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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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How rare is my guitar?

Hi guys ( and grls),
I have a ibanez rg620 BM SOL. The serial number is F529471. I traced it and it appears to have been made in June '95.
Strange though since it was issued for distribution in '96. The Quilted maple types came after these. Understood the first batch were made for Europe solely. Some say only a small number were produced. Anyways, hope some if you have more knowledge & insight what i currently have my possession.
Gr Rob.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 02:10 PM
 
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It's extremely common for the neck serial to be a year or more older than the model it's actually fitted to.
Define rare, there are quite a few near unique models because there was so much factory customisation done in the 80's and 90's.
Certainly yours sounds nice, perhaps links to pictures would help.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 09:05 PM
 
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Re: How rare is my guitar?

I would say it's not very rare, as it was regular production model you can find in the catalogue, but it was only produced in one year in one control layout version and one in another control layout - so it's definitely rarer than some models that have been produced for many years. 600 series are very high-quality Japanese made instruments comparable to today's Prestige.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-23-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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Re: How rare is my guitar?

http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG620BM_(1997)


you don't really run across many 600 series in the U.S. it is common to find serial numbers that don't quite match up to release dates. Often times Ibanez has already started producing parts for a guitar that will be released at winter namm early in the next year. So if it is a 96 model it wouldn't be unheard of for your neck, body or both to date 95.

I'd say what you have is fairly rare, not unheard of but i can't imagine there being many 600 series models out there at least in the U.S.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-23-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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...but i can't imagine there being many 600 series models out there at least in the U.S.
Whereabouts in the USA is the Netherlands then? 🤣
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Whereabouts in the USA is the Netherlands then? 🤣

well he didn't say he was in the Netherlands, and I can't speak about the Netherlands because I am not there so i offered an opinion given the information I had. I could have a user name the flying Dutchmen and be from Pennsylvanian and of German decent and like to fly air planes. So ... fail to see why you are being a ****.
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I had hoped the humour would be obvious from the emoji.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-24-2018, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello guys,

First, don't get into a beef regards where one might come from, our love for Ibanez guitars is what we have all in common!
Second, yes i'm from Netherlands but belong like you all to the Ibanez family!

Now! Back too business! 😁
I've enclosed a pic, right leaning metal stair for scale!(error 404 - banana missing )
Indeed these 600 series were made for Europe only, how many have been made eventually, i dunno.
It was in pretty bad shape when I purchased it, had to re-do the fretwork and fine tuning at a luthier ( Patrick Koopman - one of the Former Guitar Tech for Vai ). I do not know if the Volume & Tone knobs are original. The neck pickup is original, the bridge ain't (probably a Dimarzio - will have to investigate ).
The rest is a fine piece, i love mahogany!

Greetings Guitar Connaisseurs!
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Hello guys,

First, don't get into a beef regards where one might come from...
Hello, no beef, just returning fire when shot at by the humourless and the hostile, us EU types need to stick together! 😉
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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Re: How rare is my guitar?

Maybe not rare in Europe, but pretty rare in the USA. Mine(sadly sold a while back) was 1 of 4 on the Ibanez Registry site in the US and the only one with factory gold hardware. It was originally purchased in Amsterdam by an Army soldier that brought it to the USA. This model was only issued in Europe(details courtesy of Jim Donahue, former Ibanez custom shop manager)
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Maybe not rare in Europe, but pretty rare in the USA. Mine(sadly sold a while back) was 1 of 4 on the Ibanez Registry site in the US and the only one with factory gold hardware. It was originally purchased in Amsterdam by an Army soldier that brought it to the USA. This model was only issued in Europe(details courtesy of Jim Donahue, former Ibanez custom shop manager)

...you both have/had lovely guitars...natural wood finish is so beautiful...especially with the flamed top!


Thanks to you both for a bit of 'way back' historical model eye candy!


Peace,


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