Let the RG8 Mods begin...

Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by M3CHK1LLA, Dec 4, 2012.

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    well done sir, well done!.
     
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    Looks great for $0.70 and 22 minutes! I bet it sounds rad!
     
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    I'm just going to leave this here:
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    Are you doing another one? :eek:
     
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    I have high hopes, please don't break my heart.
     
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    How does one go wrong with Padauk?
     
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    I'm really going to have to give this another go some time. Just a basic refinish, learning from all the mistakes of my first attempt.
     
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    Can't wait to see what you come up with!
     
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    Nothing too complex! My previous attempt was an RGA8, I wanted to do metallic orange front and black back, but my masking was beyond subpar and I made the mistake of using a matte clearcoat rather than satin/gloss. So I restripped (poorly due to impatience) and repainted the entire body metallic orange and then used a gloss clearcoat, the colour looked nice but because of my shoddy stripping and smoothing, it looked pretty bad. Then when I got to putting the hardware and electronics back in, I wasn't happy enough to commit to £400ish for pickups. Also, the bridge wasn't fitting properly due to what looked like a previous owner screwing around with it or cheap construction, so I was fine with ditching the project.

    When I find another RG8 in passable condition for a good price, I'll get it and strip (using a heat gun this time, sanding affects the shape too much) and go for metallic orange again. Satin clearcoat this time! I'll change the bridge to a Hipshot "Gibraltar" Ibby replacement, and Hipshot open gear locking tuners (in black). Might spring for Ragnaroks, I assume someone will have done demos by the time I get to installing pickups, but from official demos I'm already at least a little interested.
     
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    yes!!
    I cannot wait to see this project come alive!.
    Document it in another thread dude for sure!.
     
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    As soon as I can, man. I'm always on the lookout for that bargain RG8!
     
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    @djohns74 Whipped this swamp ash FRG8 body for me. I've always wanted an FR in an 8 strring, and after Seeing the Philosopher's, I decided to make it happen.

    Disregard the crud on the neck, it was from a super cruddy used RG8 I found at guitar center for $199. I sanded it down and sprayed the read and headstock black to contrast the buttery swamp ash. I plan on having a local dude redo all of the frets and set it up.

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    any advice on spraying necks?
     
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    I'm so awful at it I would really just refer you to the luthiery subforum here, those guys knows whats up.
     
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    Thanks, it's going to be quite the beast I do believe.
     

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