Ever mod your guitar only to dislike it later?

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  1. lightningsmith

    lightningsmith Member

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    Have any of you ever had this unfortunate revelation that after spending huge chunks on tone-enhancing hardware and boutique pickups + electronics you found out later that you prefer the sound of your guitar when it's stock?
     
  2. ecvMatt

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    Yes, My squier Strat, MIJ "A" series I tried a lot of pickups, spent too much money, ended upgoing with the originals.
     
  3. Schlep

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    Modded my main gigging guitar (when I was playing out every weekend) - a 1982 maple cap sunburst Ibanez Destroyer with a (guld) Kahler trem. I'd still have that guitar if I didn't add the trem. I was once young and stupid. . .


    Craig
     
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  4. Jim Jones

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    I had an early 80's MIJ Squier Strat that I loved and decided to route for a Kahler and a humbucker. It was only good for paddling a canoe with afterward.

    Jim
     
  5. pfflam

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    I did it to an amp . . . a 65 Bassman: turned it into an AA864 thing then realized that I like the AB165 far better . . . cleaner and clearer with just the right amount of crunch when you want it, and lo it hath that Fender Chime . . .So, I returned it to stock.

    With my Gits the way I solve that problem is to just keeop going and mod away till you get it right.
     
  6. phantasm

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    I'd post a picture of "Bad Coconuts" if i knew how to post pictures here. There's no way that person could have liked that mod more than the original.
     
  7. acwild

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    I tried to scallop a neck with a rat tail file. It's now used as evidence that I'm not qualified to do such work.:nono
     
  8. Go Cat Go!!

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    It was the 80's. I added Floyds to my really cool ESP Series 400 strats. I replaced the necks with ESP Charvel style pointy headstocks. I still have the strats but I don't play them anymore.

    I wish I never did either!
     
  9. smallbutmighty

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    I gave up modding guitars a long time ago. If your guitar needs a major mod, you've got the wrong guitar, IMO. I can see some people enjoying it as a hobby. Not me.

    A
     
  10. gkoelling

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    I've overdone two. The first was a '66 Fender Music Master II. I did all manner of dastardly things to that guitar. Someday it will be whole again.

    The second was a '88 Am Std Strat in torino red. That one got Sperzel locking tuners, Wilkinson roller nut, black pearl pick guard, Gold Lace Sensors in neck and mid and a Blue Lace Sensor in the bridge.

    By the time I was done I realized the guitar was no longer "me." It hung around a few years hiding in its case until it finally found a new owner.

    I will say this, a couple days after a string change that Strat would NOT go out of tune.
     
  11. 66Park

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    I guess I was even stupider, as I ruined two guitars by putting Kahlers on them! I must have had tin ears in the eighties.
     
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  12. fishlog

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    Wow some real butchers out there!!!

    The only thing I did and I am just to lazy to undo the Mod is the Blender wiring for a Strat (the mod that lets you mix in all 3 PUps or just use the Neck and bridge) Problem is I can never remember which is which I always have to tap the PUps to see which ones are on. Plus I am a simple guy, it just gives me way to many choices and I seem to only ever play with the Neck and middle PUps anyway.

    So in the end its very undo-able I'm just to lazy, one of these nights I'll get to it (I've been saying that for a year now)
     
  13. rickenbackerkid

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    I recently put in a bridge hum into my tele, only to discover what I allready know - I don't like humbuckers. Damn.
     
  14. rickboot

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    I put EMGs in my Edwards recently since I wanted to see what the fuss was about, especially for metal. Not impressed.
     
  15. Shooter Bob

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    I don't mod guitars any more. I just buy great guitars now that are perfect as purchased.

    I do have a collection of parts guitars that are the result of my wayward modding efforts and those get interchanged periodically for fun but, with the awesome guitars available nowadays, I have no need or desire to mod anything.
     
  16. Scott Auld

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    It's the non-reversible mods that make me cry.


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  17. yakyak

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    Took the original pickups out of my '74 LP and gave them away. Put the newest thing in it. HOT Dimarzios, when they first came out . I thought it smoked. I later realized that it sounded like $hit. I wish I had the original pick ups back!!!!!!!
     
  18. supergenius365

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    I modded my AVRI '57 Strat so many times since 1989, only to put it back to it's original state last year and realize how great it really was. :dude
     
  19. CitizenCain

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    I like modding guitars as a hobby, but on the real players I like it to be right, or dang close, from the git go. I have modded guitars in a total circle right back around to stock!
     
  20. CAJUN

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    I use to do mods, but since I got older and wiser I don't. Except for pickups occasionally..
     

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