I have an '07 RG1527RB that's pretty beat up, frets and fretboard played to hell, etc. so I'm having a local guitar builder give it a complete makeover: new paint, fretboard swap (rosewood for maple), and all-chrome hardware.
(Cassidy: don't worry, it's not the neck you sent me)
So, the RG1527 neck has the top-mount locking nut. I've always preferred the rear-mount version, plus the rear-mount version was all I could find in chrome. Kind of a win-win.
Any pointers (or schematics/blueprints out there) on making this modification? Anyone done it? As I said, a local guitar builder will be doing this for me. Should I just set back and be confident that they know what the hell they're doing, or are there any pointers/info I can give them?
As I've learned, even the best shops/tech/luthiers don't always understand some of the nuances of Ibanez guitars.
I wouldn't. I'd modify the chrome locking nut you found to be top mounted. All it takes is countersinking the screw holes and finding the screws that fit. Rear mount has been phased out for a reason, you're weakening the neck by drilling all the way through it, and giving it another point where it can crack/break.