This is a slightly long-winded update/editorial about my RG2027, purchashed from Rich back in November. I absolutely, which is probably no surprise to those familiar with it, love this guitar. But, like others, I felt a little upgrading was necessary, these upgrades being a pickup change and the KJG wiring mod. As an aside, the pickups on the 2027 aren't bad at all! But neither are they DiMarzios, or Duncans for that matter, so, off they come (To be surreptiously installed in a cheaper Squier 7-string I have, thereby making it a much better guitar
.) After long, agonizing thought, I decided to go with the ever-popular Air Norton 7/Tone Zone 7 combination. Well, unfortunately for me, they each retail for about a hundred bucks direct. I placed a call to our local Ibanez dealer here in Toledo, and surprise! They didn't have any of those models (A lament for the slow demise of the 7-string, lol.) They could, however, order them for me, for the low, low price of... about a hundred bucks! I knew Mars would be a lot cheaper, and placed a call. They quoted me $69 apiece. Not bad. It's a shame, really, dealing with Mars. On the one hand, I love their variety and their prices. They've allowed me to finally be able to afford some decent equipment after 10 years. But, while having a LOT of types of equipment, the quality and variety of manufacturers is somewhat limited. Unless you want the $3000 Les Paul goldtop hanging on the wall... no thanks. So, back to the story. I decide to go to Mars and make a deposit, to order my pickups. I just figured I would let my Ibanez dealer do the installation, since I wouldn't really trust my 2027 to Mars' hacks. *Shudder* Only $10 per pickup installed, so... At any rate, ironically enough, the day I go to Mars, I have a KILLER backache (It was maybe viral. Came out of the blue, lasted a week, put me in bed practically, then gone.) Wouldn't you know, when trying to place my "special order" for the pickups (Mars is a regular distributor of DiMarzio products, go figure) the buffoons running Mars all forget how to place an order. I ended up waiting, standing, for an hour, while they tried to figure out how to get this order in to DiMarzio. They didn't even know DiMarzio made these pickups. ("They don't even make them pickups, man." quote from the 'guitar' associate who was 'helping' me.) In fact, it was literally 56 minutes that I waited. I was watching the time, and was going to walk out at one hour, screw the pickups. After this was all done, the guy just looks at me. I asked when will they come in? He says, "Oh, we'll call you." Ok, fine. I was in misery. I waited a week and a half, and finally decided to call them today. I wish I hadn't, almost. This very polite sounding girl informs me my order isn't in yet. I said, after a week and a half? I payed an extra shipping price for my pickups. "Oh," she replied, "Special orders usually take 8 to 9 WEEKS!" I barely managed to be civil to her after that. When I finally get my pickups, and I take my geriatric medication to be able to play again, and turn my hearing aid way up, if the forum is still around, I'll let you know how it went. LONG LIVE IBANEZ!