Modifications

This is a vast subject as alongside all the usual more common mods, ie pickup and electrical component swaps, we go a stage further offereing the necessary woodwork alterations to add or fit 'non standard' parts. Additionally we offer neck back reshaping, headstock and inlay work, fretboard reprofiling, custom pickguards, full nitro makovers plus a whole lot more.......Listed here are some popular modifications we get asked to do. Most things are possible, get in touch with your ideas or requirements.

Necks...reshaping, inlays.

Neck mods are extremely popular, from back, headstock or heel reshaping, fretboard radius changes, inlay work etc. Most can be reprofiled to your requirements. Set neck and bolt on models are catered for.

The top row of pics show a 1992 Patrick Eggle Belin pro which had very little taper from frets 1 to 5. We reworked it to give it a more natural 'feel' slimming it down from front to back as well as reducing the shoulders along the entire playing length.  The new finish was colour matched and blended into the original finish to meet the headstock back and heel.

The bottom row shows a '90's Greco EG70 Les Paul. The customer wanted the fretboard inlays changing from the stock parallelogram ones to genuine pearl/shell oversize blocks.

Patrick Eggle berlin pro neck reshape © 2021 Guitar Angel
Patrick Eggle berlin pro neck reshape © 2021 Guitar Angel
Patrick Eggle berlin pro neck reshape © 2021 Guitar Angel
Patrick Eggle berlin pro neck reshape © 2021 Guitar Angel
Greco LG70 inlay replacement © 2021 Guitar Angel
Greco LG70 inlay replacement © 2021 Guitar Angel
Greco LG70 inlay replacement © 2021 Guitar Angel
Greco LG70 inlay replacement © 2021 Guitar Angel

Alterations/routs for non standard or additional pickup and electrical components upgrades

We can modify guitars for different pickups, controls or hardware. Sometimes additional routs are required, or alterations and extensions to existing routs, which is often possible. We can advise on the best options for your needs and have a large variety of routing templates and specialist tools at the ready to ensure neat results.

The first 3 pics show our handwired loom for a 335 type semi, using CTS pots, sprague caps, switchcraft jack and switch and cloth wire. You'll notice that no wires are visible through the F holes....just how we like it! A pair of Gibson Burstbuckers completed the upgrade. The pot holes needed reaming out to fit the full size pot shafts.

The next 3 pics show body routs to house a mid boost circuit board and battery that we fitted to this Fender strat, along with a pickup upgrade to a super set of Dimarzio pickups.

The last 2 pics show additional pickup routs and an extended control cavity rout that we did on a Precision bass body to house 2 additional pickups and 3 stacked pots.

JHS Vintage 335 pickup and electronics upgrade © 2021 Guitar Angel
JHS Vintage 335 pickup and electronics upgrade © 2021 Guitar Angel
JHS Vintage 335 pickup and electronics upgrade © 2021 Guitar Angel
Body routs for midboost kit Fender strat © 2021 Guitar Angel
Body routs for midboost kit Fender strat © 2021 Guitar Angel
Body routs for midboost kit Fender strat © 2021 Guitar Angel
P bass body 2 extra pickup routs and control cavity extension rout © 2021 Guitar Angel
P bass body 2 extra pickup routs and control cavity extension rout © 2021 Guitar Angel

Bridges and tailpieces,

Whether you want a perfectly aligned Bigsby fitting, a bespoke bracket for fitment to a flying Vee,  a one piece bridge converting to 2 piece, a bridge or tailpiece that isn't a straight swap or a direct fit, or a hardtail guitar converting to a trem, we can advise and oblige.

Bigsby fitting to an SG © 2021 Guitar Angel
Bigsby fitting to an SG © 2021 Guitar Angel
Bigsby fitting to flying vee, with bespoke polished brass mounting bracket © 2021 Guitar Angel
Bigsby fitting to flying vee, with bespoke polished brass mounting bracket © 2021 Guitar Angel
Thunderbird bass bridge one piece to 2 piece conversion © 2021 Guitar Angel
Thunderbird bass bridge one piece to 2 piece conversion © 2021 Guitar Angel
1976 Fender strat hardtail to trem conversion © 2021 Guitar Angel
1976 Fender strat hardtail to trem conversion © 2021 Guitar Angel

Other specialist modifications

Bespoke pickguards made, hardware ageing, genuine clay dot installation,  oversize truss rod anchor blocks made and fitted to make Rickenbacker folded rods more effective, B Bender installation with associated routing and bridge modification, fabric coverings, Full guitar fanned fret conversions.

Pickguards made for Gretsch guitars © 2021 Guitar Angel
Hardware aged to taste © 2021 Guitar Angel
clay dots installed in rosewood fretboards © 2021 Guitar Angel
oversize truss rod anchor blocks made and installed Rickenbacker 4001 © 2021 Guitar Angel
B bender installation © 2021 Guitar Angel
Fabric coverings © 2021 Guitar Angel
1985 Rickenbacker 330, extensive repairs and fanned fret conversion © 2021 Guitar Angel
Les paul junior, fanned fret conversion plus body binding/purfling © 2021 Guitar Angel