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


This guitar started out as a Kramer Pacer in the mid ’80s, says owner Stefan Lohrer. “I cracked the cheap poplar body by getting carried away on the Floyd, so I replaced it with an alder Warmoth body.” He kept the Seymour Duncan JB and added a Duncan Firebird pickup in the neck position, routed the lower cutaway, and had the Floyd installed. Then he added some laminated comics.

“Years later I found the Charvel neck in a friend’s basement, crusted with pizza sauce,” Lohrer adds. “He kindly gave me the neck and I replaced the Kramer neck with it. Not my prettiest axe, but it plays really nice.”

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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