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Old 03-13-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Upgrading my EC-50

I have a 2006 ESP/LTD EC-50. I'm looking at upgrading it some now that the bridge is going to get replaced as soon as I can get the money. I have a couple questions about it first, however.

Does anyone here have experience with Full Contact hardware?
http://accessories.musiciansfriend....stem?sku=584433
It seems to be well built and the bridge itself would be a little easier on the strings, but if it won't make much of a difference I'll likely go with Tonepros.

Secondly, should I build a new body for it? The agathis seems to be nice by itself, it's heavy and has good sustain, but it is a cheaper softwood than anything I could buy/cut down myself on our land, which has lots of ash and maple. I'm going to buy a Blackstar HT-5 this summer first to replace my Spider III and actually have a half decent amp, so a new body might help the tone some.

As for upgrades, I got a set of Blackouts a year after I got the guitar (I was 15 and looking for Teh Br00talz toanz) which aren't the best with my amp, but workable. The pickups will be the same, along with the neck should I make a new body. A new nut will go on, along with some new tuners, I'm thinking a graphite nut and some locking tuners.

Any other suggestions or possible changes that would benefit the guitar?
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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So far I've decided not to get the Full Contact since I can't see it making a big enough difference to merrit the price, so I'll just be replacing the bridge with a Tonepros one. Parts list right now is a new bridge, Hipshot locking tuners and a Graphtech graphite nut, total being $152.73 on Musician's Friend. Budget will go up accordingly if I decide to make a body over the summer for it as well.

Is a graphite nut a good choice? Or will it wear out quickly?
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:11 PM   #3
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Bump, looking for some help.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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get a "real" amp first.
once you get the Blackstar, You'll be able to make a less biased decision about making the new body.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:19 PM   #5
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Right now I'm looking more into the hardware since the body is a long ways away
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