Re: String Height, Neck Angle, Pick Guard
It's just the way it is with a pickguarded RG, you're going to have less clearance. I'm pretty sure Ibanez doesn't machine neck pockets/necks differently for guard/non-guard guitars. A shim is your best bet IMO (especially if your bridge is bottomed out) for getting more room to dig.
Yeah, I think the bottomed out bridge definitely says shimming is required..!
What I'm wondering about, is whether to try and increase the clearance over the pickguard to what I've got on the non-pickguard RGs, by increasing the neck angle.
I wonder if any pickguard RGs come like this as stock - ie with an increased neck angle to compensate, or even the neck raised.