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UK Evilbay coughed up a Korean RT150 :



First thought had been to stick my spare Fred in the bridge position and not to bother with anything else.

But that would be dull, no? :wink:

I've been a Maiden fan since before I started playing guitar over 20 years ago, and the first time I saw them live was on the tour for No Prayer For The Dying. Janick Gers, in only his 10th gig with the band, was already climbing up the PA stacks, jumping around like a madman and generally making my guitar idol of the time, Dave Murray, look like he was glued to the spot.

Fast forward 20 years and we have a black (pointy) Strat to play with. Someone in last month's UK Guitarist magazine did something very similar with a Fender Road Worn Strat but I'm going with the Ibanez route for something a little different.







Next Step : Fetch Me My Tools...
 

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OK, so it's time to see what we're dealing with here :



Old school neck joint FTMFW :)



Mmm, vintage stylee. Don't like that string tree, though.



Humbuckers are going but I was planning on keeping the single coil. Only thing is...



That can't be good. Not to worry, there's a spare INFS knocking about here somewhere that will do the trick.



It's either had a new switch or, for some odd reason, new screws.

OK, let's break out the tools and see what's under the bonnet...
 

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Excellent, nice big bathtub rout so I won't need to do any messing around with chisels.



That'll explain why that screw wouldn't bite, then...

I did find one thing that was definitely a problem :



Looks like it's ready to crumble into dust at any minute. It certainly can't be helping the tone. We'll be needing a replacement, then.

So the shopping list will be :

- Duncan JB-JR pickups for the neck and bridge
- New 5-way switch
- DPDT toggle switch for coiltap (I want the option of fully single-coil operation. Split-5 is groovy but I fancy something a bit different)
- New pots
- New scratchplate
- New output jack (this one's dodgy)
- New bridge

And if I'm feeling very generous :

- New roller string tree
- New roller nut (or at least a new nut - this one's a smidge cracked in two places)
- New (locking) tuners

More than I had intended to do but this guitar was a £120 cheeky punt so I'm happy to put some money into it to get it singing.

This might also be the guitar to have a go at with the sander for some subtle relic touches.

To be continued...
 

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I was looking for a SSS RG pickguard myself. Good luck finding one...I gave up because I thought that it was rediculous to fork over 80 bucks to make when the exact same thing can be had for less than 20 new, only with slightly larger holes.
 

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Mmmmmmm interesting!

RT150 MIK too. Great little project BTW. I'm just completed one on an RT250 MIK.

No one has been able to throw any light on why/ how these MIK models came about.

What's the body thickness?

My RT250 body is about 8mm thicker than the RT450 and RT240 bodies. The neck is a tad fatter too. Still feels nice, just different.

The body and neck have no markings for clues. The RT250 MIK still has the TZ100 trem as on the MIJ but the pickups are definately not VS6's, 7's or 8's. The pots are not stock MIJ either! They've gone lol....

I've replaced the crap pickups with Breeds/SVC combo and the Trem with a VS100 Wilkinson. It slotted in almost perfectly. I just had to route the lip 3mm for the trem to rise.

Sounds and plays very well. Not quite up there with the MIJ's I have but just a bit differently.

Keep up the good work
All the best

Si
 

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What's the body thickness?
It's about 47mm - definitely on the chunky side.

Duncans are here. New trem, switch, pots, etc are on the way. Need to get the new scratchplate drawn up and made. Things are moving forwards.
 

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It really is weird!!! I love to find out about these rogue models.

Rich can you measure your RT's width?

Even the serial is a non-ibanez format on the neckplate with nothing on the neck!
What factory did they come from? Cort had C.......it's all very intriguing.

Was it just the RT150's and RT250's that had MIK versions.

....and how many RT250's MIJ's did they make considering it was identical to the RT450's just with different pickups.
 

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The RT250 is the European equivalent to the US RT450. Why yours was made in Korea, I couldn't say.
It is - ish... ;-)

I have two RT450's from and available in Europe. They had a VS7 and VS8.

The RT250's had VS6's x 2 and yes only imported to europe. The MIK is a totally different spec'd guita that appears in no Ibanez catalogue!!!

Yep I'm an Ibanez anorak!!! Got 25 of the buggers!!

I also have two RT240's the SSH which seem to be Europe only too.... but as mentioned elsewhere one of my RT450 came stamped with an RT240 neck whilst one of my RT450's came stamped with a RT240 neck.

I'm sooooooo intrigued by these guitars now owning 5 !!! I do need the RT452 tho LOL

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As far as I've always understood, the RT450 wasn't available in Europe as it's not in any EU price list or catalog. The ones you have were most likely imported by private sellers, because they weren't available retail. If you bought them new in Europe, I'd be very interested!

Regarding the necks, Ibanez has always been a little screwy about neck stamps. Most RG560/570 necks are stamped RG550R, so I'd guess that the necks are exactly the same on the 240/250/450.

It's very interesting that you have an MIK version, though. Perhaps production was moved when they decided to halt production? It's more and more difficult to piece these mysteries together as time passes.
 

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Rich can you measure your RT's width?
wish i could. mine is in the middle of a refin. getting tons of clearcoat being sprayed on it right now. mine is going to be far from oem as i have reshaped several places to be more ergonomic.
btw, for those looking to refinish an rt150, it isn't really worth it unless you do an opaque finish. transparent and translucent finishes will reveal the biggest flaw of the rt150: a 5 piece body. fender has adopted this on their mexican's, but hey, at least it is real alder.

rich
 

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As far as I've always understood, the RT450 wasn't available in Europe as it's not in any EU price list or catalog. The ones you have were most likely imported by private sellers, because they weren't available retail. If you bought them new in Europe, I'd be very interested!
We've often been able to get all sorts of things that aren't in catalogues, especially here in the UK so I wouldn't put too much store in the catalogues being a definitive list of what was and wasn't available.
 

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We've often been able to get all sorts of things that aren't in catalogues, especially here in the UK so I wouldn't put too much store in the catalogues being a definitive list of what was and wasn't available.
Well, yeah. That's exactly what I was saying. They weren't available 'officially'. :)
 

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I mean they came through the normal distributers, but were things like "half year additions" and such. The JPM100 P1 is a good example of this, it wasn't in the catalogue, but the distributer still brought them in through normal channels.

Occasionally I've seen "season updates" to the catalogues just a single sheet of A4 with 2 or three models on it that sort of thing.
 
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