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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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My RG550LTD

This is my RG550LTD made in 1994. I've made some modifications in order to improve its appearance and sonic character;

1) Changed the block from its original to brass
2) Refretted from nickel silver to jumbo stainless steel
3) Swapped its pink pickguard to this purple-ish one come from an RG2550

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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4) Swapped its all electronics from cables to pickups;
-) Traditional 5 way switch/just like fenders
-) Alpha push pull tone pot (w/ polyester film cap) and CTS lo load volume pot
-) Modified V1 (actually it was on the neck of my 1991 RG570) on the bridge. Please click here to see what iíve done;

https://guitarism-tr.blogspot.com/20...1Dimarzio.html

-) Modified Dimarzio/IBZ on the neck
-) New wiring to use outer bobin of neck humbucker for the split sound of 1st position
-) Kinman type treble bleed modifed to humbuckers

5) Yesterday, in order to improve the Dynamics of the wound strings i swapped the screw pole pieces to hex coils.

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Now i want to paint the top of the bobbins but cant decide the right color. Here are some examples. What do you say about it?

Here are some drafts i've made;

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Re: My RG550LTD

I'm personally diggin the yellow and blue pickups, bottom right of the top picture.
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Re: My RG550LTD

I think purple pickups like on Jem PMC would be nice.
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i think it looks excellent as is...great job on the guard replacement...d.m.
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Thank you very much guys
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Re: My RG550LTD

I love the way it looks with the subtle changes you have made. I think the black pickups look great with it.


You could maybe mock up come covers out of different coloured paper then look at it from a distance. The white pickups would complement the sharktooth inlays IMHO.
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Beautiful Iby. I would not change anything here.
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Great Mods, for the pickups i would choose the all white color option
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Re: My RG550LTD

I think that a metallic foil would be a good option for the tops of the bobbins. Contact paper or even a holographic wrapping paper and a little quality spray adhesive (and i MEAN a little) would be a great option, long lasting yet fully replaceable, plus easily swappable to whatever your next taste might be.
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