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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-05-2015, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez RT series?

I bought one while inebriated and it will probably take a few weeks to show up. What's the deal with these?

They seem like a great deal to me because they are from the 90s, MiJ, and have a cool top/color. Mine is the blue one I think.

The one thing I'm worried about is that the trem will suck. How are the trems on them?
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Great guitars. I have an RT450. I bought it back in the 90's off a kid who never learned to play. The 450 & 650's had locking tuners and a trem very similar to the wilkinson tremolo but made by gotoh. Neck is fatter and more round than an RG. They are great guitars - and are the guitars that led to the AT-100.
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Great guitars. I have an RT450. I bought it back in the 90's off a kid who never learned to play. The 450 & 650's had locking tuners and a trem very similar to the wilkinson tremolo but made by gotoh. Neck is fatter and more round than an RG. They are great guitars - and are the guitars that led to the AT-100.
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Between the magnum lockers and the TZ-II the RT's are pretty damn stable. In fact, I bought a wilkinson VS100 for my old 650 that turned out to be a waste of money. The TZ-II was every bit as stable and sounded just as good. The TZ-II went right back into the guitar and the Wilkinson was sold.
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Does it flutter well? That's the biggest factor for meeeeeeee
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I bought one while inebriated and it will probably take a few weeks to show up. What's the deal with these?

They seem like a great deal to me because they are from the 90s, MiJ, and have a cool top/color. Mine is the blue one I think.

The one thing I'm worried about is that the trem will suck. How are the trems on them?
Oh man the times I've done that
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Does it flutter well? That's the biggest factor for meeeeeeee
Sadly, No. It's not horribly bad but the TZ-II is a "vintage strat type trem" and it acts accordingly. It just holds tune better than any fender bridge, 2 or 6 point. NONE of them have enough mass behind the fulcrum for good fluttering.
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Sadly, No. It's not horribly bad but the TZ-II is a "vintage strat type trem" and it acts accordingly. It just holds tune better than any fender bridge, 2 or 6 point. NONE of them have enough mass behind the fulcrum for good fluttering.
Do me a favor and keep me in mind when you go to sell it. I really screwed the pooch when I sold mine.
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Does it flutter well? That's the biggest factor for meeeeeeee
Nope - I've got mine setup floating, doesn't flutter. Not much pull up since its not a routed trem route.
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I tried an RT650 and they're great axes like almost every ibanez from the 90's. Yes the bridge is strat-like so no pull ups (like the HQ) but it's way more stable than others. It also depends from how much you stretch your strings, which is very important!
The neck shape is Viper, like JPM's and it's fatter and shred-friendly
they are also cool because some models have a one piece maple top which is damn cool
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Yeah the Viper profile is pretty cool. I'm feeling a matte black board and throwing the pink BKPs I bought for my jem in there. Might be cool
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I want an RT. I wonder if I'll ever find one
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they are also cool because some models have a one piece maple top which is damn cool
I agree that they're great guitars, but the tops on the RT650s are not actually maple. It's what they called "gravure" which is basically a photo image glued onto the alder body, also called "photoflame" by other companies that did the same thing. It's paper thin.

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I agree that they're great guitars, but the tops on the RT650s are not actually maple. It's what they called "gravure" which is basically a photo image glued onto the alder body, also called "photoflame" by other companies that did the same thing. It's paper thin.
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...but I can tell you that the "tops" do look VERY good. This is the one I sold last year:



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I agree that they're great guitars, but the tops on the RT650s are not actually maple. It's what they called "gravure" which is basically a photo image glued onto the alder body, also called "photoflame" by other companies that did the same thing. It's paper thin.
Classy looking axes... I'd love to try one someday. Do those gravure tops typically stay nice looking? The reason I ask is that I saw one on e-bay that had a crack in the "top" running diagonally across the front of the guitar. Just wondered if they are prone to doing this over time.

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I have seen quite a few with long clearcoat cracks. I don't know why that happens but for some reason they seem to be worse on the RV470s (Radius model) which also had gravure tops. Still, there are a lot of nice looking RT650s floating around and the ones I have do not have any cracks.
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