THE best sub $100 improvement you made to your no1 guitar ?

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  1. BryanMatthews

    BryanMatthews Member

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    My 2001 R8 can do no wrong, apart from the fact the nut man at gibson ( who imo should be fired !! ) fitted a so-so nut. A while back I took my R8 to a technician who is simply out of this world, and I asked for a Bone nut cut as good as it gets. When I got the guitar back , he said it was a "typical" gibson nut and I should be pleased with the bone one he cut and fitted for me.

    Well, I hardly need to tell you, its a gem and Gibson nut guy should get a kick in the nuts and hang his head in shame. The cost for the job was 40 bucks and my prized axe has simply been lifted into another league as a result.

    Your sub $100 was what, on what guitar and was that guitar substantially improved......i.e, great bang for the buck or not ?

    Bryan
     
  2. DC1

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    This is all assuming that the guitar does not need frets...

    Assuming that, a proper setup is the best improvement you could ever do.

    Assuming a proper setup, then:

    (Both on S style guits.)

    Titanium saddles.

    Threaded neck inserts.

    Both made real improvements.

    DC
     
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    A Red Bear pick to use with my D-18V, no pick noise compared to others.
     
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    RS pots. Opened her up.
     
  5. BryanMatthews

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    in what way ? Ive never really been into swapping pots and caps in and out. what sort of guitar was it ?

    Bryan
     
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    I also have to add that my guitar sounds a lot better since I started using V-Picks. You wouldn't think it would make that big a difference, but it did.

    DC
     
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    Fender 72 RI Tele. I've heard good things about swapping pots in Pauls, too. It has to do with having the correct value (k) of pots for your pups- and making sure the parts are quality. They send the signal and if they are crappy, you gotta wonder if they're impeding your sound...

    I gained highs, clarity, punch, and character by adding them in and they were only $50.
     
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    interesting, Ive tried picks made of "stubby" type materials and of 2mm+ thickness, unfortunately the results were catastrophic for me.

    Bryan
     
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    For me, it was going from a standard .10 gauge set to .10-.52 sets on my SG. It made chords and rhythm stuff, I dunno...meaner. I can't deny the beauties of a perfectly cut nut, either.
     
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    Added a master volume control to my Heritage Prospect. I can still adjust the individual pickups' volume and tone separately, but now I control the overall output (and therefore how much I push the amp) with the master.
     
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    I put a Sprague black beauty (.047) in my '68 Firebird. First time I actually used a tone control. Matches the old p-90's perfectly.
     
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    The first sub $100. mod I did to my R8 was a RS kit.

    The second was to go to nickle plated strings instead of pure nickle
    (I prefer the nickle on Gibsons but the plateds work best on the R8).

    The third mod was the stainless bridge studs and that was well worth it and I recommend it highly!

    Fourth RS lightweight tailpiece at the same time as the RS kit.

    Total; Still under $100.

    I will always keep it.
    The clarity and woodiness is rare in this one- especially now.
     
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    When I got my lester replica, I took it to my guy at Elderly for a fret dress and setup and had the binding and fret ends rolled.

    Night and day difference, and nice and comfy.
     
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    Just put a vintagge RS kit in my new R8 chambered with the Luxe bumble bees and super pots. A bit over $100 great improvement as always with the RS kits. Sorry for the crappy pic.....
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