Ibanez model numbers are confusing
There are two reasons they are confusing.
1) Information is not consistent. For example, Ibanez wikia says the RG350M has a Wizard II neck. Ibanez.com says it has a Wizard III neck. Granted, it could just be a typo on wikia.
2) The letters at the end of model numbers seem arbitrary. For example, RG350DX and EXZ have Wizard III necks and Edge Zero II tremolo.
Naturally I would assume that RG350 means Wizard III neck and Edge Zero II tremolo, and the DX or EXZ must stand for color or something.
Because the RG350M has an Edge III tremolo.
But the RG350MP has an Edge Zero II tremolo.
From this data we can draw no conclusions about any of the numbers or letters in a model number.
RG370DX has a Wizard III neck and Edge Zero II tremolo. This is very similar to the RG350DX. Perhaps we can assume the DX suffix = Wizard III neck and Edge Zero II tremolo. (this is false, continue reading to see why)
I have learned that a 7 in the 10's digit spot means no pickguard, and a 5 means the guitar has a pickguard.
So RG370DX = RG350DX without the pickguard.
I have also learned that a 1 in the 1's digit location = non-floating tremolo. For example, RG351DX has a Wizard III neck and a Gibraltar Standard bridge.
The RG351DX, with its DX suffix, negates the theory that a DX suffix = Wizard III neck and Edge Zero II tremolo.
Unless, however, we assign an order of operations. DX suffix = Wizard III neck and Edge Zero II tremolo unless the 1's digit in the model number is a 1 in which case it has a Gibraltar Standard bridge instead of an Edge Zero II tremolo.
RG350M = Wizard II (or Wizard III, depending on who you believe) and Edge III tremolo.
RG350MP = Wizard III and Edge Zero II tremolo.
Again, nothing can be decoded from this, since RG350DX has the same Wizard III and Edge Zero II despite having none of the letters in common.
Furthermore, sometimes the model numbers are identical and the only difference is the year they were made:
RG450 (1990-1991) = Wizard, Edge tremolo
RG450 (1992-1993) = Wizard, Edge tremolo
RG450 (1994-1995) = Wizard II, Lo TRS II
RG450 (2009) = Wizard III, ILT1
Look at those, they are all the same model number. So if someone says "hey, I have an RG450!" that doesn't tell you anything about it.
But wait for it, an RG450MDX has a Wizard III neck and an Edge Zero II tremolo. So does the MDX suffix = Edge Zero II tremolo?
Oh, I noticed that a final character of L = left hand guitar. RG350DXL = left handed version of RG350DX. At least that one makes sense.
If I'm missing something obvious please help me out or point me to a resource that can help.
I'd like to be at the store, see a model number, and go "oh, I know what this means!" rather than "hold on, let me open this huge spreadsheet and look it up. Does that have a Wizard II or Wizard III? And is that an Edge III or a Zero Edge II tremolo?"
edit - fixed my misspellings of "tremolo."
Last edited by ironfistx; 03-17-2012 at 01:24 PM.