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Boring Ibanez ERG goes T-Type

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by ThePhilosopher, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    I received this guitar in a trade as a lightly modified black Ibanez RG8. I typically don't like the Ibanez neck shape; however, for this guitar it seemed to work well for me (I think it's the extra width). Not being satisfied with the guitar's appearance I had it painted something like the old Vampire Kiss color of the old Ibanez RG7420/7620's.
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    I kept it that way for about a year and then thought about adding passive pickups and a Floyd-Rose bridge.

    So, I ordered the bridge and looked around for people that would to the modification for me to no avail.
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    I then contacted a member on SevenString.org to build a custom Ibanez FR shaped body for me; he had done some good work for other members and came highly recommended. He sent regular updates on the body build.

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    We ran into some issues with the stock FR block being too tall. Here's testing the stock block, the bridge sits much higher than I would like (and the neck shelf isn't routed quite as deep here).

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    I ordered a new copper sustain block from the guys at Floyd Upgrades. I had it shipped straight over to the luthier to avoid any additional slow downs. He verified the clearances and worked continued.

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    The guitar was then grain-filled and sent back to me.
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    I was going to have the body oil finished by a guy locally, but he botched the job and I ended up going with a member of UnofficialWarmoth to redo the body finish for me. It was a huge nightmare of a job for him to correct and I'll spare you the horror of the shape my guitar was in. Initially, I was thinking of this since I was going to have a professional finish done.
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    I ended up going with this finish as the grain looked so nice.
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    I thought, this isn't crazy enough and ordered more parts.
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    I had my tech (who is doing the assembly and electronics work) do some more modifications to the body while I had the base plate of the bridge slotted out to accommodate the wires.
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    Here it is at my tech's house waiting on a new jumper cable to join the two Graphtech summing boards together (the first one I had was bad). A bit of finishing touches and some QA by me when I pick it up, and it'll be ready for some detailed shots of the work done. That'll all have to wait until Hurricane Harvey packs up and leaves the Houston area.

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  2. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    I'm currently stuck on knob selection: black round tops (ala Ibanez), black speed knobs, black PRS-style knobs (to match the PRS switch tips and 513 switching layout).
     

  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    Go with something with the stepped knob style (Gibson or Fender type 'hats') rather than the 'speed knobs'. I find the speed knobs turn slower than the hats but more of an issue is they overwhelm the scale of the rest of a guitar. Sometimes they are great but other times they are just too much and with the fill of the bridge, the narrow body and the series of controls you may find the same thing Easy to try different knobs as they are not permanent fixtures.

    I love your paint scheme! Even if you had a challenge to get there it's a nice result.

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  4. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    italy
    Well.. as soon as i saw the "more strings " i thought .. " oh man "..

    Turned out quite cool looking guitar, i'd go gold for the knobs just to add some contrast

    Liking it very much ! Job well done !
     
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  5. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    Thanks, I thought it might be cheeky to give it something a bit "vintage" looking. I get what you're saying about the speed knobs. I think I have a set of Fender-style bell knobs lying around as well.

    Thanks, I've not much considered gold knobs - I think I have a spare set I could put on just to see how they look.
     
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  6. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    That looks stunning!
     
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  7. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    How *hard* is it initially to get used to playing? What string tuning (and gauges) you using?
     
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  8. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal

  9. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    It took me about 2 weeks to get used to the additional string (I've been playing 7's on-and-off since 2001). After that, it was a matter of playing familiar songs (mostly stuff that was in drop-B: early Chevelle, some Slipknot, etc) transposed to use all 8 strings instead of a downtuned 6.



    For this guitar, I'll be using 10-74 gauge strings tuned E-E (EBEADGBE); however, I have used a custom 10-102 set for tuning CGDGDGBE.

    This album features a lot of 8 string playing in both of the above tunings, tracks 8-11 especially.
     
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  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Did you wire for Synth!?

    With the Ghost saddles, how could you not?
     

  11. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    I did not as I have a better midi controller already:
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  12. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    But with those saddles, isn't it just a matter of wiring to a 13-pin? And later deciding to add a controller and processor?

    Or you would have to have the controller immediately, even for just straight use? I forget.
     

  13. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    I don't think the 13-pin out helps much if you don't have a controller. I could definitely add it later if I felt so inclined; however, I'll never pull off the kind of stuff Amir did in Orgy and I'm much more comfortable with my midi coming from a keyboard.
     

  14. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    So close to being done, I ordered some PRS Amber Lampshade Knobs to complete it.
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  15. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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  16. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    Here it is with the amber knobs. I quite like it.
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  17. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Holic

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    Lovely! Reminds me of Stephen Carpenter's (Deftones) telecasters.
     
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  18. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher TDPRI Member

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    Thanks, I'm a huge fan of Stef's guitar collection.
     

  19. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Holic

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  20. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Are you actually just leaning that on the WALL!?
     
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