Custom guitars give you ultimate control in how the guitar looks and sounds. A custom guitar is your very own guitar, made to the specifications you want. A custom guitar is a way to combine the visual style you want with the sound and feel you want, something that might not be possible with the existing guitars available on the market.
When constructing a custom guitar, you must choose a body type. This can be mean adopting an existing style such as the Les Paul or Stratocaster look, or this can mean requesting a truly unique style, such as a guitar shaped like an ax or other object. This lets you get a guitar whose look matches your personality. The body type not only affects the look, but also the sound and feel of the guitar, depending on the type of wood and how thick the wood is. Various wood choices are offered by custom guitar makers, including mahogany and maple, not just for the body, but also the neck and fretboard.
Color and Appearance
Guitars come in a variety of colors, but custom guitars give you even more flexibility in the look of your guitar. In addition to the standard options, such as red, black and white, some custom guitar makers offer exotic colors, as well as the possibility of creating your own visual look, including pictures and other graphics. Like your choice of body type, this gives you maximum control over how your guitar looks visually.
For electric guitars, the choice of pickups is an important one, as pickups are what turn a vibrating string into an electric signal. Some pickup types include humbucker and single coil. Different pickups give different sounds. As well, the number of pickups used and where the pickups are positioned affect the sound too.
Many guitar manufacturers offer custom guitar options in addition to their usual products. Some of these manufacturers include Taylor, Gibson, Fender and Schecter. This lets you take advantage of their current offerings, but combine them in your own unique way. As well, some manufacturers solely make custom guitars, giving you a variety of options to construct the guitar you've always wanted.
How to Configure Your Custom Guitar
Before ordering a custom guitar, it's necessary to have played a variety of guitars, experimenting with different body types, pickups, fretboard styles and more. This helps you learn what you like best and and see what you're unable to get in an existing model. After all, custom guitars are typically more expensive than existing guitar options, so it's best to only go the custom route if you're unable to get what you want in an already manufactured product.
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