Let the RG8 Mods begin...

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

  1. Kyle01

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

    The blackouts sound quite good to me. I don't have a frame of reference for this guutar since I bought it used with them already in it, but they certainly sound a lot different than my 7's with passives.

    There's a lot of clarity in the low end, which helps with the 7th and 8th string a lot when playing with high gain. When it's clean, it's a bit brighter than I would have expected but can easily be tamed with the tone knob. That brightness does help keep the low strings from sounding too dull or bassy.

    I guess overall, they are pretty tight sounding and it seems to definitely work in the 8 string's favor. I hope this helps.
     
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  2. ThePhilosopher

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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    custom pickguard, gold hardware, gibraltar bridge, dimarzio pickups, ionizer neck and d activator bridge, and a push/pull coil tap[​IMG]
     
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  6. lewis

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    was the Gibraltar a direct swap?
     
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    yeah, just had to file the hole for the 8th string so it lined up with the hole one the bridge tho
     
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  8. BangandBreach

    BangandBreach Kaboom.

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    Love that pickguard dude, you have great taste.
     
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    Anyone here replaced the stock RG8 bridge with a Hipshot Ibby HM bridge? I'd rather not replace with the Hipshot plate-style one as I think they look ugly as fuck.

    Not that I'm prepping another go at it all or anything....
     
  10. lewis

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    Do hipshot offer 8 string versions then? Thats cool. I love that gibraltar bridge.
     
  11. OliOliver

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    Yeah I think they started selling them a couple months ago. As far as I can tell, the lower screws line up just fine, but thought I'd ask to check. A big block of brass would be quite nice as opposed to that ugly plate.
     
  12. MoonJelly

    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation.. Contributor

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    I bought one for mine. Holes line up, but I'm far from installing it unfortunately :(
     
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    My new neck should be shipping soon; now to decide if I want to stop at C or go nuts for the Bb.
     
  14. OliOliver

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    Sweet! That's good to hear!

    Now I have a question of opinion from you guys. The paint I used on my last attempt worked great, if it wasn't for my shitty workmanship and rushing it would've turned out really well. For this reason, I'm browsing from the same company and I'm having a hard time deciding which garish, light-reactive colour to go for. Here are my current choices:

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    Thoughts on what else to do to the guitar:
    Stain/dye the fretboard darker (depends how dark it is upon viewing)
    New Tusq XL nut
    Hipshot hardware
    New pups (either BKP or SD, possibly even Lundgren M8s. Looking into that now)
     
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  15. lewis

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    Oooof either of the 1st 2 colours would be amazing.
    Defo stain the board. Also try installing luminlay dots on the board. Ive just done this (rather than sidedots) and it is absolutely awesome haha.
    Cant wait to see this.
     
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    Yeah man, I saw your thread and your stain work. I was impressed at how effective it was! That being said, if the RG8 I pick up (when I find one second hand and reasonably priced or become too impatient and just buy one new) has a fretboard dark enough I may not bother. I was edging toward the green, as I've already seen someone do a nutty pink in here. I never thought about doing luminlay, but if I went either green or blue it kinda just makes sense to do it and get them matching, haha! And if I'm popping the inlays out, I may as well dye the fretboard, too. Two birds one stone. Hmm.. Didn't take much to convince me..
     
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    thats exactly why I done that (staining board? hmmm might aswell swap the dots) that and a few of mine were installed badly from stock anyway so had no problem replacing them even if my job was the same standard as the stock ones afterwards haha.

    Defo colour match them.

    man that Teal would look amazing. What hardware colour are you thinking if you go that Teal green?

    The great thing about that colour is Black, Chrome or Gold all would work absolutely fantastically. I suppose if you are going M8s then all black hardware would look sweet.
    I presume you will be colour matching the headstock?.
    If you want, i can do some Mockups (photoshop) once you decide on colours?
     
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    Yeah man I was thinking black hardware on all but the sparkly black colours. If I was going for the sparkly black I would've gone gold. I'm definitely getting soapbars as uncovered pickups in a soapbar pocket seems a bit lazy for all the other work I'll put in. Feel free to do mockups dude, I'd love to see them!
     
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  19. lewis

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  20. OliOliver

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    Dude.... I would be stupid to not do this now...

    That looks amazing, man, thanks for going through the effort!
     
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