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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Repairing and upgrading RBM10

So I have a RBM10 (Black model) made in Korea. I want to do several things. Replace the tremolo (LO-TRS), humbuckers, and tuners. Does anyone have any good recommendations? I keep reading that the LO-TRS is garbage. I don't care about the color of the tuners or trem and the dual humbucker is what I would be replacing, unless there are recommendations for two singles and the double. Any input would be appreciated as I am fixing this thing up cosmetically.
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The important thing to start with is knowing what year your RBM is. In 1994 it came with a Lo-TRS which is a good bridge and shouldn't be replaced unless you have problems with it. If the guitar was made in 1995, it came with the POS Lo-TRSII and should be replaced. My favorite option for a TRSII replacement is the Gotoh GE1996t. Gotoh makes all of Ibanez's high-end Japanese trems (Edge, Lo-Pro Edge, and Edge-Pro).

Pickups will depend entirely on the type of music you want to play and the gear your playing through- http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/be...ps-109555.html
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Re: Repairing and upgrading RBM10

Is there any distinct ways of telling between the I and the II? I can take a picture if needed. The condition of the trem. is not cosmetically appealing to me. I'd love to to put something in new that's better but if the I have a I maybe I'll try to restore it. Thanks for the link on the humbuckers.
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It will say either "Ibanez Lo-TRS trem" or "Ibanez Lo-TRS trem II"
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Thanks for your help again! I have the 1994 version then. I guess I just need advice on pick ups and tuners then. Are the tuners on my guitar considered good? They seem old and the rubber and plastic rings look bad. Some of them feel tighter than other as well. In terms of pickups, I really like the sound of Slayer's guitarist Jeff Hanneman's. I know he probably uses EMG but wouldn't know which ones would be good.
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Thanks for your help again! I have the 1994 version then. I guess I just need advice on pick ups and tuners then. Are the tuners on my guitar considered good? They seem old and the rubber and plastic rings look bad. Some of them feel tighter than other as well. In terms of pickups, I really like the sound of Slayer's guitarist Jeff Hanneman's. I know he probably uses EMG but wouldn't know which ones would be good.
If you're going with EMGs, YOu can do 85 in the bridge, 81 in the neck (IIRC that's like the EMG version of the Dimarzio Tone zone/Air Norton, the standard pickups of the brand).

I will say this though: I HIGHLY recommend the EMG 89s for both neck and bridge with a coil tap push pull pot. The 89 in single coil mode is AMAZING. I will never use EMGs on my own guitars, but my experience with the 89 through an E-II FRX was a great one.
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Re: Repairing and upgrading RBM10

Awesome! I was looking at all the pickups on the EMG'S website and your recommendation is useful. I was thinking I wanted something that used Alnico V, after reading a bunch of information on how humbuckers/single coils are made. Thanks!!! I might get the 89 in brushed gold to match the gold/black color theme going on with my Ibanez RBM10.
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If EMG's are a must, I would use 89x(bridge)/ SA(middle)/ S(Neck) with an 18-volt mod. IMO, this will give you the most versatility in tonal options.
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FWIW, The gold Gotoh GE1996t that I mentioned earlier would be a HUGE upgrade to the Lo-TRS that's in your guitar now. The Gotoh unit comes with locking studs and inserts wich will give you a big boost to tuning stability.



http://www.amazon.com/Gotoh-Gold-Flo.../dp/B013RMPLRO
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