Turning an RGD into a Dream Guitar by Vincent Custom Guitars (NL)

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  1. hvdh

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    Expecting there are some members here who appreciate the photos of the make-over journey of my RGD.

    After years of dreaming, at last it has started! The construction/building of my ultimate guitar by a very expercienced guitar builder here in The Netherlands (Vincent Custom Guitars). Since Ibanez introduced its RGD line in 2010, I was immediately hooked and spelled by its design. The stealthy lines of its body shape together with the extra inch in scale length for my huge hands convinced me that this was the ultimate guitar.

    This project is btw my fourth RGD. That sort of confirms my weakness for these beautifull guitars.

    After I was lucky to get hold of a cheap B-Stock RGDIX6PB, I was able to start the journey. The body design & material, the neck design, scale length and the ebony fretboard formed the perfect base for the project. Only the poplar top (which I really do not like) had to be removed. The rest of the transition and materials are added by this great guitar builder.

    The things I want to change:
    - Changing the poplar top (body & head stock) for a beautifull Quilted Maple Top (Masave.nl fijnhout Zwolle)
    - Moving the jack-in to the Prestiges spot
    - Offset inlays in the ebony fretboard
    - Transparant Black Burst colour of the body and headstock finished of by a glossy finish
    - Assembly of the special made ETS Hardware (DE) Tuning Fork
    - Assembly of the special wounded Oil City Pickups (UK). Bridge: Transonic, Neck: Nightfighter
    - Assembly of a new GraphTech nut
    - Ibanez RGD Prestige Potmeter and Electrics

    Will try to update regularly.


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  2. zarg

    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    wow, looks really promising so far. That's a great alternative to getting a full on custom build to just start with a good base guitar that's already pretty close.

    can't wait to see the end result!
     
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    Looks great, and like zarg said, great idea to start with a guitar that is already near perfect and go from there! If/when I foray in to the Ibanez guitar world (I do already have, and love, a BTB bass) it will most likely be with an RGD.
     
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    With the curves / refinish that reminds me of a Daemoness Cimmerian! Looks good, man.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Really cool project off to a great start! I can’t wait to see the finished article - and the process to get there.
     
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    I sense some inspiration from this:



    Which, I have to say, I absolutely dig. The veneer on yours has a very nice figuring, and I actually prefer the shape of the RGD over the Daemoness shape, however subtle.
     
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    Polished and Hardware installed. What a beaty:fever:


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    Wow, what a great idea. Looks stunning with that top/hardware combo.

    What bridge is that? I see them used from time to time but can't locate them.
     
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    The bridge is from a small German Company with the name ETS Hardware. They make fantastic bridges which they even can customize. The only downside is that they are often fully booked for 8-10 weeks. So if you have the patience....... For customization I choose golden sadles and 10 mm extra depth to comfortible rest my pick hand.
    http://www.ets-hardware.com/

    The Pickups are from Oil City Pickups in the UK. I needed a custom design and explained my wishes with the owner. Oil City Pickups is also a small company and can also customize their products to your wishes. I choose for a Alnico 8/Ceramic design for the bridge. And I wanted a black cover and golden magnets.
    http://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/
     
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    lord have mercy......
    What a special looking instrument this is going to be once done.
    Cannot wait for the outcome. Will we get video of it in action?.
     
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    That's one beautiful, and rather unique instrument you've got now. Congratulations my man!
     
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    looks amazing kudos to your tastes and the builders skills, looks like it will be a gem for a long ass time.
     
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    I'm installing that very same pickup combination on a Les Paul today! Very curious on how they sound. I've had many of his models but neither of these.

    Guitar looks great, man.
     
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    Have not yet had the chance to hear the guitar or pick-ups. It is still in building proces.
    I decided for these Pick-ups only based on the information and advice from Ash owner of Oil City Pickups.

    But please share your opinion on these Pick-ups.
    I will do later

    Greetings
     
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    Well, just been playing it.

    I love A4 neck humbuckers. The Nightfighter beneficts a lot from it. It's fat without getting muddy. Cleans up well with the volume knob.

    The Transonic has plenty output, bass and mids. I don't think it does heavy downtuning very well (went drop C#, not lower) but I also haven't spend alot of time EQing for it and this guitar could use new strings.

    They balance VERY well.
     

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