15 cheap guitar mods you can try at home

Guitar on a work bench surrounded by tools
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Looking to breathe some life into an older axe, or just change things up a bit? Whatever the reason, making modifications and small improvements to your instrument is a common pastime for guitarists, and is usually a far more economical approach than buying a completely new guitar. What's more, there are many mods that can be done quite easily at home with just a few tools.

Some models, like the Fender Jazzmaster, are like a classic car in that they require a lot of maintenance and get modded beyond recognition by their owners, but every guitar has things that can be done to improve or change the way it sounds, looks, and most importantly, feels. 

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.