Axekool guitars - Axeify Professional Guitar Upgrades, Cheltenham, UK

Axeify (Givin the Dog a Tone)

So what is Axeify? I hear you cry…!

This is a special upgrade service I have called Axeify. (sorry it needed a name) Its taking a mid range priced guitar and making it every bit as good as a top end guitar for a lot less money. You can also in the process of your “Axeify” get the guitar customised to exactly what you are looking for in the music you play and its tone and its playing options with electrics, that may not be available from an off the shelf model.

The best examples of this are from Epiphone and Mexican Fender guitars. Also Aria Pro 2 and Tokai have so much more potential when fitted with better quality parts.

For example:
You buy a Epiphone Les Paul, something like a Standard for about £400 – £600. So lets be honest about the purchase, what have you really got? The Epiphone Les Paul Standard has a beautiful AAA Flame Maple Veneer top (depending on the model) and a traditional Mahogany solid body for that classic tone. It has a Mahogany neck and Grover tuners. Its basically everything you would get from a Gibson, with close up inspection, it really is every bit as good.

However, there are some issues. Epiphone like most guitars made in the east use cheap electrical components and although the pickups like Epiphone ProBuckers are nice, that’s only until you hear some really good pickups. The frets on the fretboard can be a little hit and miss and sometimes need levelling and a general good setup is also required.

Axeify is to do the following:

  • New Pickups from somewhere like Bare Knuckle, Seymour Duncan etc
  • New wiring harness with CTS Pots and high end Capacitors including a Oak / Switchcraft switch and jack socket etc.
  • Fret levelling
  • Complete setup

You end up with a Les Paul that plays, sounds and looks incredible and is every bit, if not better than its american cousin for a fraction of the cost.

It’s just the same with Fenders, you can buy a very nice Mexican Fender new or used, replace electrics and pickups, a little customising, fret levelling and setup and you end up with something very special and customised to your requirements.

Givin The Dog A Tone

Below are a few examples…

(I have done many of these and will be adding more photos shortly)

Fender Telecaster Thinline Mexican, Pickups - Bare Knuckle Flat 50's, Fitted a Vintage Wiring Harness, Setup, Fret level etc etc

Fender Telecaster Thinline Mexican, Pickups – Bare Knuckle Flat 50’s, Fitted a Vintage Wiring Harness, Setup, Fret level etc etc

Epiphone Casino Korean, Changed Pickups - Neck, Seymour Duncan Retrospec'd P90, Bridge, Lollar P-90, fitted a vintage wiring harness etc etc.

Epiphone Casino (Korean), Pickups – Neck, Seymour Duncan Retrospec’d P90, Bridge, Lollar P-90, fitted a vintage wiring harness, USA Nickel Silver Pickup covers etc…

Fender Mex Stratocaster. Seymour Duncan (50's style pickups) Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA bridge, Fender USA locking tuners.

Fender Mex Stratocaster. Seymour Duncan (50’s style pickups) Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA bridge, Fender USA locking tuners.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Seymour Duncan Slash pickups, Vintage style wiring harness, setup

Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Seymour Duncan Slash pickups, Vintage style wiring harness, setup

Fender Mexican P Bass, Purchased and sent directly to me. I replace the pickups to the USA Fender models, put in a vintage wiring harness and replaced stings and Pickguard.

Fender Mexican P Bass, Purchased and sent directly to me. I replace the pickups to the USA Fender models, put in a vintage wiring harness and replaced stings and Pickguard.

Tokai ES60. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, vintage style wiring harness, fret level and setup.

Tokai ES60. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, vintage style wiring harness, fret level and setup.

Fender Jaguar Mex. Upgraded bridge pickup to a Dimarzio Gravity Storm Humbucker, vintage style wiring harness and setup.

Fender Jaguar Mex. Upgraded bridge pickup to a Dimarzio Gravity Storm Humbucker, vintage style wiring harness and setup.

Hagstrom, Bare Knuckel Pickups, Vintage Wiring Harness and Setup

Hagstrom Viking, Bare Knuckel Pickups, Vintage Wiring Harness and Setup

Epiphone Les Paul Custom. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, vintage style wiring harness, Fret Level and setup.

Epiphone Les Paul Custom. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, vintage style wiring harness, Fret Level and setup.

Sunn Mustang Stratocaster. Completely stripped to bare wood and stained with walnut, Seymour Duncan (50’s style pickups) Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA locking tuners, etc etc

Sunn Mustang Stratocaster. Completely stripped to bare wood and stained with walnut, Seymour Duncan (50’s style pickups) Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA locking tuners, etc etc

Fender Mex Telecaster. Texas (1980's USA) Pickups, Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA locking tuners.

Fender Mexican Telecaster. Fender Texas (1980’s USA) Pickups, Vintage Wiring Harness, Fender USA locking tuners.

Epiphone Les Paul. Upgrade pickups to Seymour Duncan, wiring harness, stings and setup.

Epiphone Les Paul. Upgraded pickups to Seymour Duncan, vintage style wiring harness and setup.

Epiphone Les Paul. Upgrade pickups to Bare Knuckle Peter Green (out of phase), wiring harness, stings and setup.

(one of my own) Epiphone Les Paul. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Peter Green (out of phase), vintage style wiring harness, control knobs and setup.

(one of my own) Epiphone ES 355. Upgrade pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, wiring harness, stings and setup.

(one of my own) Epiphone ES 355. Upgraded pickups to Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, vintage style wiring harness and setup.

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