Our Hot Mods page is an expanding series of video tutorials and downloads guiding you through tips and techniques on 'hot-rodding' your guitar.
HOT MOD - MODOCASTER PT 1 Simon Croft re-cuts the neck pocket on a guitar body before assembling the Modocaster - a test-bed guitar based around the Seymour Duncan Liberator solderless pickup change system with volume control.
HOT MOD 2 - MODOCASTER PT 2 Simon Croft makes some prototype scratch plates for his test-bed guitar then adds the Seymour Duncan Liberator solderless pickup change system with volume control and a Quarter Pounder.
HOT MOD DOWNLOADS (PDF) Click on the links below to view and download our Hot Mod illustrated mini-books.
Hot Mod Pickup Primer - Learn how the magnetic pickups on guitars and basses work, the key pioneers in the history of the pickup and the factors that make one pickup sound different to another.
Hot Mod Setup Primer - What to look for when ‘sighting’ a guitar neck and what you need to do to make any guitar play faster and sound more in tune than it did before.
Hot Mod Guitar Tool Guide - We never want you to start a mod without knowing exactly how to finish it, so this is our comprehensive guide to tools and materials, with pictures.
Hot Mod Neck Tilt - All the information you could ever need to know about adjusting the tilt of a bolt-on neck for optimum action.
HOT MOD - TAKING A FENDER STRAT APART… WITH THE STRINGS ON! You can take the neck and scratch plate off a Fender Stratocaster, then put it back together without losing even one string. Here's how.
HOT MOD - BRIAN MAY WIRING Brian May's unique wiring scheme is compared, using Burns Tri-Sonic and Fender Stratocaster pickups. This video has a companion PDF with wiring diagrams and templates.
BUILDING A CUSTOM GUITAR - 3 In the second of two videos devoted to making a scratch-plate for your custom guitar, Simon shows you how to get clean, smooth lines and accurate cutouts for pickups and switches.
BUILDING A CUSTOM GUITAR - 2 In the first of two videos on the subject of scratch-plates for custom guitars, Simon shows you how to design an accurate template and start cutting the plastic sheet.
BUILDING A CUSTOM GUITAR - 1 Starting with a premade neck and body that don't fit, Simon Croft installs the bridge, recuts the neck pocket, drills the neck, bolts the two together, adjusts the nut and strings it up!
BUILDING A CUSTOM GUITAR - 4 Assembling, wiring and playing our custom guitar for the first time. And, yes, I know I broke the 1st string! Great guitar though.
PUSH/PULL MODS FOR STARTS AND BURNS GUITARS With just a couple of switches, you can get Brian May and humbucker type tones from three single coil pickups. Upgrade your guitar for the price of a couple of packs of strings!
ENTWISTLE ASN57 STRAT PICKUP ROAD TEST How do these Entwhistle noise cancelling Strat pickups compare to a stock Fender Stratocaster? We give you a setting--by-setting direct comparison in overdriven and clean modes.