NGD: late 80s early 90s shredders!

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  1. Veritech Zero

    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    I've had these both for a while now, and have finally gotten around to taking a couple of pictures of them.

    First some pictures. (as always, with my phone haha, one of these days I'll get a better camera and figure out how to actually take cool photos)

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    First off I got a a 1988 Yamaha RGX 603S. Fun guitar, and I love the color. Not too often you find something in pastel purple haha.

    A little info for those that perhaps haven't seen one of these before:
    Basswood body
    3-piece maple neck rosewood fretboard
    9.5" radius fretboard
    I haven't measured the neck, but it is pretty chunky, Thicker than my ESPs, but thinner than most Gibsons, very similar to an older Schecter neck, with more of a U shape than a C shape.
    Yamaha's own double locking tremolo (surprisingly stable after all these years too)
    it CAME with three yamaha single coils. These were replaced by a dimarzio Chopper in the neck and Distortion in the bridge, they are ok, but I may change them in the future.

    Overall with some touching up of the frets it plays very well, I can't get the action as low as most of my other guitars with that 9.5" radius, but 1/32nd of an inch isn't bad ;)

    Second I have here is a 1993 Jackson Dinky Pro Reverse. I had been GASing for one bad, I really wanted something with that old 80s-90s jackson 17mm neck and a reverse headstock.

    I'm sure most of you know what these guys are all about but for those that don't:
    Basswood body with what appears to be fairly low grade quilt maple top
    Easter maple one piece neck (according to Jackson)
    Compound radius 12"-16" rosewood fretboard
    Old school 17mm neck profile (I did the unthinkable and took some sand paper to it and thinned and flattened it up even more and re-finished it to keep it from warping)
    Jackson's Lo-Pro double locking trem, this one wasn't in as great condition as the Yamaha's, and so I have it blocked in the meantime and have the locking nut clamps off until I can find a good replacement :)
    It came with the original Jackson pickups, but they sounded like the years hit them a little hard. I had a set of EMG 57/66 pickups laying around and a little two way switch laying around, so in they went!

    This one needed a full fret leveling due to years of some heavy shredding, but now that I'm finished up with that ( I flattened out the radius a tad too) it plays awesome, I LOVE the neck profile, I've got little hands and so the super thin flat neck fits me perfect. I think if I had to do some heavy duty rhythm playing sessions it my cause my hands to cramp up, but for shredding it is just so fast, thin, and smooth.

    Anyways, thanks for looking. If anyone was looking at getting a similar guitar I would say go for it, you can get either of these for fairly cheap nowadays and with a little work both make for a great dependable guitar.:yesway:
     
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    Noxon Is a Lurker

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    HNGD! That green Dinky rules hard!
     
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    Black43 Hated Ibanezes once

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    I very much dig that Yamaha, congratulations!
    However... The quilted maple top on that Jackson :ugh: luckily the green burst more than makes up for it!
     
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    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    Yeah haha, not sure what happened there, but just like you said the green burst more than pops and makes up for it :)
     
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    Zado SS.org Regular

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    Oh YES.
     
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    jahosy SS.org Regular

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    Congrats! Love that Jackson :)
     
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    slapnutz SS.org Regular

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    Wow awesome guitars dude.
    Looks like you got the Jackson double-win... reversed headstock AND direct mount pups. Also that Yamaha looks really nice, waaaayyy underrated guitars and looks killer.
    Interesting how the headstock isnt fully purple like the other RGX603s that was posted here, theres all these little variations which make them cooler.
     
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    mr_rainmaker Resident Cherokee

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    dat purple yamaha. :)
     
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    broj15 SS.org Regular

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    these yamaha NGDs lately have been making me want to spend money that I shouldn't
     
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    Those series of Yamaha are insanely good.
    HNGD!
     
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    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    Yeah, they are both awesome guitars, the Yamaha was in much better condition to begin with even though it was a little older. It looked like it had spent most of its life in a case in a closet, not a lot of wear, but quite a bit of oxidation everywhere, little bit of polish and some elbow grease cleaned it right up.
     
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    Pretty sure OFRs will fit the route on the Jackson. You can probably use the original studs.
     
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    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    Oh I'm fully aware, but it isn't my highest priority at the moment.
     
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    Congrats bro they look great!
     
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    Kaickul ΛTRΛMΞNTVM

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    Wow congrats man, nice find, digging those guitars :)
     
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    fwd0120 Bipedal Hominid

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    That sounds sooooo wrong, bro. :cool: :nono:
     
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    Very nice! Really like the green Jackson.
     
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    That green Jackson is awesome!
     
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    rifftrauma Trapped in time... Contributor

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    Jackson is fvcking killer man!
     
  20. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    Awesome! I used to have an old USA Washburn with scalloped frets that was pretty 80's-90's shred :D

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