#1
OK, most people when they talk about improving tone usually talk about getting new pups or a new amp, both of which are rather expensive for a casual player such as myself. So for people like me, what are some cheap or free ways to improve or modify one's tone? For example, changing pickup height. I did that the other day to my jet king and tweaked the sound a bit to make it more of my own. Are their other ways to do the same sorta thing?

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#3
Well, you could try different strings. They may sort of change your tone a little. Maybe.

Aside from changing pickup height, which doesn't really do much either, your options are:

Upgrading Hardware
Upgrading Pickups
New Guitar
New Amp
Effects Pedals


That is all I can really think of.
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My friend took his nut off his old squier and replaced it with tightly rolled paper. I guess he got the idea from someone else, it reduces sustain but creates a much, much warmer, deeper tone. You can always put the nut back too.
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Well, you could try different strings. They may sort of change your tone a little. Maybe.

Aside from changing pickup height, which doesn't really do much either, your options are:

Upgrading Hardware
Upgrading Pickups
New Guitar
New Amp
Effects Pedals


That is all I can really think of.


yea thats wat i was thinking....*sigh* i dont like not being able to spend money... DANG YOU HIGHER EDUCATION!
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#7
Get an EQ stomp box. A Danelectro DJ14 Fish and Chips runs about $30.
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#8
You could also change the cap values or rewire the pickups out of phase with each other.
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#10
lol well the amp is just a spider III 150watt, so nothing special there. it works well to me tho. the guitar in question is an ibanez jetking JTK1. i like it and all, but its kinda boring compared to my MIA deluxe strat; therefore, i'm looking for ways to spruce it up and make it unique.
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#11
Well, from the specs I read it looks like you've already got coil-split switches. Sounds pretty versatile to me. You might be able to rewire those as series/parallel switches if you wanted to do some soldering. (and if the switches are DPDT, but I bet they are SPST). You could do a phase invert switch if you like that sort of sound.
#12
Whack a killswitch in there? Actually that probably won't work cos it'll involve drilling holes and stuff. Killswitches are fun though
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#13
yea...i probly will just wait and do a pick-up job later
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#14
one of the cheapest, most effective ways of getting a variety of tones is by changing the wiring scheme.

most guitars have very simple schemes.
if it has HBs, the coils of each are wired in series.
if it has more than one pickup, they're each selected or two pickups as a parallel pair.

having the option of selecting pickups in series with each other
or having the 2 coils of each HB available as split or in parallel
expands your tonal palette.

a superswitch and some mini-toggles or push-pull pots cost a fraction of what new pickups cost.
and the new wiring scheme can still be used if you upgrade your pickups later.
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