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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

I replaced the pickups on my RG 350, got Evos for the neck and bridge, left the single coil in place. I originally wired it backward so that when the switch was on the neck pup it would use the bridge pup and vice versa. I decided to leave it like this (I hate taking the trem off its zero, although I found out a small set of wire cutters with the rubber handles does an awesome job of blocking the trem). Well, after a while of just dealing with the backward switch it got on my nerves so I rewired correctly, or so I thought. After I put everything back together everything seemed well until i tried to use the neck pickup and the single coil (middle pup) at the same time. The sound was... for lack of a better word "jangly". I assumed the polarity of the pups were opposite, thats seemed like a reasonable explanation, but a couple weeks later (after my strings went bad) I opened it up again and reversed the polarity on the single coil. Something still doesn't sound right but to be honest i don't play with two pickups often at all. Does anyone else know what this is?

Also, I'm hearing that if I changed out the volume pots and switch the sound will be a little better. I'm thinking about just going that route, just wondering if someone else has done this and if they have the Allparts #s handy?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 02:28 AM
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Re: Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

i know it's a bit late to suggest this but i guess u could've turned the switch around.
i did this in my les paul a while ago when i replaced the pickups and wired it backwards.. providing there's enuff room in the cavity and you've got enuff length on the wires.

i'm not sure about the jangly sound though..

when i was modding my les pauls i read (on the that the guitar can be dramatically improved by replacing the pots and caps..

i did this..i changed all the pots for 500k cts and bought some funky jenson paper in oil made a hell of difference..opened the pickups up and seemed to give me more top end. the fancy cap is cool too. the tone ctrl actually works now..doesn't mud up and on the bridge pickup gives me a sort of half ****ed wah sound...i sort of new to the "modding ibanez" world so i'm not sure exactly what value pots etc.. but i'm sure it'd improve the guitar.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 07:11 AM
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Re: Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

Do not forget the 50s wiring :-) That makes a dramatic change too.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 10:44 AM
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Re: Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

u said it rufes!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2005, 07:47 AM
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Re: Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

Also, check that switch lugs are not in contact. Its happened to me many times. Im lousy at soldering and I leave big blots of tin, which causes two lugs to short-circuit and make horrible sounds
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2005, 09:06 AM
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Re: Replaced pickups on RG, something is not right

have u noticed that the closer u move the iron to the guitar...the more ur hand seems to shake?
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