Best change you ever made to a guitar?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by LivCo, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    431
    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Mine isn't Gretsch related but I'll post it anyways.

    My biggest and best change to a guitar was two-fold. Adding a roller bridge and a quality nut to my Epi Les Paul. Stays in tune much better now and the strings also last a lot longer than previously.
     
  2. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    The best mod I have done recently is putting a Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck, and a Seymour Duncan Five-Two in the bridge of my MIM Fender FSR Ash Butterscotch Tele. That change really made this guitar come alive..

    The stock ceramic pickups just weren't cutting it for me, so I opted for this Seymour Duncan duo - and they really work well together!

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  3. Charles Conner

    Charles Conner Gretschie

    Age:
    78
    250
    May 19, 2016
    Maryland
    Gibson les Paul LPR7 w/; Duesenberg vibrato Les TremII, ABM2400 bridge, TUSQ XL Nut, TV Jones classic PU's
     
  4. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    Replacing the stock bridge on my Panther with an ABM 2400 was MY best change to a guitar.
     
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  5. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

    Age:
    66
    416
    Feb 11, 2013
    Canada
    Not cheap but changing the small vintage frets to medium was a big improvement for me. I find it hard to bend strings on those small frets.
    I have arthritis in the left hand so dropping string gauge from 11's to 9's also helped.
    While nothing to do with tone or playability, adding strap locks was a welcome improvement.
     
  6. LeapingTortoise

    LeapingTortoise Electromatic

    11
    Aug 24, 2016
    Australia
    For my penguin adding a TV Jones into the bridge pickup worked beautifully to complement my Dynasonic single coil in the neck.

    Like heaps of people have said a good setup does wonders.

    Also, shielding the living daylights out of the cavity with copper tape did wonders for noise, particularly on the single coil.

    I'm going to have to look into these Compton bridges.
     
  7. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    472
    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    Pup swap in my Ibanez AS73. Pulled the stock ceramic ‘buckers and installed a pair of Duncan Seth Lover 50th Anniversary PAF’s and a Mojotone wiring harness. Turned a nice guitar into a killer!

    Stainless Compton for my 5420: ++
    Pulled the Blacktops and installed TVJ’s (Supertron & Classic + with TVJ harness):+++! Turned a really nice guitar into a great guitar!
     
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    My best one was turning this, 20160227_125636.jpg into this. 20160506_150458.jpg
    It now has a gold Gotoh T.O.M. too 20180730_043359.jpg
    Finding the Caddy and then the gold Ceramics kinda pushed me into it, then my wife bought the Roundup guard for me. 100% rebuild with all Gretsch parts.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2020
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  9. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I change my answer.
    Replacing the stock ceramic Filtertrons in my 1995 6120-60 with TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filtertrons is now the best mod I’ve ever made.
    This guitar sounds unreal!
    I fine-tuned the heights this week and used it at band practice tonight.
    I can’t wait to take it on stage!
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  10. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    That's a sweet one!
     
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  11. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    897
    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    Turning a 1960 Anniversary from a useless guitar to a fantastic one via removal of HiLo Tron pick up in favor of an old Gibson P90 and adding a Mosrite pick up to the bridge area.
     
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  12. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    For me :

    - Bigsby or Duesenberg Super Tremola. :cool:
    - Roller bridge or RBB. :cool:
    - TUSQ XL nuts. :cool:

    A+!
     
  13. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Age:
    66
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Good roller bridge on my Panther
    Tusq nut on my LP Special
    Replace worn out frets on my 355
     
  14. stormsedge

    stormsedge Gretschie

    120
    Feb 28, 2020
    E. Tennessee
    PUP adjustment.
     
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  15. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    63
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Compton bridge for me, too.
     
  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Buy a new Tele...:p
     
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    At the music store, I put the Gibson down and picked up the Gretsch.
     
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  18. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

    316
    Mar 14, 2019
    Delray Beach, FL
    I take mine back. This is the correct answer.
     
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  19. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I had my 99' Setzer G6120SSU refretted like tvjones does for Brian Setzer, by Paul Waller master builder for Fender (a friend)
    w 6105 stainless steel frets. I had the graphtech nut replaced by Steven Stern w a TusQ XL nut. I rebuilt the wiring harness (eliminated the tone switch w a push pull pot to turn it into a hotrod bypass) w mogami
    cable, switchcraft,CTS pots n switches and installed tvjones low wax potted Setzer Sig pickups. since Setzer also uses gotoh ABR-1 bridges dressed by Tom Jones, I too wanted the same thing so I took my stock japan gotoh and replaced the saddles w military brass saddles and superglued the wire into the holes, treated the threads w silicon and its been hassle free for EVER. Best guitar in the world, its my endless love :) So much so, I spent $250 on a custom inlaid backlite pickguard just like Rev Horton heat, by TKSmith.net and had codinaleather.com make me this horsehide stitched and bedazzled strap. A friend in Germany hand made the custom bigsby handle thats like a Duane Eddy but slightly wider.
    I go to the grave with this guitar :)

    ps. yes yes I will take every opportunity to brag on this honey, over and over and over and.....

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  20. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    And you should! You fine tuned that guitar to your liking.

    That's what it's all about.
     
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