One easy change to low price electric guitars can make them sound as great as a high-priced ones. Most of these low price electric guitars are ordinarily a mass production clone of a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul. The most popular clones are made overseas by Gibson and Fender themselves through the Epiphone and Squier lines. These are built with the same specifications as the American produced models. They’re decent instruments in their own right however they can be improved greatly with a simple pickup replacement. As long as the neck of the guitar is straight and the tuning pegs are fairly tight, this is often all you need to upgrade to a pro sound.

You can actually have a number of these upgraded “Stratocaster clone” for the price of one costly original and far more versatility with diverse pickup sounds.

There are many replacement pickups available with a lot of variety in sound output. We like to use Seymour Duncan pickups because they have confirmed to be of high quality and reliability. They also have a superb selection of CD sound samples you are able to listen to. Most retailers have the CD’s and it is possible to also listen to the samples online. It is possible to do the same thing with an Epiphone Les Paul to produce the sound that rivals the Gibson for about a third of the cost.

Once you’ve selected your replacement pickups you are ready for the upgrade procedure.

You will need a few things for the job. A stable workbench or table, with lots of space to place your tools out (which tends to make things a lot easier). Here’s a list of just what you need:

1.screwdriver set, both flat head and phillips
2.soldering iron
3.solder
4.brand new set of strings
5.wire cutters/strippers

The very first thing you have to do will be to remove your guitar strings. I normally leave the low E-string on in order to maintain a little tension on the guitar neck. Next remove the pickguard cover. Make certain you save all of the screws in a cup because they are small and get lost easily. After you remove the screws you will be able to lift up on the pickguard cover and slide it off underneath the E-string. You should now see the three pickups and also the wiring that’s connected to them.

The new pickups have a wiring diagram that is color coded however take a good look at every pickup just before you replace it in case something isn’t right with the color code. It really is necessary that you replace one pickup at a time so as not to mix up the bridge, middle and neck pickups.

Heat up the soldering iron. Remove the first pickup. I usually begin with the neck pickup. Cut and strip the wires in accordance to the instructions and solder the wires to the new pickup. Repeat the actual procedure for the other two.

When you replace the pickguard cover, be careful not to overtighten the screws or they might get stripped. Right now would be a great time to clean the electric guitar prior to you put the brand new strings on.

Replace and tune the strings and plug in. You’ll be delighted with the outcomes.

Now you can spend allot more money on all the cool effects gadgets. Have fun and keep practicing.