Chapman Mod Shop Project 2: ML-2 Classic

Help us mod this legacy Chapman ML-2 Classic!

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-2 Classic. 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, March 15th at 11:59pm CST will become our modded ML-2 Classic!

And the winner is…

Option #1! This legacy Chapman ML-2 Classic will soon be loaded with Bare Knuckle Mules, master volume and tone controls with a toggle switch for coil-splitting, a bone nut, and locking tuners.

Please allow us some time to order parts and put this beauty together. We will make an announcement when everything is complete and the guitar is up for sale. In the meantime, make sure you check out our latest Chapman Mod Shop Project #3 – ML-3 Traditional!

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76 thoughts on “Chapman Mod Shop Project 2: ML-2 Classic

  • March 2, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    My dream ML2:

    – ’59 PAF pups with chrome covers
    – translucent blue burst glossy finish
    – locking tuners
    – graphtech nut
    – upgraded pots with push/latch-release action for true coil splitting with chrome knobs, similar to what is in the Majesty series from Ernie Ball
    – upgraded three-way toggle with a chrome tip
    – satin neck, but still blue
    – Chapman’s logo at the top of the head stock, horizontal
    – the infinity sign in the middle where the logo normally is, but made with two western dragons eating the others tail, like an oroboros.
    – orange gumdrop style capacitor used in the wiring, .001uF to allow for treble bleed

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  • March 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    Put the Seymour Duncan Dimebucker set in it then put in two kill pots for tone pots

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  • March 1, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    One of the bridges that can adjust front to back to have enough room for intonation I believe schaller makes these locking tuners graphtech nut polish the frets strap locks a sustainiac system with coil tap evo pickup on the bridge a pure tone multi tip input jack has to stereo for the system but it make for a sure connection heck go to neck illusions put graphics on the neck skinyourskunk.com to put a wrap on the body cool strap to go with it then rock out with your chicken out (pg) could be kids that’s what I’d do

    Rick Mize

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  • March 1, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    Classic 57 in the neck. Burstbucker Pro Bridge for the bridge. A Bigsby bridge.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    First…

    Lets roll back before that thing had a finish on it. Put body binding front and back, add binding to the neck. If its not that way already make sure you put in Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets
    Add a Graphtech Nut and Bridge. For tuners go with Grover Locking tuners

    Now for the Electronics.

    Put a set of Geppetto Camelot PAF’s in there wire it up with two volumes and then add a sustainiac aux-js that will double as the tone control. Last put in a switchcraft 3-way and jack.

    When you are done send that thing to me and I will play the hell out of it!

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  • February 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    Lollar Gold Foil for the neck.
    TV Jones T-Armond for the Bridge
    Compton Bridge
    Kill Switch
    Graphtect nut
    Schaller strap locks
    Gotoh locking tuners

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  • February 27, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    I’m a metalhead so of course an active EMG pickup in the Bridge and for something warmer in the neck probably a DiMarzio The Breed. Also add a killpot knob in the tone section.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    I would put a set of Lace Sensor Brent Hinds Hammerclaws. Locking tuners a tusq nut eather a gotoh or Wilson bridge

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Volume, tone and killswitch! No need 2 vokumes. Seymour Duncan 78 or bareknuckle VHII on neck, Seymour Duncan custom 5 or Bareknuckle mule on bridge. All of the pickups full gold cover, with new all gold bridge and locking tuners plus graphtect black tusk nut

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Curtis Novak PAF pickups, with a coil split pot (centermost coil) for each pickup. Orange drop caps. Schaller locking tuners are preferred, but locking in general is nice. Schaller bridge. Volume for each pickup, single master tone. Schaller strap locks. Pretty simple setup, but it adds a bit of versatility having splittable coils.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Piezo system with DiMarzio pu.
    A switch for switching between coil split and phase change.
    Locking tuners.
    Floyd rose.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    wired to Jimmy Page wiring for versatility a nice set of PRS pups . Maybe Tremonti Graphtech nut,
    DR strings, cts pots, bridge ,locking tuners

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  • February 25, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Set it up duesenberg style with a low-output humbucker in the bridge and a p90 in the neck. Star players are some of the sickest guitars around and don’t get enough love.

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  • February 23, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    I think it should have humbucker pickups with gold covers. the rings should be cream or yellow unless gold ones can be found. Graphteck makes a nice gold bridge, that would work. Swap out the tuners too, I would get gold tuners with tulip buttons. It needs one more gold knob. one volume, two tones. Or the open hole could be a kill switch.

