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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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True Japanese Ibanez

Guys,
I have a chance to purchase what appears to be an 80's model Ibanez, the only issue is the neck plate has an S on it and says made in Japan with no serial number, can someone help me identify this guitar. Here are a few photos,

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One more photo of the guitar, hopefully this will help me too.
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

Check the back of the headstock, write down the serial number & go here, that's the only way you'll know.


ibanezrules.com/catalogs/reference/dating.htm

Should be one of these three

1975 - Present, This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock. It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number. The letter stands for the month, A for January etc., the first 2 digits will be the year, 76 is 1976, 96 is 1996, the last 4 digits will be the consecutive production number for that months production, 1356 would be the 1356th guitar produced that month. This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock. A761356 - The 1356th guitar produced in January '76
1987 - Present - These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above. There are many variables of numbering through these years and between different models and are broken down into 3 categories, stickers, plates, and the impressed numbers that follow the old school style detailed above.
HEADSTOCK SERIAL STICKERS
1987 - 1996 - Guitars built in Japan between these years will have a serial number beginning with F followed by 6 numbers. F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen. The first digit will be the last digit of the year, ie. F8***** is a guitars made in Fujigen in 1988. The last 5 numbers will be the consecutive number denoting production count for the year. 25899 would be the 25899th guitar built that year.
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Unscrew the four screws of the plate to take off the neck. The model of the neck and the model of the guitar should be stamped on the neck and the body respectively.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

Looks like an RG760 to me. Need serial / full pics for more details.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

Thanks guys,
The guitar is at a GC out of state, not quite sure they will do that for me, but it never hurts to ask. There isn't a serial number on the headstock, that is what makes me leary of purchasing the guitar.

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 01:56 PM
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Unscrew the four screws of the plate to take off the neck. The model of the neck and the model of the guitar should be stamped on the neck and the body respectively.
"A" model number, not necessarily "the" model number should be stamped there

Sometimes necks will just say RG750 when they're the same for 750, 760 and 770 alike...

The grey bobbins on the pickups hint at this being a 1989 RG760, the S could mean "second" as it was routinely stamped on necks of "second" class guitars (those with finish flaws or similar) but I've never seen it on a neck plate myself.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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How safe do you think it is to say this is a Japanese Ibanez?

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-30-2010, 04:24 AM
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I'd buy it as a Japanese Ibanez myself.

It's an old school 700 series neck from the look of the fretboard. It's old school (89) 700 series pickups (with the grey bobbins). The hardware colour appears to be cosmo black like an early 700.

If it's not, then fakes have gone to an all new level, and on an od choice of year model!!!
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Juno,
Thanks, that puts it very clearly for me. I think I might just buy it. GC has a 15% discount through Sunday too.

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

Ibanez RG760 003.JPG
Sorry mpanderson. I pulled the trigger on this one, but here are the neck pocket pics, I wanted to let you know what the id#"s were. Definitely old school 89 RG760. A bit of personality with all the chips and dings, but at $250 and a free case, who can complain.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

On the neck is a large red stamp "F" and small black stamp "WALRJ-T24".
WALRJ-T24 = Wizard(Profile) Angled(Headstock) Locking(Nut) Rosewood(Fretboard) Jumbo(Frets)- Teeth(Inlays, every neck I've seen with the T has the Sharkteeth) 24(Number of frets).
On the body a large red stamp "A"(maybe a date code?)and black 760.
Anybody have an idea on the location of the factory?

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

Great score man,i would of bought that without hesitation too.
The 'S' (second) means that it had a finish flaw when built ,not an issue.

Built in Japan,possibly assembled in US.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-16-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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Sweet. I would love an RG with a single in the neck.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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Re: True Japanese Ibanez

A price like $250 with a hard case is a steal
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