Well, its something I've had planned for nigh two years now, but thanks to being a student, then graduating with none of my student loan left over and a mountain of bills to pay off from my last place of residence, its taken me quite a while to get around to having my RG finished just the way I'd like it. Having locked down a stable job for the last few months and paying off all my debts and find myself flush once again, I'm able to start the overhaul. Here's the run down for you guys, pictures will follow tomorrow.
The guitar is a 2006 RG1570 in Mirage Blue. nice paint job, but not really me
and looks as though it belongs in a glam metal band considering the way it sparkles when light hits it. The stock pickups aren't too great either and there's a few extra's I'd like bashed in there, so here's the overhaul specs with a checklist.
Name label - Necessity for me. I like naming my guitars and for some reason have to label things. Hardly a mod, but its nice to see the name there whenever I play. I used some Letraset to print the name "Claudia" on the back of the headstock.
Replace bridge pickup - Done
. Now a DiMarzio Evolution.
Replace middle pickup - Almost done
- Received a DiMarzio Evolution single coil, awaiting installation.
Whip out neck pickup and replace with Sustainer - I ordered a Fernandes 101 Sustainer kit on the 23rd. Once it arrives (I'm told sometime early next week) the guys in the shop will give me a phone call to let me know its there. I'm a clutz when it comes to installing something like a sustainer, so the guitar tech Brian (brilliant at what he does) who picks up work through the shop will hopefully route the appropriate cavities and install it for me, for a fee of course.
Install a clear pickguard - I still need to order the pickguard.
Replace chrome control knobs with plastic start style knobs. - Still need to order these too. Anybody know of where I can get hold of some neon blue and neon pink strat style volume and tone knobs? Or close enough to neon.
Fix springs - Suffered some nasty spring shock a while ago and been meaning to sort this out.
Swirl the beasty - Just the body, I like the black headstock. I'd been eyeing up Richard Fay's swirls two years ago, he hadn't been doing them commercially for very long but the work he put out was breath taking. I sent him a few e-mails discussing the matter, genuinely nice fella and really cares about his work. Unfortunately he packed it all in over a year ago and decided to cease swirling guitars commercially as he preferred to keep it as just a hobby rather than what was turning into a full time job. Understandable but a terrible loss for the swirling community. Since then I've been watching other swirl artists carefully, OutOfThisSwirld caught my eye with some nice designs, I've sent him a few PMs, hopefully we'll be able to sort something out in January. (Got my eye on you!
) Colours will be 40% White 40% Black 8% Neon Blue (or close to) 8% Neon Pink (or close to) and 2% Gold (so a tiny flick of gold here and there) with a busy swirl pattern, hopefully with some larger swooshes in some areas.
Final setup - Hopefully another job for Brian.
Play 'till me fingers bleed! - Would be easier to do if Claudia Winkleman wasn't always snatching away my attention on the tv.
I'll post pics of how she's looking currently tomorrow as the camera is currently charging.