I'm not the foremost expert when it comes to 80's Ibanez guitars, due to the fact that when I was a kid back then I couldn't afford even a 550.
But, I will take a stab at a review of the 20th RG-DY I have here that belongs to a friend of mine. My DY is on order with Rich and hopefully will get here soon. I will edit this post later to include pics of the fret ends and other points of interest that I've seen mentioned in the main RG 20th thread.
First off the neck. This thing feels great! Like I said before, I don't really know what an original Wizard neck feels like since I've never gotten to play one for any appreciable length of time to know for sure... but I can say that the necks on these reissues are fantastic in their own right. The fretwork is actually not bad at all, despite the "clipped off" fret ends; which, by the way, are clipped pretty aggressively so the angle is steep and I cannot feel any sharp edges on the example I have when I am actually playing the guitar.
The neck joint is shockingly limiting compared to the AANJ. I knew this going in, but I never realized how spoiled I've been with the AANJ until playing this guitar. However, for me this is not a bad thing. I actually think it is really cool that they kept this part of the guitar original. I can fairly comfortably play the A Pentatonic box in the 15th position, but anything higher than that requires the Les Paul "wrap your hand around the joint" type of playing (though, obviously not as bad as a Les Paul). So this guitar, for me, works essentially like a 22 fretter that has a good neck joint.
All the fit and finish stuff on this example are excellent. Good paint job, clean neck pocket, well seated frets and nice straight neck (so far
we'll see how well those titanium rods work in time).
I am not a big fan of the pickups, though I will say they are above average compared to just about anything Ibanez normally puts into non-signature guitars. These things are pretty bright and a little harsh. The neck pickup reminds me of the Hum from Hell I have in my 1570. That sucker is bright
. Almost sounds like another bridge pickup... not at all like a PAF Pro or a Norton. The bridge pickup has a good amount of output and seems to my ear to be a bit trebly. I plan on replacing the pickups in my 20th when it arrives with PAF Pros and an SDS-1 single.
The Edge tremolo is pretty awesome! I can see now why so many people love this thing. It flutters for days, right out of the box brand new with new springs! I think it feels smoother and has overall better action than my Edge Pros... and I like the feel of the saddles better for palm muting. I always felt that the Edge Pro was too radiused in the saddles which sort of makes the strings feel like they're "floating" in mid air around the take-off point. For me palm muting is easier on the Edge and my JPM's Lo-Pro and I find both the Edge and Lo-Pros to be super comfortable in general.
Other than that I am not sure what else to mention. I played it yesterday after a good setup and for about an hour befor posting this today, both unaccompanied, and with backing music and I must say it is a BLAST to play! Anyone that has one or is about to get one is going to love these things. If these are anything like the originals, then Ibanez really got this right from the beginning.
Detail pics coming soon. This thing is a really