New project - beautiful Ibanez mutt

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Post by _xxx_ » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:19 pm

I had this korean RG470 neck in my stash for several years, it was broken at the scarf joint but luckily the fretboard stayed in one piece and it was thus easy to re-glue. Since I can't sell it for any serious money, I was looking for a cheap body to make a mutt with it.

Recently this beautiful RG320 body popped up in ebay for mere $30, so I pulled the trigger. Basswood with thin maple veneer, the redburst looks awesome in reality, the photos with flash just can't capture it properly - really deep, intense burst. The only thing to repair is the nasty chip visible in the pics, it won't be perfect but should be barely visible after I'm done. Otherwise the body is like new.

I was lucky, the neck fits perfectly with the original screw holes and the previous owner already had the modern fine-threaded OFR bushings installed :toast Basically it can't be called a project, rather a simple assembly.

I had this Gotoh in my parts box, several pups to choose from (I'll go with the Jason Becker model in the bridge and a Pearly in the neck first), so I just have to repair the chip, polish the frets and the back of the neck, cut a new electronics cover and assemble it all. Quite sure it'll be killer, now I have a nice project for the holidays :thumbs Will keep you updated.

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Post by Axeman » Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:26 pm

Awesome man! Looks really nice. Let me know how it plays. I actually just came across a mint condition Ibanez RGT5EX locally for $80. I jumped on it as it is one of their only neck through models and the guitar looks as if it’s hardly ever been played. I have an EMG 81/85 quick connect set I’m going to throw in there, I’m looking for a black Gotoh Trem now to replace the cheap Korean edge. Pretty simple project, similar to yours. Fret polish, assemble, adjustment and ready to rock.

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Post by kremark » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:36 pm

It looks great, Sergej and I much prefer the 2 hum configuration as opposed to the HSH typical ibby shredder. :toast
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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:34 am

That looks like a pretty cool little pastime project for the holidays :headbang . What do you have in mind for the paint chip?
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Post by _xxx_ » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:57 am

Filler and then red-stained shellac, hope it works. Won't be able to do the flame pattern either way but hey, it'a $50 parts axe (neck and body) so whatever.

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Post by _xxx_ » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:10 pm

Update - almost done. The finish repair with shellac didn't work out very well, but sufficient for me. Other than that it only needs some slight fret leveling and it's done.

Green knobs are just for kicks, I had them in my box for ages and kinda fits Ibanez well. Sounds and plays great with the Becker/Pearly pickup combo :thumbs

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:47 am

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Post by LhKramerLunatic » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:55 pm

_xxx_ wrote:I had this korean RG470 neck in my stash for several years, it was broken at the scarf joint but luckily the fretboard stayed in one piece and it was thus easy to re-glue. Since I can't sell it for any serious money, I was looking for a cheap body to make a mutt with it.

Recently this beautiful RG320 body popped up in ebay for mere $30, so I pulled the trigger. Basswood with thin maple veneer, the redburst looks awesome in reality, the photos with flash just can't capture it properly - really deep, intense burst. The only thing to repair is the nasty chip visible in the pics, it won't be perfect but should be barely visible after I'm done. Otherwise the body is like new.

I was lucky, the neck fits perfectly with the original screw holes and the previous owner already had the modern fine-threaded OFR bushings installed :toast Basically it can't be called a project, rather a simple assembly.

I had this Gotoh in my parts box, several pups to choose from (I'll go with the Jason Becker model in the bridge and a Pearly in the neck first), so I just have to repair the chip, polish the frets and the back of the neck, cut a new electronics cover and assemble it all. Quite sure it'll be killer, now I have a nice project for the holidays :thumbs Will keep you updated.

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nice lookin iby kickstart,wishin had not gotten rid of my 1992 rg570L,it was a player with a wide thin neck,super fast fretboard,but i hated the pups,and like a dumbass traded it for a schecter banshee flyod with actives...

there is a 2008 ibanez 1570L prestiege for sale by me for 600 with case,may have to go take a look since u are givin me the gas for a iby again!! thx man,lol


edit.. mine had the standard h/s/h setup...never found a h/h lefty iby.
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Post by RickYork » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:14 pm

Great job, turned out very good!!! I love the color of that body... I bet she plays like butter. :not
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Post by _xxx_ » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:48 pm

She does :headbang

They have many models with 2 hums, usually with -20 at the end of the model name like S420 or RG320. Dunno about lefties though. Their stock Ibanez/DMZ pups really suck though, dunno why they put those into the prestige etc. series.

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