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  1. For as long as I've been building guitars and basses, the classic Hipshot hardtail bridge has been the mainstay for builders needing a friendly, easy-to-implement 6, 7 or 8 (and now 9!) string hardtail bridge. This classic hardtail became synonymous with single-scale extended range instruments, gracing guitars by both amateur and boutique custom-builders alike. You could even suggest that it played a pioneer role in driving the development of these instruments and it's still just as popular over ten years later, regularly appearing on member builds here on ProjectGuitar.com. Hipshot have released a new alternative to the classic hardtail, adding a compelling new tool to a builder's armoury! ----==---- The simple unassuming exterior hides a whole lot of brass.... Overview The Hipshot Ibby HM is a part-for-part retrofit for the Ibanez Gibraltar Standard I and II, with a range covering the 6, 7 and 8 string versions in chrome, black and gold finishes. As is the norm for Hipshot, the bridge's baseplate is milled from a block of solid billet stock; in this instance brass. All one has to do is unscrew the existing bridge and drop in the new part with zero modification required. High mass components are part of a tone chaser's armoury of tricks in perfecting the sound of their instrument. Whilst some advocate lightweight or other specific materials for dialling in or restraining certain aspects, the visceral sonority that brass add to a guitar or bass's timbre is the strongest draw for most. In its intended form of being a retrofit for Ibanez Gibraltar bridges (cast zinc alloy?) the use of a heavy brass baseplate unlocks aspects to an instrument's tone that simple die-cast materials don't. Fine as many Ibanez instruments can be off the shelf, basic upgrades such as this only make them finer. However....if you're reading this then the chances are you're not interested in this unit as a retrofit item, and want to know how it fares as the basis for a custom instrument. For the most part, the same things apply. Brass is a fantastic material for a bridge, and a great choice to spec in from the outset. ----==---- Fundamentally, the bridge is a simple string-through-body unit fitted individual steel saddles. The baseplate is patterned to match the string-through holes of the Gibraltar bridges it is intended to replace, with six in-line holes and additional staggered holes at either side. These staggered holes allow the saddles for lower strings to intonate further rearwards (lower strings) without creating a sharp break angle over the witness point. Staggered holes feature on both sides of the baseplate, allowing it to be used in both a left and right-handed context. As with any string through body setup, the instrument will require a set of ferrules or a string retainer block to be fitted at the rear of the instrument. For instruments that refuse to co-operate when intonating, Hipshot also include additional adjustment screws of differing lengths to ensure you can dial it in just so. ProTip: Use the bridge itself to mark out ferrule locations on the rear of the body....just remember to get the staggered holes on the correct side! The baseplate mirrors the staggered holes for both righties and lefties! The saddle height adjustment range is broadly similar to the classic hardtail, with a minimum saddle adjustment of 0.33" (8,4mm) from the face of the instrument through to 0.5" (12,7mm) max. This falls almost exactly in between the ranges of the 0.125" and 0.175" base hardtails. Intonation is readily-accessible from the rear via six screws. String spacing is an even 10,7mm (0,423") centre-to-centre for 6, 7 and 8-string models. This slightly wider spacing may require the use of an F-spaced pickup (DiMarzio term) or trembucker (Seymour Duncan) pole spacing. In general it is right on the margin, so either pole spacing should work fine. This is slightly wider than the classic Hipshot hardtail bridge (10,5mm/0,416"), which I presume is down to the spacing on the Gibraltars. Easy access to intonation adjustment. The bridge mounts to the body using two finish-matched screws (supplied). For additional bridge-to-body coupling (a tone-chaser's favourite) these could easily be swapped out for a pair of machine bolts (M4 or 5/32") with threaded inserts sunk into the body, or even through to a custom-made string retention block at the rear of the instrument. It even looks heavy.... The fit and finish is what we have come to expect from Hipshot; the "show" faces are carefully milled and mirror-smooth with little in the way of machining marks or tool artifacts visible in the unseen areas. All hard edges are broken nicely resulting in a comfortable-feeling unit against your hand. Additionally, the string through holes in the baseplate have a softened lead-in to eliminate string breakage. The plating is consistent and clear, with those nicely-broken edges ensuring durability. Overall the unit is smooth and unobtrusive. The 6-string chrome version reviewed clocks in at a whopping 195g/6,9oz; around a third heavier than some zinc alloys! My only gripe is that the outermost saddle adjustment screw's clearance clips into the otherwise smooth internal curve out of necessity to the design. Certainly no issue beyond a minor point of aesthetics. "She may not look much but she's got it where it counts, kid" Conclusion It's maybe true that you can have too much of a good thing. The classic Hipshot hardtail bridge is still as relevant as ever, but ubiquity often makes it difficult to find something that looks different to everything else. Outside of its intended retrofit purpose, the Ibby HM delivers just that; a familiar drop-in format with a fresh alternative look on top of the consistent standards expected of Hipshot. The Hipshot Ibby HM bridge range is available directly from Hipshot (hipshotproducts.com) and via distributors worldwide. Watch our for the bridge appearing in one of our Season One YouTube build videos!
