Technical Talk - Ibanez Pickups
Most Ibanez JEM guitars have name brand
pickups. The RGs are suspected to have no name pickups that are
still made by DiMarzio. For Swirl painted guitars, I like to do a direct mount for the pickups. Here are some pictures
of how I do the install. For this particular install, I had a set of
pickups that I traded for.
The bridge pickup is a
The neck pickup is a
The metal frame on the
Seymour Duncan pickups makes it so they don't slide in nicely. A quick touch on the belt sander took the edge off, then
they fit nicely. The screws I use are a bit bigger than the holes in the pickups. I usually drill those out a little so the screw
twists firmly. When it gets to the end, a slight bit of muscle twists the screw so that it spins freely in the pickup. When I
drill into the body, I mark the drill bit with a piece of tape about so the hole is .5 inches. There is enough room so the
screws shown don't poke through.
There is only room for a small spring. I cut the end off a longer spring like this:
I used a
for the middle pickups. Then I used a DiMarzio Yellow top. The top doesn't fit
perfectly, but it is close enough.
The two red pickups and the middle yellow look pretty good with this Jupiter color scheme. Yellow/Black looks good too.
We have a Dimarzio account, so we can get good deals on pickups. It's fun to match them to the colors of the body.
This one plays nicely. I'll post pictures soon.