Ibanez RG370DXGP4

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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