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Installed DiMarzio/IBZ pickups in an Ibanez RG370 DXGP4

These DiMarzio/IBZs are so much hotter then the stock Ibanez INF4. INF3, INFS3
After having these in 3 guitars I would say they are brighter lower output D Activators.
I actually replaced them with D Activators in the RG870z.

They go very well in the RG370, a substantial upgrade I would say.

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Guitar Pickup output testing with multimeter

I decided to do some multimeter testing on pickups so I could get an idea on the output power. Hopefully this will help in future decisions, I plan to swap out some pups on an RG370/DXGP4 with INF3, INFS3, and INF4 Ibanez stock pickups to the DiMarzio/IBZ pickups from a Prestige RG2550z that now has a pair of EMG 81/60s in it.

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I also tested some pickups on a couple of other guitars to get an idea of their output power. DiMarzio Super3, DiMarzio H3 in my Fender Talon V. and a set of DiMarzio D Activators in my Premium RG870z.

Here’s the specs of the test.
they are numbered in switch position 1 thru 5 respectively 1 being bridge position, 5 being neck position, etc…
these are in 20k ohms, except I had to switch to 200k for the Super 3 lol..

RG370DXGP4 Stock INF3, INFS3, INF4:
1. 15.89 Ohms
2. 3.47 Ohms
3. 6.01 Ohms
4. 3.00 Ohms
5. 11.82 Ohms
– I am very surprised at this reading for stock Ibanez pickups.

Fender Talon 5 Stock Bridge DiMarzio Super 3, Stock Middle Single, and Neck DiMarzio H3:
1. 23.2
2. 4.42
3. 9.17
4. 3.6
5. 14.46
– This my highest output guitar, and best sounding.

Prestige Ibanez 2550z EMG 81/60
1. 17.54
2. 13.57
3. 17.54
– Note: only 2 pickups in a 3-way selector, my second best sounding guitar.

And now most disappointed test is the RG870z with DiMarzio D Activators and Stock S:
1. 10.92
2. 2.91
3. 6.44
4. 2.21
5. 7.48
– I would have thought this would higher output then super 3 / H3 but it’s only half,
I guess these are wound with large gauge wire, or just not very much winding took place.
However this is my 3rd best sounding guitar. I’m really surprised that the INF pickups have better DC resistance then the D Activators.

My next test “IF” I decide to swap the INF Pups for the DiMarzio/IBZ pickups will be to test the DC Resistance of the DiMarzio/IBZ.

So I tested the DiMarzio/IBZ Pickups”
1. 13.88
2. 3.62
3. 7.65
4. 2.90
5. 9.17
– looks like these are wound better then the D Activators ?? IDK.
they sounded a little to bright in the RG870z when I had them in there.
With respect to the other readings the DiMarzio/IBZ pups were tested “NOT” installed in a guitar, where the others were installed in a guitar.

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Well, at least we have some DC resistance values of popular pickups as reference.
I read somewhere this only tells us the winding of copper wire coils on the bobbins inside.

 

Ibanez RG370DXGP4 Kill Switch Install

Just finished Installing a momentary kill switch into the Ibanez RG370DX,
I drilled it into the body between the controls, & 1/4″ jack.

Video Coming soon…..

Ibanez RG370DX Kill Switch

Ibanez RG370DX Kill Switch

Ibanez RG370DX Kill Switch

Ibanez RG370DX Kill Switch

 

Ibanez RG370DXGP4 2007 Rebuild

Update 07/14/2013:
Upgrade the pickups to DiMarzio/IBZ.
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I Aquired a used Ibanez RG370DXGP4 Digital Camouflage.
It needed some work so as always I started disassembling the guitar to uncover all it’s flaws.

The finish is in relatively good shape due to it being used, and it’s age.
Despite a couple of hard to notice chips in the graphics.
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I noticed this guitar didn’t have a lot of sustain,
and I found the problem to be this globed up painted neck pocket.
I have never seen this type of quality control from Ibanez,
But I usually deal with Prestige, or Premium models.
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There was very little surface contact between the 2 woods.
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Next I noticed these thread burs on the neck itself.
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The Edge 3 Bridge is in extremely great condition, despite the stud heads being stripped.
The knife edges showed very little wear. However,
The saddle pieces were mixed up causing the strings to not follow the necks radius.
Easy to fix.
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Here’s the Edge 3 all put back together.
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Now I need to fix the neck joint, and pocket so the neck sets flat.
I want to make full surface contact between the woods.
I’m researching some ideas at the moment. I may use a razorblade to scrape it flat,
and possibly a light sanding.

Here’s what I have so far.
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Here’s the final photos:
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ESP LTD MH-300 Floyd Rose Repair

I traded the Jackson RR3 for this ESP LTD MH-300 which has a warn out Floyd Rose Pro Licensed tremelo.
As you can see in the video, the trem actualy hits the body.
This guitar is really nice, If I can’t repair the Floyd Rose Pro Licensed.
I may order a Floyd Rose Special for it.

Mainly traded for the pickups, EMG 81/85, also came with a Hardshell Case.

I’ll keep this post updated with the project.

