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My RG421 upgrade with new Nickel Bridge, Mean 90's and Tele wiring harness has become an exceptional combination on this guitar. Working a little harder with he long scale, but the low action and almost perfect fretting makes up the difference. 

I rediscovered Blue Jean Blues for myself recently, seems like I am sliding into the Blue side lately and my P90 guitars going through tubes couldn't be better..

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On 9/24/2020 at 4:45 AM, Notes_Norton said:

nice lookin' guitar there ^^^

Thank you, I found this Ibanez on the local craigslist while looking for something to work on to break the boredom. It was at a really good price and had to drive my FRS 40 miles up the Hamakua coast to get it. It was in good condition even thought owner had done some questionable things to it, but within my ability to correct. The RG421 is fun to play and with my mods sounds incredible. But now I'm stuck as I have 8 electrics, 1 over my limit, so something has to go before I can get my next project guitar.

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That's just a great all around guitar.  Perfect for rehearsals, wouldn't break my heart if I scratch it, but also wouldn't mind using it for a gig.  

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2 hours ago, ghost_of_fl said:

That's just a great all around guitar.  Perfect for rehearsals, wouldn't break my heart if I scratch it, but also wouldn't mind using it for a gig.  

The Mean 90's are very hot and provide a wide tone range similar to a slightly driven Strat, could be the ash body. I have exactly the same Mean 90's in the G400 below, but mounted in mahogany that seem little warmer.

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I've got Mean 90s in an ESP/LTD Less-Paul (not a typo)

The logo is my band's "The Sophisticats"® but I haven't played it since I got my Parker.

Some day I'll strip the logo off and put it on Craigslist

 

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My Explorer kit was routed for humbuckers and I intended to use P90's. I started with black Dream 90's, then Nickel Mean 90's and settled on Nickel framed Dream 90's.

The black Dream 90's ended up in a LP Special II, the Nickel Mean 90's got swapped a few times with the framed Dream 90's between the Explorer and my G400. Each landing in the guitars they worked the best in.

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I have been using GFS Humbucker sized P90's going back aways in a few of my earlier guitars I wanted to convert and had  great success.

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So in your opinion what is the best P90 / P90 in HB housing / noiseless P90 of your impressive stash?

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2 hours ago, jdgm said:

So in your opinion what is the best P90 / P90 in HB housing / noiseless P90 of your impressive stash?

They are True P90's

They are all produced by GFS which provides them in sets with the neck position in reverse polarity for hum cancelling when your selector switch is in mid position. The Mean 90's tend to have the lowest amount of noise from the start, possibly because of the silver plated chassis and have the highest output.

Neck Position - 7.8K - KPH77

Bridge Position - 8.6K - KPH78

GFS Mean 90's

GFS Dream 90's

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When playing with the Mean 90s I noticed they were a little brighter than the soap bars in my ES330 and my Casino. No big deal, a tweak of the tone knob fixed that, and at times that extra edge was actually good.

I use a FX/Amp-mod pedal instead of an amp. Playing sax, flute, wind synth and guitar and my partner playing synth and guitar, we wanted to lighten the schlepping load. So it might be different with an actual amp. I rarely had to put the switch in the 'both pickup' position to cancel noise, but in those rare instances, I'm glad I had that option.

My Parker has Duncan P-Rails in it. I can have P90, rail, series humbucker or parallel humbucker sounds. The rail is the weakest of the bunch, but if I put both pickups in the rail mode and crank the volume up a bit to compensate, they do sound similar to a strat.  But probably 97% of the time I use them in the P90 position, 2% humbucker and every now and then rail.

Once you play P90s exclusively for a year or so, everything else just sounds dull.

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The  Mean 90's are very responsive to how much pressure is put on them, playing soft you get one sound playing hard you get something completely different and a whole range of sounds in-between.

When you use the HB style case it is easy to adjust them too close to the strings that will create a kind of warbling string distortion. If this happens lower the Mean 90 till it stops, with the bridge PU is usually about an 1/8" from the string or slightly lower.

With the Bridge PU adjusted for optimum and with the selector switch in mid, I lower the Neck PU to balance and clean up the mid position sound. In most cases the Neck position tends to be inherently louder location, so on my guitars the Neck PU is usually noticeably lower than the Bridge PU.

These Mean 90's are a little bright and I typically set the Tone control to about 7 and forget about it, unless I need to penetrate more.

For me, Strat sound usually starts at about 1/2 volume, getting more driven as you increase and morphing into the P90 scream.

With the controls on 10 they are sensitive, but do not tend to be microphonic.

There are several Mean 90 demo's on YouTube, I picked a couple at random..

 

 

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Mean 90's in a PRS into a Frenzel 5E3 Deluxe Head with a Marshall 4x12..

 

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No more goldfish, but a G400 with Mean 90's like mine.. Neck pickup only demo..

