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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-09-2015, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

A while ago, I got a screaming deal on a nearly mint RG7620. I love everything about this guitar--the tone, the neck profile, the lo pro edge. I only had one complaint: the springs were incredibly stiff. I had to really wail on the thing to get any flutter whatsoever.

So today, I decided to remove all the strings, remove the bridge, reseat it, and test out different spring options. And that's when I encountered one of the dumbest things I've ever seen done to a fine MIJ Ibanez.



Yep. That's a giant screw that some moron installed behind the bridge anchor. The Lo Pro Edge was sitting on top of it and, thereby, prevented from pulling sharp. I removed the screw, restrung the guitar, and voila: the guitar plays twice as well, with slinkier action and glorious flutters.

Beware hillbilly guitar "mods"
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-09-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

Ughhh. I get it, $.03 for a screw or $50 for a trem locker but still. I would consider that HILLJACKISH.
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

Maybe the basswood around the screw needs some treatment? Hasn't happened to me, but I've read that basswood is not hillybilly-repair friendly.

Are you considering plugging this hole?
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Maybe the basswood around the screw needs some treatment? Hasn't happened to me, but I've read that basswood is not hillybilly-repair friendly.

Are you considering plugging this hole?
I gave it a look--no cracks or stress visible. I filled it with superglue.
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

I mean, when you get right down to it, it's a pretty ingenious low-cost mod for making a 7620 dive-only.
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

MacGuyverish yes, but that isn't too hillbilly...
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I approve!
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

I think it's a pretty good idea. Maybe not the location of the screw. Filling the hole with super glue sounds kinda hillbilly'ish
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I think you can put a bolt through the intonation tool hole on the Edge Zeros to achieve this as well... apparently Herman Li of Dragonforce does this. But yeah definitely backyard surgery there.
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

HEY!
I'm a hillbilly and I take offense to the use of the term 'hillbilly guitar repairs'.
Besides; had an actual hillbilly had done something to block the trem he'd have more likely used a beer bottle cap and some crazy glue, or a nail gun.
Usually hillbillies don't think about 'going back' when they do something like that. LOL
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HEY!
I'm a hillbilly and I take offense to the use of the term 'hillbilly guitar repairs'.
Besides; had an actual hillbilly had done something to block the trem he'd have more likely used a beer bottle cap and some crazy glue, or a nail gun.
Usually hillbillies don't think about 'going back' when they do something like that. LOL
LOL....SO TRUE!!

Had a true hillbilly done this, that SH*T would have been welded to the bottom of the trem.
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Re: Undoing hillbilly guitar repairs

You definitely don't know hillbillies. He'd duct tape a possum jaw under the trem.

Or a 12 gauge round, whichever fit best.
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I have a ton fof smokey mountain hillbillies in my family (Tennessee)........they'll weld anything they can get to stick together. One cousin has a 4x4 Craftsman riding mower with a roof and an ice box on it.
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My Arkansas hillbilly kin likes duct tape better. That's the way it is on that side of the ole miss.
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"If you can't fix it, duc(t) it!" as my pappy always says.
Not really, he's still a bit of a Jersey boy.
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