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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-15-2005, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

I've been after a lefty Ibanez w/ Wizard Prestige neck with a fixed bridge. Seeing as they don't make lefty RGAs and the necks on the SZ series are more bulky I've decided to buy an RG and convert it to a fixed bridge.

This is my first project guitar and my DIY skills are almost non existent so i'm not too keen on buying a 1570L in case I mess up. So basically what I'd like to know is how low I can go in the RG series with the necks still being fairly decent? Preferably as close to Wizard Prestige as possible!

I can get a 570L but it's still a little more than I want to risk spending. There's also 470Ls and 370Ls and I believe there are 270Ls? If I can I'd prefer the lowest but i'm not sure if the quality would be too low and I'd be disappointed with the finished result.

I'm hoping I can go low here since I won't be using the trem, so tuning stability problems won't be an issue here. It's all down to the necks.

What do you think I should go for? I can't go out and try these for myself as no one here stocks left handed Ibanez. Thanks!

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 03:50 AM
 
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

I blocked the trem of my S270 (it's not an RG series but I imagine its quality is comparable to an RG270). I didn't see the point in doing the full trem-to-fixed conversion because it stays in tune beautifully and intonation is spot on. The strings feel very different, much more responsive, and the tone is 'bigger'. That's with a crappy ILT single-locking tremolo, mind you.

I was delighted with the overall result and the neck played beautifully BUT (and this can be a very big but), I suddenly started having buzz problems. The guitar needs a fret level after about 3 years of not-so-heavy playing (amateur). Even though the fretwor is surprisingly good, I think the frets themselves are pretty crappy.

Perhaps you might get better necks and hardware in the 3-4 series (better fretwork). The 5 series will withstand any abuse, but they might be out of your budget.

You can always try a cheapo body (2 series) and a better neck (4-5 series) to get the best of both worlds.
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

You can get a 470L for pretty cheap. Especially if its trem is in rough shape, which it probably will be. There is quite a noticeable difference in feel when comparing a 470 neck to a 1570s neck. I own a 1570L and my friend owns a 470L and I could instantly tell a difference. the 470 neck is fatter and its easily noticeable. I could still play on it, but i prefered the fell of my neck.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

Thanks guys. What I might do is see if I can find a cheap righty to try this out on first and then maybe move onto a 570/1570L when i'm confident I can pull it off. I'm sure I'd be able to sell the righty on afterwards for near enough what I bought it for.

I would just get a 1570L and block the trem but i'm really interested in getting into customising and building guitars as a hobby so i'm hoping this project will be a good starting place.
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

A generally good guitar for customizing is the RG 550 . It's also a great player in itself.

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A generally good guitar for customizing is the RG 550 . It's also a great player in itself.
+1
You will probably get the same opinion on here from almost everyone. An RG550 or any 5xx series for that matter is your best bet. They are very well built, japanese made, of a high quality, good stable trem, nice necks. All you have to do to have yourself an A* guitar is change the pickups to DiMarzios or anything of your choice (EMG's, Duncan's)

They are generally a very good price "used" too, along with the RG570 and other 5xx series models. For me and for many others they are probably the best quality=price guitar available. The best bang for buck anywhere I have found.
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+1
You will probably get the same opinion on here from almost everyone. An RG550 or any 5xx series for that matter is your best bet. They are very well built, japanese made, of a high quality, good stable trem, nice necks. All you have to do to have yourself an A* guitar is change the pickups to DiMarzios or anything of your choice (EMG's, Duncan's)

They are generally a very good price "used" too, along with the RG570 and other 5xx series models. For me and for many others they are probably the best quality=price guitar available. The best bang for buck anywhere I have found.
They are great AND they come in lefties .

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They are great AND they come in lefties .
Of course......like all good guitars should!
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They are great AND they come in lefties .

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

How bout a RG560? Sound good?
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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

RG560's are great too.
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hehe .

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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

There is a lefty RG560 on that auction site at moment

7342755357

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Re: Cheap Ibanez for Project Guitar

That looks like quite a nice exmaple too actually. It still seems wierd to me looking at an Ibanez lefty.....lol. Just doesnt seem right. It still looks nice, just different
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There is a lefty RG560 on that auction site at moment

7342755357

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even includes an EMG pickup. That seems like a sweet deal!
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