tonight's guitar tech and mod work - my RG520Q is a tone MON
took my RG520Q over to my guitar tech's house for a set-up and pickup change and basically another lesson in guitar tech work...here's what he did:
took off the nut and discovered a few shims underneath the nut, also realized that the first fret was slightly too long...so he shaved off a little bit of the extra wood from the neck where the nut meets the neck (***THIS IS NOT recommeded for non-professionals to try!!***) and took out the extra shims --only to later realize that one shim (instead of 3) would actually work well for this particular guitar....once he got the first fret and the nut just right he moved onto the pickups....
took out the stock pickups and installed DiMarzio Evolutions (man what awesome pickups, more on that later)
then did the basic set-up stuff, set-up the intonation perfect, set the pickup height correctly, adjusted the action slightly
it never ceases to amaze me what magic a great guitar tech can work....my RG520Q has been transformed from a very cool guitar to a certifiable tone monster.....it plays SO much nicer and the intonation is sweet now
those EVO's completely rock in this guitar....a few people have told me that the EVO's might be too harsh for this guitar but they sound fantastic, lots of sustain, plenty of overtones and chime, and the clean tone sounds great too (a LOT of people have said they don't like EVO's clean tones)
just thought I'd share tonights experience...personally Im psyched about this guitar, though it may still end up being a really sweet back-up, as it looks like I'm finally gonna be sending out the payment for that JEM 7DBK tommorow from Rich!!!