  2. Time to start a new topic after finally finishing my Aria/Mosrite project last year. This one comes with a story. A long, long time ago somewhere in the lowlands I got my hands on an Ibanez JS10th guitar, aka Chromeboy. I'm a big Satriani fan and really like the chrome finish. It also played like a dream. Really great neck, great versatile sound and the Edge trem setup was superb as well. However, I somehow don't feel comfortable to play very expensive guitars like that so a few years back I got the idea to build/customize my own JS type guitar to keep it relatively cheap and ofcourse have fun doing it! To that purpose, I've picked up 2 Ibanez R440 models. Which are almost identical in shape to the JS body and also made of basswood. The goal is to create 2 JS type guitars out of these: 1 Custom art JS2400 style JS and 1 JS10th style in chrome. To that effect there's some work to be done: Changing radius of fretboard and refret with 6105 fretwire Filling up and routing of one body for HH-setup and one for HS - setup I already started with some of it, which I'll post below. As I've had this idea for a long time, I've had some time to collect hardware needed: Dimarzio ProTrack and MoJoe pickups for the custom art JS Dimarzio PafJoe and PafPro for the chrome JS Push pull pots and electronics 'New' used Edge as one of the two I had was not in the best shape anymore Fretwire
  3. I recently purchased an Ibanez prestige S1220 body and there seems to be a crack on the surface that runs through into the body cavity. It seems stable enough for now although I worry for the future, I fear it may enlarge or even cave in the whole pot. (see picture) Any advice on reinforcing the area around the pot, possibly from inside the cavity? I was just going to cover the whole mess with a decal until I realized that it cracked through, I'm sure it happened because of the thin profile of a saber or someone over tightened the pot or both... Thanks for the help
  4. So I have an Ibanez RG320 that I am fixing up. I have the Dimarzio's that were used in the Charvel San Dimas Re-Issue Circa 1995. They are labeled J152 and J158. Everything I read online says these Ibanez RG320's should have a 5 way switch however it looks as though I have a 3 way. There are only 3 positions that it will go to and there are 7 poles on it(7 places to attach wires). This is my first time to wire up a guitar and it looks as though I can keep most of the wiring that the previous person had done, however I am unsure exactly how to wire to the switch since i cant find a diagram online that looks exactly like mine. I have attached the red wires coming from the dimarzios to the switch where I think they should go and have the Black and White wires together and taped up. but not exactly sure where to run my grounds, and what to do with the greens. Of course I have 1 tone pot and 1 volume pot as well. I just don't want to do it completely wrong and all I can find online are switches that look to have 6 poles or 8 poles all in a straight line. Its very frustrating and I am about to go full r***rd and thrash everything in my apt. Please help.
  5. My current work in progress. Ibanez JEM Tree of Life style neck, with a self built BC Rich shape body, green invader pickups, a Floyd Rose trem and the middle pickup space will be filled with my own self made infinite sustain pickup.

