Sorry for the crappy Iphone pics that don't really do this guitar justice. I will endeavour to get better ones.
I received yesterday Ibanez RG7421XL i picked up used and after about 6 hours of mods and setup voila!!
-Hipshot locking tuners
-BKP aftermath bridge/rebel yell neck pickups with burnt chrome covers
-BKP 550K volume pot
-Dunlop flushmount straploks.
This guitar was made at the Fujigen factory in Japan in 2001 and is a 27" scale with a basswood body, maple neck with a really nice bubinga stripe and a rosewood fretboard. It sounds fatastic, extremely punchy and well balanced and all the notes along the spectrum are clear and full sounding which is really hard to achieve when you use a tuning with a lot of range and passive pickups. Overall really stoked on it! Next to no signs of abuse and fretwear.
This is the first basswood guitar I've had that sounds good, and it sounds fucking great!!! This isn't a honeymoon phase thing either, This is comparing it to my BRJ sitting right next to it and I've owned 5 other basswood guitars in the past. It's very balanced sounding and doesn't have a muddy or wooly low end that every other basswood guitar I've owned has suffered from. The clean tones are especially fantastic on it, the lows are fairly compressed and the highs aren't too sharp, everything sounds just right. Really proves that specimen matters more than species.
I'm also digging the pickups a lot in this guitar, the Rebel Yell has definitely surpassed the nailbomb as my new favourite neck pickup and it's voicing sits really well with the aftermath, very versatile!
The only thing I'll probably do to it from here is swap the tone for a killswitch and get a hipshot bridge for it because i the stock one doesn't have quite enough intonation range because of the length of the screws and lets face it, the hipshot ones are much nicer!
Those things are rare as hen's teeth now, very nice to see one again!
Normally I'd be against yanking the bridge out but I see someone's already installed Dunlop MostStupidStrapLockDesignEver's, so have at it and enjoy it - they were made to be played!