Upgrade your guitar or buy a new axe?

Upgrade your guitar or buy a new axe?

Should I Upgrade?

Assuming you’re one of those who is confident in your tinkering abilities and isn’t afraid of getting a little solder on the workbench, yes. Or perhaps you trust VCG to do the work once you decide on which parts you want to upgrade and what the cost will be.

Luckily, there is a host of resources for those looking to upgrade their instrument’s parts, hardware or electronics. Pickups, generally considered a driving force in the guitar’s overall sonic character, are an easy foray into the world of tweaking without disrupting much else within the instrument—it’s a tangible first step to increasing a guitar’s tonal range and ability.

Pickup companies have made it easy recently, thanks to websites with eye-catching graphics and sound clips that demonstrate pickup performance with varying stages of amp gain. Two good places to start are DiMarzio.com and SeymourDuncan.com, both of which offer myriad tools for finding the right pickup for your guitar, comparing tonal properties and output levels, examining wiring diagrams and more.

For other fundamental and swappable components like tuning machines, wiring, new knobs, strap buttons, switches and more, players can look into the inventories of companies such as Stewart-Macdonald, which sells parts of all sorts at StewMac.com. Such upgrades can change the instrument’s action, ability to hold tune, and ensure the electronics are road-worthy.

Looking for an upgrade? VCG can supply a free quote to turn your knock-off or road worn fave into your new axe.

Dream your dream

Rob V