1. Neck swappage. [..] Any chance that the oiled 22 fret roadster 2 neck from my í86 RG440PB will fit a version of the radius?
As stated before, you should be able to swap necks with square heeled sabers and power models. For square heeled rg necks, you'll have to remove the highest two frets from the neck or remove your neck pickup. As for the 440 neck, you might have to re-drill the holes in the neck since the radius (saber and power, too) has an angled heel wich (anyone correct me if i'm wrong) didn't appear before '87.
Also, in my opinion, the aanj radius models are way overrated. The aanj introduction was a greater "step forward" on the 24 fret models (rg, jem, ... ) than on the 22 fret guitars, since the whole neck heel assembly was completely moved towards the bridge on the 24-fretters, rather than just reshaped as on the 22-fretters. Which is also the reason you can't retrofit a 22 fret aanj guitar with a neck of a 24 fret aanj guitar.
2. Body types. [..] The refined radius that fist showed up in í88 and continued for a couple years (not sure how long). What became the JS
model that has stuck. And finally the AANJ body that Iíve only seen as a í93 model, but may exist prior or subsequently. Am I close?
Each radius body is different because of the hand sanding involved creating one. What I can confirm is that the cutaways were enlarged in '88, making the body looking sleeker than the '87 one.
But: my '88 radius, '93 radius and '92 JS
similar body shapes (apart from the aanj on the '93 and the angled output jack on the js
of course) - which is something I had many discussions about in the past on these boards. I have read about great differences and have also seen pics of a very "thick" looking, almost un-carved '92 model, but my guitars seem to show that, in the end, it all comes down to how each guitar was hand sanded.
The ďultraĒ neck seems to have been slightly different from year to year..
The '88 ultra neck I have is the thickest ibanez neck I've ever played on - which is a very nice thing in my opinion, but (as everything) comes down to personal preference. My '93 ultra neck is thinner, as is the JS
neck. The 2 latter ones do feel very different, but this is caused by the much rounder fretboard radius of the js
. profile-wise, they are almost identical.
4. Finally electronics. Iíve seen í87 models with the single 5-selector switch. Iíve seen í87 models with the three toggle switches. Iíve seen what I think was an í88 with both a 5-selector switch and three smaller toggle switches pushed toward the rear. Finally the single 3-selector switch we see with the JS
today. Iím I leaving something out? Finally, do all incarnations of the Radii have coil taps? And how about hi-pass filters, which I think were only ever found on some JS
I think the coil tap was only existent in HH-models, while my HSH and HSS models featured a standard 5-way RG wiring.
Interesting fact: The '92 and '93 HSH JS1 models didn't have a push pull coil tap either, although the catalogues state the opposite. They had a wiring you get by combining a standard jem diagram with a high pass filter on the tone knob. (I think the filter is hardwired on the jems)
OK thanks! Iím hoping to find an AANJ radius and also a JS
and play around with the hardware to find two nice complimentary axes. Iím sure Iíll never find an AANJ radius so Iíll probably try and get a second generation body (deeper cutouts but not all fat).