From pickups to paint jobs, we collect the coolest mods for our latest PG reader gallery.


This reader’s hot rod “started out as a very old and rusty Kay guitar, a tulip model that I got in London,” says Peter-Eric Verstegen, who hails from the Netherlands. “The neck and body are repainted in off-white—the same color as some of our furniture so my wife wouldn’t object to putting the guitar on a stand in the living room.”

He added Fender tuners, a Wilkinson bridge, and made a new scratchplate that allowed him to hollow out the body and reposition the pickups. “The pickups are a bit microphonic and with some pedal overdrive the guitar is slide heaven,” he says. “I play it through a Brunetti Singleman 1x12 combo.”

Throughout the year we collect stories and photos of guitar-mod projects created by you, our beloved readers. Some of these guitars are so inspiring we’re compelled to share them with everyone in this annual Hot Rod issue. As always, you don’t disappoint. And by using fetching racecar flame designs, several readers even revealed their devotion to the original “hot rod” culture!

We couldn’t fit all of your mod submissions here, but look for more stories in our “Hot-Rod Gallery – Reader’s Edition” online next month.

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