Update 02/02/2013:
Got the pickup rings today.

Pickup Rings for EMG 81/85 on an ESP LTD MH-300. By Proline from Musicians Friend.

Pickup Rings for EMG 81/85 on an ESP LTD MH-300. By Proline from Musicians Friend.

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Floyd Rose Pro vs Jackson JT580LP

I just wanted to compare the Jackson JT580LP Tremelo Licensed Under Floyd Rose Pats.
to a Genuine Floyd Rose Pro Tremelo.

I’ve been using a Floyd Rose Pro for over 20 years off and on, as well as several Genuine Original Floyd Rose,
and Licensed Under Floyd Rose Tremelos
I must say the Jackson JT580LP is really good on a 2005 Jackson RR3,
I can’t speak for other versions with the same model.
Some say that depending where these are made the quality will change by regions.
This one in particular is Made In Japan and the quality is on par.

I really can’t tell any difference in sustain either.
However there are some differences, like the Genuine FRP tail is solid,
while JT580LP is cut out. I’ll post pics below.

Floyd Rose Pro Tremelo on a Heartfield Talon V Fender

Floyd Rose Pro Tremelo on a Heartfield Talon V Fender

Jackson JT580LP Tremelo Licensed Floyd Rose Pro style

Jackson JT580LP Tremelo Licensed Floyd Rose Pro style

Floyd Rose Pro Tremelo on a Heartfield Talon V Fender Side View

Floyd Rose Pro Tremelo on a Heartfield Talon V Fender Side View

Jackson JT580LP Tremelo Licensed Floyd Rose Pro style Side View

Jackson JT580LP Tremelo Licensed Floyd Rose Pro style Side View

 

T&N George Lynch, Jeff Pilson

Official Video, T&N “Slave To The Empire” George Lynch, Jeff Pilson

 

Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Firewire Stand

I built a stand for the Focusrite Saffire Pro 14.
Just using 1/2″ Aluminum Angles & Flat Bars 3/16″ thick.
8 Nuts & Bolts hold the frame/stand together

I first determined the angle I wanted the Pro 14 to set.
then cut 4 pieces. 2 short ones for the back, and 2 longer ones for the front.
I then made the base by cutting a front and back piece 1″ longer then the Saffire Pro 14.
the sides of the base are a little longer then the screws that bolt the Saffire Pro 14’s housing together.

Drill 4 holes in the upright angles, use the Saffire Pro 14’s existing screws to bolt the frame/stand.

Make sure the Frame is tall enough so the Firewire Plug does not touch the surface it sets on.
Below the picture is the cut list for the frame..

Focusrite saffire pro 14 firewire angle stand frame

Focusrite saffire pro 14 firewire angle stand frame

2 Alumn. Angles 4.50″ (Front Uprights)
2 Alumn. Angles 2.75″ (Rear Uprights)
2 Alumn. Flat Bars 9.25″ (Front Base)
2 Alumn. Flat Bars 4.75″ (Side Base)
8 nuts & bolts.

This will probably work for just about any product if you put your mind to it.

More Picture of the Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Frame / Stand

 

2005 Jackson RR3 Black

Jackson RR3 / Randy Rhoads 3 Pro Series
model# 290-3000-BLK

Main Features:
Alder Body
Chrome Hardware
Duncan Designed® Detonator™ Humbucker (Bridge) pickup
Duncan Designed® Detonator™ Humbucker (Neck) pickup
JT580 LP Double Locking 2-Point Floyd Rose Pro Tremolo
Jackson Die-Cast Machine Heads (tuners

Neck:
Bolt-On Maple Neck
Demensions: (1st Fret: .745”) (12th Fret: .810”)
Scale (Length-25.5”) (nut width 1-11/16”)
Rosewood Fretboard w/ Reverse Shark Fin Inlays
22 Jumbo Frets

Controls:
2 Volume controls (Bridge Pickup), (Neck Pickup)
Master Tone control knob
3-Position pick up selector:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup

new Dean Markley Blue Steel strings #2556
guage: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

2005 Jackson RR3 Black

2005 Jackson RR3 Black

Jackson JT580LP Tremolo Chrome

Jackson JT580LP Tremolo Chrome

Jackson 2005 RR3 neck pocket

Jackson 2005 RR3 neck pocket

 

Truss rod wrenches RG2550z Talon V

These are the best truss rod tools for RG Prestige 2008 RG2550z 7MM,
and the 1991 Fender Heartfield Talon V 8MM. Picked them up from from here
https://www.allparts.com/truss-rod-wrenches

LT 0957-000 7MM Box Truss Rod Wrench – 2008 Ibanez Prestige RG2550Z
LT 4958-000 8MM Truss Rod Wrench – 1991 Fender Heartfield Talon V

I cannot guarentee that these wrenches will fit your specific model,
but these are perfect fit for mine. Hope this helps someone.

truss rod wrenches-ibanez prestige rg2550z fender heartfield talon v

truss rod wrenches-ibanez prestige rg2550z fender heartfield talon v

truss rod wrench-ibanez prestige rg2550z headstock

truss rod wrench-ibanez prestige rg2550z headstock

 
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