Modding a budget guitar...
Available as a separate thread - perhaps it will get more attention than that HUGE "show off your guitar". I also thought it should be separate because it's a question thread, rather than showing off my yet-unmodded guitar... for the piece of crap that I sometimes feel it is.
Anyways: I've read a bunch of reviews of various Ibanez guitars yesterday. It's lead to a dispute about whether the wood or the electronics influence the tone (at all, or more). A dispute I'm having with myself. I haven't played enough guitar (or guitarS, plural) to be able to tell WHICH of the two influence the tone more (and certainly different tonewoods sound differently, but this isn't about that).
I am merely wondering if I could upgrade the electronics (for starters) to make it sound better. It doesn't look terribly complex (certainly, it's a guitar, not a microprocessor) but alas, I've seen discussions about grounding your pickups longer than my anatomy textbooks.
You know, like pickups, the knobs for tone and volume, the 5-way switch (which is noisy as ALL HELLS), the wiring and so forth. I imagine everything is sub-par in a GRG model.
Could anyone suggest some reading material? Or smack me over the head and THEN suggest some reading material? I have a GRG-170M, and it's not really a bad guitar, wood-wise. I love the neck, the body feels nice, it's really vibrant, but the pickups are ridiculously noisy. And the switch is just... a failure.