Smallest change to your guitar that made a big tonal difference.

zwiefldraader

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Probably in this order
1) New Strings
2) Pickup height adjustment
3) Set-up
4) String gauge
5) 50s wiring

All are tonally much more rewarding than any hardware upgrade (incl. changing PUs), but, unfortunately, ultimate less fun.
 

Shelby27

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Fret leveling = way less fret buzz and less dead notes when bending = your fingers can find the tone you want easier
 

Shelldigger

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1. Pickup height.
2. Hybrid Slinky's 9-46 nickel.
3. Jim Dunlop Nylon picks, .73 or 1.0 depending on what I'm doing.

Also every guitar I have owned got a setup that suits me.
 

JWes65

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Changing from Dunlop Tortex to Dunlop Ultex. The harder material adds brilliance. Going from .73 and 1.14 to 2mm added volume.
I just received a pack of Dunlop Ultex sharp 1.0mm today. They do have a bright attack on strings, but I've been using Dunlop XL series Jazz III 1.0mm which is a softer sound.
Only gripe so far is the Ultex is larger after using the Jazz III.

We'll see how it goes.
 
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GreatSatan

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haven't read through the thread yet so somebody probably already mentioned;
but pickup height.

When i'm angling for a proper rock tone (as an alternative to high gain metal) i like it super mid-to-low gain like from the early-mid 70's like acdc, bowie, stones etc.
in order to do this, i set todays more modern (& frankly overwound) pickups suuuuper low in order to better emulate those weaker vintage ttop/paf buckers of that era.
Makes the high end super clear/less harsh, more dynamic/less compressed, just a good rock tone. Works with noiseless singles too, of which i always prefer underwound anyway.
 

Wag

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I handed it to someone with real talent. Geeezus man.....that guitar sounded sooooo sweet. :rockin

(The killer tone imparted unto said guitar mysteriously vanished after it was handed back to me later that day. Dunno... your results may vary)
:huh
 

jbviper4

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Telecaster - brass saddles and heavier strings.

LP - shielding, raised pickups and lighter strings.
 

pacorpse666

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I started using Guitar Center "Musicians Friend" strings. Didn't make my sound any different, just took less out of my wallet.
 
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I just received a pack of Dunlop Ultex sharp 1.0mm today. They do have a bright attack on strings, but I've been using Dunlop XL series Jazz III 1.0mm which is a softer sound.
Only gripe so far is the Ultex is larger after using the Jazz III.

We'll see how it goes.
 

mflemmer2

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Changing my Floyd Rose (brass) sustain block from 32 mm to 37 mm. Not thicker or different material, just longer. FWIW the guitar is a PRS SE Floyd Custom 24.
 




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