Posts Tagged ‘upgrade’

Searching For Good Fretwork

Posted: December 27, 2015 in DIY, Guitar
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Yesterday, I wrote about searching for inexpensive guitars with good fretwork to upgrade into higher performing instruments.  I didn’t really go into detail about what good fretwork is.  The reason was that there are literally thousands of articles, posts, and instructions about fretwork that can be found by using Google.  There are a few basic things to look for, though.  So, I pulled up the El Cheapo, Microsoft Paint to illustrate the basics.  For greater detail, Google is your friend.

Different companies do different things with the fret ends and there are other considerations, like binding.  However there are some warning signs to look for when inspecting an instrument. (more…)

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I have never had a lot of money.  My only major investment toward playing music has been my Dual Rectifier.  Guitars costing over $800 have been out of my budget and I figure the same thing holds true for many other people.  Fortunately, mid-priced, mass produced guitars are made with higher quality than just about ever before.

When it comes to upgrading inexpensive guitars, the most important thing is to make sure the neck is well made and the frets are properly installed.  Any hardware or electronics can be easily replaced, but the cost of a major fret job or replacement defeats the purpose of upgrading an otherwise good guitar to be great.

For many years now, I’ve preferred Gibson-style guitars, or at least humbucker equipped guitars, at a more affordable price.  Epiphone G Series, LTD, Schecter C Series, and the like are along the lines of what I could afford and like.  I’m going to speak mainly about these types of guitars, since that’s where my most recent experience is.

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