I dont see why it would be costly if I bought stuff from an electronics supply company instead of a guitar shop. As far as I can see the stuff is generally the same if you get fitment right. I dunno, I might just replace the pickups for now.ThePhilosopher said:Rewiring the entire guitar is coslty but is quite easily the best way to assure a good quality install. If you're going to rewire the whole thing, you should change all the electronics:
Bridge Pickup, Neck Pickup, (JB/59 is a good set as is the EMG 81/85), Toggle Switch, Volume/Tone pots, and input jack [if you buy the EMGs it'll come with all those except the switch.] It is also a good time to add other mini-switches if you go with passive pickups (phase switches, on/off switches, and coil taps.)
I am going to stick wtht seymour duncan, so the other electronics will be bought seperately.ThePhilosopher said:I've gone through a couple of electronics changes in my guitars before and I know that to put EMG 81/85 set it cost me $200 with the strings and the install+setup.
I try to play every couple of days. I get a little too busy sometimes.KrAsH said:I have an NJ Series BC Rich Bich, black body with dark wood fretboard. I'd need to get a picture...
I don't play much in the summer, though. It's more of a "rainy day/winter toy" for me.
It isnt about wanting to be old school or accepting technology. It is about finding that tone that makes you smile. I could play solid state amps and digital devices all day, but nothing can sound just like a simple tube amp. I have tried to find something similar, but even the expensive tube crunch modeling boxes sound digital to me. There is a reason that Marshall, Vox, and Fender sell so many tube amps, and it is called tone. I never knew what I was missing until I started playing on some tube amps. Now, I dont think I will ever be able to go back. I just think some people like different things. You are probably big into effects and want a super clean sound. I prefer simplicity and a warm sound, but I dont mind some noise.ThePhilosopher said:I play everyday, some days for hours others for just minutes.
I know some aren't into the whole embracing of technology movement in music; however, I did and I've loved every minute of it. Besides I'm also a producer for a local band.
I am not recording, nor do I have a reason to. This is a hobby and I only play what sounds good to me. If I was ever good enough to want a recording, I guess there would be some digital modeling. I will stay lowtech for now.ThePhilosopher said:I'll gladly admit that tube tone will always be warmer than digital; however, I've never found the tone that I've liked from a tube amp. Hell, I don't even use an amp anymore. The amount of post-processing I do is minimal; however, I do spend a good long while "inventing" my digital tone.
However, I think if you're going to record anything you will be facing a lot of processing, and it's easier for me acheive my goals than it is for you because my setup speaks a more relevanat language.
Say digital is Latin and you're getting to French there's a simple step. However, if tube is Ancient Egyptian then you've to get to Latin or Greek first.
Honestly I use an amp model and reverb and delay; however, it's what I can modify on the fly within these parameters that help me get where I want to be sonically. Check www.myspace.com/thecommonknowledgeproject . I know the recording is bad (I hadn't rehearsed in about a month on that song,) but that's the sound I'm going for.