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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Difference between RG920QM (US) and RG870QMZ (CAD)?

Hey Guys,

I noticed that a few guitar stores here are carrying what I thought was an RG920 premium until I grabbed it and looked at the pricetag and headstock. They are labelled as RG870, and sure enough the Canadian Ibanez website lists these, but no sign of the 920.

On side by side comparison of specs on paper, the only difference I can discern is this:
RG920= H-H, Dimarzio IBZ pickups
RG870= H-S-H, CAP-VM pickups

The other thing that surprised me is the Canadian pricing on the RG870 seems to be relatively in line with the US pricing on the RG920. Normally the Canadian market gets the shaft, with retail prices easily 20-30% higher despite a dollar on par with the US.

Does the difference in pickups explain how the Canadian model can be priced the same, meaning we're still kinda getting screwed. OR, did Ibanez actually cut us a rare break in this instance?

Last question, is the RG1XXV 25th anni model up to the same "Premium" quality as the RG920 (and 870, assuming it's the same)?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I guess I got one part of the premise backwards. I was thinking Canada was unique in getting the 870 instead of the 920. Turns out that's not the case, and actually it's the US only that gets the 920, while everyone else in the world gets the 870. Huh.


So in general when people here were raving about how great these MII Premiums are, were they referring to the 920s or the 870s, or does it even matter because they're both worthy of equal praise?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 10:40 PM
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Re: Difference between RG920QM (US) and RG870QMZ (CAD)?

The only real differences are the pickup configuration and types.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 12:37 PM
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Re: Difference between RG920QM (US) and RG870QMZ (CAD)?

i was planning to buy a new guitar and i found that 870qmz hvv is available at my nearest store ..
they are selling it off at a surprising $655 (case included) due to the reason that it has been discontinued or sth ...
now will i buy it ?? and how good is the edge zero 2 bridge??
i already bought an evolution bridge and a paf pro to replace the cap vms' ......
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