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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2020, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I mod my wizard III neck?

Hi guys,

I love my RG370AHMZ and have invested heavily changing pickups and electronics. However, I just can't get used to the D (U?) shaped neck of Wizard III.

Interestingly, neck dimensions are identical to my favorite guitars, except those are C shaped.

While I am no luthier, it looks like I can use my other guitars as template, and simply sand down shoulders of the neck to get the desired shape, don't even need to touch the top to make sure I don't sand down to the trust rod.

Should I do it, and what are the risks?

Edit: Attached is a rough measurement I made on the 3rd fret: Red is the Wizard III profile, black is how much material I need to remove to get to a more "round" shape of my '96 Washburn (It's about 1.5mm to sand down)

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2020, 02:28 AM
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If it is an unpainted neck, then I would say it's a super easy job.

You would have to refinish it in something like tung oil or truoil.

It takes about a week to do right though.

It's a slow drying layer by layer kind of build up, but it will feel Alot better then the poly finish the rg300s tend to come with.

I would say it's not that big of a risk, just try and not work the center line down the middle or the area around the 1st and second fret too much.

Those areas need some extra meat to protect the truss rod, and the headstock.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-01-2020, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Should I mod my wizard III neck?

Exactly my thinking - neck is unpainted, and only shoulders need to be cut down a bit. Should be an easy job. I will probably just use different grit sand paper to slowly shape it to what I need, may even experiment with asymmetric shape along the way.
What worries me is that I can find no example of people doing this.
Really hoping someone on the forum can share a similar experience... otherwise I will just go for it
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-01-2020, 01:06 PM
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Beautiful finish on that guitar.
I was never lucky enough to run into a lefty of that model.

Anyway, there are not many people who post here nowdays it seems, but if you look up videos of people on YouTube refinishing their necks it's the same thing.

They sand it up first to remove the poly finish, then they tung oil it.

In your case you will just spend a bit more time on the sanding bit.

When I was in highschool I took one of my Ibanez neck and sanded the back a bit thinner after hearing that prestige wizard necks were a thin D compared to the indo wizard necks fat D.

I didn't have issues with it, and it didn't take too much material off before the neck felt better.
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