Originally Posted by Elysian
i've liked the tone of all the semi hollows i've played, always sounded great...
Yes, they do sound great, but semi-hollow guitars are designed and built
that way. Most of them, other than the Tele thinline type of guitars, have more in common with acoustic guitar construction methods than with solidbody electric guitars.
I'm not trying to discourage you... i just want to give you a heads-up to let you know that the results you get may not be what you had in mind.
You might want to start by experimenting with a bolt-on guitar, rather than your RGT. That way, if anything screwy happens, you haven't destroyed your entire guitar... just the body. I'd take an RG body and use a thickness planer to shave about 1/8" or 1/4" off the top of the body, then use a router or your dremel to carve chambers out of the top
of the body rather than the back. Top it with a thin top which you can bend over the forearm contour, re-route it, and see how it works.
By the way, you mentioned that you put a JB in the bridge and a TB-4 in the neck... the TB-4 is a trem-spaced JB. Was that intentional or just a model number mixup? If it was intentional, how does the JB sound in the neck?