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I'm thinking of building up a 5xx or 7xx level RG. I think it might be rather unique to use a lefty neck and have it reversed for right. I know there would be no side markers, but minus the AANJ, would there be any other forseeable problems?

BTW, any ideas on how to approximate side markers??
 

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Why?

For a reversed headstock of course.

Hey dude, my friend has a Guitar Center 27th Anniversary RG560. (got it for $100 at a Pawn Shop, pretty damn good deal)

Since its the Guitar Center edition, it has a lefty neck on it, so it has the reversed headstock. You can tell because it has side fret dots, but on the left side of the neck, which on a right handed body, faces the floor.

It was really confusing to play with no fret dots, so he got a drill and drilled small holes in the side where the side dots WOULD be if it was a right handed guitar.

After he got a little hole drilled, I think he put some white wood filler in the holes, and now you cant tell the difference. It looks like a factory job.

So, yes, it can be done no problems, as long as it has the Standard Neck joint. Actually, It has a VERY comfortable feel, its actually the best playing RG ive ever played.

Go for it! Ive thought about doing the same thing.
 

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guitarslinger213 said:
I'm thinking of building up a 5xx or 7xx level RG. I think it might be rather unique to use a lefty neck and have it reversed for right. I know there would be no side markers, but minus the AANJ, would there be any other forseeable problems?

BTW, any ideas on how to approximate side markers??
Necks are designed to have more relief on the bass side than the treble side, so the playability and setup would be an issue.
 

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elcid said:
I've done that with 2 strats and never had any issues
Could be your necks have the same relief profile on bass and treble. Here's a little blurb from Ibanezrules.com:

http://www.ibanezrules.com/new/setup_trem.htm said:
If the neck is not producing ample relief it fails. If it is, then the treble side is checked. It should either have the same amount of relief or less and it's actually preferable to have less relief on the treble side as the unwound strings do not need the clearance that the wound strings need to minimize buzz. If it has more relief than the bass side it fails.
My two RGs have a little more relief on the bass side, but maybe that's not generic to all Ibanezes.
 

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It's not really built into the neck - the bass strings have more tension, and will tend to warp the neck slightly to the point where there is a little more relief on the bass side - the ideal situation is actually a neck with string bow only, no warping as this potentially will end up causing problems.

For the dots - get a thin nitting needle and cut small lengths of it off and glue into pre-drilled holes - standard luthier's trick, or visit stewmac.com - I'm sure they do MOP dots.
 

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David McCarroll said:
It's not really built into the neck - the bass strings have more tension, and will tend to warp the neck slightly to the point where there is a little more relief on the bass side - the ideal situation is actually a neck with string bow only, no warping as this potentially will end up causing problems.
Oh, I see.
 
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