Why modify a signature guitar?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Jimi Lightning, Apr 26, 2021.

Why modify a signature guitar

  1. I was not happy with its sound

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  2. I didn’t like the look

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  3. It wasn’t comfortable so I changed the neck

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  4. I don’t mind turning it into a partscaster

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  5. I am a tinkerer and can’t help myself...

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  1. blackstratmaple

    blackstratmaple Strat-O-Master

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    Need pics of these sweet metal machines!

    To answer the original question, I echo those that say the signature model may have unique specs some of us want but we don’t necessarily care about the guitar being somebody’s signature.

    I used to be against them but now I own two. A Kirk Hammett KH-602 because it’s neck thru, high quality, and came with the new bone breaker pickups ($200 EMG), and I bought a fender Chris Shiflett because I liked the look, the standard sized humbuckers, the 12” radius rosewood board and 70s style tuners. I may mod the Shiflett tele at some point. No need to mod the KH unless I want an original Floyd rose on it.

    Am I a KH fanboy? A little. Am I a fan of the foo fighters? Not really. Just like the guitars but haven’t modded them.
     
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  2. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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  3. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I owned a Jerry Douglass Tele that I used as my #2 stage guitar. This guitar was designed and sold during the heyday of the Hellecasters. I found the guitar to be way too bright and eventually had to rewire it. When I would switch guitars during a gig the JD Tele had ear splitting treble compared to my other stage guitars. I switched out the pickups to Texas Specials with a standard switch and it was great. I found out around this time that the Hellecasters all used Twins with the treble control set on zero. I set my amp up like that, as an experiment and the JD Tele sounded perfect on that setting, but I couldn’t see using it on stage and having to reset my amp to use it. Hence, I changed the pickups and wiring.
     
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  4. Slartybartfast

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    It's a good question, but here's what I'm thinking when I look at an Eric Johnson guitar. The neck, body and pickups are just what I want, the right finish, the tuners will do, but there are two things. One, I always have a Tele knob on the volume control. Second, I now always use the Oak Grigsby super switch because I hate the neck/middle combo and change it to neck/bridge in series for a Gibson sound. Also, while I like the tone control on the bridge pickup, it now switches off when going to bridge/ middle without having to turn it back up. This switch as it allows you to program tour tone controls any way you want. So yes, I understand the question but to a small degree many will need to change it if they plan on actually making the guitar a part of their life as a player as opposed to a collector.
     
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  5. blackstratmaple

    blackstratmaple Strat-O-Master

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    Wow love the RR1 and Murray Strat! So cool.
     
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  6. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I also own a Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, and the best thing about it is that it’s a Jazz Bass. It has has signature on the back of the headstock, but other than that it’s just a regular jazz bass.

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    You're a ..... different kinda guy.
     
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  8. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I have two signatures.

    A PRS SE "Zack Myers" has been totally de-signatured. I don't know who the guy is, I checked out his band but it's not my style. But I wanted the guitar for the specs, namely the single-cut semi hollow body and 24.5" satin neck. But the headstock, truss rod cover and pickups are all redone.

    My John Lennon Casino is stock, though currently the pickguard is removed, which I guess John did anyway, too. I wouldn't change a thing on it.
     
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    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    Because.

    I have a Clapton Strat that's been improved by the addition of a "Gilmour" switch, that allows all seven pick-up combinations.
     
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  10. chas3rd

    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Because Bare Knuckle-The Mother’s Milk pickups exist
     
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    I always void the warranty right away so I can't send it back.
     
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    I purchased a Duff Mckagan and Michael Anthony sig bass' because I wanted them ... no reason other than that. They both play well and give the sounds I enjoy. Why else would you get any guitar? I have 7 bass and 10 6 string guitars. I got them because I wanted them and liked how each one played.
     
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    I have a Biffy Clyro, Simon Neale Squire Stratocaster. I couldn't tell you the name of even one of their songs, but I do like the guitar. In fact I believe the bean counters lat Squire lost count when theses guitars were being made..... and gave too much away. Perhaps thats why they don't make them any more.

    Two simple reversible mods done.

    1/ Tremolo arm changed to another bent into the easy mute shape.

    2/ The wimpy block changed for another more substantial block -old items left in the case. IMG_1236.JPG
     
  14. davidrconnell

    davidrconnell Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    My wife gave me for Xmas 2006 an MK Stratocaster and I loved it, played it for quite a while in its original build I loved the pickups, plus, the colour is great too 2006 before any changes.JPG After 2019 IMG_2032.JPG After 2019 IMG_2032.JPG 2006 before any changes.JPG . Then after a few years, I changed the rest of the fittings to all gold the original was delivered with gold fitting i.e. tuners, tree, and bridge tremolo arm, and lead socket, as in the 2006 photo. In answer to some of the almost (it feels like dictatorial comments), I say, Mark Knopfler's fingers, hands, and muscles are different to mine so it dawned on me, why not change the neck for me personally, to make it comfortable playing longer periods. Cost me over £570.00 pounds to get it to the UK I ordered a bit more sparkle to the neck with the azurite dots and gold frets. In the stage lights now so many people have said to me the Strat looks fantastic and sounds even better than many others they have listened to.
    So basically BECAUSE YOU CAN, Yes???
    As a PS I'll add, I have kept every single item removed from the original MK and, when I pop my clogs my other half can put it back to original or include them with it
     
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    The question is why not modify it? Its a tool, not some sacred artifact. If its not getting you what you need, then change it.
     
  16. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    That’s it exactly. :)
     
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    I never cared for Eric Clapton that much. But one of my favorites in my collection is my 91 Clapton Strat. At my age its just super easy to play. From Maple neck to gold sensors, the feel and sound is great. I would never change a thing on it. STP60992 (1).JPG STP60990 (1).JPG
     
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