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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Picked up a Yamaha RGX612S

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Ever since they came out in the 80s, I wanted a Yamaha RGX series guitar. Basically for no other reason than I thought they looked really cool when they came out. But being incredibly poor back then, I couldn't afford one.

While doing a basic search through craigslist, I found someone selling a few guitars. Nothing specific in the listing, but I checked and there was a Yamaha RGX 612s. I thought about it for a little bit and finally made the call. The guy said it hadn't been touched since the early 90s and needed some work. The price was right, so I bought it. I had my younger son with me and he had a look of "what the hell are you going to do with this?" look on his face.

It was missing the middle pickup. I knew it was going to be a project, but overall the guitar was in good shape. I got it home and when I had some time, I started tackling it. There was so much grime on the neck, I had to use a single edge razor blade to get most of it off. Then I used #0000 steel wool. It was the most steel wool I have ever used cleaning a guitar. But the result brought the neck back to life.

The guitar took a lot of work, but it's really a nice guitar.
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But, there is one problem with it. One of the tuning knobs on the RM Pro tremolo is stripped. Not the screw itself, the housing for the screw.

I have 2 choices: Do a tap and die and insert a thread repair, or simply replace the trem.

Does anyone know if a Floyd Rose trem is a direct replacement for the RM Pro tremolo? If I don't have to do any extra work, that'll probably be my course of action. But I'm open to other suggestions
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Re: Picked up a Yamaha RGX612S

I have a similar problem with my RGX612, one of my clamshell locks on the bridge was stripped. I'm sure by now you've figured something out, but I'm thinking of picking up a cheaper RGX with the RM trem off of Reverb.com on the cheap as a replacement. From other forums and an 80's/90's Yamaha collector I've been following, it's doable without any routing, but new anchors need to be installed as well as correct neck scaling for the intonation. The group however mentioned few are pleased with the results.
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I went with a helicoil. It's working perfectly. A simple $12 fix and I'm thinking of tapping the other 5, just for the added support of the helicoil vs the cheap trem metal.
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Pics dude, pics
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I went with a helicoil. It's working perfectly. A simple $12 fix and I'm thinking of tapping the other 5, just for the added support of the helicoil vs the cheap trem metal.
Nice, that sounds like a great idea. I've recently been having issues with the bridge unwrapping the ball end of the strings somehow, so I look forward to giving this a shot!
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I went with a helicoil. It's working perfectly. A simple $12 fix and I'm thinking of tapping the other 5, just for the added support of the helicoil vs the cheap trem metal.
Nice, that sounds like a great idea. I've recently been having issues with the bridge unwrapping the ball end of the strings somehow, so I look forward to giving this a shot!
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Pics dude, pics
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