made to be
With their interchangeable parts and modular designs, Fender guitars were made to be modified from the very beginning. For years, players have tinkered with their instruments in search of the perfect look and sound, sometimes taking their creations to exciting—and sometimes extreme—levels. No matter your style or personality, a Fender is your ultimate canvas. And whether you’ve been hot-rodding for years or are just getting started, the possibilities for personalization are endless.
With that in mind, check out our expanded collection of how-to videos, articles and more for tips on how to mod your guitar safely and easy. From slapping on a new pickguard to swapping out your pickups—or even opting for one of our ready-made hot-rodded instruments—there’s plenty of ways to make a statement. All it takes is the right tools, the right instruction and some imagination.
Modded Gear to Go
Strat® Plus HSS
Tap into a wealth of pickup and circuitry mods usingLearn More
this futuristic Fender guitar’s included personality
cards—no soldering necessary.
Sergio Vallin Signature
With its new body shape, the Maná guitarist’s modelLearn More
features custom tweaks such as a Twin Head humbucking
bridge pickup and a push/pull switch that sends a signal
straight to the output.
Mustang™ III (V.2)
Not only does this amp let you dial in your ownLearn More
signature tone from a massive library of effects—you
can also create your own presets using the
included Fender® FUSE™ software.
Hot Rod DeVille™ ML 212
Capture the expressive tube tone of Michael LandauLearn More
with this exclusive combo amp, upgraded with the
session great’s own personal mods in mind.
U.S.A. Stratocaster Neck
With Compound Radius
Straight from the same factory as our U.S.-madeLearn More
guitars, this rosewood neck also sports a compound-radius
fingerboard for enhanced playability.
Custom Shop Blackguard
Channel the early Tele® days with pickups meantLearn More
to capture the midrange growl of the original
Telecaster Thinline Body SS
This Limited ’69 Telecaster® Thinline guitar bodyLearn More
is routed for classic single-coil pickup tone and is
pre-drilled with four screw holes for a vintage-style
Pure Vintage Amplifier Jewels
No matter which color suits your personal taste,Learn More
each jewel is crafted to the authentic specifications
of original-era Fender amp parts.
Modding Made Simple
Swap out your pickguard, control knobs and
switch tips with relative ease.
How to Change Out
an Output Jack
Grab a soldering iron and switch out that faulty
output jack in just a few short steps.
Select the Right Strat
Pickups for You
Learn more about the latest pickups and which
ones are suited to your signature sound.
Dive deeper into this exclusive mod and the
expanded wiring configurations it offers.
Experiments in Sound
Near and dear to the Boss himself, this classic early-’50s guitar has been thoroughly modded over the years, with a Tele body, Esquire neck, hotter pickups and specially constructed frets.
The Foo Fighters’ guitarist modeled his signature instrument after his favorite ’72 Tele Deluxe, with added power from two custom-designed humbucking pickups and added style from a stunning Arctic White finish.
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
This nod to the original-era Jazzmaster® features a battle-hardened Shell Pink Relic finish along with a few one-of-a-kind Custom Shop touches, including pickups hand wound by Master Builder Dennis Galuszka and a Johnny Marr Jaguar bridge.
FALL OUT BOY
Ever the fan of sonic experimentation, the Fall Out Boy frontman’s half-guitar, half-keyboard creation takes modification to the extreme.
Among the unique appointments on the guitarists unconventional Jaguar® are a pair of humbucking pickups and striking gold hardware. In an interesting twist, it’s also exclusively wired to the volume control and bridge pickup.
The famed Smiths guitarist and modern-day hired gun devised an all-new color, Sherwood Green Metallic, for his popular signature Jaguar®, along with this classic Olympic White version.
Fender Mods on Film
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SOUPED-UP SIGNATURE AMP
MODDED TRIBUTE BASS
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