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01-24-2010 11:47 PM
racerevlon
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

I think it depends on the guitar and if you're a player or a collector. I'm a player. The only reason I don't mod a guitar is if I like the way it looks/sounds stock, or if it's a "collectible/reissue" guitar. Most of my guitars are modded. Examples:

I have a Squier strat that I've upgraded with Dimarzios and new electronics. Total cost is probably about $250 US and it plays and sounds every bit as good as every $1000American Strat I've played, and even better than some of the American strats--same with the Squier/American teles. I even have an American Tele and if you A/B it against my Squier, you really can't tell the difference. Both have the same internal electronics package, Dimarzio Area T Neck pickup, and Dimarzio Air Norton T bridge pickup. Only differences are cosmetic where the quilt on the maple fretboard is nicer on the American.

I won't mod any of my Gibson Custom VOS Les Paul guitars because they sound, play, and look great. Modding would de-value them, and realistically, what would I upgrade?

My stage guitar, my 1991 RG770DXLB is only electronically modded with new capacitors and cosmetically modded (mirror pickguard & truss rod cover) because it's a beautiful guitar and sounds great with the stock pickups--the upgraded capacitors just enhance the sound of the guitar without changing it.

A JEM--again, what do you upgrade?

I think the bottom line is that within reason, you can always get what you want--if you like the looks of a guitar but hate the sound, you can change the pickups/electronics and try to make it sound like you want. If you like the way a guitar sounds but hate the way it looks, you can change the cosmetics (again, within reason--nitrocellulose finishes affect tone, etc.) to suit your tastes.

Be who you be and if that be who you be then be that.

Cheers,

Race
01-24-2010 03:46 PM
Jeminizer
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

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Originally Posted by toneboy View Post
Ok, I understand. I buy relatively expensive guitars and mod them no matter what. I've found very few instances where even an expensive guitar didn't need mods of some sort.
+1

I mean, unless you had Team J Craft make a personal house call (how awesome would that be?) to make a completely custom guitar for you, it is extremely hard to find any guitar that fits what you need perfectly right off the shelves.

Therefore I would say no matter what it is or how much it costs, it will be modded for me.
01-24-2010 12:27 PM
toneboy
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

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Originally Posted by skins345669 View Post
When I say invest I mean get a really expensive guitar suited to your needs, even if you could probably go down the modding route instead, which may involve spending a little bit less money.
Ok, I understand. I buy relatively expensive guitars and mod them no matter what. I've found very few instances where even an expensive guitar didn't need mods of some sort.
01-24-2010 12:09 PM
skins345669
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

When I say invest I mean get a really expensive guitar suited to your needs, even if you could probably go down the modding route instead, which may involve spending a little bit less money.
01-24-2010 11:59 AM
toneboy
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "invest" in the context of your post. I'm also not exactly sure what you mean by "starting lower".

Regardless, I buy a guitar that best fulfills my needs and do whatever I need to make it completely fulfill my needs. At the very least I change pickups but I will change out hardware and even get a new guitar completely refinished.

I don't concern myself with leaving a guitar stock because I buy guitars to play them.
01-24-2010 11:59 AM
Ibanized
Re: Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

i usually invest hundreds of dollars for new pickups, electronics, pots, pickguards and sometimes necks and than sell them for hundreds less than they originally cost without the mods... clever
01-24-2010 10:48 AM
skins345669
Tweaking vs. Investing. Which do you do?

Looking at my guitar collection, I have 3 players at the moment, only one of which is stock. I'm also in the process of essentially rebuilding two other guitars with all new electronics and hardware, which when complete will leave me with 5 'modded' guitars and a lonely 1 stock model.

Which do you guys tend to do; invest in something which suits your needs, or start lower and tweak to your liking?

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