Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Perth, Australia
Help Needed: My 1st Custom Job
I’ve just recently joined up due to my purchasing of my 3rd Ibanez (RG350DX) which I absolutely LOVE!
But reading some of the posts on this site has drawn me to modification, and if its going to be any of my guitars, I suppose it should be my GIO GRG170DX which was a demo stock clearance item for about $150AUD.
I’m aware that my first go at customization may not go incredibly well, but I do want to go the whole hog, and I may need a bit of help from you guys.
As far as painting goes, I think I’m OK, I have some nice ideas and have used the search function and google to help me on my way, thanks to everyone that’s posted great how-to’s.
It's the hardware side that I think I need help with. The pickups are awful in this thing (In fact I don’t think they are working at the moment – I haven’t picked it up in a while) so I was thinking of doing something a bit radical.
I want to take them all out, obviously so I can paint, but while it is stripped, I want to fill the Neck and Middle pickups and only have a bridge (which I’ll probably just use a EMG HZ that I have lying around).
This leaves room for my custom paintjob in the middle, and it looks different to all the rest. I will also be removing the Tone, Volume and Pickup selector switch. I know that people will think I’m crazy, but it will just be a display guitar, that I can play for kicks.
So my questions to the real techies out there are:
1)How do I wire up the pickup to bypass the Volume / Tone / Selector and go straight to the input and does this require any modification to the wood?
2) Will this actually function or should I leave at least the Volume?
3)What is the best ‘filler’ for the pickup holes and any other bits?
If you guys could give me a hand that would be great. I will be keeping everyone updated with my progress once I get a wriggle on.
Last edited by Benj; 06-29-2011 at 11:03 PM.
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