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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG 470 question

Hi all,

First post. I'm looking at getting myself another Ibby to keep in drop D in particular. An RG470 has popped up at what seems to be a good price on another forum, but I'd like some advice before taking the plunge.

I know that the 470 uses the rather hated Lo-TRS trem, but having read around on here it is a direct swap for an OFR. Is it simply a case of removing the old one and popping the new one onto the posts already there or do the posts need changing too?

Also, the guitar is for sale at 160 (~$260) and comes with a JB in the bridge and an Iron Gear Hot Slag in the neck. Given the Lo-TRS and the couple of dings on the back where the finish has been chipped, is it worth my time to go for this, or would I be better off waiting and trying to find an RG550 with an Edge already in there?

Thanks,
Ben
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Re: RG 470 question

Some of the early MIJ 470s has Edge trems.



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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG 470 question

This one is somewhere around the 2002 mark, and has a Lo-TRS. The picture of the trem confirms it and says "Licensed under Floyd Rose Patents". I was reading on Cottam that the Edge Pro II is a replacement for the Lo-TRS and Lo-TRS II.
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I'm sure it's a LoTrs based on the year, but the Edge also has the "Licensed Under Floyd Rose Patents" stamp.



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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG 470 question

Wow, learn something new every day.

Which replacement would you recommend - I've seen Schaller, OFR, Gotoh etc? I've decided to go with the guitar anyway - I need a 25.5" for drop D anyway (much prefer the scale) and love RGs.
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Re: RG 470 question

What you need to remember is that model is a Japanese model, and will come with a LO-TRS is actually a decent trem. The Korean-made LO-TRS II is the inferior one.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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Re: RG 470 question

The LO-TRS is a Takeuchi brand floyd. It's very good, hardened steel, and a full steel block. Its nothing like a LO-TRS-II.

The MIJ RG 470 is a great guitar.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: RG 470 question

Awesome - seems like I unknowingly managed a massive bargain. Dunno whether to get sine Bareknuckles to replace the JB/Iron Gear.
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