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Hello all, I am restoring/modding an old ibanez rt-150. I'm basically making an Andy Timmons Clone. However i have had a tough time finding an ibanez maple fretboard neck with 22 frets. I do not want to pay a lot of money as i am trying to clone the AT100 to save money. That and i wanted to restore a guitar.

I found a Ibanez RX20 that is in great condition with a hardshell case for about $95 online. According to wiki the neck is the same size and shape as the rt neck with 2 less frets. The scale of both necks is 25.5". I have also read that these necks are actually pretty nice and play very fast due to being well made and pretty thin. they have jumbo frets whereas the rt viper neck has regular sized frets.

Is this a good deal and would it be a good fit? I know I will have to replace the hardware because the rx neck has cheap tuners on them, so I will have to fill some holes. What do you guys think? i haven't had any other luck with finding the right neck without paying the bucks to have one made. If I do that i might as well have bought a AT10P.

I'll post progress of my work soon with pictures
 

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You might want to check out this old thread I started awhile back since it's about converting RTs to AT-style:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128730&referrerid=3575

Yes, an RX neck will work, but I found them to be inconsistent in quality. I bought one that needed a fair amount of fret work and the truss rod didn't do its job to my satisfaction. So you'd need to inspect it (or have a good tech examine it) to be sure it didn't require a lot of work. I had much better luck with old 22-fret Roadstar necks, but they're not always easy to find.

The main tasks in converting an RT into an AT-style involve:
1) reshaping the heel on both the body and neck to approximate an AANJ shape (the neck part is easy, the body less so).
2) doing some routing to get the neck single coil up closer to the neck than what is possible trying to drop one into the existing neck humbucker cavity
3) getting a replacement pickguard made if you do plan on going with HSS pickups

Obviously, you don't have to do all (or any) of that stuff. You'll still have a cool guitar but it will be missing a few of the features that make the AT appealing. Good luck with it!
 

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I recently found a luthier who makes ibanez replacement necks that will work on your RT, and you can get a maple fretboard. I needed a neck for an RV 470, but all the "usual suspects" for a replacement ibanez neck didn't sell 22 fretters.

Check out Sweetwood guitars. Glenn Sweetwood runs the joint. For the best outcome, be prepared to send your body with a set of tuners, so they can get a tight fit.
 
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