I need help as to why my tone sounds muddy. I just put together a custom project. I have an original AANJ RG550 basswood body with a edge pro, V1,S1, Super distortion (bridge) pickups, rg550 volume/tone pots. Im using a maple aanj neck/fretboard from a rg 450 \with gotoh tuners and rg550 locking nut. Basically, all the parts I used are off a rg550 besides the maple neck itself. Now heres my problem. Everytime I strum the strings, without the guitar being plugged into an amp or anything, it sounds as if all the tone is getting sucked into the body itself and doesnt sound bright or crisp at all. Everything is tight on the guitar and it took me about 2 hours to set it up.. Stays in tune really nice, but the tone sounds like crap. Is there anything on the trem itself that would suck up the tone of the strings? Worn out saddles, trem block under the tremolo, worn nut, or possibly the paint? Any suggestions would be appreciative. The best way I guess I can describe the tone is if you had an acoustic guitar and put a blanket inside the hollow body and tried playing it that way.