Re: Ibanez V1 and V2
Sorry to raise this thread from the dead but being new here I stumbled upon it while searching something else and wanted to throw my two cents in..
I own an all original 1987 RG560 in Vampire Kiss red. It's an awesome guitar and one of my favorites because it covers a lot of ground tonally. The two single coils are very "twangy" and the neck on it's own has a really killer, big tone and is great for SRV and the like. The bridge V2 humbucker is very warm sounding. It's kinda hot but with an open vintage tone. I think it compliments the single coils nicely which also have a big open sound.
I also have a 1997 RG570 with the V7,S1,V8 pickups. People are right to say these pu's are hotter, brighter and not as organic as the V1,V2's. The 570 is my whammy guitar so the pickups work well for my needs. I thought about changing the stock pickups in the 570 but I already have several other guitars with Dimarzio's & SD's so I keep these guitars stock. I don't like all my guitars to sound the same. Also, for the poster who mentioned he likes his Ibanez guitar to sound like an Ibanez guitar.. I get it.
On the other hand.. I never had the urge to change the pu's in the 560. Every time I play that guitar it brings me back to a time when the Ibanez RG's were fresh and cutting edge. I'm 46 so I remember those days very well.
The older MIJ Ibanez guitars w/Original Edge & Wizard necks have really come into their own and the stock pu's, depending on your needs are IMHO, not that bad. Thanks.