I have been planning to buy a used 570 AANJ to rob parts for a custom Jem I'm in the beginning stages of and saw a NEW RG570 at a local store. They wanted almost $600 w/out a case - so it was out of the question to buy it just to strip it for parts. I was really close to getting a nice 570 that would have been perfect for the Jem project and ended up getting a REALLY GREAT deal on a mint Wolfgang standard (that'll be another post!) and blew the $ I was saving for the used RG.
A guy came into my store (a different local instrument dealer) with a mint '97 Big Apple Strat in vintage sunburst w/ a case. Needless to say, I personally got the guitar for $200 and took it home. I have a '91 Deluxe Strat w/ an Evo in the bridge and 2 gold lace sensors that I have been using since '95 and really had no need for the Big Apple other than it looked sweet on my wall. I took it down to the local store where they had the RG570 and swapped it out (and got a cool Digitech Synth Wah pedal too!!). I probably could have auctioned the Strat and made a couple $ and still bought the RG, but this was easier and as everyone knows - GAS has an appetite and needs almost immediate feeding when it strikes!LOL!!
I spent a couple hours re-stringing, setting up and getting aquainted with the RG today and I have to say I am very impressed!!
I don't own any production Jems. I own and have owned a few other Ibanez guitars (I love my S2020AX!), but this guitar is really nice!! The finish is a pearl silver and the hardware is immaculate!! If a production Jem is better than this- I want to know HOW!!???
I still plan to buy a few production model Jems (7DBK,777VBK,VBSL) and finish the 2 custom Jems I'm working on (my mahogany/chrome/vine will be playable w/in a week or so!!) and probably get a used 77FP to have a GMC job done, but I am very impressed with this 570!!
The problem now is, I can't bring myself to steal the neck and other parts from the RG to finish my 2nd custom Jem!! I now have to find ANOTHER AANJ RG570 to complete the project!!
GAS is a BITCH!!
Just had to vent my joy/dilema with this new RG.
I'll post pics of the 2 customs when I can get a digital camera.