Re: NGD: RG3120 neck questions and other issues
Wow, yeah that is a beautiful guitar, I love the natural colour, I didn't know they came without a stain on them, well done mate, lovely.
I thought the RG3120 has a wizard prestige neck too.
I was lucky enough to pick up a red one second hand a few months ago myself, and just reading around for some setup information myself before starting a new thread.
I had a similar problem with a scratchy sound on the volume knob, however from memory the earth wasn't soldered properly onto the back of the tremolo plate thing. I remember writing about it in the post I made at the time while buying it. I just tucked it under the tremolo spring for now. I have no experience with a hum sound though, and tone pots are easily replaced if it is too tight. As RGTFanatic says you might be best to replace the lot.
I love that setup you have with your caps and pots there RGTFanatic. I might look into that. Mine has a cap on the 500k volume atm as well as the tone, did you take yours off the volume pot? I guess at the moment position 2 and 4 are the split coil positions, that is a good idea using a push pull knob and a 3 way switch too, cool mate. I am a bit new to pickup wiring, but with your setup could tap both humbuckers at the same time while in the middle position using that push pull knob for tone?
I had a setup question more to do with the neck, which brought me here. I can't seem to get rid of a fret buzz, and have had to raise the action way too high. I remember reading a post months ago where people were bragging how low they could get the action on these babies. I am just wondering if my problem are these Regular Light Gauge Strings 0.010 to .046. I started playing around with loosening truss rod last night, and cause it was late I am sure exactly where it was before I started, however I only did 1/16 turns at a time, trying to increase the bow. When I hold the first and 16th fret down, there is only about 1mm or so over the 5th-8th frets, which doesn't seem enough to me. Is there a good truss rod guide around for the RG3120? There doesn't seem to be much of a bow anyway, and I would of thought I would had to tighten it, not loosen it, to counter to pull on heavier strings. Anyway I am a bit lost on the neck setup anyway.
At the moment I am wondering if I am pushing sh*t up hill trying to get this guitar set up for Regular Lights? I still have a heap of Extra Lights 0.09 to 0.042 laying around so it is no problem to change back, I just prefer Regular Lights now. To handle the Regular Lights, I had to add a third spring in the back too, which makes me think the guitar is pretty much set up for Extra Lights. The intonation isn't too bad with my Regular lights, however a bit sharp on one string.
By the way guys, don't bother trying to install a Seymour Duncan Liberator in your RG3120... I just tried that, it was an uncomfortable fit next to the selector, the post was too wide for the guitar body, and in the end, then damn ToneZones either had custom feet/heels, or they were different from the square shaped Seymour JB4s anyway. Atm I have the damn pot part that wouldn't fit all binded up with electrical tape and hanging loose in my cavity, all soldered up ready to go with no purpose now, lol. So my ears are open on ways to better ways to wire it all up, as have to go back in there soon to pull the Liberator out.