Cheap hacks to make that cheap guitar less cheap (Guitar Mods)
So I've had a Jackson JS22-7 Dinky for a little over 2 years now and I thought I'd share my favorite hacks/mods to it to make it...better.
The guitar cost me $199 a couple years ago. I've invested about ~$120 more into is and I'm much happier with the tones I get now. So for what I have now I'll say it cost $320 and I daresay it gives me tone and playability of a guitar even more expensive than that
So what are the cheap points of a cheap guitar? It varies but in my limited experience I'd say it's in the materials, the hardware, and the crafting itself. My guitar had some crafting imperfections and obviously the pickups were not great. I also think they skimped on the electronics a bit. But hey for under 200 bucks, what do you expect? Let's make it awesome!
Hack 1. Replace bridge pickup
Why the bridge? Because you're probably going to use that more frequently than the neck pickup....just my guess. Obviously this is the most expensive mod but so so worth it. Choose a pickup you like the tone of (I went with the Seymour Duncan Nazgul) and install it yourself! It's a lot easier than you'd think.
Hack 2. Remove the tone pot
Ok I know this will piss off some people but there are more reasons to remove the tone pot than "I never use it" (which I don't). A crappy tone pot will suck more high end brilliance than it needs to, even when it's at 10. Remove it completely to get that brilliance back. I find it adds clarity as well and a bit of fullness. To those of you that cringe at this: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Or better yet, install a no-load 500k pot in place of your crappy tone pot. Then you can keep your pot but when you turn it all the way up it effectively bypasses it.
Hack 3. Install a coil split
SUPER EASY to do believe it or not. If you know your way around a soldering iron, you're good to go. Get yourself a push pull pot (hey why not get a no-load push pull and kill 2 birds with one stone!) Split coil wiring gives your guitar a whole new range of sounds and it's super fun to play around with.
That's all for now! Just felt like posting something for fun. If you guys have other hacks or mods or you just want to tell me I'm stupid, just reply to this thread!
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