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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

Hey guys

I've been a member to this forum/site for a couple of minutes only, but i've been reading it for a long time now.

The thing is: There's this guy selling this guitar really cheap, but he doesn't know which model it is. Can you guys help me out here? The pics are baaad...

Serial #F9824605 from what I can tell... he says the "model # is FP98 24605", so, u see what my problem is.

You guys will see that it has a HH config, and it's from 98. Please, help me find out which model this is, coz i'm really considering buying it, but it's just too weird! hehe thanks a lot!




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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

Looks like a RG470.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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HH config, floating trem, and no pickguard would end in 20.

So perhaps it is a 420 or a 320?

A 470 would have HSH.
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I think it's the one on the left here:

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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If so, it has a Lo TRS tremolo which isn't supposed to be very good:

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1994. LoTRS I / II



A move downmarket necessiated lower-spec bridges in Ibanez guitars, and the LoTRS system was introduced on the majority of Korean (version II), as well as several Japanese models (version I). The LoTRS features a flimsy base plate, integrated with cast knife edges, basic screw-in studs, and a Floyd-style screw in arm. While low-profile, the system has few other redeeming qualities which are often attributed to the Ibanez locking bridges that preceded ithe LoTRS.

Through the years, both LoTRS versions have acquired a reputation for substandard material quality, as the majority of these bridges would wear out the integrated pivots within a short time, leaving the system unable to stay in tune after any amount of use. Fortunately for the disgruntled users, the LoTRS bridges are famously interchangeable with the original Floyd Rose machines, pending little to no modification.
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/al...os-119330.html

That guitar you posted pics of is also missing the pickup selector switch.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

Guys, thanks a lot for the help!

It sure looks like the 420. How would you guys grade it? Coz the price is pretty cool, and it does have a EMG 81 on the bridge (with a passive pickup on the neck... weeeeird!)

Hell, i hadn't noticed about the missing pickup selector... although, that's not a pricy piece.

For a little more i could get a 550 or 560 here on our local ebay-alike website.. i was actually going to get this to fix it and sell it for more that it's being sold, coz it's kinda cheap. But a 560... i could really get used to it!

also, about the lo-trs... don't think i ever played with it... no good, huh? that could be a deal breaker if i was to get the 420 to keep it... although the emg itself would be a nice addition to the guitar.

Thanks for your help, everyone.

cheers

Lee
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

I've got an '08 RG 420FB and its actually a great guitar. And yes, this def looks like a 420. Mine has a mahogany body so it sounds outstanding for drop-D.

I did replace the pups with DiMarzios on mine. And mine had the Edge III which I added an FU brass big block to. But hey it was a really inexpensive guitar, it plays and sounds great, why not?

If the price is right I'd say go for it if you wanna play it. I wouldnt expect a big profit flipping it though... These Indonesian RG's don't fetch much.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey KFS

the thing is, this one is actually a 1998 japanese model, not the newer indonesian one.. so, you know, it might be worth flipping just for the "F" on the serial number, although i'm not sure... thanks a lot!
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

You could always block the tremolo if it doesn't work well (unless you want a floating tremolo).

According to that info I posted, the Lo-TRS is easily switchable with a Floyd Rose, of course that takes money and maybe some skill so it may or may not be feasible for you.
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

yeah, i hear ya! but I already got a carvin as a fixed-bridge guitar, and I'd like to venture more in the tremolo-world... so i definetely want a floating tremolo for a guitar that I'll keep.

But that's all inputs that I was looking forward to have, so, thanks a lot for your help. Maybe I could buy a floyd rose and change... or maybe it's not worth the money and trouble, and i could just get the rg 560, instead. i'm kinda leaning towards that, now.

thanks again!
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

Oh yeah cool a Japanese should def be worth more than an Indo. Good luck man I hope it works out to be reasonably profitable for ya! But if you can't get the price you want for it when its done, like i said they are good guitars & might be worth it to you to just play it for a while. The market is pretry soft right now but you can always sell it in a year or 2 when the market is stronger. Especially since its a Japanese model.
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

yep... especially in brazil, guitars & stuff are VERY expensive... so, this is kinda of a steal that i could profit on, after a while. thanks for you help man!

cheers!
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

Can people who don't know all the info not post on things they are not knowledgable about?

This is a Japanese made RG420. It does come with a LO-TRS. Don't lump this with the piece of crap Korean LO-TRS II. The LO-TRS is actually a decent trem that is built out of far better metals than the Korean "II" model. Do not discount it as a crappy trem just because it shares visual similarities, and a namesake.
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Re: Help Discover Which Ibanez This Is

I was going by this page:

http://www.lawl.net/gtr

Are you saying it's inaccurate? It says both Lo-TRS models are substandard.
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Can people who don't know all the info not post on things they are not knowledgable about?

This is a Japanese made RG420. It does come with a LO-TRS. Don't lump this with the piece of crap Korean LO-TRS II. The LO-TRS is actually a decent trem that is built out of far better metals than the Korean "II" model. Do not discount it as a crappy trem just because it shares visual similarities, and a namesake.
Exactly!
These are nearly on par with our other favorite RGs--like the 520, 550, 570 etc.
The LoTRS is much better than the II version.
For those that would like to learn about the old models, go here:

http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/Ibanez_Wiki



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