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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2004, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Moding RG120

I have an RG120 and wanted to know what would be some cool mods for it. I was probably going to put some evo's in it. How could I make the strings closer to the neck than they already are?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2004, 08:56 PM
 
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ive got an rg120 w/ a dimarzio super distortion in the bridge and it sounds great, and to get the strings close just keep lowering the bridge saddles until you're satisfied with the action. Neal
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ive got an rg120 w/ a dimarzio super distortion in the bridge and it sounds great, and to get the strings close just keep lowering the bridge saddles until you're satisfied with the action. Neal
sorry to sound like a newb, but how do lower the bridge saddle?
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You'll have to screw in the bridge posts with an allen key.
Do half a turn on both, then check for buzz if you can't hear any buzz anywhere do another half a turn.
Repeat that until you get the lowest possible action with no string buzz.

Also my advice would be rather than put $100 worth of pickups (and at least $30 instalation) just practice on this guitar for a year or something until you save enough money to get something better, like a second hand RG5xx (they can be found on ebay for around $300) or something.
Then think about changing pickups in that.

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I agree with ilia, just wait a while and get a used RG550 or something like that. They can be found so cheaply to for what they are. Just the pickups in it and you got yourself one hell of an axe! As good as any other. If you do it to this guitar, you will only end-up wishing you had something better after a couple of months anyways. But hey, its all up to you.
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You'll have to screw in the bridge posts with an allen key.
Do half a turn on both, then check for buzz if you can't hear any buzz anywhere do another half a turn.
Repeat that until you get the lowest possible action with no string buzz.

Also my advice would be rather than put $100 worth of pickups (and at least $30 instalation) just practice on this guitar for a year or something until you save enough money to get something better, like a second hand RG5xx (they can be found on ebay for around $300) or something.
Then think about changing pickups in that.

ilia
I have a Jackson DXMG, thats why I was going to mod it.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 08:18 PM
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My advice would be to ebay this and with another $50 get yourself real active EMG's for your Jackson.
89 neck (with the coil tap) and 81 bridge should be ideal.
Then just play your Jackson.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 09:58 PM
 
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He didn't ask if he should keep his 120, he asked for recommendations for mods.

If you decide to put new pickups in the guitar, you can always remove them later to put in another guitar, and if you install them yourself it can be valuable practice and experience. Don't be afraid to pop the back off your guitar and figure out how everything works. I've heard of guys who are terrified to take off their pickguard to re-solder a detached wire in their new Jems. And I know guys who think nothing of tearing open a 63 strat to check that everything's clean. Get your hands dirty and mod your guitar to your heart's content. Experiment with different capacitors on the tone control, for example. It's very easy to do. You can even buy little distortion circuits or parametric equalisers that take the place of the tone control and it's basically a matter of unsoldering the original control and putting the new one in its place. You can practice stuff like this on a non-collectible guitar like the RG120, so that you have no fear when doing these things to a $3000 PRS.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 11:43 PM
 
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I agree with Petie on the issue of modding an entry level axe in order to gain experience and confidence. I myself am modding a couple of Rogue ST-3's. They're cheap and I don't care if I screw 'em up. From there I'm going to restore my RG565CA to stock and mod my RG565LB. then I'm gonna do a totall resto on my les paul custom including complete rewiring.
On the other hand I know nothing of the RG120 ie. how it is built or what hardware is on it. I'm inclined to agree with ilia on the issue of finding an RG5xx to play with. They are inexpensive and provide an excellent base to experiment with.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-26-2004, 01:52 AM
 
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The RG120 is basically a 320 with a strat-style bridge. Aside from the workings of an Edge trem and a middle single coil, there's really nothing you can learn from a 550 that you couldn't learn from a 120. Or, for that matter, an RG3120.
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If learning how to swap pickups is your goal then the RG120 is good enough but if you want to make it cool with set of Evo's...............I don't know.

How old is this RG120?
Since 2002 even GRX's have 2 point fulcrum trems.

If it does have a strat style bridge (6 Philips screws hold it to the guitar) then you'll have to tackle each string action separately (which is better really as it gives you greater flexability) and you'll have to unscrew the small hex screws that are on each side of each string.
Again do half a turn on one saddle (both screws), tune the string back to pitch and fret every fret checking for buzz - if there's none repeat.
When you hear buzz just raise them back half a turn and leave them there.
To that for each of the 6 string sadles and you're good to go.

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If learning how to swap pickups is your goal then the RG120 is good enough but if you want to make it cool with set of Evo's...............I don't know.


ilia
I say go for it 'cause as Petie said earlier you can always take them evo's back out and use them in a higher level guitar down the road. Is it going to turn this RG120 into a JEM? Of course not, but why not have some fun?
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