- Jan 13, 2005
I would also change the pots and caps. My 2000 Classics had 300K pots and ceramic caps.
Mine is a '99. The way I modded it makes it easy to put it back to stock. I didn't do the work at my kitchen table, I did the work here:I’ll purchased several Gibson guitars lately with the intention of making mods. However, the more I play them the more I tell myself this guitar sounds damn good as is! I have to ask myself if the mods would make that much of a difference. These new Gibsons are pretty good right out the gate.
I’m a car freak and I learned long ago that in terms of resale STOCK is always best. People tend to want a car, especially a high performance car, that has not been messed with. I’m starting to think that in regard to guitars this many be the way to go also.
One exception is if the guitar was modified by a reputable builder like Historic Makeovers or other known guitar modifier as I feel they know what they are doing. I just have a hard time buying a modified guitar that was performed but some guy on his kitchen table at home. That’s just me, YMMV!
Exception, not the rule! I’ve seen some real “kitchen table” abortions in my many years of purchasing guitars. In my early years I may have been guilty of this act myself. Today, if I need a mod performed I take it to my tech who is a real professional! If and when I sell a guitar I can pass it on to the next guy knowing that any mods have been performed correctly.
Excuse my derailing this discussion by asking the question, but why would anyone buy parts to modify the sound of an instrument before even plugging it in to hear it? I don’t get it. How do you know you won’t like the stock pickups?