Vade Posted October 24, 2006 Report Share Posted October 24, 2006 So I've been studying links online for DAYS now and decided that if I were SMART, I'd join PG and get to know people... pick a few brains. y'know. "Stuff." First off: I'm Vade. It's like "Darth Vader" minus the "R"... and the "Darth." So... yeah. "Hey." So here's a PAIR of questions. "That's right folks... not one, but TWO questions! And if you act now, I'll throw in the "n00b followup barrage" absolutely free of charge!" (PA residents add 6% sales tax) Question the 1st: --------------------------- I HAVE to ask... why does anyone pay for a custom pickguard? On a recent blog I was reading (which was pretty good, btw) the highest cost of the whole reworked project was 80 bucks for a pickguard. Couldn't we just cut any shape we wanted out of any material we wanted with a jigsaw? I mean, plastic, aluminum, steel, wood, celluloid... you name it! I always thought this would be the cheapest part of guitar modding but I've seen a LOT of people sock out some serious buckage for these! Is it just that most people find it's worth it to not have to cut the shape and drill the holes? Question the second (of the 1st part) --------------------------------------------------- I began my serious forum-hunting on an Ibanez group cause I'm looking to customize a low-end RG from 2001. When I didn't find what I was looking for there, (and realizing I might very well be flamed off the face of the internet for my plans by the Ibby fans) I hunted and picked via Google but STILL didn't find exactly what I was looking for so here we go: I am HOPING to re-carve the very flat body of the RG to add dimension and character. I was hoping for an archtop effect with additional reductions at the lowest spots of the horns. In my spare time in highschool woodshop, I whipped out a solid walnut guitar body with the usual cutaways on the belly and arm. Though time-consuming, I wouldn't consider it "difficult" and would like to play with the shape of the RG to make it less flat (read: less RG-ish.) Please don't misunderstand me. I LOVE Ibanez's but for my own personal gweeter, I like the look of a sculpted body. But with all the various "Mods" I've found (routing for new pickups, filling old pickup routes, cutting a Jem monkey grip, installing an FR floating trem, reversing FROM a trem to a hardtail, applying flame veneer tops, repaints, material finishes...) I haven't seen anyone modding a flat top electric to a re-carved body, archtop or otherwise. Are these things floating around online or on the forum and I'm just missing them? Is this a cardinal sin even on a $50 RG270DX? Am I going to hell for wanting to do this? Okay, I know... there were a number of questions sub categorized underneath Question #2 but obviously a number of them aren't really serious. But I KNOW I can't be the first person who wants to carve up a perfectly decent guitar body to make a far more individual instrument. Who has done this? I would like to see other people's work to know what to be careful of and what to keep in mind before I go hitting the routing table and various sanders! Thanks in advance for any thoughts, ideas, criticisms of my mental state and patience with my over-use of smilies. ~~Vade Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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