Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The FTL, Florida
Re: n00b question: Are some/most/all Ibanez RG and JEM pickguards interchangable?
Some might look directly interchangeable, but they're not. Some of the screw holes are in different spots depending on the model. Your 450DX looks okay but, for example, I got an RG550 pickguard from Jeannie for my 350DX. The hole for the guard on the lower cutaway is drilled further back on the 350 in comparison to the 550.
The same goes for back plates. The holes might be drilled in different spots for different models. I guess Ibanez just likes to frustrate you with the small stuff. LOL!
I filled my old holes with toothpick shavings and wood glue, then drilled new holes for the new pickguard. No big deal.
I don't know about other aftermarket suppliers. IMO, the big issue would be to make sure the new pickguard lines up your pickups right. Jeannie is pretty good, though.