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Cool Guitar Customization Ideas You Should Consider

by / Wednesday, 16 September 2015 / Published in Guitar
Cool Guitar Customizations

Do you have an old guitar that could do with a new lease of life? Would you like to create a customized instrument that looks and sounds fantastic? Well, you’d better have some money to invest because guitar customization doesn’t come cheap. For the best results, you should always use professional services from the experts. However, it is possible to save cash if you’re happy to perform the work yourself. All you need is some basic tools and lots of inspiration. There is no limit to the concepts you could select. We’ve just listed some simple ways in which you can improve the guitar’s appearance and sound quality. Of course, you can take the job as far as you like. Just make sure you don’t get carried away.

  • Add some custom pickups

When it comes to adding good-quality custom pickups to your instrument, you need to perform a lot of research. Representatives from AZ Industries say many guitar stores purchase the magnets in bulk and make unique products. Unless you are an electrical expert, it makes sense to let someone else build your pickups. Just don’t make the mistake of purchasing standard Gibson or Fender solutions. They work well, but your guitar isn’t going to sound unique. You just need to describe the sound you desire to a professional and let them create it.

  • Get some funky control knobs

You will find some very cool control knobs available online. Depending on the overall design of your guitar, you will want to select something that stands out. Don’t be afraid of choosing bright colors that make your instrument look strange. At the end of the day, there is no point spending a lot of money to customize a guitar if people can’t tell the difference.

  • Hot rod your frets

Most people don’t realize it, but the only reason you have bars running across your frets is to make playing the guitar easier. Presuming you’re an expert player anyway, the frets shouldn’t be important. You can remove the fret wire and replace it with something different. We’ve seen cool custom guitars on which the frets were designed to be out of place. Perhaps an idea like that could help to make your instrument look a little more eccentric? Just bear in mind that cleaning and caring for the guitar will become a little more complicated. Displaced fret wire can make it harder to remove all that dirt and grime from the wooden neck.

  • Install an auto-tuning system

There have been lots of advancements in guitar technology over the years. However, auto-tuners are by far the most impressive devices. You can fit them to your guitar and save yourself a lot of time and hassle. Most of them sit on the bridge, and they keep your strings in tune at all times. Professionals musicians are using them a lot these days. So, you can guarantee the technology is good enough to make it worth the expense.

The only other thing you need to worry about related to the paintwork. If you’re going to give your guitar a new coat at home, make sure you do some reading online first. Using standard paint from your local store could ruin the body in a matter of seconds. You need special lacquer sprays and more to do a decent job. That is why most people send their body away to the experts.

We hope you manage to create something that looks amazing. See you next time!

Image Credit: Rick Mariner

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