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I picked this up today from Kijiji; claims its an RG 550. Plays great and god knows what pups these are. Any help is appreciated to give this guy an identity. Also, the bridge cant be pulled back cos of the weird setup its in. Is there something I can do myself for this to go both ways? Advices welcome.

I paid 350 CAD for this so really didnt mind the issues. This is really the best neck Ive played, second to my Charvel So-Cal.












 

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We need a pic of the back of the guitar and one of the input jack to know for sure. The setup is screwed up on it, that's why you can't pull up. the trem is already angled in the "pull up" position.
 

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Hi!

If it's an aftermarket body, then it is extremely well made (excellent covers fit and other details) but it may be a refinished lower range JEM body also...

In case the pickups are weak, then replace them and you have a great RG/JEM guitar!

Cheers, JPB
 

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I have no idea about powersounds. The neck pickups sound way too bright than usual. I'll get this checked soon.

@IBzeP: I have a Super Distortion pup id be installing on the bridge.

@RGTFanatic: So, its not done well. I have to get some routing done in the cavity since the trem bar doesn't go both ways. It hits the wood when pulled back; here's a pic:



http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b17/Man0warrioR/IMG_20150730_201541_zpsaqfm6gvj.jpg

I just fell in love with the neck. Now I really know what a "fast neck" is :D
 

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The bridge isn't set up properly.
It shouldn't be 'flush' with the body like that, when viewed from the side of the bridge. The side should look like it's angled up. Check Rich site, www.ibanezrules.com for a great tutorial on how this should be set up.
I can see in the picture that the bridge is way too far angled back. Just loosen the springs a bit until the knife edges (if you look at the side, you'll see the little dark insert) are parallel with the body. That should give you some nice pull-up.
Whomever set that guitar up didn't seem to have a clue. :)
I seriously doubt you'll need to do any routing once it's set up properly.
 

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Right, but your Jackson has a flat-plate FR, the Edge has an upward angle on the side, it shouldn't be set flat like I see in your pictures.
Like I said; look at the little knife edge insert you'll see near the E strings right on the side of the bridge. Hold the guitar in playing position and look down at it, into the cavity. You'll see what I mean.
Rich's site describes it better, and with pictures. :)
Have fun. :)
 

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Right, but your Jackson has a flat-plate FR, the Edge has an upward angle on the side, it shouldn't be set flat like I see in your pictures.
Like I said; look at the little knife edge insert you'll see nere the E strings right on the side of the bridge. Hold the guitar in playing position and look down at it, into the cavity. You'll see what I mean.
Rich's site describes it better, and with pictures. :)
Have fun. :)
THIS^^^^

By getting the trem angle correct, you'll gain a fair amount of pull-up. This is definitely an aftermarket body (Perle?) with a horrendous setup. Once the setup is right, you'll be amazed at how much more you like it.

Here is the section on Rich's site that give you all the information you need for setting up your trem...... Go directly to the Edge/Lo-Pro section.

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/angle.htm
 

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If you have a lot of time (and a few beers) read through the whole tech section, writing down notes that apply to your guitars. This is the Ibanez players guide to getting the perfect setup for each player. Rich deserves an award for putting out this much info. It took him YEARS worth of experience and countless hours compiling all of it for us......:)

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/index.htm
 

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If you have a lot of time (and a few beers) read through the whole tech section, writing down notes that apply to your guitars. This is the Ibanez players guide to getting the perfect setup for each player. Rich deserves an award for putting out this much info. It took him YEARS worth of experience and countless hours compiling all of it for us......:)

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/setup/index.htm
THIS THIS THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ibanez should link to his setup site, it's that good!
And no; I'm not biased because of our mutual ladder fetish. ;)
(Sorry, couldn't resist. :twisted: LOL)
 

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I read through the ibanezrules setup material and damn it helped ! Thanks RGTFanatic.

Meechy, I now have it setup for pull-ups without any cavity work. Thanks a lot for saving me some time and money. My guitar guy said otherwise.

Since I have a loose arm, I tried to follow what a youtube video showed. i.e. to remove bushings and expand it. In the process I made it worse by losing one : [

I'm looking to buy an arm/bushings from ibanezrules. Thanks again for all the tips :D
 

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Btw, can you guys give me a lil' insight on how to make a floating trem flutter (a la Steve Vai's). Is there a sure fire way?
 

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Btw, can you guys give me a lil' insight on how to make a floating trem flutter (a la Steve Vai's). Is there a sure fire way?
Give it a slight tap at the tip of the bar and let the bar vibrate, i find that is a bit easier to do with bar facing the back of the trem, keep practicing and you will get it in no time.

That being said i think Vai uses a trem stopper, so his guitars would probably flutter less than yours :p
 

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Give it a slight tap at the tip of the bar and let the bar vibrate, i find that is a bit easier to do with bar facing the back of the trem, keep practicing and you will get it in no time.

That being said i think Vai uses a trem stopper, so his guitars would probably flutter less than yours :p
Im actually referring to the setup of the bridge/springs etc. Some believe that less springs make it flutter more, altho I have one with 4 springs and flutters the most!
 

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Im actually referring to the setup of the bridge/springs etc. Some believe that less springs make it flutter more, altho I have one with 4 springs and flutters the most!
IT'll flutter just fine once you get it set up, don't worry.

Interesting one, on the body. I'd be curious to see a picture of the inside of the neck pocket, or under the pickguard, if you ever take it completely apart. The body finish doesn't look mirror smooth, but clearly the finish is aftermarket anyway since this is a color a Jem never came in - the interesting question is whether it's a Jem body, or a well-made aftermarket body.

Either way, cool. IT'll be a great guitar once you get the bridge set up right. The neck pickup that's too bright... Does it also hum, or is the output unusually low? I'm wondering if it's either split or wired in parallel.
 
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