Calling Greco experts randy Rhoads upgrades

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Hi Guys,
I’ve got an old Greco randy rhoads LP that I want to rejuvenate, the input jack is broken so whilst I was at it what else would be worth while upgrading?

I’m going to change the pickups but we’re wondering should I change the tailpeice, tuners, pots etc? I’ve heard some of the Greco hardware is actually pretty good? TIA!
 

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Does it have a 650 sticker on the back of the neck? If so, the stock pups were Dry82, top of the range for Mint Collection. Worth hanging onto, even if you want hotter ones while you own it. Other stuff should be fine, play it for a while to decide.
 

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No it doesn’t have any stickers, I took the neck pickup out to check there is no marking either on the pickups . Not a DryZ pickup :(
 

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They had small rectangular stickers like Gibson PATs, maybe a gum mark still there from Screamin' 82(RR55) or Dry '82 (RR65) stickers.
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:hmm: Have you played it much up to now, or recently got it? Adjusted pup and polepiece heights to improve sound?
 

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i havent played it for awhile but for the day i got the guitar for some reason the bridge pick up with sequel and feedback alot, id always have to play the neck. then the input jack broke so decided to give it an overhaul.

i picked up a set of seymour duncan wholelotta humbuckers for cheap and thought id give them a try.
 

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Fujigen ran out of stickers in 1985 for the pickups. So yes, knowing the model number would ID them. Scream'ins also have ceramic magnets and Dry 82s (not Zs) have alnico if you want to remove a cover and check.

I only replace hardware if I have a reason for doing it (sagging bridge, broken gear in a tuner, rust, etc).

I do usually replace wiring harnesses, but the quality of the original ones is usually fine. One modern History had linear taper pots and I hated them even though that guitar wasn't 40 years old so out they came too.
 

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Fujigen ran out of stickers in 1985 for the pickups. So yes, knowing the model number would ID them. Scream'ins also have ceramic magnets and Dry 82s (not Zs) have alnico if you want to remove a cover and check.

I only replace hardware if I have a reason for doing it (sagging bridge, broken gear in a tuner, rust, etc).

I do usually replace wiring harnesses, but the quality of the original ones is usually fine. One modern History had linear taper pots and I hated them even though that guitar wasn't 40 years old so out they came too.
the headstock reads L870176 so i assume 87' model?
 

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We need a pic from the end showing the magnet. On this photo it's that thin metal bar that is under the two plastic bobbins. It's silver, which indicates an Alnico magnet. If yours is black and especially if it's thicker than that one, it's ceramic.

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On this pic the magnet is pulled halfway out.

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If you have wax residue around it, gently heat with a hairdryer and push magnet gently from connecting wires end.
 

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So what would cause the bridge pickup to hum/feedback ?
 

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If it's unpotted (no wax melted in to surround the coils, then set hard), it can squeal at high gain or volume setting.
 

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If you really like that pickup, wax pot it. Chose this clip at random, there are a few out there
 


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