Hey, all. I'd been thinking about picking up an inexpensive backup guitar for my RG920QMZ before I pick up a second solid axe next spring. I came across this Korean made 470 at a local GC. They were selling it for $300, and while that may be a little high for the make, it came with a nice hardshell Ibanez case, which I've been needing, so that offset the price by about 130. The neck is really, really well made. It plays just a little more smoothly than neck on my 920, which up until now has been one of my favorite necks.
Here are the Qs -
1) Check out the tone knob in the horizontal photo. It's split and applies some sort of a boost. Not sure if it's a mid boost, or just a straight ahead input gain, but at any rate, it makes the signal hotter, and basically serves the same purpose as my Suhr Koko or TS808 for leads or hot rhythms. Can anyone identify it based on design, and tell me what exactly it is? There is a circuit board packed into the body cavity, which is active, as it's hooked up to a 9V underneath the cavity plate.
2) The pickups (stock INF1/S1/2) are on the warm and wooly side of things, which makes for a nice contrast to the brightness and clarity of the BKPs in my 920. That being said, their warmth is offset by their father flat tonal variance. You can't tell a great diff between the neck and bridge pup, and almost no diff when the single coil is engaged with either. I'm thinking of putting the Liquifire/Crunchlab combo I pulled from my 920 into the 470, but have no idea of what would be a good single coil replacement. Should I get a Dimarzio set built as a HSH, like the EVOs or Blaze pups?
3) I've read lots of complaints about the Lo-TRS II. I've not had any issues with tuning stability since I properly set the action, lubed up the components, and set the locking nuts in their proper orientation (these are actually scooped, and if you place them in sideways, as these were, the strings slip right up inside the concave cavity), but I imagine that I'll eventually need to swap it out as things wear. I've read that an OFR is a solid trem to drop in its place - any other suggestions.
Fun little guitar, and considering the boost mod and hardshell case, not a bad purchase for the price. I really like that electric blue, btw, as a contrast to the quilted orange maple top on the 920.