Re: RG-550 project
Thanks guys. I wish I could show you a better picture, but this forum really limits the size of the files. I'll check with the guy that does my site at work to see if I can add a link. This guitar is sitting in my room here and it looks better every day. The green is really deep.
On the pickups, I have more guitars than I'd like to admit. For single coil pickups, there is an EMG set that models an older strat. I think those are the best SC available.
For double coils, I don't have that much to go by. I have an EMG 89 in the neck position on my Jackson that I can get greats sounds from. I have a 555 with dimarzios too. Those sound fine too, just a little different. I have a monster Lexicon rig so I can find a patch that sounds good with all of my guitars. I guess its personal preference. I also prefer teh neck position, so my sounds taylor to the neck pickup. If EMGs sound harsh, maybe that gets cancelled with the neck position. I have the EMGs, so I'm going to start there.
On the pickguard, there is a guy that will cut them however you want. Search Ibanez and pickguard on evilbay and he'll show up. Very reasonable - like $24 or something.
I noticed that Via pulls the middle pickup on EVO even with the pickguard - so I suspect he never uses it that low. Thats why I like the 2 double setup.
Here is another project with the chrome film. We might do my buddys black 555 in this. If I ever get my bad horsie, I'll take a comparision shot to see how close it is. This guitar is just a cheapie for some tests.