#1
I'm thinking on buying a squier and bringing some life into it, i.e. making it relic'd, pickup upgrade etc, but it really got me thinking on all of the things you could do to a guitar, so I'm wanting to know what are some very unusual mods you have heard of or done? I'm not talking about the average pickup upgrade or killswitch installation, I want to hear the strange stuff such as different wirings or even as extreme as cutting off parts to improve tone, have fun guys! (Consider this research to me, I might try a few of the ideas I like)
#3
I had fun with my squier strat.. stuck the middle single coil to the bridge single coil and wired them together to make a humbucker, since i never used the middle position. It doesn't sound too bad actually.. lol



also changed the controls to volume for each pickup + coil split and killswitch.

It was a fun way to learn guitar electronics
#4
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fernandes sustainer.

I don't think I've heard of this one, could you explain it?
#6
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I don't think I've heard of this one, could you explain it?

http://diy-fever.com/misc/diy-sustainer/
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Jet City JCA5212RC (SLO Modded)
Ibanez WD7 Wah
Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive
TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
TC Electronic Trinity Reverb
#9
It's possible to wire effects circuits straight into your guitar, like overdrive and distortion.

I've been thinking for a while that one day it'd be insane to install a wah circuit in the guitar and control it via a pot or a sliding potentiometer. Not too sure about practicality, but it'd at least be good for quickly changing your tone!
#10
Quote by Rokeman
It's possible to wire effects circuits straight into your guitar, like overdrive and distortion.

I've been thinking for a while that one day it'd be insane to install a wah circuit in the guitar and control it via a pot or a sliding potentiometer. Not too sure about practicality, but it'd at least be good for quickly changing your tone!

I've actually thought of that before, I wonder how good it would do.
#11
My tele is wired with an EMG 81 in the bridge and a passive single coil in the neck. 2 independant volumes (one each) and a three way lever. when in the middle position using both pickups i can use the volume knobs to blend the tones also the volume pot for the EMG is a SPDT knob so i can cut the EMG from the circuit and save battery power. (dunno if it actualy does this but if not its a handy killsiwtch!)
AMP:
Rocktron chameleon 2000
Roland GP16
Audio Technica wireless
Peavey valveking
Clydesdale custom case
GUITAR:
Indie super T black (modded with active and passive pickups)
Daisy Rock Rock Candy Special
#13
Crammed a tubescreamer circuit into a friend's strat. Had to rout a bit.
Acoustics:
1994 Seagull SM6
2007 Takamine G5013SVFT

Electrics:
2008 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top (Cherryburst)
1964 Gibson Melody Maker D (DC)

Amps:
Traynor YGL-1

Pedals
MXR Distortion III (C4 Modded)
#14
It doesn't have to be a guitar, tell us about your pedal and amp mods to
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~Jimi Hendrix
#15
i used to run a modded GCB-95 wah and a GCB volume pedal on my board, more often than not when i was drunk and playing i'd make an arse out of myself by toggling the wrong pedal with my foot, to rectify this i ripped the rubber foot pad off the volume pedal and spray-painted it pink, still not happy i cut a picture of Chad Hunt's **** out of some gay porn mag i bought on an MDMA comedown and glued it where the rubber pad used to be, i then lacquered over the pink spray paint and the magazine cutting.

i stopped using a volume pedal mid last year and sold it to a guy on Gumtree for $30... i think he was a chad hunt fan.
some guitars
some amps
some pedals
some crabs
#16
also! here's the pickguard i'm wiring up for a squire vintage modified i'm well.... modifying!

i have to route it to suit a tele deluxe pickguard etc, it will house a gibson 490 and 498 in the neck and bridge respectively, the wiring includes separate coil tap switches - one for each pickup. Chicago Telephone Supply potentiometers and mallory caps.

*not finished yet, obviously

some guitars
some amps
some pedals
some crabs
Last edited by Mech-cannibal at Jan 2, 2012,
#17
If you got a Tele or other flattop, you could make it hollow, and glue a flamey top on it. A Black Ice unit would be kinda cool too, but that's extremely simple to do. Arcade button style kill switches are different (like on Buckethead's LP). Whammys are fun too. For metal, you could install a Floyd or a Kahler. For vintage/surf wobble you could use a Bigsby or on a Tele, a Stetsbar. You could also add a Piezo at the bridge for different tone. Scallop the frets if you play Yngwie Malmsteen (hope I spelled that right) style crap.
Personally I don't relic my guitars because I like having all the damage be a battle scar, but I have painted a couple axes with spray paint, or another thin lacquer so that the damage is more dramatic when it does happen.
Oh, and push/pull pots can be a whole shitload of fun.
Quote by Most_Triumphant
Depends, I don't know what pickups go good with plywood. EMGs will make it sound like every other EMG guitar though.

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it needs a silver flakes
and sara underwood
#18
I modded a Squier Tele Custom ii. It's got a GFS Mini Crunchy in the Bridge, and a GFS Soapbar 180 at the neck. I dropped in a vibrola I got from there too. Low budget!
Quote by Most_Triumphant
Depends, I don't know what pickups go good with plywood. EMGs will make it sound like every other EMG guitar though.

Quote by JazzMunkeyy
it needs a silver flakes
and sara underwood
#19
You want to install a MIDI controller a la Matt Bellamy.

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