To: Haywire Custom Guitars
Maria asks: What types of modifications can you do to a guitar, what effect do these modifications have on the quality of music that guitar produces?
Good question. There are different reasons behind guitar comfort mods (or modifications). Some are guitar “comfort” mods, for short, and they are designed to change the feel of the guitar when in contact with the players body. Yet still other modifications have nothing to do with sound at all. Aging and older guitar players face comfort issues. We address those issues for older guitar players.
The comfort mods include, tummy cuts in the back of the guitar for better more ergonomic fit with the human body. Because the cut makes the guitar body fit the human body closer. The feel is softer with comfort curves that feel more natural to us. Other comfort issues include smaller and thinner guitar necks. In addition players with medical issues such as tendonitis, we work with them. Guitar neck shaving is done to slim down the neck for ease of play. Other comfort mods have to do with a guitar players hand size, and reach on the “heel crest area of the neck”.
these mods help a player feel more comfortable
Still other guitar comfort mods include slimming down the general thickness of the neck, the width of the neck, radius or curvature of the top of the fret board, height of the strings from the frets, the scale length of a neck, string gauge, certain afflictions like arthritis, may have an effect on the location of the volume and tone controls. This affects the feel of the distance of the strings from each other. Areas as neck back contours can be very influential to a players comfort. Because all of these mods help a player feel more comfortable. And therefore they are more able to concentrate on the job of playing music.
guitar comfort mods for medical issues are serious and need to be addressed
There are the other modification that become necessary for improving the sound quality of the notes. These mods affect the quality of music the guitar produces. They include, but are not limited to: excessive noise through a pickup, muffle when rolling down the volume control, weakness in a pickup, uneven sound or volume from a pickup, switching combinations not usually available except through custom wiring, pole piece adjustment on Humbucker pickups, and adding tremolo devices for semi-tone wobbles creating dramatic effects.
Finally, The Haywire Custom shop will make all guitar comfort mods available for all guitar players as needed. Medical issues are serious and need to be addressed. Older guitar players need assistance. Haywire Custom shop is here to do that. The sound issues have more to do with the quality that the guitar produces. Especially relevant is the fact that “quality of music” is completely subjective. That is completely dependent upon the guitar player.