Modifications

This is a vast subject from pickup swaps and electrical component upgrades with associated woodwork/routs, to neck back reshaping, fretboard reprofiling, custom pickguards, inlay work, 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.

Neck reshaping

Neck reshape requests are extremely popular and most can be reprofiled tom your requirements. Perhaps you'd like a soft or medium Vee, or the shouders removed to create more of a C profile, or maybe a general all over slim down.

This service is available for set necks as well as for detachable necks on guitars and basses.

The top row of pics show a 1992 Patrick Eggle Belin pro which had very little taper from fret 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.  The new finish was colour matched and blended into the original finish on the headstock back and heel.

The bottom row shows a Fender strat reshaped to a soft vee with a slight roll of the fretboard edges, then finished along the reworked area with silky smooth satin nitro, colour matched to the existing finish.

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
Fender strat neck reshape to soft vee © 2021 Guitar Angel
Fender strat neck reshape to soft vee © 2021 Guitar Angel
Fender strat neck reshape to soft vee © 2021 Guitar Angel
Fender strat neck reshape to soft vee © 2021 Guitar Angel

Woodwork alterations for 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 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. Pot holes reamed out to fit 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 super set of Dimarzio pickups.

The last 2 pics show additional pickup routs and an extended control cavity rout on a P 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 fitting 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 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