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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Modding RG520

Hi All, been reading the forum for a while, thought i should register

I've just bought a second hand RG520 as i can't afford a JEM yet. Just wanted some advice on some of the mods i wanted to do to it. I want to get it as close to JEM spec as i can, and have a guitar that's a little different.

I think it's got an Edge pro trem on it already, so i was planning to leave that alone. I want to put in a pair of PAF pros though, do these still work well in the mahogany body?

Finally, has anyone cut their own monkey grip in their RG? (Lame question i know, but i love the look of it)

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 09:52 AM
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Re: Modding RG520

Here's a link to cutting the monkey grip.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 11:27 PM
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Re: Modding RG520

Breed bridge smokes the Paf Pro in the bridge, however, it's hard to go wrong with Paf Pro in the neck of any guitar.

You could install a pickguard i suppose.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Modding RG520

Thanks guys.

In what way is the breed different (better) to the PAF pro? Is it more powerful?
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2006, 12:00 PM
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Re: Modding RG520

the paf pros are, without implying negatives, middle of the road pickups. they are relatively flat: EQ-wise. the breeds are fatter more vintage sounding humbuckers with more output than old gibson pafs. more information can be found on both pickups as well as others on

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2006, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Modding RG520

Read the Dimarzio site, it's pretty good, but they obviously can't give really honest back to back opinions. Am i right in saying that the PAFs would have more power than the v7 and v8 that's in there? I don't really want a 'vintage' sound...
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2006, 12:38 PM
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Re: Modding RG520

If you don't want a "vintage sound" then I would avoid the PAF Pros altogether. The PAF Pro is a decent neck pickup but I would suggest going with the PAF Joe over it simply because it has a cleaner tone. For the bridge, you have tons of options to choose from (Breeds, EVOs, Tone Zone, Air Zone, D-Sonic, Super D, etc.) It all just depends on your playing style and what you want in a bridge pickup.
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