Traded my RG721RW for [kinda] RG1550GX

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  1. Nlelith

    Nlelith Motion Designer

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    Why "kinda" RG1550GX? Well, see for yourself:

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    So yeah, it's a 2003 MIJ RG1550GX, just heavily modded, and some mods are very questionable. But this guitar plays and sounds absolutely stellar, so I can forgive some eye-candy flaws. Didn't have a chance to set it up for my needs yet, so I can't provide extended feedback. Previous owner is a great player, and he needed a guitar with fixed bridge for a jazz band. And since our local market is mostly flooded with guitars made in China and Vietnam, my Indo Ibby was the best option for a trade.

    Here's a list of mods:

    -Body paint was stripped and then dyed with something to make basswood pop.
    -Birdseye maple veneer top was added, along with some really cheap looking red (material) & green (paint) binding. Original owner never asked for this.
    -Neck is actually glued to the body now.
    -Pickups were swapped for some Washburns / tone pot is unwired / volume pot upgraded.
    -Pickups can be direct-mounted to body instead of pickguard. Original owner tried to do this mod by himself, so that's why there are holes on the back. It was re-done by luthier later.
    -Other various changes like pickguard/knobs/strap buttons.

    Also, I forgot about the trem bar when I took the pictures, but it's there, and trem works perfectly.

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the trade so far.
     
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  2. laxu

    laxu SS.org Regular

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    That's one gaudy guitar. Replacing the pickguard with something more discreet would probably help a lot.
     
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    tylerpond05 Mormon Metalhead

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    Looks like you have the peizo loaded Edge Pro trem? Looks very much a one-of-a-kind guitar!!
     
  4. Nlelith

    Nlelith Motion Designer

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    Yeah, I think I will eventually do something about it's looks to make it more appealing.

    Those are not piezo saddles, just regular Edge Pro.
     
  5. WhoThenNow7

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    The guitar is really not that bad looking.. I think if the pickguard was solid instead of having a completely different texture it would look much better. Still pretty cool, though.
     
  6. Nlelith

    Nlelith Motion Designer

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    Honestly, I'm more bothered about white headstock, but it's that part of the guitar I want to stay intact from mods.
     
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    That's a super cool and interesting specimen you got there. I'd put on a white pickguard to match the headstock!
    Hngd
     
  8. Nlelith

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    Thanks! Yeah, after a quick photoshop, I think I'll order a white pickguard.

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    Okay, official website and Ibanez Rules don't stock these pickguards. And since closest to the original pickguard that I found on ebay also comes in ivory, I think this might be a better choice, because paint on the headstock is also quite yellow-ish due to it's age. But maybe pearl pickguards tarnish down to yellow as well? What do you guys think?

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    Definitely ivory
     
  10. Pikka Bird

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    Yes! Ivory to make it "catch up" with the yellowing of the headstock.
     
  11. Nlelith

    Nlelith Motion Designer

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    Ok! That decides me.
     
  12. jl-austin

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    I would say an aged white pickguard.

    There is a place in Austin called straightfrets that will custom make a pickguard for you. You would have to send it to them, and then they would make you a new one.

    Then cover the red and green binding with white paint (or white tape).
     
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    Shipping to USA from where I am would cost me arm and leg, even for just a pickguard.
     

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