Let the RG8 Mods begin...

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

  1. lewis

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    haha you are welcome man!.

    I always enjoy Photoshopping.
     
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    This should look decent when done.
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    Looks sweet, I'm an idiot with multiscale, how will the fan on this work, is it just set up that the scale straightens out at the bridge hence the extreme fan on the first few frets??
     
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  4. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    it's probably a half fan so the bridge is actually the 0 fret, which means all the frets only fan in one direction. The plus side of making the bridge the 0 fret is you can use regular pickups and bridges, which doesn't work with other fans.
     
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    It's actually not that extreme: 28.625" - 29.4". Yes, the parallel fret is set to be the bridge.
     
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  6. TNihil

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    Cool. This thread is still alive.
    I´d like to participate since I´m gonna upgrade my RG8 in the next months.
    -Shadow Killpot (simply replacing the tone pot)
    -Hipshot Grip-Locks Upgrade for RG8
    -Bone nut (already in work at my luthier)
    -Seymour Duncan neck PU (Sentient or Black Winter maybe)
    -Swirl paint job in mostly black,white,grey tones for the body and maybe head, too
    -New fixed bridge, possibly from ABM or Hipshot Ibby HM (any other recommendations welcome)
     
  7. M3CHK1LLA

    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    sounds like a great plan...please swirl it

    make sure to update it here
     
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  8. TNihil

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    Aye aye. Will post some pics as my project moves on.
    Swirling is scheduled for early summer. My dad will help me since he´s a pro.
     
  9. TNihil

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    Had the factory nut removed and a bone nut installed by my local guitar workshop/luthier.
    Along with a new set of strings: Ernie Ball 2624 Skinny Top Heavy Bottom (009-011-016-024-034-046-064-080).
    Have to admit the white-ish coloured bone nut is not looking bad along with the black of the guitar but that´s not so important to me anyway.
    Played for a few minutes at home and the nut is doing fine along with the thicker string gauge on the lower strings compared to the EB2625. The action is set/carved pretty low and so far everything´s fine. But I´ll have to play and test much more during the next rehearsals.
    Side note: No drilling was required with the string hole on the back and the hole in the tuner when it came to the 080 string. I read many folks had issues with this but me...nope. Everything´s fine.

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    By the way: any experiences with replacing the RG8 factory bridge with a Hipshot 8 string IBBY HM bridge?
    I´ve used the search function but could not find pics and info if drilling new holes would be required. Just by the measurements Hipshot provides on their website, their bridge would not exactly retro-fit on mine. Thanx in advance.
     
  11. OliOliver

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    I asked earlier in the thread and was told the IBBY bridges replaces the RG8 plate bridge just fine. You will only use the lower screws, though, so you want some way of filling the spare screw holes up. Apart from that, apparently everything lines up ok.
     
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  12. TNihil

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    Good news. ^^
     
  13. M3CHK1LLA

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    i thought some if the guys here left the stock plate and just replaced the saddles?
     
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    Yes, I guess so. For me, I´d like to get more sustain with a more massive bridge. Had no issues with the regular bridge/saddles on the RG8.
     
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    I did, but I replaced the saddles for the Ghosts from Graphtech...
     
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  16. M3CHK1LLA

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    ok...

    was mentioning it incase you didn't was holes that could be seen
     
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    Ok, so I may be fretting over nothing, but I'm in the process of buying a used RG8 (hype!). Was looking into hardware, and for whatever reason, I felt compelled to compared the Hipshot bridges and their dimensions.

    Assuming the flat plate bridge is built to perfectly replace the stock RG8 bridge, the IBBY HM and Hipshot plate have different measurements for where it is screwed to the body.

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    If you take note on the centre image of both, the plates screw spacing is 3.526", whereas the HM spacing is 3.770". While a total difference amounting to approx 5mm in real world units of measurement doesn't sound like a lot, I do worry if this will become an issue when fitting. There's potential there to fuck up the screwhole (probably not the official term) on the body, resulting in a loose bridge. Also worth noting is the string spacing difference between the two.

    Am I worrying over nothing?
     
  18. TNihil

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    You´re not worrying over nothing imo. Had the same doubts after comparing measurements from Hipshot and the RG8.
     
  19. MoonJelly

    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    The string spacing discrepancy is very small, so much that it's hard to see when you line up the HM bridge. The screw holes are a little easier to see a difference, it's maybe just strong of 1/8" difference--but you still have enough of the hole visible at the base that that you shouldn't cause any damage/mess with the stability of the bridge.

    When I have a bit of time this weekend I'll take some photos for reference. I can't work with power tools until my shoulder gets better (end of April), but once I'm on track I could do a mini-tutorial on how to approach this.

    The current state of my RG8 body is sanded back to bare wood on top so it should be fairly easy to photograph at least.

    Also, I didn't know until now we were allowed to say "fuck up the screwhole". Are the mods asleep? :lol:
     
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  20. TNihil

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    Would be great to get some pics. Thanx in advance and get well with your shoulder.
     

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