Ever Buy Gear That Doesn't Need Something?

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  1. GuitarDude

    GuitarDude Well-Known Member

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    I am growing out of my phase to "upgrade" every piece of gear I buy. From retubing and respeakering amps to trying replacement pickups etc etc.

    I think I'm pretty happy to leave things be the way they came to me or maybe in just getting old? Lowering standard's?

    I don't want to mess with anything any more. I want what I want and if a specific amp or guitar, or anything for that matter doesnt do what I want it to do I get rid of it and get something that does.

    Am I old? insane? Or does anyone feel the same way? I'd rather have 2 guitars that play, feel and sound exactly the way I'd like than 20 that need some sort of mod.

    Ok, make that 8 guitars, and a couple of amps, but the feeling is the same....lol

    I'm feeling pretty happy with my Gibson's, Charvels, Evhs, and homebuilt. Maybe im just actually happy with my gear? Am I cured of GAS? Say it isnt so
     
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    I haven’t touched a thing on my Fender Cabronita Tele. Some people complain about the stock bridge but mine is fine.

    The other three guitars in my regular rotation all have electronic upgrades.

    All my amps have needed modifications, but I generally buy older amps that need work and fix them up. Nearly all NEED new electrolytic filter caps and most need a new power cord and elimination of the “death cap” at a minimum for safety reasons. Many are Silver Face Fenders that benefit greatly from a few circuit mods to BF or other mods, and many came with crap Utah or Oxford speakers that are best replaced. I could spend a lot more to get amps that are already as I want them, but I enjoy the process and doing the work so to me it isn’t a “time saver”.
     
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    Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster.

    Epiphone Casino (Korean).

    Fender American Standard Jazz Bass.

    That's about it, out of God knows how many guitars and basses (both American-made and import) over the last 35 years... But I'm a fussy bastard, and I still enjoy modding. :)

    Of course, when I was younger, before I knew how to mod (or knew what tone was), I pretty much accepted whatever I had, and didn't even think about changing anything... I would think of getting rid of it and buying something else (people didn't commonly own multiple guitars back in those days).
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    I've never met a Gretsch that needed mods. :)
     
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    That’s not true. Everyone I knew had multiple guitars. We had an acoustic and we had an electric. :D

    Even back “in the day” I always had 3+ amps though. You couldn’t reasonably show up to a friends basement for a jam if you didn’t bring at least 2x 100 watt amps so you could play loud enough to be heard.
     
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    :ROFLMAO:

    It's funny, cuz it's true!
     
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    yes. my Gibson Explorer, and Flying V.

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    I think this is a tiered question, based on the price point of the gear.
    i have real cheap guitars that when I first started, upgraded more than I probably should have.
    Or, I should have played the guitar more first.
    I learned to slow down and evaluate after the first 2 SX strat and tele.
    But more likely they may need work.

    Some tuners may have been good enough.
    Horrid nuts have to be addressed.
    Controls and pickups may or may not need upgrading: do they function as they should and give pickups a chance at least.
    Pickups generally higher probability upgrade is warranted, electronics deserve a play it until it becomes a problem.

    Fretwork needs to be corrected if it is an issue. Neck angles and/ or bridge height, sloppy bridge posts, etc. affecting action height and playability needs addressing.

    I upgrade cheap guitars but would expect more expensive guitars to be more likely great after a proper set up.
    But QC can vary even with those. But I dont have any of those to comment on.

    I generally dont get it when folks buy a better guitar with good QC and want to mod it, unless a tonal preference warrants pickup change maybe.

    Same with cheap tube amps; you mod them to make them closer to the "good" ones.
    I guess. I scratch built most of mine.

    Are you just old? Possibly, and maybe wiser from experience.
    Are you crazy? I think the width of what is normal or borderline crazy with people is pretty wide.
    Where is the f'in baseline anyway?
    There is good crazy and bad crazy, I suppose.
    I'm not quite sure where I fit in.
     
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    What did you do to those?
     
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    One piece of gear which needed nothing:

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    Actually, the pitch shifter could handle polyphony a fair bit better. There's a major update due any time now, and I'm hoping they'll improve it. If they do, this needs nothing more. If they don't, well... nevermind then, because it will need a Digitech DT Whammy to go with it.

    When it coems to guitars, they all need a good rubbing with a scotchbrite pad on the back of the neck as far as I'm concerned. If that doesn't count, then I only have one that I've never modified and have no intention to do so:

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    Everything else has a tweak or four.
     
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    Almost every guitar I own is basically bone stock. I did couple of simple cosmetic changes to my 2013 LP trad ( TRC, pointer knobs ) but functionally its the same as the day I bought it. I did swap the mini humbuckers in my LP deluxe to P90's but will likely put it back to the way it was now that I have my P90 studio back from @tonebender ( nuGD pending ). But other than that, every other guitar I own is exactly the way it came from the factory - even the 2 older ones ( 93 studio and 90 Alvarez )
     
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    I understand everything needs a tweak or two or four. I'm not talking about lowering a bridge for action. I'm talking about spending $200 retubing an amp or spending $150 replacing pickups in a guitar we spent $150 on.

    Is there a limit? Or do we just save our pennies and buy something that doesn't need anything?
     
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    I ain't ever satisfied...



    Lots of interesting characters in that guitar bonfire scene.
     
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    Hehehe. Or, no scrub necessary with no finish on the neck! Just takes a little play to wear some hand oils in.
     
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    So, I help it along.

    And you're talking to a guy who recently splashed out $200 in electronics (and a new nut) to slap into a LP clone he bought for $89. So yeah, I definitely fall in the fixing up inexpensive guitars camp.
     
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    I almost never change stuff on my guitars and amps. They are good enough for me as they are out of the box in most cases. Other than the nearly mandatory string change, and I don't even do that if it plays/sounds good.

    I am sure some of mine could be made better. I also believe a lot of upgrades are done because many people enjoy doing them, and it helps keep the new gear buzz going a bit longer. I think it's cool that people can do that, and enjoy doing it.

    Only two major changes I ever had done to guitars was back when I was playing a WHOLE lot more, so maybe that has something to do with it too.
     
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    took them out of the case and played them

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    Except for upgrading the tuners and a couple aesthetic changes, this has been true for my G5435 Pro Jet.


    The very least modded guitar I own is my Schecter TSH-1... I changed the knobs to something more retro, but it is otherwise perfect.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    If you haven't found that NOTHING is perfect , you're probably a lot younger than I am. If I paid ridiculous money for an acoustic with the lowest action I'd want to raise the action .5mm
     

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