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TheLivingDead 01-22-2010 06:05 PM

RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Hey everyone,

I got one of those new RG350MYEs last month and I want to replace the neck with a better one. I'm guessing a 550 with a matching headstock. Which one would fit and how much would I be looking at spending?

Oh and I can't stand the Edge III bridge. What would you all recommend as a replacement? I like the big feel of a floyd. Would that retro fit on there? Thanks for any help guys!

jono 01-22-2010 06:21 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Sounds like you should just sell the guitar and get an RG550.

jem7vwh 01-22-2010 06:44 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
I have to agree with Jono here. The neck's going to cost you upwards of $150, the new bridge will be around there too. So you're talking about $300+ just to make the guitar almost as good as a stock 550.

Then, once you sell it, you'll get very little of that money back because no one wants to buy your partscaster--they want the real deal.

So if the 350 isn't doing what you want, sell it and get the guitar you want. You can find a nice 550 for $350-400 still.

RedTiger 01-22-2010 07:16 PM

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What it sounds like the OP is shooting for is keeping the awesome yellow body the 350MYE but get a higher-end neck and bridge. I can certainly understand the appeal of doing that. Also, what makes you assume he'd sell it? Not everyone sells guitars like that. :P If he's going to all the trouble, he's probably more interested in getting it just right for him.

Neck: You'd want one that fits the AANJ on the RG350...which I THINK it has. The problem is, there are a lot of places to look for a replacement neck, but very few are going to be an Ibanez neck with an Ibanez headstock, Ibanez logo, etc, etc, etc.

Maybe contact Ibanez to see if they can hook you up?

To be honest, what I would do is ask "what about this neck bothers me?" and then I'd try to fix that. Once you identify that, I'd take it to a professional and see what it will cost vs. getting a replacement neck. I don't think you'll have much luck with a replacement.

Bridge: Search around and you'll find some info on what tremolo unit fits into what route and so forth. I THINK an OFR fits the Edge III.

jono 01-22-2010 07:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by RedTiger (Post 981155)
What it sounds like the OP is shooting for is keeping the awesome yellow body the 350MYE but get a higher-end neck and bridge. I can certainly understand the appeal of doing that. Also, what makes you assume he'd sell it? Not everyone sells guitars like that. :P If he's going to all the trouble, he's probably more interested in getting it just right for him.

Neck: You'd want one that fits the AANJ on the RG350...which I THINK it has. The problem is, there are a lot of places to look for a replacement neck, but very few are going to be an Ibanez neck with an Ibanez headstock, Ibanez logo, etc, etc, etc.

Maybe contact Ibanez to see if they can hook you up?

To be honest, what I would do is ask "what about this neck bothers me?" and then I'd try to fix that. Once you identify that, I'd take it to a professional and see what it will cost vs. getting a replacement neck. I don't think you'll have much luck with a replacement.

Bridge: Search around and you'll find some info on what tremolo unit fits into what route and so forth. I THINK an OFR fits the Edge III.

Well there isn't a neck with the matching headstock from another guitar as far as I know. I did sell the spare neck I had for my DY 550 a while back, I think for about the equivalent of $300 That's probably the nearest colour match even though it's not exact. I'm not even sure that the older 550 necks would fit a new 350 as the overall neck width changed a little while back.

It really does sound like the OP has effectively bought the wrong guitar if he's just got it and is already looking to switch the neck and the bridge.

I call 'em as I see 'em.

IbanezDaemon 01-22-2010 08:19 PM

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I think you're right Jono. I don't think a Jap made neck will fit an Indo body. Even if it did by the time you buy a replacement neck and take out the trem and replace it with an OFR and then get the guitar setup the outlay would be close to what you could pick up a good 550 for anyway and the 550 will have better pickups as well.

LonePhantom 01-22-2010 11:28 PM

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Yeah, well what is seriously the problem with the neck? If you no issues with the neck, other than "it's not a Japanese made neck" then why replace it. As others said, you won't find another matching DY headstock neck. Get the frets finished nicely, should be right to go. ;)

With regards to the bridge, again if you have no other issue than "it's not a Japanese made bridge" just leave it. If you don't like it at all then you can usually retro fit an Edge Pro with minimal work. If you are happy to have a new bridge put in with a little work, go buy yourself a Gotoh licenced Floyd Rose and route out the trem cavity to fit, and replace the Edge III studs with the locking Gotoh ones.

