wiring schemes offer a ton of bang for the buck; highly recommended! I should probably spring for better tuners and bridges, though.
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The Noodlist
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1668 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:30 am

Acoustics
Metal bridge pins
Bone saddle and nut
Piezo (meh)

Electrics
No load tone pots
Treble bleed
Swap ceramic for Alnico, except EVH Wolfgang copy, upgraded to higher output ceramic 14.5k.
Upgrade to SD humbuckers and Tonerider single coils.
Push pull coil split and series/parallel switching.
Looking into partial split using a shunt resistor for weaker pickups.
Neck blend pot/switch for fake Tele sound along with coil split. 7 Way Strat.
Considered a brass block for FR tremolo.

I try to get more tonal options than the available, all with minimal modding.
 
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The Noodlist
KVRAF
1668 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:33 am

Jafo wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:14 pm
I favor Tusq nuts and picks;
I checked it out after reading your post, I was aware of Tusq, but never really researched it. Looks interesting.
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donkey tugger
Boss Lovin' DR
6552 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:35 am

Successfully managed to change strings on a number of occasions.

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The Noodlist
KVRAF
1668 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:36 am

donkey tugger wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:35 am
Successfully managed to change strings on a number of occasions.
:hihi:
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

tapper mike
KVRAF
5231 posts since 20 Jan, 2008

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:09 am

Changing strings is a special ritual for me that can take several hours sometimes the entire day.
I'll remove the old strings clean the fretboard lubricate the nut if it's bone. Do a detailed cleaning and polishing. Put the new strings on and stretched and tuned fast fret followed by a a wipe down on the body and neck then I go onto the next guitar. When I'm all done with that phase of all my guitars. I'll start again with some fast fret, tuning, check intonation/action a final wipe down and back it goes to the stand or in the case.

I usually get carried away once I confirm the setup and have to play the guitar. Full Hollow bodies are often more fickle than FR equipped guitars. Even when it's a laminated top the top can bulge or sag. Some guitars can go years without a neck adjustment and some need neck adjustments every three months. At least now I only have seven guitars to deal with (8 in january)

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vurt
addled muppet weed
58657 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:17 am

:cry: im on my phone or youd be out of context! by now!

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thecontrolcentre
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25990 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:43 am

A previous owner added the Bigsby to my Schecter Tempest Extreme ... I added the chrome pick-up switch :hihi:

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I swapped it for a tatty Opus 3 ...
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transmisser
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23 posts since 5 Dec, 2019

Re: After market guitar hardware modifications

Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:28 pm

I recently put a new set of Rumplestiltskin pickups in my Fender FSR Telecaster. I'd had been putting it off for a year, but enough was enough. The wiring from the factory was pretty bad, so I replaced mostly everything with 22AWG cloth wiring + a 4 way switch. Surprisingly, the pots were CTS and not mini pots, so those stayed in. I'm glad I did it though because there's really nothing I want to change about it at this point.

Next projects will be a new nut for my Squier J Mascis and better sustain block for my Classic Vibe Strat. Once the holiday craziness is over I'll get to them. maybe. :hihi:

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