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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Unread Yesterday, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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New (old) guitar day!

I've wanted an old '86 RG440 with the dark wine burst finish for a long time and finally got the chance to buy one. Kind of chanced upon it when looking at a PL650 a guy was selling on Reverb. It had sold but he mentioned the RG440 with the same wine burst finish and his price was right. A dude named Frank Falbo in southern Cal... he said he could make a custom pickguard in H-S pickup configuration, so we had a deal. All he had on hand was flat black pickguard material and at first I wasn't super thrilled about it, but I must say it has grown on me and looks great.



I ordered new DiMarzio pickups for it, a D-Activator bridge and Air Norton S neck. Finally got them wired in with a 3-way blade switch, plus push-pull pots for high pass filter on the volume pot and coil tap on the tone pot w/.470uF cap. After getting some time to really play with it today I am thrilled with the sound! Lots of tone options and amazing clean sound, overdrive is a little on the hot side for most of my presets I normally use on my multi-fx pedal. I may have to adjust a few for it, but rolling back the volume knob or coil tapping simmers it down a little. The tremolo has pretty significant wear on the low E knife edge so I'm experiencing some tuning issues at the moment, but I'll try to deal with that by some filing (saw a little tutorial on Rich's site). Should I replace the studs with locking ones too? I saw something on Rich's tech section about a slightly different cut on the studs that is better for tuning stability?



A long awaited addition to the family!!

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Re: New (old) guitar day!

Nice score mate, those are great guitars.
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Re: New (old) guitar day!

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Nice score mate, those are great guitars.
Thanks man... I'm ok with the nicks and dings since it plays good and sounds good!
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