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  • February 22, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    Gotoh Tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddle (gold or black), Seymour Duncan p-rail set with Triple-shot pickup rings (black), 2x Bourn 500k push-pull pot for out of phase bridge/neck (push cloth wires), Bourn 3-way switch (gold or black), Switchcraft output jack, Gotoh Magnum locking tuners (gold or black), graphtech tusq nut or brass nut, Jescar EVO-gold frets, Shaller Straplok (gold or black), and shielding paint in the electronics cavity.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    59 hybrid bridge jazz neck gotoh black hardware cts and switchcraft electronics thinner neck and leave the back of the neck raw wood

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Dimarzio super 2 DP104bc bridge
    Dimarzio Activator-x DP221bc neck
    Grover locking tuners

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    Howdy,
    Seymour Duncan p-rails, SHPR-1N and SHPR-1B
    Use 2 mini-toggle switches for the selection of coils. 1 overall volume, 1 overall tone control, 1 three-way switch for pickup selection (bridge / both / neck)
    Locking tuners would be nice.

    I love the color combination of gold and tortoise. Perhaps a small custom scratch plate or double bound tortoise body?

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  • February 21, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    Bareknuckle aftermath neck
    Bareknuckle nailbomb bridge
    Some locking tuners
    A Tusq nut

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  • February 21, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    Relic the body and all the hardware. Chrome gotoh locking tuners, graphtec nut, tone pro locking bridge and saddle with graphite saddles. Out sole bare knuckle PAFs in it, with the relic’d chrome covers

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  • February 21, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    Floyd Rose Bridge
    Any Pick Up Of Your Choice
    Killswitch
    ( Try to go for a 90s rock type of like Richie Sambora’s Kramer Jersey Star)

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  • February 21, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    EMG Het-Set
    Locking tuners
    (That’s all basically)

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  • February 20, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    Duncan 59 in neck and Duncan JB in the bridge position with covers that match the hardware. I like Gotoh locking tuners and tunamatic bridge. D’Addario 9 to 46 Custom light strings.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Take a look at Revel pickups – they are in Minneapolis and make great stuff!
    And here’s something kinda off the wall I’ve always wanted to do: put a simple range master type treble booster circuit right in the guitar 🙂

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  • February 20, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    Gibson 490r and 498t pups (or reverse?), Kluson Revolution locking tuners, roller bridge (got mine thru Stewmac) and a Les Trem from Eastwood guitars

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  • February 20, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    Grover locking tuners, Bigsby trem, HSH config (route that thing out) based on a VAI pup selection, push button kill, coil tap/split to maximise tone range, individual pup kill switches, new bone nut, master volume… replace frets with stainless steel and curve the edges nicely, a pro setup nice and low with NO buzz through the range. EB Super Slinkies… Oh and make sure everything is very well copper shielded. Oh and hollow out part of that body a bit more to reduce weight.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Seymour Duncan P-Rails in both neck and bridge
    2 mini 3-way toggles for pickup selection (single, P90, humbucker)
    Kill switch
    Bigsby Trem with roller bridge
    Graphite nut
    Locking tuners
    Treble bleed on volume pot

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  • February 19, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    JB Bridge PU
    59 Neck PU
    Master Volume
    Neck Tone (No Tone control for Bridge PU)
    Push Button Kill Switch

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  • February 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    Lollar Imperial Low Wind pickups, Tone-Pro bridge and tailpiece, traditional 2 V and 2 T controls, relocate pickup selector to traditional location, reflector style knobs in ivory with matching pickup surrounds and a pickguard. Bone nut and stainless 6105 fretwire to finish it off.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    TV Jones – TV CLASSIC Bridge and Neck, Bigsby B5 Vibrato Tailpiece & TonePro Roller Bridge, Kluson Locking Tuners, CTS 5K Push/Pull Pots Coil Split and Phase Reversal, Scallop the fretboard from the 15th fret up, and Finally Hot-Rod Style Pinstripe paint job.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Old School DiMarzio humbuckers. A Les Paul Jr. Style pick guard in tortoise to match the gold and make it louder!

