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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-17-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

Hi there--

Would it be too much if I asked you guys/girls here for a bit of information on two (2) relatively old Ibanez guitars?

A little background: I bought those guitars about 5 years ago, from a friend of a friend who needed money to cover medical expenses.

Back then I thought that, in the very-near-future, I'd find the time to sit down and start playing again. That, of course, never happened and it is safe to assume it is not going to happen any time soon either.

The first one I though was a RG420RB (Ibanez 1998 US Catalog -- Page #14). Yesterday, I unscrewed the neck from the body, for the first time, and I was quite surprised to see that the model# stamped on the neck pocket (RG420) does not match the model # stamped on the neck heel (RG550). Why is that? Is it because it is a Franken-guitar made up from spare parts?

As far as condition goes: Definitely a player guitar. The toggle switch is missing its plastic cap -- duct tape instead! -- and there appears to be two minor -- less than an inch -- almost imperceptible hairline fractures on the back of the neck, where the locking nut screws through the neck. Also, the previous owner switched the original metal control pots with plastic Fender-style ones.

The second one is a "440 Power"? The neck pocket and the neck heel have "440P" and a red "J" stamped on them. Anybody knows of this model?

Condition: Pristine and complete! Hard-Shell-Case + Stand + Tremolo arm + Strap. Every piece of hardware appears to be original. No dings or fractures of any size, shape or form. Clean too!

Last question: I would like to sell both guitars online so does anybody know how much they might be worth approximately?

Thank you all for any bit of info you could provide.


-- SectorE


PS: I took a ton of pictures, of both guitars, earlier today and I just found out I cannot post them here because I am a new member! What can I do so that you guys/girls can see what the guitars in question look like?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-17-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

You just need to have 10 posts to be able to fire up pics/links.
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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

IbanezDaemon hi--

Yes, I read the 10-posts-rule somewhere in the FAQ section. Silly rule, I think, but what can one do about it?

So, I have to start posting inane little things like this to reach the 10-posts threshold then. Okay.

Anyway, thank you for your reply!

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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

550 necks were used on several models--it's quite common.



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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

AlaskaBat hi--

So my 1998 RG420 could very well be genuine and not a thrown-together "Frankenstein", huh? Thank you for the info!

Btw, any idea how much it could fetch if I sold it?

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Not very much--the neck is the best part of it. The pups are V7 and V8s, so these are a little better than some of the other lower-end RGs. The trem is a Lo TRS. You might have better luck parting it out.



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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

The neck is original. I have taken quite a few Ibanez guitar apart. The older models will say 550 if it is a 550. Meaning dots on fingerboard, no binding. Very common neck that they used IMO on most models.

I have a music store down the street who deals with high end Gibsons and he has a 470 that he is calling a "mut". This is because he took the neck off and saw 550 instead of 470. He is the Guru on Gibsons but not Ibanez. The guitar he has is a 470, just happens to have a 550 neck. There is no 470 neck back then PERIOD.

Crack behind locking nut. Common as anything else I would say. It should play just fine for a very long time but if you want to sell it, you will take a hit on this. Is just hairline cracks you are talking about I think. But you should be able to feel them with your fingernail.

I have an RG 350 that was stepped on. Big 'ol crack behind headstock, I can stuff match sticks in it is so big. Stays in tune just fine and is staight as can be. Not worth much except for parts. But hey, this is the Ibanez I let the kids play!!!
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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

AlaskaBat & VCR--

Thank you very much for all the info.

So, my 1998 RG420 is not really all that valuable, is it?

As far as the hairline cracks behind the locking nut, yes, they're really small and really shallow. To be honest I am not even 100% certain if they're cracks and not merely scuffs caused by a screwdriver or a wrench but I am no expert on the subject by any stretch!

Anybody w/any info on the 440P / 440 Power model?

Thanks again!
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AlaskaBat & VCR--

Thank you very much for all the info.

So, my 1998 RG420 is not really all that valuable, is it?

As far as the hairline cracks behind the locking nut, yes, they're really small and really shallow. To be honest I am not even 100% certain if they're cracks and not merely scuffs caused by a screwdriver or a wrench but I am no expert on the subject by any stretch!

Anybody w/any info on the 440P / 440 Power model?

Thanks again!
Yes it has value. Not gonna make you rich, perfect guiars all the way to headstocks being broken off have value. Let me see some pics.

I can look into the 440p. But no first hand knowledge, I'll be googleing

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VCR hi--

Thank you very much for your help. I just mailed you pictures of the 1998 RG420.

As far as the 440P / 440 Power is concerned, thank you but don't bother googling anything!

I've already researched that guitar model thoroughly and couldn't find any concrete info on its value or its pedigree anywhere, just random bits-and-pieces here and there. That's why I figured I would post here in the outside chance an Ibanez-fanatic might know something more. We'll see!

Thanks again for everything.

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Re: More Info On Ibanez RG420 (1998) & 440P, Please?

Sorry to revive such an old thread, but does anyone know if the 1998 RG420 is considered to be a Prestige model? Maybe I misread it, but that's what the 1998 catalog makes it sound like in my opinion.
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Sorry to revive such an old thread, but does anyone know if the 1998 RG420 is considered to be a Prestige model? Maybe I misread it, but that's what the 1998 catalog makes it sound like in my opinion.
definitely not lol
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Sorry to revive such an old thread, but does anyone know if the 1998 RG420 is considered to be a Prestige model? Maybe I misread it, but that's what the 1998 catalog makes it sound like in my opinion.
The Prestige line was not out in 98, and this is a lower end model anyway. Not bottom of the barrel, but not a higher end model.



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The Prestige line was not out in 98, and this is a lower end model anyway. Not bottom of the barrel, but not a higher end model.
that was my thoughts as well, but look at this!
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Point taken. It should still be decent since it's a Fujigen product, right? Also, if it had an original Edge?
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