#1
So, as you may or may not no one of my guitars is a Charvel Model 4, made in '88 with a LFR Tremolo. Thing is though, I replaced its original neck with a Jackson RR3 neck and its original bridge pickup with an X2N. Why? Well, to improve not just the playability, but its sound.

First of all, the original pickup sucked ass. No argument there. Second, there were many problems with the original neck, at least for me. The original neck was FAR too thin for my tastes, it almost felt like it was a yardstick because of how thin it was. Plus, there was hardly any sustain with the thing. Also, the nut was a Kahler locking nut, and the guitar has a LFR tremolo on it. And if you are not aware, the runs of the Model 4's with the FR's on it had TERRIBLE tuning problems due to the mismatched nut. The new, replaced neck has a FR locking nut on it, and is a bit thicker adding sustain and making the guitar overall better to play. Only thing I liked better about the original neck was the fretboard. Pearl inlays and rolled edges, plus smooth frets. Though I managed to fix that myself, so it plays just about as good.

However, I get a ton of shit for these modifications because it apparently "kills the original resale value". Yeah, and? It sounds a shitload better! You expect me to just deal with these issues just to say that it's an "original Charvel Model 4"? Forget it. In my mind, sound and playability always come before resale value. If it means modifying it to suit my needs, then so be it.

What do you guys think?
#2
**** em.

As awesome as 80s mij charvels are, they aren't worth shit anyway when you consider how other vintage guitars have appreciated in value.

Just enjoy your unique and awesome guitar.

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#3
Quote by Tom 1.0
**** em.

As awesome as 80s mij charvels are, they aren't worth shit anyway when you consider how other vintage guitars have appreciated in value.

Just enjoy your unique and awesome guitar.



+1.

The hell with the hate. It plays/sounds better.


I had 2 offers of mij 80's charvels and 1 usa made for a prs se I traded.....
Awful resale, so dont sell it!
#4
Quote by Tom 1.0
**** em.

As awesome as 80s mij charvels are, they aren't worth shit anyway when you consider how other vintage guitars have appreciated in value.

Just enjoy your unique and awesome guitar.


actually they've held their value pretty well in the used market. mid 80s guitars in general don't command "vintage" prices yet. early 80s US made Charvels are going for really good money these days when you can fiind one. many models of the MIJ's are worth about what they went for new (inflation adjusted) which is pretty good considering.

OP as long as you keep the original parts then it's all good. the guitar can be restored to original specs if that is an issue for selling it.

personally resale value is almost not even a consideration when i buy a guitar. it needs tpo play and sound good first and foremost. if it needs a litle help to get there than i'll mod it and not worry to much about "what if" i sell it later.
#7
**** resale value. I don't see the point of buying a guitar if you're not going to hold onto it forever and the only reason to buy a guitar is because you enjoy playing it. If you buy a guitar for its resale value but dont like playing it then why buy it in the first place?
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#8
i buy partially for resale value. but i see a lot of them coming and going. i have gone through 20+ guitars in the last year or so. i will only buy if it is used and if the market can make a 20% profit on it. usually CL deals that i run down 20mins later because the guy who owns it needs more crack.

however, there are guitars i buy to keep and they are not for sale once they are in my collection. i do add some more as time goes on, but atm i have about 10 or so guitars i will never get rid of and all the others are just waiting to find the right person and the right price.
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#9
Depends on the situation. If youve come across a great deal on replacement parts, and resell means nothing, then why not? But i personally think out there is a great guitar with your name on it that doesnt neek half the parts changed to make you happy, and somewhere out there is a guy that wants a stock Model 4. So you both might be better off just getting the right guitar instead of trying to make the one you have work for you.

A pickup swap isnt a big deal at all though.
#10
If you're happy, you're happy. I used to be quite the partscaster *****, and believe me when I say that there was NO money in that, but lately I've come to learn the beauty of stock guitars that are great guitars from factory.
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#11
It's your guitar so you can do whatever you want to it. The resale consideration is not meant to stop modding but to make people aware that their mods negatively affect resale values. It's a statement that constitutes a warning, that's all. That's a fact but if someone doesn't care about resale then it's no issue.
Moving on.....
#12
Quote by trashedlostfdup
i buy partially for resale value. but i see a lot of them coming and going. i have gone through 20+ guitars in the last year or so. i will only buy if it is used and if the market can make a 20% profit on it. usually CL deals that i run down 20mins later because the guy who owns it needs more crack.

however, there are guitars i buy to keep and they are not for sale once they are in my collection. i do add some more as time goes on, but atm i have about 10 or so guitars i will never get rid of and all the others are just waiting to find the right person and the right price.


buying to flip isn't the same thing in my book at all. that's more about making some money (nothing wrong with that ).

although i don't buy with the idea that i might sell later it does happen (and not for crack ). i've been through a few guitars in the last few years myself. liked them all when bought but for various reasons they didn't make the long haul. i've pretty much learned that no matter how much i love a guitar there is always a chance i may come across one that i'd love even more. this has never really stopped me ffom doing mods if i feel they are needed. just keep th eoriginal parts and it's all good.
#13
Changing pickups on an MIJ Charvel does not hurt the resale value. Most people don’t want old Jackson pickups anyway; anyone buying those guitars is getting them for the necks and the basswood bodies. On the off chance that a collector wants to originals you can just leave them in the case.