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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-27-2005, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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RG to jem conversion question

My dad bought me an RG conversion on **** for x-mas. It is already swirled. The lion's claw is kinda messed up and there is no jem input. It also needs a clear coat. I am wondering if there is anything I can do to fix the input or lions claw without having to refinish the body. I am also wondering if anyone knows of a good tutorial on clear coating.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-27-2005, 03:03 AM
 
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

First things first, visit www.projectguitar.com, there is a tutorial on JEM conversions there.

That's the best first step I can recommend, and welcome to the forums
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

Thanks, I have looked there. I don't think there is much I can do with the lions claw. I didn't see much about the clear coat.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

Sorry about that.

There's a tutorial to painting a guitar at reranch.com. The part on clearcoating is included, of course. I followed this when I painted my strat resinator plywood guitar (before selling it off for parts), albeit with different type of paint.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

How's the swirl when you got it? If it's superb, then you might wanna hesitate on repainting it.

You know how swirls work!
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

Its pretty cool. It just needs a clear coat. Thanks for the info on painting that helps quite a bit. I would just like a more accurate lion's claw. I am wondering if there is a way to re route it and then hand paint the lions claw, or paint it a solid color w/o it looking too bad.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

How bad does it look?

You could reroute it (with all the associated risks), and then hand paint it using one of the colors of the swirl, so it won't look too bad. If it doesn't look too bad, with the hardware on it, then just clear coat it.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/inde...B3397C66555983

there is a link to the pic. Its just the bottom of the claw. Looks like he inserted the wood block and just routed the block and not any of the body.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

Well looking at it, when you put in a EDGE trem, it will cover most of the Lion Claw, I would just suggest clear coating it and put it together, its not ever going to be perfect, even the Monkey Grip looks to big.. its a RG converson.. well good luck..
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

That's a very nice swirly thing. The swirl in my opinion hides the defect. If, when you install the trem, the issue affects playability, then take it to a proper wood guy.

Otherwise, I would agree with bluealien, just clearcoat it, install the hardware, and off you go.

As an aside the trem route looks TRS-sy.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

will an edge fit then?? I ordered a lo pro
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

Nice catch "Ibateur", it does look like is routed for a TRS, so "magkid45", it looks like you will have to get a TRS, a Lo Pro will not fit. The body must be from a 470 or a lower model number.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

oof, looks like I got screwed. They said it was a high end RG body so I assumed edge. woops.
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

can it be routed to fit the edge lo pro? Will a LO-TRS fit? What is the difference between the two?
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Re: RG to jem conversion question

First things first, you have to confirm the route. Compare it against the multitudes of pictures on the web of an Edge route and see if it is indeed different.

I believe it can be routed, but that's gonna damage the swirl and will not be the best looking thing on the planet. I think the project guitar site has a conversion tutorial.

Other option would be an OFR trem which wouldn't need additional routing, but will leave some gaps. Don't get a Lo-TRS yet as it isn't the best performing trem we know.

Does the neck pocket show any model number? I guess it would be under the primer coat.
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