#1
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000EGRQWA?ie=UTF8&condition=new&tag=nextag-mi-mp-delta-20&creative=380345&creativeASIN=B000EGRQWA&linkCode=asm

This is a link to the first guitar i bought. probably one of the worst ever made but it was nice to have for learning. can anyone give me suggestions on how to turn this into a guitar that can play really gritty metal? This includes changing the neck, pickups, i want a floyd rose, anything that can and should be changed tell me. I know, I know, "it would be easier just to go buy a new guitar." as you can see in my sig i have already done so. i just want a summer project so that is why i am asking. thank you for any help.
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Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

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#3
any suggestions on pickups? and i will want locking tuners also, correct?
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Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

On Backup
Guitar - Baja Mini Strat
Amp - Baja 10W
#4
I'll be honest: you'll probably be spending more money on this guitar by upgrading it than what it is actually worth. Just a Floyd Rose Original will cost you about $200, you will probably spend about $200 on some pickups, and changing the neck will probably cost you another $100.

Basically, you will end up sinking in more money into this guitar than you paid for your Schecter C-1 Classic.

My advice: save yourself some money and time and use it somewhere else.
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#5
the floyd comes with a lock nut, you only need one or the other, i use locking tuners. and dont lock my nut. corderyew, not sure if i spelled his username right, but he makes pups, i read he's real good at it too. what country you in? or you can go with big brands, but i think smaller brands are better for almost any product. fu** industry. you could even put humbuckers in, i am wanting to get a venom and warthog from swineshead, their in the uk, but ill pay the extra little money to get in them states. another thing you can do is add led's under shi* to make it glow under certain parts.
#6
Xeron, i dont care if i sink a lot of money into this. I am a computer programmer and have a cover band that plays an average of 3 paid gigs a month, sometimes more. I have enough money to go ahead and do this plus i want a guitar that i can truly say is mine. This project is also because I want a custom guitar that not anyone else has. that may seem weird but its just what i want
Gear
Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

On Backup
Guitar - Baja Mini Strat
Amp - Baja 10W
#8
id say, get some stacked humbuckers, that will minimise the need to reshape the pickguard.

get a nice fast strat/superstrat neck (look on ebay)

try and get some fender 250k pots and look into fitting a epiphone/gibson style pickup selector, because then you can play with killswitch (and also its not very common to have killswitch on strats)

and get a killer paint job (or keep it as it is)

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#9
Quote by Schreekuline
Xeron, i dont care if i sink a lot of money into this. I am a computer programmer and have a cover band that plays an average of 3 paid gigs a month, sometimes more. I have enough money to go ahead and do this plus i want a guitar that i can truly say is mine. This project is also because I want a custom guitar that not anyone else has. that may seem weird but its just what i want


Hey, that's cool. Just wanting to make sure that you know what you are getting into.

For pickups, I would probably stick with passives, as adding active pickups will require a whole lot of work due to widening cavities, adding a battery box, etc.

I am a fan of Seymour Duncans myself, but you might also want to check out DiMarzio, or if you are feeling like getting something that is more unique, check out Arcane Pickups.
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#10
thanks man i will look into that. thanks for warning against active pups.
Gear
Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

On Backup
Guitar - Baja Mini Strat
Amp - Baja 10W
#11
what kind of paint do you use to paint guitars?
Gear
Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

On Backup
Guitar - Baja Mini Strat
Amp - Baja 10W
#13
i was thinking about humbuckers but i want the bite and tone given off by single coil
Gear
Guitar - Schecter C-1 Classic
Amp - Crate FXT65
Pedals - Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Digitech RP350

On Backup
Guitar - Baja Mini Strat
Amp - Baja 10W
#15
its probably best to ask a specialist guitar store about guitar paint. ive never done it myself so i dont know much about it.

all i know is it involves clear-coating lol.

you can buy modded pickguards for humbuckers on strats on ebay.

fender created them for the 'Deluxe' series that have a humbucker in the bridge section.

or get MiA stock pickups (fender) and stick them in, you should be able to find some on craigslist or ebay.

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#16
Careful with neck swap-outs! Not only does the scale have to be identical but the distance from the neck pocket to the bridge has to be dead on. Otherwise you may not have enough adjustment in the bridge to intonate the guitar.
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#18
Why don't just buy every part of it and build the guitar yourself?
I mean, that way you can choose the shape of the body (which could be routed ready to put the floyd rose), the wood, the neck, etc.
I can't remember the site where it sells all the parts you would need, but i'm sure there is one.
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You will be better off buying a body and neck then build them up. I doubt the base quality of that guitar is worth doing anything to. I refer to wood quality and if they're actually real tone wood or just some crappy type of plywood.
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#20
Guitar Building & Customization forum?
You'll probably get better responses there.
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