I have been wanting another hardtail Ibanez for a while but was having real trouble finding something that I liked. I then got a great deal on a used, but absolutely mint, RGA121H in dark ruby.
Its not the finish I wanted, I would have liked the Violin or natural finish, but never mind, they are extremely hard to find in the UK as it is so I wasnt going to turn down a good deal! I did actually have it in my head that I would refinish it in gloss black or even green (the same as JB from August Burns Red) but since seeing how faultless the finish is I am now in two minds!
Here it is when it arrived..
I had some white EMG 81/85 pickups ordered before the guitar turned up as I have played the V7 and V8 before and wasn't overly keen. I chose white to go with the gloss black or green finish I had in mind, so it may not be everyone's cup of tea with the ruby finish, although I quite like it!
When both the guitar and pickups arrived I soon noticed they weren't going to fit.... Sh*t. I then read numerous threads on this forum and other forums saying it was a lot of work to get them in and not worth it etc, so I was a bit gutted.
I decided to give it a go anyway and on removing the the old pickups I could see it was only the corners of the cavity that were stopping them going in. Literally a mm on each corner. I was going to use a dremel to open up the corners of the cavity but decided against it, and filed the corners of the pickup instead. I taped off the top half of the pickup as my guide and filed the corners off up to this line. you can see from the pictures below what I took off each corner..
As you can see its not massive amounts, but enough to make them fit. If your neat enough you wouldn't know any different when they are fitted, and they can still be used on rings on other guitars without being visible.