RG 550 to 570 conversion questions.
So, I have a fairly old 1997 RG570- edge trem, wizard neck, v7/s1/v8 config. Anyway, I always liked the 550, and lately I have wanted my 570 to look more like that guitar. Sure, I know a 550 usually has a maple fretboard, but I like the rosewood, and what I really want to do it install a pickguard from a 550 on my 570- I mean the two guitars are almost identical specs and dimenstions wise, right? I figure all I need to do is get rid of the pickup rings, and remove the volume/tone knobs (temporarily), and the pickguard will be an exact fit.
Right now the guitar is a pearl black color, with cosmo hardware, and stock electronics. It needs a setup, and rewiring, but these are the mods I want to do:
*Refinish the guitar in gloss white, including headstock (will add black ibanez decal)
*Add black 550 pickguard with white binding
*Replace Pickups with Duncan Jazz and JB- not sure what to do with single coil.
*Replace the tone control with a separate volume for the neck pickup (bridge and middle will use old volume control)
*coil split the bridge pickup.
The guitar is currently not useable because of the need for rewiring and neck setup, but I really miss using it, and would like to completely transform it into something fairly unique. If the pickguard situation is doable, I would be happy, and once the guitar is done, I would be sure to post some pics.
Any input is greatly appreciated.