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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just bought this mystery Radius... any help ID'ing it? [Pics!]




Here's part of the item description from the 'bay:

"The body looks like what I believe is called a "RADIUS". I can't find a serial number on it anywhere, and it appears the headstock has been re-logoed with a cool mirror-like type. It has also been refinished. The refinish isn't professional. It isn't a mirror-like finish, and has not been clear-coated. Kind of a satin finish, but it looks pretty decent. It has what I think is called an AANJ, or "all-access neck joint" that makes for a smooth transition between the body and the neck. It has an Ibanez Lo-TRS Floyd Rose, and Grover tuners, dual humbucker pickups with a three-way switch, one volume, and one tone. There is a Floyd Rose style nut on it, but it does not have the locknuts."

So I am curious if this is an original Radius that was customized, or if this was something slapped together with random parts. Definitely looks like a Radius body, but what about the neck? I suppose I will be able to tell whether or not its a Radius neck by looking at the curvature down the middle. As for the lack of a serial number...another clue that it could be made from parts, but those stickers have been known to fall off over the years.

If anyone notices any clues from the pics I'd love to hear what you think!
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Re: Just bought this mystery Radius... any help ID'ing it? [Pics!]

Judging by the placement of the volume and tone knobs I would say it is a refinished JS. The Lo-TRS hints that it is one of the cheaper models, perhaps a JS100.
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Re: Just bought this mystery Radius... any help ID'ing it? [Pics!]

I'd seen that one on that auction site - a friend of mine was giving serious consideration to buying it, but never did. Looks pretty cool. Lanze is probably right. If you're really digging it and the trem isn't exactly what you want, should be easy enough to upgrade it. If I remember the price on it - definitely seemed like a pretty good buy. Congrats! Post updates if you decide to do anything to it!
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i saw it too.i gues its a radius.that was the same as the JS later.i dont like the trem.what are you going to do with it?
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Re: Just bought this mystery Radius... any help ID'ing it? [Pics!]

The listing said it has an AANJ -- is that correct or did he confuse AANJ with the usual JS/Radius sculpted neck joint?
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I'd like to see a picture of the back, and the output jack. The jack placement will tell you definitively whether it's a JS or Radius HH. The trem route does suggest it's a JS100, but I'd have to see more of it.
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Re: Just bought this mystery Radius... any help ID'ing it? [Pics!]

Thanks for all the replies so far!

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The listing said it has an AANJ -- is that correct or did he confuse AANJ with the usual JS/Radius sculpted neck joint?
I think the seller just doesn't have his Ibanez terminology down. Isn't the AANJ on Jems and RG's? That's definitely incorrect for this guitar.

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i saw it too.i gues its a radius.that was the same as the JS later.i dont like the trem.what are you going to do with it?
It should prove to be a half-decent backup to my JS-1000.

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I'd like to see a picture of the back, and the output jack. The jack placement will tell you definitively whether it's a JS or Radius HH. The trem route does suggest it's a JS100, but I'd have to see more of it.
It should arrive on Monday, so I will take more pics then so we can solve this mystery.

Its probably not a JS-100 neck because every JS-100 I've ever seen has "Joe Satriani" written at the 21st fret. It could be the body of a JS-100 though.

Also, every JS-100 I've ever seen has the shiny silver Lo-TRS II bridge. On the other hand, if this was actually a Radius body, wouldn't they have had to re-route to downgrade from the Edge bridge? The bridge really makes this whole thing pretty confusing.
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