I snagged a RG3120TW from GC's used section that arrived yesterday, and by and large I'm pretty happy with it - it's a bbetter top than the pictures suggested, in better shape than it'd been described at, and while I've had no more time than for a quick once-over, quick hit on the obvious issues, and setup, it's a great sounding guitar with an unexpectedly pronounced attack. Most of the problems were easy fixes - a couple quick turns to the truss rod (I think they may have tuned it slack and loosened it to ship), tightening up a loose arm holder, and the loose tone knob turned out to be a loose pot, but easy fixes. Two remain though, that I want a second opinion on before I tackle:
1) The guitar shipped with the locking nut only held in place by the strings, with no nuts bolted on from the back to hold it in place.
I didn't initially notice, and only noticed it last night when I noticed the nut was off center and gave it a closer look (I still haven't boothered to lock it down yet, since I'm dialing it in and it needs new strings anyway). Does anyone happen to know if the rear-mount screws for an OFR are compatible with those from an Edge nut? I have a bunch of spares in my parts box, but I just didn't get a chance to try last night (got home late, had to pack for a trip, and hhad some other stuff on the guitar to run through and just ran out of time).
2) The bass-side trem stud wouldn't screw down far enough into the anchor, and as it happened that was because the anchor is a little loose in the wood and had pulled up slightly. Taking it out, rotating it slightly, and pushing it back in was enough to get it tight enough to not shift if I pressed, but that's not really a long term solution. I've had one suggestion that I wrap the stud in paper, which compresses similarly to wood and will give it a LITTLE more thickness, so has anyone tried that? Other than that, wood putty was suggested, but that doesn't seem like a great odea, I feel like it's more brittle than wood would be. Overall I'm not too worried about ovaling inn the long run since mahogany is a lot harder than basswood, but I'd like to get this sorted out in a reasonably permanent manner.
Otherwise, it's really a pretty great guitar. Oddly it has cosmo black hardware and not powder cosmo which I've never seen on a 3120 before, so I kinda wonder if the previous owner swapped hardware with another RG before selling - possibly due to the loose arm holder, which was actually a super easy fix - because it's also oddly clean for a clearly played '98, and the volume and tone knobs were set low enough that the tone, in particular, rubbed slightly on the top when you spun it.