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  • February 14, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    A set of Monty’s Guitars PAFs. They are stunning.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 8:38 am
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    Rio Grande BBQ in the Bridge
    Rio Grande Buffalo in the neck
    50s wiring w Bumblebee caps
    Bone Nut
    Grover tuners
    ABR-1 bridge
    Black Witch Hat knobs
    CTS pots
    Switchcraft jack

    So since this is a “classic” look guitar I don’t see doing modern things like high output buckers or locking tuners. Keep it simple. I chose Rio Grande because their pickups sound amazing and the BBQ won’t deviate too much from that PAF sound but it is a little hotter and fat which helps the balance from neck to bridge transition.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Bare knuckles pickups are a must.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    I’d put a set of Bareknuckle supermassive HP90’s and a bigsby on it. Locking tuners (I like the Kluson ones or hipshot) ,a good bridge (like a graphtec), and a TUSQ nut if needed. You could also relic it or add some cool white pin striping like the Billy Gibons les Paul.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    Its begging for a Bigsby to lift it beyond ordinary – add any decent pickups, some locking tuners then just rock it out.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Pair of sd 59 pick ups.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Lollar “single coil for humbucker” in neck and bridge. Parsons/White B Bender. Hipshot locking open gear tuners. Then knock some of the “new” off that shiny finish. Yaaaaayyyyysssss!!

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  • February 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    Emg active 81&85, tonepros locking bridge and tailpiece, graphtech nut, sperzel locking tuners.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    Add a Floyd Rose
    Suhr Thornbuckers for bridge and neck
    Kill switch
    DB Boost

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    SD Antiquity pickups hard mounted
    ABR-1 bridge
    CTS pots (master volume, 2 tone)
    Switchcraft jack/selector switch
    Schaller locking tuners and strap locks
    Bone nut
    EB Cobalt strings

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    All the Bits custom wound pickups (Made by yours truly)
    CTS Push-Pull Volume Pots with coil tap
    CTS Tone Pot
    Switchcraft Jack and Switch
    Graphtech String Saver Bridge
    Graphtech Nut
    Kluson Locking Tuners
    Fretdress

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    • February 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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      Lace Hammerclaws pickups, strap locks, and it’s perfect. Also, lefty?

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Seymour Duncan Black Winter Pickups
    Gold Schaller TOM Roller Bridge
    Gold Schaller Locking Tuners
    Gold Schaller Strap locks
    Speed Knobs
    Graphtech TUSQ Nut

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    Duncan Saturday knight special. Chrome nobs Bush pull and a white hot rod pin striping.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    EVH Wolfgang humbucker in neck, EVH Frankenstein in bridge. Bourns potentiometers, Sperzel Trim – Lock 3+3 Machines, Babicz Full Contact Tune – O – Bridge and Tailpiece kit. Graptech, Tusq X1 nut.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    A pair of BareKnuckle Mules Bourn pots with Orange caps, coil split it adding a tone or Volume knob. Tone pro tail and bridge Graphtech nut or a real bone nut. Locking tuners Gotoh or Spreitzel. DAddario NyXL 10-46 strings or 11’s to drop tune it. Could use another set of pickups BareKnuckle WarPigs. Either one. Switchcraft input and selector switch for rhythm/ lead. You know what go crazy put a War Pig in the bridge and a Mule in the neck! The Orange drops are the .33 like in a PRS.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    P90 Neck
    Humbucker Bridge
    Bigsby B5 Vibrato Tailpiece
    Wire in a Toggle Switch activated onboard Wampler Tumnus
    Strap locks

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  • February 13, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    Duncan Saturday night specials
    Bigsby
    Push pull
    Locking tuners
    DB boost

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  • February 13, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Jim Wagner “DarkBurst” humbucker set with Switchcraft coil tap switch (in that open hole) for the neck pickup…
    Switchcraft input jack, CTS 500k vol and tone pots, bumblebee capacitors, chrome TonePros saddle, bone nut, chrome Sperzel locking tuners. DiAddario NYXL 10 gauge string set. BAM!

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    Gibson P-94T in the neck

    Seymour Duncan antiquity humbucker bridge

    Floyd rose FRTX01000

    Locking nut and string retainer bar

    1 volume (push push coil split)
    1 concentric pot (tone and blend)
    3 way toggle
    Kill switch push button

    Hipshot open gear locking tuners

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    Radioshop PAF in the bridge
    Lollar Gold Foil in the bridge
    Switchcraft, cloth wire
    Bone nut, tune-o-matic, set up with 12s
    Hard case

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Radioshop PAF in the bridge
    Lollar Gold Foil in the bridge
    Bone nut, set up for 12s
    Hard case

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:33 am
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    DiMarzio 36th aniv. PAF pick ups , Babicz full contact LP bridge/stop Tail , Grover 18:1 Tuners , Black Tusq nut . RS Guitar works “vintage pre wire” kit . Switchcraft Jack . Fret Job (Level crown.and polish) by a pro Tech . Nice Wooden Hard shell . “I’ll buy it !”

