Chapman Mod Shop Project 1: ML-1 BEA

Help us mod this legacy Chapman ML-1 BEA!

Tell us what pickups you think it should have, and if there are any other modifications you would make. This can include hardware, special electronics, and more. Drop your suggestions in the comment’s section below. Sky’s the limit!

We will be updating this page as the project progresses. In the meantime, make sure to share this post and like/follow us on Facebook/Instagram to stay in the loop!

Update: Phase #1 is complete!

Thank you to everybody who made suggestions to help us mod this ML-1 BEA. Three members of our team came up with their own mods of this guitar based on your ideas. Now, all you have to do is vote on your favorite! The option with the most votes by Friday, February 15th at 11:59pm CST will become our modded ML-1 BEA!

Update: Phase #2 (poll phase) is complete! And the winner is…

Option #3! This legacy Chapman ML-1 BEA will soon be loaded with Bare Knuckle Warpigs, have a clear pickguard with Bea’s ‘Fro logo, and be equipped with a CTS volume pot and a Switchcraft jack/toggle. Please allow us some time to get all the parts ordered and to put the guitar together. We will update you when everything is complete and the guitar is ready for auction!

Update: Mod Shop Project #1 is complete! Check out these before and after pics:

Now, how do you get your hands on it?

If you want to own this truly one-of-a-kind Chapman ML-1 BEA, place your bids here:

The auction goes through April 28th, 2019 at 8:00pm CST.

And that’s a wrap! Our Mod Shop ML-1 BEA has found its new home in the arms of lucky bidder Jim Navarre. Stay tuned for our next Mod Shop auction: the legacy ML-2 Classic!

76 thoughts on “Chapman Mod Shop Project 1: ML-1 BEA

  • January 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Tremol-no the bridge.
    JB in the bridge position.
    59 in the neck position.
    Simple wiring. No coil taps.
    Scallop the fretboard.
    Crown, Level, and Polish the frets.

  • January 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Yes!! Single bridge humbucker, Suhr SSV+, done ✊🏾🤘🏾

  • January 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    My suggestion would be to install A set of Seymour Duncan Eclairs and maybe a brass block or bigger Trem block. Honestly, I’m sure it’s better off with stock components.

  • January 23, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Chrome EMG 81 in both the neck and Bridge, chrome locking tuners, 10 – 52 strings, wham!!!

  • January 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I already have this combo and it’s very nice, so put a DiMarzio SuperDistortion in the bridge and a Bluesbucker in the neck. Might as well leave the floyd. But, for the finish, switch it out with something abstract with purples and black.

  • January 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Put a DiMarzio Andy Timmons humbucker in the bridge, use a DiMarzio Steve Lukather Transition in the neck.
    Five way p/u selector so each can single coil.
    Jumbo 6105 stainless steel frets.
    The Floyd Rose is okay, since it’s already routed for it. Black finish on all hardware, except knobs……black knob with insert tops that accentuate the body finish.
    Gloss finish body, satin finish neck.
    Headstock veneer to match body.
    Then it will be as pretty as it sounds.

  • January 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    a light scallop to the neck from 12th up….. with some jumbo frets a sustainiac in neck pos…the latest petrucci model p/u for bridge pos… a momentary kill switch … some floyd rose hollow points for intonation, a sustain block for the floyd, some high end pots with the best caps you can get noisless springs for the floyd also. sperzel locking tuners and of course the lowest action possible on set up for some serious speed.

  • January 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I would go with a classic. Seymour Duncan jb4 in the bridge position and a Sustainiac system in the neck. Love it. Like having a built in E bow.

  • January 22, 2019 at 11:43 am

    First off, DON’T RELIC IT. Those are not easy to come by. Just put some killer pickups ( Bare knuckle Holy Divers come to mind ) and that’s IT ! NO need to mess with it more. It’s a great guitar like it is.

  • January 21, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I wasnt fortunate enough to get one of these but I recently played one and I loved it and would not change one single thing , been looking for a used one with no luck so I’d be ok with you just doing a reissue of the original for those of us who missed out on it . Thanks!


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