hi all. been a while since i've been here but i'm back lol.
i've been thinking about re-building my '08 rg2550z.
i originally bought the guitar since i wanted a 24 fret, tremolo monster and it served that purpose for a while but my tastes have changed.
i've always wanted an H-S-H RG style guitar with the awesome prestige neck and body with just a hardtail bridge.
so what i'm thinking is to get a new RG shaped body with a black finish and a tight end bridge and connect the neck to that and end up with a badass, H-S-H RG with a locking nut and a hard tail bridge.
i've never been able to fully fall in love with the edge zero. i tried many, many times to set it up in full floating mode (even tried alternate springs from rich) but i could never get the bloody thing to stay in tune perfectly unless it was in ZPS mode and even then it wasn't as stable as an edge or lo-pro so i've taken to just never using the whammy any more. i've decided the maintenance isn't worth the effort anymore either. my playing style has "toned down" a bit too. i'm more into riffing stuff like tool and focusing on getting my soloing more sophisticated (blues/jazz/govan influenced).
how would the guitar function with a hardtail bridge and keeping the nut locked? seems to me like it would be a rock solid tuning situation providing the strings are stretched. only thing is though, rich seems to be the only place to buy tight end bridges (which i'd prefer over the standard gotoh ones) and he's out of stock.
so is this a viable venture? i'm just kind of throwing ideas out there. i'd definitely need a pro to fit the new bridge to the new body but what about the neck? how would you go about fitting the existing one to a new body? i'm thinking of getting a body from ET guitars here in aus, would an RG cut by them just fit nicely onto a 2008 neck?
i'm thinking mahogany for the body too. the basswood body of the RG has never really "satisfied" me in terms of beefiness and sturdiness.
what do you guys think, is this a viable/doable idea? here's a pic of the guitar, for what it's worth. i obviously added the green pickups and knobs and black pickguard. oh yeah, i forgot to mention, i HATE the retarded sparkle finish that comes with this guitar, i've never been able to figure out why they didn't just make it solid black.