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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-22-2004, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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RG2020X, questions and such.

I just got an RG2020x off ebay for 500. Its nice and all, but seriously it doesnt play anywhere CLOSE to what I think it should play like. My friends RG570 plays quite a bit better, and thats not an understatement. Im thinkin somethings wrong here, as a bunch of people on these forums have stated its an incredible guitar. Im taking it to get professionally setup this friday, I really hope it turns out better . An issue I had was, right under the headstock, on the back of the neck, there was something that at first I thought was a crack in the neck. I took it to 2 guitar techs and they both think its a finish crack or scratch, because its extremely straight and the wood most certainly wouldnt crack like that. The pickups i plan to go with are Tone Zone and Air norton or possible paf pro, with the KGJ wiring.

I also saw someones post about their RG2020x, and how they stripped it and Tung Oiled it. It looked absolutely freaking sweet, and Id really like to do that to my guitar (there are quite a few cracks in the finish, down to the wood. Some of them are quite large). I was wondering, how hard do you think it would be to get down to the wood, tung oil it and such. Id also perhaps like to give it some clearcoat, for a little darker shine (similar to the vintage violin finish)
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 03:37 AM
 
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Nice purchase!
I have both the 2020 and the 2027 (7-string version). The are both great guitars, VERY playable. So maybe you need some fretboard cleaning in order to restore the original playability of the neck. Mine 2027 was bought used, and the previous owner was really a pig, he didn't cleaned the board in ages! So the frets were dull and oxidated to death, the rosewood was covered with dirt and crust and was really dry. After polishing the frets, cleaning the board and applying some lemon oil onto it, it turned out amazing!
So maybe you can try this, hope this helps!
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OK I just got the guitar back from the shop got it setup. Holy cow, world of difference, id say now its probably one of the 3 best 6 strings ive ever played. anyone know about that finish though?
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Re: RG2020X, questions and such.

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I also saw someones post about their RG2020x, and how they stripped it and Tung Oiled it. It looked absolutely freaking sweet, and Id really like to do that to my guitar (there are quite a few cracks in the finish, down to the wood. Some of them are quite large). I was wondering, how hard do you think it would be to get down to the wood, tung oil it and such. Id also perhaps like to give it some clearcoat, for a little darker shine (similar to the vintage violin finish)
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http://www.mindspring.com/~tpc01/rg2020x.html

Sold it though
Needed the money, and the RG7CST and 520 will never leave me, so had to do it.

Doing the finish is much easier than you'd think. Heat gun to the body, and sanding, then finish with tung oil.
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Todd - Man that 2020X stripped looked nice! If I had any cujones I'd strip my 2027!

But the RG7CST is a sweet ride, and yours has an intersting flame on it - BTW what is the headstock? It's a shame they didn't match the flame on them, but it looks like light brown paint(?)

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7CST headstocks are rosewood veneered like the 7CT's.
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7CST headstocks are rosewood veneered like the 7CT's.
Well, I had a CT and a CST at the same time, and the damn sure werent the same headstock.
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Then what's the CST head? I'll admit it's been awhile since I've seen one
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Hey could you please go into a little more detail about how to naturally finish like that? Id like to not have to deal with chips anymore
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Hey could you please go into a little more detail about how to naturally finish like that? Id like to not have to deal with chips anymore
There are various ways ot take finish off of wood/guitar bodies. You can chemical strip or sand or any combination of the two.

It sounds like Todd used a heat gun to loosen up the finish and then he either scraped off the loose stuff and sanded to bare wood or jsut heated and sanded without scraping.

Sanding the flat areas of hte wood is quite easy but the trick is not to hog out a ton of wood while you are sanding.The process requires some finess.

I recommend going to www.reranch.com or www.projectguitar.com to learn more about how to professionally porepare and finish a guitar.

Tung oiling a guitar is very easy.ONce the wood is prepped, you simply rub moderate amounts of tung oil into the body until the wood stops accepting the oil. Then reapplying every 4 to 6 months is just as easy.I don't think I would recommend trying to apply a urethane clear coat over tung oil.The two may not be compatible. Definitely look into that before you try to do it.
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