Re: Ibanez RG-685 1997 MIJ, pics included. Please, help!
I have the 685 in trans purple, but mine's a 98. Do NOT put a pickguard on it. It just wouldn't look right imo. Also, of the the best things about this guitar is that it's direct mount. It resonates like you cannot believe. Unplugged the thing can get pretty loud.
It's also a Japanese market model, never released outside Japan. The QM pups are hated by a lot of people, but if you skew your EQ settings to be a little mid-focused (mids higher than treble or bass), some of that harshness goes away. They are functional pups, not great, but not the worst thing Ibanez has given us.