TheLivingDead 01-22-2010 11:35 PM

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Yeah I'm getting the feeling I should've just held on to my cash a little longer as I paid about $400 for it. I think the appeal was that it was new vs. a dinged up older 550. Don't get me wrong, I love all the mojo used instruments have but I just couldn't remember the when last time I bought a NEW guitar was. Anyways... The neck isn't terrible by any means... I just know how a proper 550 neck feels and that would be ideal. Oh and the 350 doesn't have the AANJ. It's that rounded off kind of one. I've already upgraded the pups (did that almost immediately). Got a D-Activator X in the neck, Fast Track-2 in the middle and a Tone Zone in the bridge. It's a hell of a player now... I just wanted to see if a neck upgrade was possible. I'll probably call Ibanez and see what they say for sure about the neck and bridge. Thanks guys. Oh and here's some pics! :mrgreen:

http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/q...1/PIC_0591.jpg
http://i452.photobucket.com/albums/q...1/PIC_0597.jpg

IbanezDaemon 01-23-2010 06:34 AM

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Looks amazing!!! Love the coloured pups/knobs.

TheLivingDead 01-23-2010 07:28 AM

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Thanks man! It sounds amazing too. :)

Roryrockslinda 01-23-2010 08:02 AM

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Absolutely love the colours!

ikosaed 01-23-2010 04:46 PM

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You don't need a matching headstock for that! ;)

TheLivingDead 01-23-2010 06:46 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ikosaed (Post 981367)
You don't need a matching headstock for that! ;)

Oh I know. I was just saying IF I got another neck. I think I'll just keep it the way it is. I've definitely gotten used to it. :mrgreen:

LonePhantom 01-24-2010 07:23 AM

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Nice. :)

Oh, and that rounded neck joint thing is AANJ! ;)

sniperfrommars1 01-24-2010 05:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LonePhantom (Post 981509)
Nice. :)

Oh, and that rounded neck joint thing is AANJ! ;)

The korean guitars have a different style of the sculpted neck joint. Obviously to save cost the body dimensions on these guitars are slightly smaller, they dont have the same type of input jack among other little details.

TheLivingDead 01-24-2010 06:32 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sniperfrommars1 (Post 981649)
The korean guitars have a different style of the sculpted neck joint. Obviously to save cost the body dimensions on these guitars are slightly smaller, they dont have the same type of input jack among other little details.

Aha. Thanks for the info from both you and LonePhantom. I had no idea the body was smaller! Weird! It's a nice little player though... I suppose next time I'll just keep an eye out for an older 550. I'm really wanting a roadflare next time. :)

MarkE 01-24-2010 06:45 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheLivingDead (Post 981665)
I had no idea the body was smaller!

It isn't. There's actually more wood in my RG350 than in my Japanese RGs.

There's no difference in body thickness but the front, rear and heel contours are less pronounced on the RG350 (the more wood you remove, the longer it takes to produce).

TheLivingDead 01-24-2010 07:52 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MarkE (Post 981669)
It isn't. There's actually more wood in my RG350 than in my Japanese RGs.

There's no difference in body thickness but the front, rear and heel contours are less pronounced on the RG350 (the more wood you remove, the longer it takes to produce).

Ah that makes sense.

LonePhantom 01-24-2010 10:03 PM

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That's what I thought, they definitely aren't smaller. Just less contoured.

sniperfrommars1 01-25-2010 01:18 AM

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My 270 and 350 are smaller than my japanese rgs all around the body by a few millimeters. It may not be the same case on the newest body's but I don't have one to compare them too. Mind you most my rg's are older guitars with original edge tremolo in them too. Alot has changed at ibanez since then.

TheLivingDead 01-25-2010 05:10 AM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sniperfrommars1 (Post 981739)
My 270 and 350 are smaller than my japanese rgs all around the body by a few millimeters. It may not be the same case on the newest body's but I don't have one to compare them too. Mind you most my rg's are older guitars with original edge tremolo in them too. Alot has changed at ibanez since then.

I'm curious now... I'm gonna check for sure when my buddy gets his 750 in a few days.

SonicProvocateur 01-28-2010 12:29 AM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LonePhantom (Post 981707)
That's what I thought, they definitely aren't smaller. Just less contoured.


