What's the first mod you seem to always do when you buy a guitar?

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  1. superstratjunky

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    You have guitars built by someone else. It's a car guy thing/a dig, meaning you had someone else do it & not you. Being funny, Mikey, not serious.:cool:
     
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    If it is a Tele then it's the start of a journey... for sure the bridge PU goes and a mini humbucker comes in, in my last Tele I also tried the Hotrail neck and was really impressed... next is locking tuners.. then the control plate, lately I am getting a new one and mount a les paul style PUP switch and a volume where the tone is.. nothing in the middle. Depending on the model, the bridge might come off too.

    If it is a Les Paul, nothing, it is what it is.. I've experimented with Gotoh Locking Tuners but I am not impressed, they don't seem to offer much more in tuning stability, they are a bit of a pain to change strings (it's not the typical thumbwheel locker) and, most importantly, are pretty darn hard to turn... next string change they'll come off my R8.
     
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    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Yeah you haven't seen me near a power saw.
    I'd be much better building the car. (Make it a 68 Mustang, thanks)
     
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    Coupe, fastback, or convertible?
     
  5. semi-hollowbody

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    strap locks always
    don't buy a guitar without these and a hardshell case

    electronics (especially switch and jack) and new nut (graphite)

    pickups maybe

    on a few of my epiphones I went with roller bridges too, those epi bridges wear out quick
     
  6. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Coupe, 289 Big valve heads, preferably GT/CS trim.
     
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    Copper sheet/tape in control cavity/back of pickguard, grounds all pots and switches to a common surface. Then resolder remaining ground wires (bridge/trem, pickups, output jack) to the back of one pot.
     
  8. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    Most of the guitars I buy these days are between $1000-$2000 used.

    The things you said above make sense, but don't answer the question posed by the OP. He asked "What's the first mod you seem to always do when you buy a guitar?", not "If one or two parts could be improved do you do it?"

    I don't routinely make mods when I buy guitars but I have changed tuners twice but it was a good long while after I purchased them. As I said before, I have done one pick up swap because the hum in the original P90 was annoying. I changed the magnet to A3s in my '57 Classic neck position humbucker to clean up the bottom end on a Les Paul Classic.

    But that was all after I had each guitar for well over a year There is no "first mod I always do" when I buy a guitar. I'm not against making improvements, I just don't start changing things the minute I take delivery of a new instrument.
     
  9. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Yeah I usually live with them awhile for anything more invasive. But I gotta have strap locks, I can't handle guitars that aren't ready for them.
     
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    I thank the nice people at the shop and I go about my business. Nice neck and colour does not a guitar make.
     
  11. ThePitbullofLove

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    Strap locks. Replace worn locking blocks/screws/etc on Floyd guitars. Maybe chance pickguards/plastic/knobs depending on color/finish.
     
  12. sxcustom

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    Move the volume and tone controls out of the way.
     
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    Whiskeyrebel Supporting Member

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    So are you gonna do one double-long Frequensator and one hi-lo?
     
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  14. Whogo

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    Add my favorite pot(s).
     
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    I leave mine stock; I buy a guitar because I like the way it sounds, and don't see the point of chasing tones down the endless rabbit hole. I do sometimes fit strap locks.
     
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    Bridge tone mod on a Strat if it doesn't already have it.
     
  17. Todd Lynch

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    I play Teles primarily. I like RS Guitarworks' 280K pots for the Volume control. Once that change is made, I fine tune the Tone circuit often using a DiMarzio 500K pot with a fairly small value capacitor (0.015uF) so the sweep of the pot is very usable across a big range.

    I use Pickup Wizard's Hot Broadcaster (12k5 w/A2 rods) in the bridge position, but I just bought the Brad Paisley Road Worn Tele and I'll not change anything on it (other than strings) until I get to know it fairly well.
     
  18. Skip Reid

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    Strap locks, strings
     
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    Schaller straplocks then I inevitably wonder what 'X pickup' would sound like in it and go on a pickup swapping rampage only to discover that 9 times out of 10 the stock pickups were actually fine.
     
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    Strap locks. Then I live with the guitar for a while before I change anything.
     

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