Axeify / Axeification
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.
You buy a Epiphone Les Paul, something like a Standard for about £300 – £500. 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 especailly with some of the latest Epiphone models.
However, there are some issues. Epiphone like most guitars made in the east use cheap electrical components and although the pickups like Epiphone’s top of the range ProBuckers are nice, that’s only until you hear some really very 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. Don’t get me wrong, i love Epiphone guitars and have 3 of them myself, all upgraded of course.
Axeify is to do the following:
- Complete strip and clean up of every component
- Fret levelling, crown and polish
- 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.
- Complete setup
You end up with a guitar that plays, sounds and looks incredible and is every bit, if not better than its american cousin for a fraction of the cost. OK, it may not have made in the USA on it, but if you can get passed that and want the guitar as an instrument and not a financial asset hanging on the wall, then its a great guitar to play and enjoy.
It’s just the same with Fenders, you can buy a very great Mexican Fender new or used, replace electrics and pickups, a little customising, and there are a lot of options on Fenders, fret levelling and setup and you end up with something very special and customised to your requirements.
Below are a few examples…
(I have done many of these and will be adding more photos shortly)
Watch the video clip – I think he is a happy customer!