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    JB in the bridge
    Custom Custom in the neck
    Peter Green Mod!! (Flip the magnet)
    Gotoh locking bridge
    Gotoh locking tuners
    CTS 500K pots
    Orange drop capacitors
    Vintage wire
    Switchcraft 3-way switch
    Switchcraft output jack
    Bone nut

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    Seymour Duncan Phat Cat Neck
    59′ Bridge
    Brass nut
    Brass Saddles
    Grover locking tuners
    Speed knobs

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Graphtech Nut
    Grover locking tuners
    Graphtech bridge or a heavy duty bridge with stringsaver saddles
    High output Ceramic pickup (16-18k) in the bridge with nickel cover
    Humbucker sized Alnico 5 P90 pickup in the neck
    CTS pots with a goldplated selector switch and goldplated input jack
    No Tone control, only separat volume controles with the bridge volume closest to the neck for ease of use
    Dimarzio 3-Way 4PDT switch for selecting between Series, Parallel and Split for the bridge pickup
    Hidden cookie in the control cavity just for fun and because it’s tasty

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  • February 13, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    SD Antiquites
    Bigsby
    Ratio tuners

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  • February 13, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Duncan Seth Lover in the neck, Duncan Pearly Gates in the bridge.
    Graphtech resomax bridge
    Graphtech nut
    Graphtech Ratio Tuners
    Obsidian Wire Electronics
    Rotated Switch-(Towards the ground is neck, towards the ceiling is bridge)
    Refret

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  • February 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    Bryan Gunsher’s Pure 90’s
    Emerson Custom pots
    Graphtech nubone nut
    Hipshot locking tuners
    Callaham ABR-1 bridge

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  • February 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Prefer Lolar P90 overwound bridge and underwound pups
    but if it has to be a humbucker I would pick Seymour Duncan Phat Cat pups.
    Jason Schroder bridge,
    Graphtech Ratio Locking Tuners
    Speed knobs with rubber grips
    Elixir Nanoweb 12077 light heavy strings
    Graphtech TUSQ Nut

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  • February 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Prefer Lolar P90 overwound bridge and underwound pups
    but if it has to be a humbucker I would pick Seymour Duncan Phat Cat pups.
    Jason Schroder bridge,
    Graphtech Ratio Locking Tuners
    Speed knobs with rubber grips
    Elixir Nanoweb 12077 light heavy strings
    Graphtech TUSQ Nut

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Seymour Duncan p-rails with cool splits

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Gotoh 510B Locking Bridge
    Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge Cream
    Seymour Duncan Jazz Neck Cream
    Cream pickup rings
    Hipshot locking tuners

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Duncan Creme P-Rails
    Duncan Black Triple Shot Mounting Rings
    Push Button Kill Switch
    Planet Waves Locking Tuners
    Earvana Compensated Nut
    Planet Wave Strap Locks
    TonePros Tuneomatic Bridge

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Gotoh locking bridge, hipshot locking tuners, Seymour Duncan Hot Rod Humbucker Set

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  • February 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Pair of Gibson P94’s, B5 Bigsby, 1 Master Volume with a push/push to enable a built in Fuzz-Face circuit

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  • February 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    Bare Knuckle Emerald pickups with nickel covers
    Schaller locking tuners, roller bridge, and strap locks
    Zero Glide nut
    coil-split push/pulls switches in volume controls
    phase reversal push/pull switch in tone control

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Callahan ABR-1 Bridge. Black
    Lindy Fralin High Output Bridge- jet black nickel
    Lindy Fralin P92 Neck – black
    Graph Tech PRL 8311 B0 tuners
    Black Tusq Xl Nut
    Stewmac Flat top knobs black

    Tuners/nut/bridge upgraded for sustain and tuning stability !!

    P90/Humbucker combo eliminates need for tapping. Every tone on tap. All strings ring clear with Fralins.

    Black and Turquoise colors. Black headstock with turquoise Chapman logo.
    Turquoise infinity sign and turquoise dot inlays.

    Strap locks

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Duncan 59 in the neck, bareknuckle war pig in the bridge. Middle switch position replaces the tone control with a blend control. Maybe some azure blue pots and switch cover.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 1:23 am
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      A set of Joe Bonamassa pickups. A nice set of locking tuners. A quality Floating Bridge. And you’re going to need to split the switches so you can use both as single coils are double coils or whatever you choose. And honestly the gold finish on it doesn’t do it for me. Maybe some of that stress look played look. I would just like it the sound really aggressive & punchy with great tone. Gumdrop caps

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      • February 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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        I truly agree it said of Joe Bonamassa pickups would be an excellent choice for clarity and crunch. Locking tuners in a three-way pull switch.

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