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I'm thinking about starting my own bass/guitar modding business - your thoughts?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by fourstringbliss, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I have owned quite a few basses over the past ten years and have modified quite a few of them - changed pickups, electronics options, installed preamps, changed hardware, etc. I've gotten pretty good at it and figure I ought to make a business out of it.

    I'm thinking that I could offer custom wiring and wiring repair, shielding, pickup replacement and hardware upgrades.

    I know that the tech at your local GC can do mods but I think I could do the job just as well for less with a faster turn around.

    Do you think this is something that people here would be interested in? I don't want to move past the dreaming stage if it isn't something that's really marketable.

  2. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I should qualify some things here. I'm a teacher full-time, so this would be a part-time gig. Also, since I would be a Nordstrand, Allparts, and Hipshot dealer, among others, I'd also be selling stuff on Ebay and/or through my own website.
  3. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    Assuming that you still have local music stores, check with them to see if they do work like this in-house or send it out. Ask how much they see, and if they could use any help. That would be a good start. I don't know how you'd sell doing mods mail-order unless you had something really special to offer.

    I've been trying to get repair and mod work out of my local shop, but unfortunately for me there is a years-deep relationship with their current guy. So for now I do work for friends and get paid in beer!
  4. The local shop here outsources to a guy here who does there nuts and anything more complex
  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I'll have to check into that - great suggestions!

    Well, I've got my gmail account and Facebook page all locked in - Alexander Guitar Works would be my business name if this thing becomes a reality. AGW.

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