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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2009, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Smile Big Love for the RT series

Being a long term Ibanez fan and having a fair few.....

I recently found a couple of beaten up RT's on the bay.

Now I'm a huge fan of Andy Timmons and was after something that was similar.

I gotta say I just love these guitars. I stripped them both and restained/ relacquered. I added a Breed and a PAF pro to the RT450 and an Evolution with S1's (that I had lying around) to the RT240.

I also changed the saddles to something a little more robust. The RT240's neck had to be totally restripped but the RT450's just needed a good clean and fret dress. I actually decided to swap the necks. One is laquered the other sealed and oiled.

I'm loving these guitars. They play like a dream and sound great. The neck is very similar to the JS (I have two of those too lol!) yet feels a touch faster for some reason. The trem is great too. I'm usually a Edge man but lovin the more subtle approach I'm forced to do with these instruments.

Anyhows, I thought you might like to see them..... and spread the word to hunt down these top guitars that where only made for 3 years. I only paid £300 for the two. Not a bad find.

Here are the pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3892264589

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3892264363

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3892263973

All the best

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2009, 05:53 PM
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Great Work Siggy!

they look very cool!

(try the graphtech bridge for your midi one)

I've been on the hunt for them as well - but no luck as yet. Getting ET to make me one ( he calls it Tobacco Road - beautiful rustic sunburst - check his site) but he is majorly backed up.

keep us posted on progress
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-07-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Re: Big Love for the RT series

Nice score! I managed to pick up a 450 locally for $120 CDN. The original pickguard was swapped to a white one, but I plan to make the eventual switch back. Love that Viper profile!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-07-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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COOL x 2. Nice axes mate. Andy is a great player as well, one of my faves!!!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-07-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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i want one of these in a bad way.... i love the viper neck.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-09-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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Re: Big Love for the RT series

ah, i love these guitars. especially those blonde ones. i actually have 3 in blonde, 2 in black and 3 in tobacco burst. and you are right on about them feeling like the js neck profile. it's very similar (i have a few js's too). i don't think i payed more than $250 for any one of them. the 650 is supposed to be the same except for a fancier faux maple top and a bound neck, but that neck definitely feels different than the 450 and 150 necks. and for some reason the fretboard radius feels quite a bit different on those too, much flatter.

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Anyhows, I thought you might like to see them..... and spread the word to hunt down these top guitars that where only made for 3 years. I only paid £300 for the two. Not a bad find.
shhhh...don't let the cat out of the bag. the rt's are like the best kept aftermarket ibanez secret, lol.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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Re: Big Love for the RT series

heres a pic of my rt240 , with a custom pearl scratch plate and stripped down to a single hum (which is now a bill larwence).

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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Re: Big Love for the RT series

oh man!!!
RTs!!!
I love them!!! (uhmmm... I think that I love all Ibanez guitars )


here's mine:




I made a new pickguard for her. now its more nice (for me, of course) and something like more 'vintage strat'

cheers.

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