Do you have an Epiphone Les Paul Special II or Fender Squier Bullet collecting dust? Sometimes a cheap guitar just needs a small bit of attention to become a useful tool, as a new Guitar Muse article notes. The piece describes how obvious changes such as pickups or tuners can improve an instrument’s playability and points out the benefits of updating wiring:
If you’ve got lots of noise when you twist a knob or flip a switch – in the form of static and crackling, you can probably fix it with a rewire or just by replacing the offending knob or switch. It depends on how bad your problem is. A lot of times there’s nothing wrong with the knob or switch and it just has a bad solder joint, which is fairly easy and very cheap to fix.
Read it all at GM.