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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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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Unread Today, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Re: New (old) guitar day!

Originally Posted by LonePhantom View Post
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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