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  1. Pickups & wiring
    I have no idea about how guitar electronics work and the terminology and the more i read the more confused i get. So what i gathered so far is, i need 500k pots and i read the fender 5 way switch is good so im going for that unless i get better recommendations here. Now what are some good pots...
  2. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hey everyone, Hoping to get some assistance if possible. Recently picked up a J Craft JEM7V in decent condition, body has some wear and guitar needs a good clean up. Having owned another 7V in the past, I noticed that the guitar wasn't sounding as it should as I went through the pickup...
  3. Pickups & wiring
    Hey all, I'm replacing the pots and pickup selector switch in my RG550 since they're starting to go, and I'm wondering what type of 5 way switch I can or should use? Is a standard Fender 5 way compatible with HSH wiring or do I need to buy the special Ibanez one? And will a fender switch fit on...
  4. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    A friend dropped off an RGA121 for me to refret and do some general fixing. The pickup switch is really mangled, loose, and crackly so I'm thinking it needs to be replaced. However I have read in the past that Ibanez 5-way switches are not the standard kind, which is how they achieve this...
  5. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Does anybody know what the part number or Dimarzio equivalent of the JEM 5 switch is?
  6. Pickups & wiring
    So just this week I finally got my dream guitar, an early '87 RG550. It has some DiMarzio PAF Pros in it right now, they sound pretty good, but I have a Duncan Custom shop '78 that I really want to put in the guitar, but the pickup has 2 Conductor wire on it. I'm thinking of pairing this with a...
  7. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi Looking for assistance in tracking down a set of Ibanez red Volume, tone & a switch tip for my RG770DX RR that I am restoring to its fullest potential. Thing is I have ordered a couple of sets on non genuine Ibanez which when they have arrived just do not look right. Have had a look around...
  8. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hey guys, my boss' DD3 mode switch died and I had Roland send me a new one but it's a different one compared to the one I had in it, this was sent by the spares and repairs guy from Roland Japan. I need some help wiring it in, there are 7 wires all together but 10 contact points on the switch...
  9. Pickups & wiring
    Hey Guys!! I'm new to this forum but I'm trying to wire up a vlx53 switch in my Ibanez 777lng clone, it's an RG with mixed parts and a custom LNG paintjob. I have all DiMarzio HSH with the middle FS-1 reverse wound. The 2 humbuckers are DP100 Super Distortion(Bridge) and a DP165 BREED in the...
  10. Pickups & wiring
    Hey guys, I'm trying to get an answer for this. I have an RG1570L that I'm swapping pickups in. I have a '59 4-con for the neck, an SSL-1L RWRP for the middle, and a distortion TB-6 bridge. I'm told that to get hum-canceling In positions 2 and 4 that I can either do the outside coils with this...
  11. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    My 5 way pickup selector switch has broken on one of the ends so now I can't use one of the positions, so I was wondering where I could order a replacement one that isn't just cheap garbage that will break after I install it. Thinking about replacing the tone and volume pots too. So, what 5...
  12. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I have a S470FM with a Steve Special in the bridge. When I place pick up switch to the FULL bridge position (All the way down) the volume is significantly reduced in comparison to the other 4 positions. I inspected the wires on the switch and pots and it appears that no wires have been...
  13. Comments to Ibanez
    Plugs are a lovely invention. Soldering isn't much fun. Combine both axioms and it starts looking like a good idea to transition to solderless elements. :) I've read claims that soldering gives you better contacts. Is there any truth to that? Plugs work for EMG, though that's usually actives...
  14. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    What are good and bad cleaning sprays to use on guitar switches, pots, etc.? I'm not in the US and likely won't be able to find the usual recommended types, so any idea what to look for in terms of ingredients or "specs"? I read that some types can damage plastics (and guitar finish?), and...
  15. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, all. I want to ask if it is possible to have this config for an H-H config: 1 - Bridge series 2 - Bridge Parallel 3 - Bridge and Neck 4 - Neck Parallel 5 - Neck series Is this possible for a stock Ibanez 5-way switch? Currently the config is much like Paul Gilbert's PGM401: 1 - Bridge...
  16. Pickups & wiring
    Just got my 1989 RG560 up and running after 10 years of sitting in case due to needing parts for the trem. Way back around 1992 I put a Carvin M22SD in the bridge, that has been the only change from stock. As I plugged in I had no bridge signal. The right right wire was broken off, so I...
  17. Pickups & wiring
    Edit: I just realised I bought the S type which is for strats rather than the E type megaswitch...I was wondering if this switch can still be used or do I need to order the E type from stewmac? =( I was wondering if anyone knew how the the '91 RG760 had the wiring normally done? It originally...
  18. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, new member with an idea for my SZ720. Well it seems I can't imbed the picture I drew because I need ten posts so I'll try it this way: Bridge position: >G ._. . ._| . ._. . ._| . B H Middle position: >G ._. . . |_. . ._.N ._| . B H Neck position: >G ...
  19. Pickups & wiring
    I have a "parts" 1989 RG550 and I thnk it's about time I got the wiring as close as I can back to stock. I've found a wiring diagram here: ibanez.com/support/wiringdiagrams But they only go back as 1994, So will the diagram be the same for previous years? My guess is yes but just making sure...
  20. Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models
    I have a JS1000 Black Pearl that I bought in March 2006. I actually bought it from Rich @ Ibanezrules. I'm pretty sure this forum is where I heard of him. Anyways, the guitar is awesome, haven't had a single problem with it in 5 years I've owned it. However, the black cap on the 3-way pickup...
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