How to Customise an Electric Guitar on a Budget

Customizing a guitar is a great way to add a personal touch to your instrument. Legendary guitar players Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen and Tom Morello all have customized guitars tricked out with thousands of dollars of special touches. Fortunately, giving a guitar a personal touch doesn't have to break the bank. With a little creativity, you too can have a customized guitar that shows off your personality.


One of the easiest and least expensive ways to customize a guitar is to add stickers or decals. Stickers and decals can be placed on the guitar body without impeding how the instrument works. They can be anything from simple stickers purchased in nickel and dime stores or online to bumper stickers, flag stickers and band stickers to gas station stickers, radio station stickers and restaurant stickers. The concept is not just for guitarists on a budget. Guitarists have long adorned their guitars with stickers to remember certain places they've played or just because they look cool. Some of these stickers are free or cost very little. Use as many or as few as you like.


Get out the paint. Another creative way to add some style to your guitar is with a splash of paint. It can be a simple design or a fresh coat of paint to change the color. Permanent market is another option and gives you more control to add details. You can also take off the strings and remove the pick-guard to paint that area. Some guitars have removable covers that can be easily painted or switched out for a different color plastic cover. Spray paint is another option. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Change Pick-ups

Changing out pick-ups gives your electric guitar a different sound when amplified. Pick-ups can be purchased at local music stores or online. Pick-ups are easily removed with a screwdriver after the pick-guard is removed. You will need cutters to remove the old pick-ups. The new pick-ups are attached using a soldering gun to attach lead wires. Customized pick-ups can give a guitar a distinct sound ranging from a more sparse sound to "fatter" or larger tone.


Another way to customize an electric guitar is to change the effects. The good thing about changing your effects is that the internal system in your guitar is not altered in the process. Effects can be purchased at a music store or downloaded and added online to change the sound of your guitar before it gets to your amp. The most common effect is the "wah-wah" pedal that creates and in and out sound. Other effects provide distortion or echoes while others are more subtle by adjusting the basic tone.

The Amp

Don't forget about the amp. Simply changing the size of your amp creates a whole new sound. Different brands will also have different sound options. Additionally, each amp is able to be adjusted in terms of tone with the equalization channels. Common effects to the amp are echo, distortion and reverberation.

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by Jan Harvey; Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @ 07:55 AM [2283]

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History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

The fame of the electric guitar started in the big band era when guitarists wanted to amplify their guitars to compete with the large brass sections in jazz orchestras. Earlier, electric guitars were mainly made up of empty acoustic bodies with electromagnetic pick ups attached, to convert the sound into electrical energy for amplifiers.

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