Same guitar, Rain Song..

 

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I rescued a Korean-made Ibanez SA120 from a local pawn shop last year, cleaned it up, waxed it down, restrung it, and absolutely loved it. 

Got into a bind with space, and needed a bit of cash, so I ended up selling  it to Guitar Center, for a nice profit (which is rare). 

Kind of wishing I had kept it. 

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Another nice guitar to be missed, I have had several Ibanez over the years, they were all good but I don't think I fully appreciated them till they were gone.

This one started out as just something to do to save me from boredom, but the way it sounds, its beginning to look like I may have to hold on to it for a while.. 🙂

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5 hours ago, mihcmac said:

Another nice guitar to be missed, I have had several Ibanez over the years, they were all good but I don't think I fully appreciated them till they were gone.

This one started out as just something to do to save me from boredom, but the way it sounds, its beginning to look like I may have to hold on to it for a while.. 🙂

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Mihcmac, 

You got me inspired, sir. 

I picked up an Ibanez RGA32 today (10 years old, and as dusty and neglected as any guitar I have ever seen) from a pawnshop near here,  for a hundred bucks. 

I hope to have as much fun (and success) as you have in restoring and upgrading her. 

She's got some Ibanez versions of EMG active pickups in it (LoZ3's they are called). 
The neck is really nice, just needs a lot of fret polishing and some love. 
I picked up some black switch tips to replace the missing pickup selector switch tip. 

Fun times!!

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Looks like a great guitar, something worthy of NGD.. One thing I really like is the sliding door on the nut plate..

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And the way direct sunlight changes the color of mine...

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Looks like this is becoming an Ibanez rebuild thread.. 🙂

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3 hours ago, Retired said:

Nice guitars posted. 

Thanks Mr R....

I noticed that with with all the pics I put on this tread I didn't have any showing the back of my NGD Ibanez.

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3 hours ago, mihcmac said:

Thanks Mr R....

I noticed that with with all the pics I put on this tread I didn't have any showing the back of my NGD Ibanez.

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Never owned a Ibanez guitar, Always wanted to get one.  I would love to try a Carvin guitar also.  I know Joe Walsh speaks great of Carvin. 

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15 hours ago, Retired said:

Never owned a Ibanez guitar, Always wanted to get one.  I would love to try a Carvin guitar also.  I know Joe Walsh speaks great of Carvin. 

 These are built in Indonesia like the Fender Modern Players and G&L's. My RG421 sells new for 399 but has an almost exact twin the RG562 built at Fugi Gen that sell for around 1500.

My G&L ASAT Junior was built in Indonesia. This one used about 1 +1/4" thick blocks of mahogany laminated horizontally for the body, making the wood grain look pretty nice.

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On 10/9/2020 at 1:00 PM, mihcmac said:

 These are built in Indonesia like the Fender Modern Players and G&L's. My RG421 sells new for 399 but has an almost exact twin the RG562 built at Fugi Gen that sell for around 1500.

My G&L ASAT Junior was built in Indonesia. This one used about 1 +1/4" thick blocks of mahogany laminated horizontally for the body, making the wood grain look pretty nice.

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I started playing at 13. Then, I had a lot of unusual guitars, One was a 6 string electric that looked like McCartneys's base. I played that one a-lot. I had a all red with white trim that I have not been able relocate the brand name for decades. It goes back to 63. It was very thin,  American always comes up on the brand name in my mind but those look a bit different when I have checked. Haha, Age doesn't do the mind justice. The only 2 guitars I really remember were the Gretsch silver jet and the Ovation 12 string celebrity. 

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On 10/10/2020 at 12:00 PM, Retired said:

I started playing at 13. Then, I had a lot of unusual guitars, One was a 6 string electric that looked like McCartneys's base. I played that one a-lot. I had a all red with white trim that I have not been able relocate the brand name for decades. It goes back to 63. It was very thin,  American always comes up on the brand name in my mind but those look a bit different when I have checked. Haha, Age doesn't do the mind justice. The only 2 guitars I really remember were the Gretsch silver jet and the Ovation 12 string celebrity. 

My first electric guitar, a Teisco Del Rey, I bought in 63 I think..

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This web image is what I had, I got a 63 Wilshire in 64 that was lightyears away from this one..

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4 hours ago, mihcmac said:

My first electric guitar, a Teisco Del Rey, I bought in 63 I think..

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This web image is what I had, I got a 63 Wilshire in 64 that was lightyears away from this one..

Wish I could have picked out my first one. I was 13 and my cousin who played in a good band taught me to play. My parents bought the guitar for Christmas. It was a beautiful red guitar with the strings about 1" or so above the tail bridge. I couldn't even press them down at the 12th fret. It was a really cheap guitar no one could play. Even Fred told her it was a piece of junk. That's when I got to go shopping and bought the Silver Jet. That was my main guitar growing up. 

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