I Live in England, but last year I was in Florida on holiday and I was at a George's Music shop in Orlando, and Id always wanted to get an Ibanez, cos I loved the sharp prongs, body and pretty much everything about it. And I saw several RGs at the shop, I think the ones I was lookin at, were an RG320 (dunno exact number, it was a dual humbucker, no single coil, and in red.. possibly the shark fret inlays i think..but anyway), a Titanium Ice RG470 and the RG42T.
I eventually settled on the 470, cos I loved the colour and the 42T was a bit too expensive.. I didnt really check out the actual aesthetic perfections of the body cos I had only been playing for a few months and wasnt something I had thought to check.. so I bought it (for about.. $400 I think it was, and considering the same one was Ģ500 here in england, that seemed a bargain), so I got it, took it home..
Ive had it almost a year now, but soon after I got it, I did notice a few imperfections in it. The pickups seem to be at a slight angle to the actual body, and u can actually wobble the pickups slightly.. not talkin loads, maybe a mm or two) and the neck seemed to be at an angle to the body, or the body itself might have sunk in places, im not sure.. and recently I seem to have made a tiny 1mm or so chip in the body near the bottom.. its not hugely noticeable, but it still sucks to see something like that in it..
Basically, I was wondering if someone could just tell me if the pickups need to be reinserted or something, or have work done to the guitar, and how much Id be looking at (realistically) to have those things done.. Im not a huge expert on the actual guitar itself, with regards to fixing the body and stuff, so Id much be much happier knowing a professional was doing it, with a slight cost addition taking this into account. Would basically need the pickups to be "straight" and the neck and body to be flat with each other... might be a bit hard to explain, so I took a few pictures.. they didnt come out great, but they do show what im trying to get across..
I was looking at getting a JEM early next year, but id still like to fix this up properly if it needs it.. and i love the colour of the guitar
Also i was wondering, people go on about the RG570 being the minimum RG you should get, yet the only difference I notice between the 470 and the 570, is the Tremolo.. both have the same pickups/fretboard/body/neck.. i cannot honestly believe a tremolo would make the guitar THAT much better..seeing as both are floating ones anyway, just a better one on the 570..
(Pics of guitar