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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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5way questions and others

Hey, guys... I can't believe I'm posting here... kinda embarrassed really, I've done a lot of research but have not been able to find my answer, so here it goes....

I'm getting to replace all of the electronics (except for the output jack) in my RG520QS. Now, I will be changing to the pickups to DiMarzio AT-1 for the bridge (which I already have) and a Air norton in the neck (not yet purchased). I plan on getting the pots as similar to the stock ones (in the profile, etc) and the same for the 5-way.

Now here is where I'm getting confused: I visited DiMarzio's website for a schematic for the 520, and here it is: http://www.dimarzio.com/sites/defaul.../RG520-DiM.pdf
Could somebody tell me if that is how the pickup config is stock? I honestly though it was set like the 3120 here: http://www.dimarzio.com/sites/defaul...rg3120wire.pdf
By that, I mean I though (but can't tell with my ears) the 520 was also "neck, neck parallel, neck+Bridge, neck+bridge(inner coils only), bridge. Could somebody tell me if the 520 Diagram really is how the 520 comes stock?
Also, if that is not in fact stock, I would like to go the way the 3120 is, but I was wondering if you need the VLX91, or if you can use the one that comes with the 520 (not sure which one that is, I don't think it is the YM-50).

Finally, I was wondering which pots I need over here http://www.ibanezrules.com/parts.htm#Pickups
My knobs are the setscrew type, not sure which pot that is though.

I hope I was clear enough and look forward to your responses!
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Re: 5way questions and others

the 520 uses a special 5-way switch found on most 2 Hum Ibby's:

It's technically a "simpler" way of wiring a 2-Hum setup compared to the VLX91.
If the switch hasn't been replaced yet; then the stock IS: neck, parallel neck, neck + bridge, inner-coils on each hum and bridge.
Otherwise, the switching for the 3120 and 520 are identical, except the former uses the better 5-way

As for the pots, ideally the splined shaft pots (15mm or 24mm - varies on the guitar) are the ones that come stock but you can use also use a smooth shaft as well for set-screw knobs.

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Re: 5way questions and others

Hey, my old capacitors should still be fine right? Do I need to get new ones, too?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 04:31 PM
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unless you fried the caps or decide to upgrade/remove 'em... then those caps should still be good :P

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