CHRIS McCANDLESS
Portland, OR

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Making your guitar more “you”

By on September 10, 2017

Music has been a way to express someone’s emotions or feelings, either through song or symphony. The electric guitar in particular has been used to express various emotions in the form of music, from Eric Clapton’s mellow and somewhat depressing songs to Metallica’s aggressive and angsty songs.

Basically the electric guitar is an extension of the artist. This is why people like Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) go to great lengths in customizing their guitars. More and more guitar players are following their footsteps and modding their instruments to give it that sense of personal touch. One way to go about it is taking an existing guitar, take it apart, strip it and start from there. The easier (and possible cheaper) road to take is purchasing a build it yourself electric guitar kit and start from there.

No experience? No problem.

 The build it yourself guitar kit is suitable for guitar builders of every level. If you’re a beginner, you have the advantage of familiarizing yourself with the various parts of the electric guitar, both wooden and electronic as well as the accessories. If you’re a more seasoned builder then you have the convenience of not taking apart the guitar and stripping its paint job which can prove to be really hard and annoying at times. The only problem a beginner will run into is the assembly of the electronic parts, this can be addressed by tons of “how to” videos on YouTube. Also a bit of experience in soldering can prove to be useful.

Customize and upgrade on the spot

 Since these do it yourself kits usually don’t come pre-assembled, you will have the convenience of changing parts and accessories without the hassle of taking them out since they already are. Whether you opt to change your pickups from stock to aftermarket ones or change the tuning keys to keep the guitar constantly in tune or even change every bit of accessory, it all comes down to what you want and need in terms of playability and overall looks.

Classic or modern looks, it’s all up to you

 These build it yourself kits come stock with unfinished or unpainted wood. This means you can choose whatever color or finish you want with your guitar. Whether you go for a flaming hot pink color that screams out “I love Taylor Swift” or a sexy satin black finish to give you a more aggressive look, a natural wood finish that tells people “I am a minimalist” or classic sunburst or flame top finishes or even the distressed, road worn look, it all depends on what you want and what you are.

Quality at an affordable price

 Of course these kits are a lot more affordable than the branded ones but that doesn’t mean they’re not as good, sometimes depending on how you set it up, they might even look and sound better. It comes stock with maple necks and an option of maple or rosewood fretboards, with a basswood, mahogany or solid ash body, all made and shaped with precision and quality.

At the end of the day, would you rather spend money on an expensive factory built guitar and take it apart or would you rather spend the money on custom building your own guitar? Aside from the fact that the guitar will be specifically yours, the satisfaction of building and playing your own guitar is priceless. Unless you want to build another one.

 

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