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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Where can I get coloured hardware?

I have the 2013 RG421MH and I think some gold and purple hardware will really blend well with the wood body.

I can't seem to find any parts in these colors though so is there something I'm missing also feel free to post up some of your guitars and ideas to me.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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Re: Where can I get coloured hardware?

The problem with coloured hardware is that you have to take into account the processes that are used.

Powdercoating has been done before, but its very expensive and hard to mass produce - it makes for very expensive, low number hardware production. It also makes all the parts larger as it doesn't change the colour of the metal itself, but rather deposits a layer on the top which is then hardened. This means it's fiddly to get parts to mate with clean segments and with tight fits. Screws for example typically need the threads reaming out again.

The other alternatives are electroplating, which is how chrome and gold are done, but there isn't really a readily available purple metal, so your colours are limited, and anyone with gold hardware will tell you how quickly it wears off.

Your third alternative is anodising, but this is difficult to do on some metals and for the most part is only super-effective on aluminium parts. Processes do exist for zinc, which is what ibanez trems are made of, but they're not super common, and besides which, ibanez trems aren't made solely of zinc, and other parts are made of steel. Steel is nearly impossible to anodize, depending on the carbon content (Which in a trem, will be very high carbon content as hardness is the key concern, and certainly not flexibility or ductility.)

Your only practical choice would be to buy chrome or plain steel parts, and have a local shop powder coat them - but as mentioned, you'd need to invest significant time, effort, and money, in order to come out of the other side with fitted, working parts.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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The problem with coloured hardware is that you have to take into account the processes that are used.

Powdercoating has been done before, but its very expensive and hard to mass produce - it makes for very expensive, low number hardware production. It also makes all the parts larger as it doesn't change the colour of the metal itself, but rather deposits a layer on the top which is then hardened. This means it's fiddly to get parts to mate with clean segments and with tight fits. Screws for example typically need the threads reaming out again.

The other alternatives are electroplating, which is how chrome and gold are done, but there isn't really a readily available purple metal, so your colours are limited, and anyone with gold hardware will tell you how quickly it wears off.

Your third alternative is anodising, but this is difficult to do on some metals and for the most part is only super-effective on aluminium parts. Processes do exist for zinc, which is what ibanez trems are made of, but they're not super common, and besides which, ibanez trems aren't made solely of zinc, and other parts are made of steel. Steel is nearly impossible to anodize, depending on the carbon content (Which in a trem, will be very high carbon content as hardness is the key concern, and certainly not flexibility or ductility.)

Your only practical choice would be to buy chrome or plain steel parts, and have a local shop powder coat them - but as mentioned, you'd need to invest significant time, effort, and money, in order to come out of the other side with fitted, working parts.
Ok I see, thank you for the detailed answer, after reading this and studying etc I have come to the conclusion that my best bet would be to go with gold hardware combined with coloured strings, thanks again.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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Re: Where can I get coloured hardware?

Lets see a pics when you get it done!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 03:15 AM
 
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Re: Where can I get coloured hardware?

I want a red pickguard for my rg350exz. That new black Mikro with the red pickguard is jsut so gorgeous that I want to do that to my black 350. Does anyone know where to get a red pickguard?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 12:17 AM
 
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Re: Where can I get coloured hardware?

^^ The seller 'tommyplays' on eBay has some. Red mirror though.
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