Originally Posted by Death.by.G-string
All im saying is,dont save on some proper tools to make your life a whole lot easier.
I understand what your saying. practice makes perfect right?
Anyway, if you have glued frets that you want to take out, then heat them with a solder iron so the glue softens and the fretslots expand a little which makes it a lot easier to take m out without damaging the fretboard.
Yeah, when it comes to the time the frets need to be replaced i will keep that in mind. But like someone advised, it's not a good idea to replace the frets if the existing ones can still be leveled and re-crowned.
Of course i don't want to buy the best kind of tools there are, it's just that i am practically new to this guitar thing.
I bought this ( my first electric ) just a week or two ago basically.
Prior to that the only experience i had with playing guitar was on a 1953 7 string russian guitar that was in such a bad shape it doesn't even deserve to be called a guitar.
BUT, since i am an idiot and although i thought i did enough research before buying my first electric, i still ended up with the ibanez RG370DX which was in a BAD shape and has the floyd tremolo system which is absolutely not advised for someone who is just starting to learn how to play guitar.
Luckily i overcame the difficulty of educating myself about how it works and the correct way of setting it up thanks to the internet and this brilliant site in just a few days.
The guitar is now tuned properly, albeit not 100% correctly intonated, yet definitely sounds a hundred times better than the russian corpse.
All the electronics are working properly, i cleaned the fretboard, the edge 3 tremolo was dirty and awfully adjusted. The previous owner had put the saddles in the wrong order removing the essential arc from the bridge and stuck shims in places where they weren't necessary. I put new strings on it, some screws holding the back plate, input/output connector and the pickup selector were loose because the grooves were gone, had to use some glue and toothpicks to fill the holes.
Now the only things left stopping me from really enjoying this guitar are the frets and probably a truss rod adjustment which i do not believe is actually necessary, because the neck seems very properly aligned, but that is better observed after the frets have been dealt with.
On the positive side i got myself a very versatile guitar for the first instrument and learned a lot before i was able to play it, on the negative side i have had less time to play it and this particular guitar is going to need a lot more maintenance and care, not only now, but also in the future than any other good beginners electric guitar without a floating tremolo.
But i am very happy with the Wizard neck and the tremolo system.
What's also nice is that one of the previous owners have painted it into a nice glossy dark cherry red color which i believe isn't in the selectable colors range for this guitar when buying one.
Sorry for all the drivel, i'm just very content to restore this thing into it's former glory heheh.
Since i have already gone through most of the trouble on this thing without taking it to a luthier and paying half the price of the guitar, i don't see why i should stop now.