Hidey-Ho friendly friends! Confession:
yesterday I committed a guitar atrocity … and it’s far from the first time,
too! And … it was awesome! Yea, I know, I’m sick, right? Well … let’s talk about that.
Here’s the way I look at it. Some
folks who ride motorcycles are perfectly happy to ride a stock bike, while
others love to hack, weld, and chrome-plate their bike into a one-of-a-kind
ride … same goes for cars … and, I contend, guitars. Needless to say, I fall into the camp of the “self-modifiers”;
take, for instance, my 5-pickup
FrankenStrat (ie, StratoBastard):
So, back to last night’s festival of guitar carnage. I needed a Les Paul style ax to audition my various
pickups on (www.VaughnSkow.com) … and I
wanted to be able to switch pickups fast.
Really fast. So I took a cute
little Epiphone LesPaul Special and did what any perfectly insane dude would
do, I routed the pickup cavities clean through from front to back and stubbed
in pickup lead wires for each pickup cavity.
Now, I can simply insert the pickup in the back, adjust it to the desired
height, wire-nut the leads, and … in less than a minute I’ve just changed
pickups! Ugly, maybe, but dude does it
serve a purpose, and ain’t that what guitars are all about when it comes right
down to it? Actually, with the little
black foam inserts I cut out, it doesn’t even look too terrible from the back!
With this in mind, I present a couple of “modified” guitars from my buddy
Jeff Miller, who plays guitar in one of my little hobby bands, Wind Up Monkey (I
play drums in this one). First is an Epi
Les Paul Standard that he sanded … and sanded … and sanded until spots of the mahogany
body began to show through the maple top.
Outfitted with a hot P-90 in the bridge and a “something” in the neck,
it’s actually quite a pleasing (and one of a kind) workhorse of a guitar.
The second guitar started life as a dual bucker JB Player that received a
complete head to toe sticker treatment … don’t know about you, but I think it’s
cool as heck! If ya all got a “modified”
guitar ya’d like to share with the class … post it here as a reply … or if that
doesn’t work for ya, email it to me to post Vaughn@wgs4.com.