Ok..so a better question would be; would a Prestige AANJ fit in the 350 body cavity? I've never had a spare laying around to try it. Today my old music store just got in a 350MYE and (because I used to work there) offered it to me for $299 and I think ima hop on that one! Its just too dang yellow to pass up!

dcord 01-28-2010 01:04 AM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SonicProvocateur (Post 982656)
Ok..so a better question would be; would a Prestige AANJ fit in the 350 body cavity? I've never had a spare laying around to try it. Today my old music store just got in a 350MYE and (because I used to work there) offered it to me for $299 and I think ima hop on that one! Its just too dang yellow to pass up!

The quick answer is "most likely."

I've got my RG2020x here next to my son's brand new RG350DX. Aside from some minor shaping, the bolt holes appear as though they'd line up perfectly. I'm not in the mood to pull a neck swap in the interest of proving myself wrong, so your mileage may vary. I'll just say that it seems promising that a prestige neck swap is doable.

~d~

moonlight 01-28-2010 02:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SonicProvocateur (Post 982656)
Ok..so a better question would be; would a Prestige AANJ fit in the 350 body cavity? I've never had a spare laying around to try it. Today my old music store just got in a 350MYE and (because I used to work there) offered it to me for $299 and I think ima hop on that one! Its just too dang yellow to pass up!

Prestige AANJ will fit the neck cavity but the holes don't match. One hole is way off and the other three are about half a hole off. You will have to fill and re drill the neck. A team j craft Pestige neck,the ones with the two thin dark stripes are slightly wider and will not fit without widening the neck pocket. The amount you have to remove is about the thickness of the two dark stripes and may just be some paint has to be filed off the body. I've done this once and will never do it again .

SonicProvocateur 01-28-2010 02:21 AM

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That's what I thought. I was under the impression most MII and MIJ RG's would fit almost any MIJ AANJ Prestige neck. The exception of course being S-Series necks; fitting only S-series, and Jem's which are only Jem fitted...someone else mentioned MIK fitted guitars which may have slightly bulkier heels on the actual neck (not the body...) But I have never dissected a MIK guitar, just played them.

I figured if anything, a MIJ prestige neck might sit a little lower in the cavity than a MII and might take a small spacer if anything...but that may be it. My PGM301 and MII 350DX have identical bolt holes (but the 350DX's neck top comes over higher than the PGM's...) I've also never put my PGM neck on my 350DX...

TheLivingDead 01-28-2010 04:58 AM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SonicProvocateur (Post 982656)
Ok..so a better question would be; would a Prestige AANJ fit in the 350 body cavity? I've never had a spare laying around to try it. Today my old music store just got in a 350MYE and (because I used to work there) offered it to me for $299 and I think ima hop on that one! Its just too dang yellow to pass up!

8O Jump on it man!

Did you happen to pick it up and play it? You'll see what I mean about the neck feeling bigger. It took me a little while to get used to it. I'm glad I stuck with it though. It plays wonderfully!

dcord 01-28-2010 08:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TheLivingDead (Post 982713)
8O Jump on it man!

Did you happen to pick it up and play it? You'll see what I mean about the neck feeling bigger. It took me a little while to get used to it. I'm glad I stuck with it though. It plays wonderfully!

It feels bigger because it *is* bigger. The RG350 ships with a Wizard II neck, while the RG550 had an original Wizard profile. The original Wizard was thinner and flatter then the WizII.

~d~

nickcoumbe 01-28-2010 10:27 PM

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Looks cool.

Sorry you don't like it, but playability comes over looks any day. Sell it and get a second hand 550 DY.

TheLivingDead 01-29-2010 09:24 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nickcoumbe (Post 982997)
Looks cool.

Sorry you don't like it, but playability comes over looks any day. Sell it and get a second hand 550 DY.

Oh I do like it. I like it a lot! I just mainly have a problem with the bridge. I'd love to get a Floyd on it.

LonePhantom 01-29-2010 10:04 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Forget the Floyd Rose, save your money and get a Gotoh Floyd Rose if you want an upgrade. Will probably need to do a little work to the cavity for either trem though.

TheLivingDead 01-29-2010 11:42 PM

Re: RG350MYE neck/bridge fit question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LonePhantom (Post 983285)
Forget the Floyd Rose, save your money and get a Gotoh Floyd Rose if you want an upgrade. Will probably need to do a little work to the cavity for either trem though.

Hmmm... I'm trying to dodge any cavity work. :?

An edge pro would go right in correct?

LonePhantom 01-30-2010 01:57 AM

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In most cases yes.

TheLivingDead 01-30-2010 04:39 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LonePhantom (Post 983321)
In most cases yes.

Cool! Thanks man.


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