Re: Best Ibanez model for modding
I'm also gasing for an AT100 or AT10P for a while. but I would not pay that price too especially on the 10P.
I've been toying the idea of modification as well.
First, A cheap GIO GRG 140 should be a good donor to be an AT-wannabe.
but majority of its ingredient doesn't match the AT dna.
for example : the AT radius 305, while the GRG 400.
Also At has narrow nut, where the GRG is standard.
not to mention the wood material : alder vs mahogany/basswood, 22 frts vs 24 frets, etc..
So everything is so wrong if you mod a GRG to be AT.
If just for the 'looks' it's fine, but other than that just wrong.
my main intention to get an AT is the feel and tone of it, so I deleted the GRG from my list.
Now to answer your question, the best answer is RG 550.
it's easy to get aftermarket replacement pickguard with your choice of pickups configuration.
Been done that too, I had RG1550 modded to strat style S-S-S, and another one with H-S.