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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

I've been working on rebuilding an old RX170 for a friend of mine. He decided to put high end parts in a low quality guitar, but whatever makes him happy is fine by me.

Here is the result.









This has the following upgrades:
Spertzel Locking Tuners
Graphtec Tusq XL nut
Wilkinson/Gotoh VS-100N Tremolo
Black Box Tremsetter
Lace Sensor Pickups: Deathbucker, Silver, and Blue/Gold Dually
Coil Splitting
Phase Switching
New single piece back plate.

Full details of the project are at my Blog
Ibanez RX170 Project Phase 1

Ibanez RX170 Project Phase 2

I hope you all like it!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

Whenever somebody asks me is it worth to invest in cheepo guitar i say one descent pickup is more than enough
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

Yeah after all is said and done the thing sound great but I personally don't like the action on it. It's not my guitar thankfully. We had the frets leveled and polished and the neck shimmed up but it still had a pretty high action.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 12:59 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

great job! I have an RG 170 that i'm going to attemp to upgrade. my first attemp of this kind so i hope it turns out as well as this project has for you.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

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great job! I have an RG 170 that i'm going to attemp to upgrade. my first attemp of this kind so i hope it turns out as well as this project has for you.
Let me know if there is any info I can provide that wasn't covered on the blog.
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Yeah after all is said and done the thing sound great but I personally don't like the action on it. It's not my guitar thankfully. We had the frets leveled and polished and the neck shimmed up but it still had a pretty high action.
maybe take the nut down a tad?? actually not a bad project ! I love working on low end guitars! I don't feel as bad when I screw things up
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

We replaced the nut, but I had the tech look at it just in case. He said it looked like it was set perfectly for the guitar so I'm not sure taking it down any would help. I have a feeling it's more to do with the neck than anything else. It's always had a high action. I might have to try 10s on it instead of 9s and maybe switch over to DR Tite Fits to minimize string vibration. The D'Addario 9s that are on it oscillate quit a bit, but I like how they bend better than the DRs.
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Great job, but that sticker has to go!



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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

He won't let me touch the sticker. The case has an even bigger matching sticker in it!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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Re: Ibanez RX170 Rebuild Project

I really like it! but I'm a sucker for a green guitar with a maple neck - love the green meanie looking guitars - but I'm with alaskabat - the sticker has to go...
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