There's got to be a couple million black or white RG550s out there; ditto for black or silver 570s. I thought it would be fun to see the most interesting and good looking RG models that didn't sell in large numbers.
RG517. In the mid 1990s, retro 1970s nostalgia was at an all-time high, and Ibanez cashed in by offering glammed out, very heavy metal flake finishes on a set of RGs that were, in every other way, just RG570s. They were listed as RG517s in 1996 and were made RG570s in the 1997 catalog. Then they disappeared. My buddy who was a dealer at the time remember an Ibanez rep saying that the metal flake had turned out to be really difficult to use and was prone to clogging up the spraying equipment. Available in blue and green in the states, and apparently also purple in other markets.
RG770DXVM. Offered for only one year, this is the rarest of the super-tricked out 770DX models. If you love purple and maple fretboards, this is pretty much the holy grail. It has all the trappings of the golden age of Ibanez guitars--original wizard neck, lo pro edge, cosmo chrome, paint-matching headstock, original neck joint, paint-matching inlays, paint-matching IBZ-USA pickups, clear pickguard.
RG570FM & RG570CT. Offered a few times throughout the 1990s, these guitars came in a variety of trans finishes. I think of them as what the Premium guitars *ought* to be like--trans finish over flamed maple veneer, original edge and lo pro edge trems, original wizard necks.
RG670. This one's a bit of a mystery to me. Apparently, in 1994, you could buy an RG with a trans blue burst, gold hardware, and an ash body. Here she is:
So, what do you say, what RGs didn't get enough attention when they were available?