    © Richard Eccles

  6. Hello everyone, I have some questions I hope you guys can answer, since I'm new to guitar modifications or customization. I bought this Ibanez Gio GRG250DX two years ago and I want to upgrade the pickups http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eg_page15.php?year=2015&area_id=3&cat_id=1&series_id=9&data_id=191&color=CL01 Since it came with passive pickups I'd like it to have new passive pickups, I was thinking about buying EMGs, H4, H4a and S3 http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/humbucking/passive-humbucking/h4.html http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/humbucking/passive-humbucking/h4a.html http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/single-coil/passive/s3.html I was wondering if I can install the 3 passive pickups with this wiring kit, or if is it possible to install 3 EMG passive pickups, I've been searching on google for diagrams but I can't find one that has an HSH guitar, and mostly the ones I find are for active pickups or just 2 passive pickups http://www.emgpickups.com/accessories/wiring-kits/wiring-kits/3-pickup-wiring-kit.html
  7. Hi All I am new on this site and hail from Sunny South Africa... OK enough of the boring stuff hehehe My brother has an Ibanez Axestar which has the 2 humbuckers in. I am looking for CAD files etc for this guitar. Does anyone have or even STL files etc. I have a CNC and he wants a new body and made from Mahogany. MANY thanks in advance. Sean
  8. Hi all, I` m the owner of Ibanez Prestige RG 2120x with Lo pro double edge. Preovius owner installed an active EMG picup and disconnected piezo system. I do not like EMG so I changed them for pasive Dimarzio. I did all works based on wirings from Ibanez website and jemsite forum.Now I have some problems the piezo. When I want use my piezo I have to plug two jacks in outputs. On youtube people use one and everything works perfectly. It`s uncomfortable to plug all the time one more jack. How it changed? I have read about KJG Wiring mod. It will solve my problem? Thanks for help Paul
  9. Greetings all. Some of you might have seen my NGD post from last November, announcing the commencement of my latest project. If not, in short, I have a habit of buying nice guitars from crackheads who have neglected them, and return them to better-than-new condition -- oh, and make them daily players again too! 270 days (8 months, 27 days) later, and this one is complete (for almost a month now)! Before the questions are asked as to why I did what I did, let me tell you up front. Two years ago, I spent an entire weekend at every guitar shop in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, looking for my ideal guitar -- the one that feels perfect. One of the first ones I grabbed was an Ibanez S-series, and I instantly fell in love... Until I struck a pick to it, that is. It felt amazing, but I kept hitting that center pickup. It drove me bat **** crazy. I even played a few H-H configured Sabers, but the spacing is so tight, I'd still occasionally hit the neck pup with my pick. The answer was a S-H configuration -- something Ibanez has yet to build in an S-series, and therefore I had to build myself. Fast forward a year, and I find this neglected beauty on Craigslist. I threw a super low-ball offer at the crackhead, and he took it! Being the emphatic George Lynch fan that I am, paint and circuit was a no brainer. Convincing my [then-pregnant] wife that this was a worthwhile project, not such a no brainer. Alas, she went along, and we both got what we wanted... A dream guitar for me, and something significant to hold over my head for her! Here's where it all started... Just purchased from said crackhead at the West Oakland BART station. Rough shape, but it's all there, and the neck is straight! I love Craigslist! I love the MoP inlays on this! I think it'll look HAWT with the paint scheme I have planned! Baby-**** brown sanded off, and all the pickup plugs shaped and fitted. Loosely sat a single-coil pickup in the cavity to ensure fit. Pickup plugs and locking dowels sanded flush. Test fit new pickups! SD Hot Stack for Strat in the neck, and an SD George Lynch Screamin' Demon Trembucker in the bridge. For the record, I ended up selling the cozmo hardware on eBay, and bought brand new black hardware. Re-worked all the frets. They had some really deep gouges in them. I sanded them out with 400 grit sandpaper, then polished them up with some 0000 grade steel wool. They're perfect once again! The fret on the right is a "before" pic, and the fret on the left is an "after". Excess component cavities filled and sanded down. Off for paint!!! Fresh paint on the headstock. The logo is a chrome JS sticker, but removed the "J". I like the script look better than the original S logo. Baking the clear coat in the sun. All complete and assembled! For those who are interested, I kept a running total of expenditures on the project. Also, there is more to this story (with more pictures) available on my project webpage. I'd post it all here, but forum rules prevent it (already tried). I think I did quite well for $710! Tell me what you think, and thanks for checking this out.
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