Hi Todd. Great guitar. I have a 2005 and love it, one of my favorites.
Some great replies here, especially by Takin a Ride, not much I can add for educational purposes.
Original list price (from Rich's site and his NAMM sections): 2006 was $2666.65 with case, 2005 was $2659.99 with case. I've seen claims they could be purchased on the street for around $2100 (I've read this but not substantiated this myself, the same person claimed a list price of $3199.99 which may not be accurate).
Current market used, under $1000 seems to be a very good deal depending on the condition. I scored a great deal on mine. I keep my eye out for them, I wouldn't mind another one. There is a very nice 2006, looks like new, on evilbay asking $1199 starting bid. The Blue Book of Guitars previously listed 2005 RGT320 condition 8/10 $1200 (10/10 $2000 down to 6/10 $900), so a 2006 might be a bit more. Not to imply that as a definitive source, just a reference I sometimes check out to get an idea of a reasonable value if I'm not familiar with a given guitar. I looked that up when I was shopping for my RGT320Q RBB.
As for the Allen wrench holders you referred to on the back of the head stock, mine does not have one either, nor any of my J-Customs/Prestige guitars, I believe they are user add-ons.
Like you, I actually also have grown to like the IBZ pickups in there. I know there are players who prefer others such as Tone Zone/Air Norton, Breeds, PAF Pros, certainly nothing wrong with those, but I've come to really like the IBZs for now. Kind of a love em or hate em thing I guess. They seem pretty clean and warm, which suits me well, but have no trouble cutting through and overdriving. I love how this guitar looks and sounds. I think the IBZs go well with the mahogany, but I wouldn't mind hearing the Air Norton/Tone Zone combo in there sometime.
As for the IBZs, they are DiMarzios designed and manufactured for Ibanez with unique sound characteristics from the other "real" DiMarzios (Breed, Tone Zone, Air Norton, PAF Pro, Fred, etc.) I've read that according to DiMarzio, the neck pickup is fairly bright-sounding, similar to a DiMarzio Super 2 (DP104). The bridge pickup is a little louder and warmer-sounding, and resembles a cross between the DiMarzio Steve Morse Bridge Model (DP200) and the DiMarzio Super Distortion (DP100).
Take care. Enjoy that guitar!
Great post man...thanks so much for the info...especially the pricing and pickup information, specifically. I'm a bit surprised that they're not a little more valuable in used condition. Not that 11-1200 dollars is bad...I guess I'm just used to my USA-made guitars holding a little more value (at least on the street). Funny, because the Ibanez RGT320 is as good, if not better made than any of my USA guitars. The only ones that touch it (in the looks and finish department) is my 2006 PRS CE 22 or my 2008 Les Paul Standard. I've got a Jackson PC-1 Natural finish, which is up there too...but in my opinion, the Ibanez is cooler looking.
Your comments about the allen key holder are pretty accurate...the only thing I have learned in my searching is that they started putting them on all Prestige guitars in 2008. But as far as finding one somewhere...forget it. I've even called Ibanez parts direct (# given to me by Rich/Ibz Rules)...no luck. So I guess I'm not getting one. All the others use bigger screws...which have me a little concerned ...I really don't want to drill into the back of that headstock. Little screws don't worry me...but the big ones could do some damage...which I certainly don't want to do.
Anyway...I really enjoyed reading your post...you really provided a lot of the info I was looking for.
I've had this guitar for 3 years, and only now am I starting to research the details. I guess I've been so busy buying other instruments, that this one kinda got put aside. Then a few weeks ago, I pulled it out and started playing it again...and I realized how much I do love this thing...even if it isn't a USA-made guitar..which has always been pretty important to me. I suppose these days Japan is just as capable of putting out a real high quality piece as the US. I just remember some of the crap that came out of Japan back in the 80s, and it just stuck.
Anyway....thanks again man!