#1
Hey, I just bought an Ibanez RG760. You can see it here:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&item=290029344606&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1

I paid £325. Do you think this is a decent price for it or have I overpaid? I have only been playing 1.5 years and my hands are small and I have tested a couple of new RGs and loved the feel of the neck. Will the neck on this one be as slim and easy to play as the newer RGs?

I also wanted this because Kristoffer Dahl has a RG770 and I like the look and sound of his.

So could people tell me what they think of my purchase honestly.
Thanks
#2
Yeah that would pretty much seem about the right price second hand.

Im not entirley certain but i think it has a Wizard neck on it, but it might be a Wizard II neck. But yeah it will be fairly slim
#5
damn nice find mate your a lucky bugger and i hope to god that you know how to set up a floating trem
#6
Hmm, for £325 i guess its aaight, since in UK the prices there are a bit more expensive. Definetely well worth it, this aint no chinese knockout as i can the the Edge bridge clearly. Know you trem well, abuse it like hell, control it well, you got urself a treasure there, congratz. Change the IBZ USA stock and you're set. I think this one has the Super Wizard neck.
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#7
Here's to answer your PM, just read thru these stuff and be patient.

Tuning Floyd Roses' Intonation isnt hard at all, its just time consuming and requires a lot of patience. If you dont have the proper intonation tool, you gotta do it by trial and error, again, the key point is PATIENCE. Once you've done it, its really really simple and eventually you'll get faster and can predict where to move the saddles. Ok lets get started.

This is the thing you should adjust on ur bridge. The little tiny screw below the strings.


This is a special intonation tool for Ibanez Edge tremolo system, sold at http://www.ibanezrules.com/parts.htm#Misc, look under MISC section.


These are the steps on how to properly adjust your intonation on floyd rose system.

Tuning Floyd Rose:
1) Loosen the locking nut
2) Set your fine tuners to middle position
3) Tune up your guitar to standard or whichever tunings u wish. "Cross-tuning" between strings if you want easier. Tune the low E string> A string> low E string again> D string> low E string>A string... and so forth. Keep repeating for all strings. To make it more easier, tune the low E generally a bit sharper or about half step sharper, so that you might not have to repeat crossing the strings again and again.
4) If the floating bridge comes out, loosen the tunings and then tighten the springs in the tremolo cavity at the back, if the bridge sinks, then vice-versa, until the bridge is parallel to the body.
5) Be patient
6) If you're happy with your tunings and your bridge is well centered, lock in the nut
7) Tune again using the fine tuners

Also some tips - You might want to have at least 3 springs and after following the tuning method above, tighten the 2 claw's screw for about 1/8th or 1/4th more. This is to prevent your floating bridge from getting stuck to the knife edges on the posts (action studs) after you bend notes. You can ignore this if your bridge/trem is reliable (e.g. Edge Pro, Edge, ZR, Lo-Pro Edge, Original Floyd Rose, Licenced Floyd Rose by Kahler/Schaller/Gotoh). But still you may face this problem even if your bridge is very good.

Stretch the strings first if they're new

More info on tuning floyd roses - http://www.floydrose.com/originaltremolo.html
Info on changing strings - http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_re-stringing_guitar.html
Picture guide on how to perform the #4 step mentioned above - http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/floydrosetremolo.htm
http://www.jemsite.com/tech/1setup.htm#step1

Checking the intonation
1) Check the intonation on each strings and you might want to get a pencil for this. Jot down every sharps or flats on every strings
2) Pick a harmonic at the 12th fret of E and make sure its tuned to your tuning like open E = 12th fret harmonics. Or any downtunings make sure its the same
3) Now fret the 12th fret with normal finger pressure and check wheter its the same with the 12th fret harmonic/open E
4) If the notes of the open note vs. the natural harmonic are different you need to adjust the saddle position
5) Mark the strings that you wish to intonate

