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So a few years ago I looked into purchasing a fixed bridge guitar. I was sick of floating bridges. When one day I happened upon a metallic dark blue RG421 in a local music store. The owner of the store had become a friend over the years, he even sold me my very first Ibanez.

Anyway, I picked the guitar off the hanger and eagerly looked behind the headstock for 3 magical little words that would mean I would allow myself to purchase the guitar. "Made In Japan", is what she said...

Stock with V7 and V8 humbuckers... No single coil... Oh well, what was the price? Not bad....Where's the nearest Dual Recto?

She played well, and felt surprisingly like my RG570 but with a slightly thicker neck. Not to bad, I thought. So I made a deal with the owner of the store. A set of Dimarzio Evolutions for the neck and bridge were ordered, and I would take delivery of my 421 w/ full setup, Evo's, Dimarzio clip-lock strap, and Ibanez hardcase within a few days.

Fast forward a few years and we're here. A while back I started looking into getting rid of my pickup rings. I got as far as pulling the pickup rings off and realizing how large (and incredibly ugly) the routed holes are.

Originally this is what she looked like


Soon after I started playing around in photoshop with different coloured pickups and knobs. I settled on black and white.

A few phone calls later, and I started to curse Australia. "There'll be a couple of months wait on the white and black Evolutions if you order them now", is what I heard on the other end of the phone.

I'm impatient.

Give me stickers... bugger it.

So I ordered a set of bobbin toppers at an extremely exorbitant price. (I took a scan though, so if I ever want another set I can a vinyl cutter here in Aus to cut them for me and less than 1/4 what I paid...*cough*)

**** found me white and black volume and tone knobs.



Still got those pickup rings though. I know people like them, and most don't mind them. I just prefer not having them.

I started having a look around the internet for pickguards for the 421. It was difficult. There were none, and those that had advertisements for them didn't have pictures, instead showing a Jem or RG HSH for direct mounted pickups....and NONE were cut properly for the bridge.

These places were also located on the other side of the world. I didn't want to risk it.

So I turned to ETguitars and shot Ernie an email. A few emails, measurements and photographs and we were on our way. Flawless service from the man. Within the week I had this in my hands.





Cut with perfect fitment.



This is where I started to get nervous... There's a drill there... and I'm going to have to use it...



No turning back now...

All the screws in. The guitar survived, and so did I!

 

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Big thanks to ETguitars. :D

Everyone notice the way ETguitars cut the guard around the bridge? Not sure why Ibanez couldn't do this for their Jem EAFX....

Now that's done I want to do more...

I can do either a swirl or tree-of-life inlay on a custom neck. But can't do both. I'll be sending another email to ET soon enough. Not sure what quote I'll be asking for yet though...Anyone want to steer me one way or the other? :)
 

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Nice job, it looks great! You know, a few years from now this guitar will pop up on Jemsite in a thread entitled "identify this RG" and the conversation will go something like:

"Wait, I thought MIJ 421's didn't have pickguards . . . "

"Maybe it's a custom job . . ."

"Maybe it's a one-off or a prototype!"

Peace

Mike
 

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Thanks for the comments guys!

I'm happy with the looks. Very happy. Just wish it was swirled, or had a cool inlay on the neck. :)

thats looks fantastic, looks like something thats really fun to play. so does this guitar have a wizard II thats made in japan? or just regular wozard. i dont understand.
Wizard II that's made in Japan. Feels like the Wizard on the 570 but it feels more square.

Nice job, it looks great! You know, a few years from now this guitar will pop up on Jemsite in a thread entitled "identify this RG" and the conversation will go something like:

"Wait, I thought MIJ 421's didn't have pickguards . . . "

"Maybe it's a custom job . . ."

"Maybe it's a one-off or a prototype!"

Peace

Mike
lol, cool.

Looks better than the new hardtail Jem. --Jason
If only I could get the neck off that hardtail Jem. :D

Looking good.
What about sticking a really big hideous emblem just behind the bridge? ;)
Nah, I was thinking about doing what Paul Gilbert wanted to do with his anniversary model and stick a big silly picture of my head under the bridge! :D

That's spooky. Check out my stock ALVAREZ. Sorry for the brand name change but I think you'll understand. Ignore the Trem.
That Alvarez has better pickup routes than mine. That's just not right.
 

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Great stuff, a pity about the pickup cavities and the holes from the rings.l I probably wouldn't have gone a clear one because of that.

Go for a new neck with maple fretboard and pyramid inlays, that's what I would do. :)
 

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Great job on the 421 customization - I think it looks great. The clear pickguard is awesome.

I too have a RG421 in black (I love it) that I only slighty modified using bobbin topper stickers and the white knobs and switch tip to somewhat resemble the black & white Jem7PBK. I replaced the original pickups with a black DiMarzio Air Norton in the neck and a black Tone Zone in the bridge.



To top that off, I wound up buying the 421 on clearance from Musicians friend for $280 shipped to my house. That made it cheaper than my older Korean made EX370 that is next to the 421 in the picture above.

Regards,
JJG
 
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