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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-16-2010, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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RG521 makeover (Part 1)

Digging through my guitars I found an RG521 I had bought a couple of years ago. I forgot I even had it, but no way was I going to sell it.

The guitar was in pretty much mint shape, but how much more boring can basic black be? I contemplated on what to with it, and then it hit me.

I have several other guitars ready to go out for paint, so I figured I would start this one and let you all come along for the ride. Don't ask me what my plans are for a finish, because I just don't know yet. All I do know is it will be something along the lines of a "classic" finish.


*WARNING*

This is not a "how to", it is just me posting some pictures of what I am currently working on. There will be missing details, and god forbid mistakes, so don't try this at home kids.

I have stripped guitar with chemical stripper before, but after a disaster with another Ibanez (a later thread), and not having a tremolo cavity to deal with, I decided to use a heat gun.

The key to using a heat gun is know when to not burn the wood. All you want to do is soften the paint so you can get a knife under it.

About 30 minutes later you have this...



A quick sand to remove the sealer/primer, and you have this...



The unsanded back



Now I have to make a template of the factory pickup route.



A few minutes with the router and...



Now I have a template to create and exact copy.

Now we use a different template to make a big hole.



Holy crap what happened here! I don't think a pickup is going to fit in there...


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Notice the blowout from where the electronics cavity meets.



Once I am done, you will never know it was there.

Now we pull a junk 565 body off the shelf, and add a template.



A few minutes with the router...



Slice!





Now we have a matching basswood plug.

Glue, clamp, and go watch TV.



Sand flush... (notice I plugged the stock volume hole)


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Bust out the ruler, and draw up some plans. I use a Forstner bit to remove the bulk of material.




Remember that pickup template we made?



Well that's it so far...

Stay tuned for part 2.
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Three humbuckers?! Is that what you're doing? This is going to be one epic build for sure. Question... would a 5-way switch do the job for you? There is one more single coil stuffed in there to contend with now. Keep posting the pics.
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I am really making this up as I go along... Right now I am thinking I want to do a coil tap of some kind so I can split the buckers, and have three singles if I want.

Right now I am sifting through my veneers to see how I want to top it.
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Re: RG521 makeover (Part 1)

Love it!!!

still space for more humbuckers of course....

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Re: RG521 makeover (Part 1)

Oh... I was kind of happy seeing something that looked like a p90 rout, but no (a hardtail RG with 2xp90 would be really cool).

Anyway, three humbuckers is cool. Some say 'less is more', but then again, 'more is always more'. Looking forward to follow this thread!
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Four humbuckers???? That yellow monster looks fantastic! I think you can do him one better, Ayrton. Throw in a couple single coils and a sustainer!
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A P90 project is already in the works.
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*grabs proverbial internet popcorn*
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What is a P90? Some sort of pickup? I did a search and they seem to look like a fat single coil...
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It's lookin' great and can't wait to see the final product...
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What is a P90? Some sort of pickup? I did a search and they seem to look like a fat single coil...
Yes! A p90 is a big single coil. More bass/middle than your average single coil (but a whole other creature than a 'hot' strat single coil). A great pickup!
Check out the JS700... A Satriani with p90s.
A RG with p90's would be really cool.
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3 3-way switches: on, off, coil tap for each P/U
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I checked-out that JS700 and wow, it looks cool. I would love to hear those P90s in action.
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