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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Modding a low end RG

Ok, so i've had an ibanez RG 350 EX for a year, and it is asking for some changes. Anyone done somthing similar? Or have suggestions?

I'm thinking about putting a new neck on it and changing the pick-ups. does the neck from a RG presitege fit on it?
Has anyone else done extensive work on these models?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 05:34 PM
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Go up towards the top of the page and click SEARCH. Then, type in "RG350EX mod"--you'll be surprised at the wealth of info already provided...
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Some easy mods would be pickup swaps/change in pickup colors, change knobs or switchtips, truss rod cover, pickguard, and maybe straplocks? These would probably be the less drastic changes (although the pickups can get confusing if you are new to DIYs).
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Re: Modding a low end RG

It's your money, and only you can decide if the upgrades are worth it. They will never be worth it to anyone else. Play the hell out of it, learn what you like and don't like about it, and save that knowledge-- and your money-- towards a better guitar.

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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Agree with Mikey for the most part. However, if you are looking to get into modding guitars as a hobby or want to learn some repair/refinishing the 350 is a good quality lower end guitar to start on. It has a great body shape and parts are easy to get.
As Mikey points out you wont get your money back out of a lower end unit most of the time.
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Changing the pickups and tremolo will make a massive difference.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-26-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

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Changing the pickups and tremolo will make a massive difference.
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. . . if you are looking to get into modding guitars as a hobby or want to learn some repair/refinishing the 350 is a good quality lower end guitar to start on. . . .
I agree with both of the above posters. Modding the 350 will gain you experience and better tone. Whether you do it or not, if you evaluate for yourself what you're getting for your money, you'll be more satisfied.

If I were going to mod it, I'd throw some DiMarzio PAF humbuckers in it and keep the stock pups. The PAF/RG combo has been proven, and even if I didn't like it, I could re-sell either or both (pups & guitar) without losing too much $$$.

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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-26-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Swirl it!

Just kidding.

But seriously, if you are thinking of going as far as replacing the neck, you may want to consider getting a new guitar entirely. Mods are great to get the experience or slightly tweak a guitar, but if you are trying to make it into an entirely different guitar just buy a new guitar that fits your needs. It will be worth the extra money.
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-27-2010, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Thanks for all the input guys!
Now i'm torn since i really like the RG550 but no one sells that near me. Most of the craigslist adds in my price range are obvious scams. (i emailed 2 deifferent people and they replied with the EXACT same message.)

I know all about the 550 series but they are still out of my price range for the most part.
I was thinking since i really like the idea of a custom guitar would it be cheaper to buy the body/neck/trem seperately since i see alot of decent deals here?
Pick-ups are relativrly easy to find, and i'm not too particular on sound since i'm not gigging. I want a better ibanez that will stay in tune when i use the trem. And i want a smaller neck since my fingers are litterally the size of a woman's. (embarrising i know)

Ps. please ignore the spelling errors im in a bit of a hurry.
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-27-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Mods are never as easy as you think. It always surprises me that parts aren't easily interchangable. Save your mony and buy what you want. As everyone said, you'll never get your money out of the mods, so its better to buy something for less cahs thats been modded by someone else.
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Re: Modding a low end RG

Yea i actually found a RG570 for like $250. I'm in the process of getting money to pull the trigger on it. I really want to put a clear pick gaurd on it make it more like a 550 or 770.
Anyone know much would guitar center give me for a near mint condition RG350EX? Or where i can quickly sell it for the best price. I have had my 350EX for a little over a year and there are litterally 0 scratches and one nearly microscopic dent on the head stock that might have come with the guitar. It is my first guitar so I'm a little hesitant to sell it, it holds tremendous emotional value. The RG570 looks like it is in great condition. i will post pics if i can get it.
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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 12:15 AM
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

As far as selling try the bay works pretty well for me. If you keep it I would put different pickups in first. I am hot rodding my japanese rg470L as we speak. Me being left handed I have basically three options

1. buy new junk try to hot rod into decent junk
2. custom shop
3. buy used "ok" guitars and turn them into something I couldnt live without
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Re: Modding a low end RG

I turned mine into a poor man's Jem. Breed pickups, and a DiMarzio Pro Track. Alot of body work, but it was fun.





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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Modding a low end RG

*jaw drops*
what neck did you put on it? how much did the whole project cost totally?
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