Hello, this is Cheena.
Are you modifying your guitar? This is the second time I've heard that. This time is the guitar edition.
I will introduce a modification plan that limits the mod cost to less than 3000 yen.
First of all, the pickup claw. It is also called a yolk.
That metal cover on the Jaguar pickup.
The magnetic flux generated from the pickup magnet is collected and the magnetic force is strengthened, which leads to a stronger pickup output.
Someone wrote an article about replacing and strengthening the pickup magnet before, but while that was a modification for humbuckers, this is a modification for single coils only.
Please note that you may need to cut or scrape the pickguard to fit the thickness of the claw.
Changing the screws is also a modification that will make you feel better. The sound does not change, though.
Screws such as for escutcheons, pickguards, and truss rod covers are strangely related to the overall atmosphere of the guitar and are also the cheapest customizable parts.
Two of the most commonly used materials are nickel (silver, a subdued glow close to gray) or chrome (silver, strong sparkle) round plate head.
I recommend replacing these with stainless steel (silver, bluish color) or black, or change the screw from the round countersunk head to a flat countersunk head.
There are various things that fit each instrument, so why not order a few different types and consider them.
Replacing the peg buttons for a modification that does not change the sound.
This will just barely exceed 3000 yen limit.
The peg button is the knob part of the tuning peg, and they can be replaced, except for Kluson pegs.
Replacing them is very easy. You just remove the screw at the end of the button, replace the button and retighten.
There are several types, such as chrome, nickel, black, and gold, and there are unusual materials such as pearloid and acrylic also available.
The ones introduced above are a cylinder-type button, which has a reputation for its neat appearance and for being light weight. They are often mounted on Yamaha's ultra-lightweight guitars.
You can also use Schaller's vintage style pegs if your budget allows for them.
And lastly, a common one. It is the adjustment of the set screw of the bridge.
If the Strat or Jazz bridge is protruding, you will hit it when the bridge is being muted.
Replacing with a shorter set screw solves this problem and enables a stable performance.
In addition, by replacing it with a material such as stainless steel or titanium, it is possible to prevent only the set screw from rusting but it will also match the appearance of the surrounding parts.
If it gets rusted, it will be difficult to insert the wrench, and the screw thread may get stripped, so let's do it.
This time, I introduced small modifications, keeping it cheap.
Why don't you try these the next time you change the strings? (I think I said that last time too...)
Let's have a good musical instrument life!