Setting the intonation
1) If you dont have the special tool, you need to loosen the string 1 by one and adjust its intonation step by step.
2) Here's the tricky part, your string needs to be properly loosed and you might want to hold it using ur fingers because if the tension is still there, the strings will pull the intonation saddle after you loosen it.
3) Loosen the saddle screw, see your notes that you just jotted, if the fretted note is SHARP, move the saddle AWAY from the neck and vice-versa.
4) You might have to move the saddle quite a bit to realize changes. You can get it really far back, past the bolt's head or washer in fact.
5) There are two bolt positions for adjustments so if there is not enough adjustment in the saddle move saddle further and use the next hole for the intonation lock down screw as you can see on pic below:

Ibanez ILT example Bridge
*there is another hole in front that you can put the saddle screw if the desired intonation isnt proper.
6) Tighten the intonation lock screw firmly taking care not to strip the screw
7) Retune the string and retest fret-12 fretted to the fret-12 natural harmonic
8) This is probably the most sickening step of all. This is a really really by trial and error, so if your desired pitch isnt working, you have to do it again and again and repeat the steps above until its properly intoned.

Really important notes, read this through
- Loosen the strings to make way for the allen/hex wrench to be properly inserted in the saddle screw. AVOID contact with the hex wrench and the strings. I did this once and the string just break....
- The notes at the 12th fret open note vs 12 fret natural harmonic should be in tune with themselves
- Do not touch this because thats the string lock.

If you loosen it the strings will pop out. Same as the Ibanez ILT example Bridge, do not touch the (E) part.

- BE PATIENT, you dont want to get any mental breakdowns
- When loosening the strings, you MUST intonate it 1 by one, and NOT ALL at once. For example, you make sure all ur strings are in tune, then check the ones with messed up intonation and loosen that string ONLY. You loosen it like said, untill you have a clearance for the hex wrench.
- You dont need any wooden blocks or any sorts of blocking mechanism.

Hope this helps, its quite bitching and whatnot so you can save your time (but not ur money) by just sending it to professional tech to be properly setup.

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Last edited by madpickin03 at Sep 16, 2006,
#9
awesome buy richard, thats an older model judging by the squared body at the neck joint, which has the original wizard neck possibly the thinnest of the wizards, Im not sure. I had a 570 with dot inlays in a H_S_H configuration but the sharkfins are sweeter and the single coil at the neck for sweep picking should be awesome.
#11
Ha ha sweet man! i own the exact same guitar!!! Ibanez Rg760 in blue! its great, good trem, awesome wizard neck, and a unique pick up arrangement for the rg. H S S.

oh and i got mine for only $299 Canadian! the guys at the shop thought it was a used rg370.
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#12
Nice. I of all people just bought an RG too. Specs:

1992 MIJ RG550
Lo-Pro Edge
Seymour Duncan pups ('59/Stacked Classic Single/Custom Trembucker)
Padded Gig bag.
£200

It was rusty and filthy when I got it (hvaing been sat for 8 years), and I took it completely to bits today, and all it needs to finish its rebuild now is a new trem arm (in the post as it didn't have one), some new screws for the pickguard and switch, a switch tip and maybe a new neck plate (gonna attempt to repaint the original one which has rusted a lot).

Good deal?
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#13
Quote by Calum_Barrow
Nice. I of all people just bought an RG too. Specs:

1992 MIJ RG550
Lo-Pro Edge
Seymour Duncan pups ('59/Stacked Classic Single/Custom Trembucker)
Padded Gig bag.
£200

It was rusty and filthy when I got it (hvaing been sat for 8 years), and I took it completely to bits today, and all it needs to finish its rebuild now is a new trem arm (in the post as it didn't have one), some new screws for the pickguard and switch, a switch tip and maybe a new neck plate (gonna attempt to repaint the original one which has rusted a lot).

Good deal?

Just be careful if you wanna remove the studs, unlock it 1st using the smallest allen key coz this one definetely has the locking stud-mod.
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#14
^ yeah I would have done but they weren't even locked in the first place I don't think, or if they were they were loose.
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#15
I got my RG760 the other day and have been playing it a lot. I really love it. Its so nice and easy to play. Really fast. I think this one is definately a keeper. The floyd rose thing just scares me though. I haven't even attempted to tune it or restring it lol.