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This is my customized 540R. It now has a custom neck with a D shaped neck, 6105 frets and a 10 to 12 inch compound radius with a 42mm nut. It has a DiMarzio Satchur8 in the bridge, and Fender Hot noiseless singles. It's essentially a Satriani, jeff beck fusion... but a little more on the satch side. Volume has a push pull with a high pass filter. The Tone has a push pull that coil taps the humbucker. Took a while to find a edge trem in good condition that didn't cost an arm and a leg!

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Everything but the wood.

I bought a Jem JR with this plan. Now it's got an original edge, custom guard, and, I figured I'd make it extra personal with my off kilter humor. Found a guy on Ebay who makes custom decals. I'll try to upload more pics.
 

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Here is my contribution - Old school - my 1986 Ibanez Roadster II RG140 (made in Japan) with a couple of mods;
Gotoh 510 trem (full replacement unit, the old trem arm broke off in the block)
Gotoh staggered locking tuners and tusq string tree
Pickups: (currently) Dimarzio AT100 in the bridge (although also had a Fred in there which i think works better in this guitar and will probably go back in soon)
Dimarzio Cruiser - Middle
Dimarzio Fast Track - Neck
Schaller strap locks and some chrome knobs
CTS Lefty taper 500K pots and orange drop cap
I de-glossed the neck a little so it’s nice and smooth now.
Lastly, the one thing i always disliked was the output jack which was originally in the pickguard- so i routed it for a strat style jack - perfect!

With a clean and a polish i love this thing!! - the trem has really brought it back to life, divebombs and flutters and stays in tune incredibly well (especially considering its a a non-locking setup) honestly it is better now than it was new and i’m having a hard time putting it down.
 

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^^ Very nice mods and nice to see some Roadstar love - necks on these are pretty nice, eh? More proof that these guitars just need a bit of a hand to make them killer.

Agree about the jack - factory pickguard mount a bit of a fail but in terms of economic scaling for the range, probably made sense. I've looked at these on and off for years and, like you, felt that a better bridge and new jack placement would transform this model.
 

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^^ Very nice mods and nice to see some Roadstar love - necks on these are pretty nice, eh? More proof that these guitars just need a bit of a hand to make them killer.

Agree about the jack - factory pickguard mount a bit of a fail but in terms of economic scaling for the range, probably made sense. I've looked at these on and off for years and, like you, felt that a better bridge and new jack placement would transform this model.
Agree with everything you said there, these were not a very expensive model so a few shortcuts on jack and bridge etc can be expected. The necks though are great, honestly it is one of the most comfortable (for my hands) i've ever played. It's still one of my favourite headstock shapes too !
I reckon i might get another 35 years out of it now ;-)
 

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Agree with everything you said there, these were not a very expensive model so a few shortcuts on jack and bridge etc can be expected. The necks though are great, honestly it is one of the most comfortable (for my hands) i've ever played. It's still one of my favourite headstock shapes too !
I reckon i might get another 35 years out of it now ;-)
Yes, the combination of a C shape with a flatter fingerboard radius is pretty damn nice. In general, the quality of neck build in this period is seriously good, imo. I also like the old blade headstock, don't get the hate. Frank Falbo once described the guitars as having great build quality and pickups you don't feel bad about pulling out, sums it up pretty well.

A question: what kind of finish does the neck have on yours? Is it oil or something else? I'm wondering because most of the Deluxe and Prolines from the same year have oiled becks, while some of the other models have painted or a glossier natural finish.
 

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A question: what kind of finish does the neck have on yours? Is it oil or something else? I'm wondering because most of the Deluxe and Prolines from the same year have oiled becks, while some of the other models have painted or a glossier natural finish.
The neck was just the standard gloss finish, i used a scotchbrite pad a few years back just to lightly dull that and make it less 'sticky' Feels grea now.
 

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So I don't post as much anymore. Not that I did to begin with. I have a few Lower end Ibanez's that I probably put too much money into but it was fun Regardless. You can't fix everything a company does to cut corners to lower the price but you can upgrade many. These guitars are good examples. Still you need to be smart where you spend your money. At the end of the day the model doesn't change.

RG370DX was in pristine condition but suffered the typical issues. played it for awhile. The tremolo was trash. Got a PRO from Rich. Was better but not fully stable so not trustworthy. Time goes by and I get inspired by some skins from Inzane Skins. Just a top cover. Not cleared. Decided I would make a conversation / dedication guitar to my late father in law who was career Airforce. Will do another for my father who was career Army but I need a black guitar for that. After doing the Wrap the black pickups had to go. It screamed Chrome to me. So didn't want to spend too much considering it wasn't stable at the time. a favorite cheap pickup is a Dragonfire screamer so I install it all. Then I learn a trick to easily do post AND sleeve replacement. The trem was too well thought of to not make it 100% right. Hardened posts go in and presto. I can whammy away!!!! Awesome player now!!

Next a PS60 Iceman. Another pristine guitar to start. Fell in love with the color and like the RG the Chromed out look called to me. Wasn't a great player but was just OK. Lot of little tweaks went in to find the sweet spot. Now she rips. New pups, rings, knobs and pu select. Pups are Seymour Duncan 59 set.
 

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