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  1. Pickups & wiring
    I'm looking to upgrade one of my old guitars with a Fred in the bridge, Air Norton in the neck, and Air Norton S in the middle. I would like to have a 5 way lever switch to choose between Neck, Neck+Mid, Mid, Bridge+Mid, Bridge, while at the same time have 3 small switches, one for each pickup...
  2. Pickups & wiring
    Hey, investigating the electronics of a newly acquired UV7BK, I noticed what I believe are way too lowly rated pots. I only managed to grab a pic of the tone pot, but am I reading this correctly? 15 K? Isn't that waaay low? I assume none of this is original... I also have to change the switch (3...
  3. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, I finished the wiring of the 81/85 set. Looks good but sounds bad. When I plug the mono instrument cable in there is a very bad noise/sizzling coming but it disappears after a minute or so. Very interesting. Everything is grounded except the strings (because EMG manual says so). The...
  4. Pickups & wiring
    I bought an older Ibanez "V1" and banked it for the right project. I finally went to use it and it was no good. Of course it is way too late to contact the seller about it! So, it goes. Looking for another one, I found one on ebay with an "IBZ V1" stamp instead of the "V1" stamp like the one I...
  5. Pickups & wiring
    Hi All, I have an Ibanez RG140 Roadstar which is not making any noise. I'm looking to see if anyone has a wiring diagram for this. It's HSS, one volume with coil tap, one tone, 5-way switch, all the pickups and red and white wire with ground including the humbucker. If anyone can give me any...
  6. Pickups & wiring
    I have an acoustic guitar Yamaha FS100C, I am planning to convert it into semi acoustic with a fishman preamp. Why i want to do this is to connect it to an output i.e. to this speaker...
  7. Pickups & wiring
    Hi, The body of my RG550LTD cracked so I ordered a replacement body. I chose a back route instead of the original front route with pickguard. The route for the pickups is only 1.6cm or about 5/8 of an inch deep. It won't fit the pickups I had (V7, S1, V2). Is it a standard route depth and are...
  8. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi, i have a 90's Japanese RG550 with the Quantum humbuckers(out of some S series from the same era, they are ceramic) instead of the V7/V8 that came originally. My electronics have very bad connections and are scratchy when using the volume/tone knobs, and switching pickup positions. I want to...
  9. Pickups & wiring
    I have a set of power sound humbuckers, 3 wires: white, red and bare. I want to run them but coil tap them through an on off switch and have a 3 way selector. How can I achieve this without a push/pull potentiometer??
  10. 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...
  11. Pickups & wiring
    Ibanez is using a new 5way switch, at least in the RG521 Genesis. I'm trying to find a good diagram to install a pair of Dimarzio (Super D and Liquifire). Dimarzio tech support wasn't even sure. Does anyone have an install done that can share the schematics? Here the original config of what...
  12. Pickups & wiring
    Hey folks, I'm currently on a quest to come up with a nice/flexible/fun way to rewire my trusty RG550. I've posted elsewhere about my questions around a specific pickup, but I thought I'd share what I've come up with so far for the whole thing and start a more general discussion. I have in my...
  13. Pickups & wiring
    I have an RG550 (an '87) that I love, and recently decided to start working on refurbishing it with new electronics. I'm currently waiting on an Air Norton neck, Cruiser mid (neck version), and Evo bridge to arrive. I'm working on coming up with some fun wiring options, but I wanted to ask the...
  14. Pickups & wiring
    Hi Everyone, First post here and I'm hoping your collective Ibanez knowledge can help me out. I've looked through what's on here already as far as wiring goes and I just can't seem to find what I need. I have a Ibanez S1220WNF (2 humbucker) as a project build going and it has no electronics...
  15. 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...
  16. Gear, Equipment, Recording & Off Topic
    I need help identifying a pickup set. The wiring colors are red, white, blue, black and bare. So, I have to assume they are Ibanez, but the only marking on the brass colored bottom plates are a R and F stamp. Oh and there are slugs on both the north and south (no adjustable pole pieces). I have...
  17. Pickups & wiring
    Hi guys, I've got a Suhr Modern with a HSH configuration. I would like the middle position to be the outer coils of both humbuckers to get that tele sound. Does anybody have a wiring diagram for that? I tried the DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan websites, but the all have push pull pots or...
  18. Pickups & wiring
    so i have an air norton and air zone coming my way, planning on installing in a guitar with the petrucci wiring (neck/bridge n neck split/bridge). The air zone will split to the slug coil and the air norton will split to the screw coil to maintain humbucking, but I know its possible to open up...
  19. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi there, first post here...longtime lurker. Lots of good info here but....wondering if anyone can help. I've been on a bit of an Ibanez splurge recently and just picked up a used JEM 7VWH from 2000. Pretty dinged up but a great playing guitar. It arrived with a crackly and sputtering volume...
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