Saga Of The Ibanez Rg 220

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  1. stringtree

    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this Ibanez RG 220 from a local pawn store. It wasn't set up proper, not such a big deal I thought.... Frets in really good condition, probably because it wasn't setup to play. LOL

    Got it home, and made all my adjustments on the guitar to my liking, blocked the floyd, and the intonation wasn't happening. Sitting in a state of bewilderment, the thought came to me to measure it.

    So I measured from inside the nut first fret to the trem, it was 25". Its suppose to be 25 1/2 inches. The measurement from the inside of the nut to the 12th fret itself is 12 3/4 inches. So, double that and it should be 25 1/2 inches....

    With it being a major hassle to move the bridge back and pickups too, I've gone this route.


    In my whole life playing guitar, I never bought a guitar that was not right like this. I guess these things do happen from time to time..

    more to come for those interested........

    Thanks for all your comments along the way.
     
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    BftGibson Well-Known Member

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    do it up !! make it a player, never know, might be your first signature series !
     
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    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Dr Frankenstein I presume ? Doctor, you must be creating a monster, you're not robbing graves at night are you? lol Good luck I cant wait to see how this goes...Rock On!
     
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    Probably a mismatched body/neck mashup by some garage tinkerer?

    That lower horn looks weird, is that even an Ibanez body?

    Real RG shape:
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! :dude:
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    LOL! :dude:

    I've done this once before with good success. This one will have to be pretty much just what I have on hand.
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    I knew nothing would get passed you guys!! LOL :dude:

    It is, or was all Ibanez RG 220.
     
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    Nothing get's past Adieu very sharp :agreed:
     
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    Ive ran into a few Squier strats that i couldnt set the intonation. Usually the scale was short by about 1/16th of an inch. these wernt 2 point trems so it was easy to either drill new holes for the 6 point bridge or ive shimmed the neck to push it away from the bridge enough i could set it.

    If the necks were better the action could be lower on the squiers i had and the scale would be ok but since they wernt the action needed to be raised up quite a bit and that changed everything.

    Good luck with your mod thats a pretty drastic fix imo
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! :dude:

    I agree with you that it is drastic. Even if I managed to get the bridge into position, the bridge pickup had nothing to attach to. Also I found the neck pocket compromised, so this kind just corrects everything..

    I like the Fender Squier Strat Affinity series guitars. That was the first guitar I performed this kind of operation on.
     
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    chiliphil1 Well-Known Member

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    A 3 piece 220! That should be cool! Very interested to see how this one takes shape.
     
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    Thanks! :dude:
     
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    I too want to see the finished product :cool:
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! :dude:
     
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    Update....

    I made a good jig for the neck pocket, however the jig moved a bit and destroyed the pocket.... The neck pocket happens to be 3/4 deep. So I cut down the african mahogany to accept a 3/4 top of maple. I made the neck pocket without the router on the maple. The depth is right, so all is well.

    In cleaning up the saw dust on my workbench, I had found I had the double stick tape all this time in a drawer....LOL

    Glad it happened the way it did. Now I will see what these mix of woods do together, basswood, african mahogany, and maple...
     
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    Update....

    Its got some mess ups, but I'm ok with it... Its come along way in 5 days. This is only my second attempt at doing all this kind of work on a guitar, so it reflects it. Learning a lot, big respect for those that do this for a living! :metal:

    This time around, the problem I had was just not clamping it down well enough when working on it, but I rolled with it.
     
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