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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-04-2006, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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need help on getting my first Custom

Hi
I am planning to get my first Ibanez J-Custom RG8520
Does anyone have experience with this guitar?
The one i am planning to get has 4 volume/tone controls and a 3-way toggle switch.
I have seen some RG8520 with only 2 volume/tone controls and 5-way switch.
Whats the difference betweent those two guitars?
Any other info would be greatly appreicated.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 06:02 AM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

Like this?


I have a standard 8520. Fanstastic guitar. Ive no experience with the one youre talking about, but its obviously a piezo system.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 08:54 AM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

Could also be separate pots per pickup.

Would JCs with piezos have the "X" as well?
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 10:00 AM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

JC's with the Piezo's still have the X designation I believe.

The difference between the RG8520 with the 2-hum 5 way switch and the one you're looking at with a 3-way toggle and 2 volumes/tones is essentially just the wiring. If I recall I believe the 3-way toggle models have the JPM style wiring but with 2 seperate volumes and tones like a Les Paul. Still a good guitar, but it depends on the price difference.

(oh yeah, the RG8520 has flame maple wood binding on the neck//headstock, the model with the 3-way toggle would most likely have white plastic binding)
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

ya, its that guitar.
any idea on how much its worth?
Thanks
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 10:17 AM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

What that model is worth really depends on where you are really. If it's in good condition(near mint) I'd say it's about $800-$1100 tops really.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 12:01 PM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

yuo know it looks like a rg3120 with les paul type controls. not really any reason to get a j-custom if the specs are that similar. only real benefit, kill switch type les paul switching. personally, i only really use a master volume, so it is almost overkill. at least for someone like me. pretty guitar, but it just screams out rg3120dr.


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yuo know it looks like a rg3120 with les paul type controls. not really any reason to get a j-custom if the specs are that similar. only real benefit, kill switch type les paul switching. personally, i only really use a master volume, so it is almost overkill. at least for someone like me. pretty guitar, but it just screams out rg3120dr.


rich
Bound neck, 3 way, and les paul controls is different enough from a 3120...
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

would this be a good trade for a Gibson Les Paul Classic ?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 09:41 PM
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

Id say this one is pretty hard to get anywhere but in Japan... so if you are after a rare Ibanez, go for it...

Still, id say if you sell the LP and then buy this one youll end up pocketing some cash...
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

That's a nice guitar, I've never seen one of those before. I like it! You can do all kinds of stuff with those pots as well, if you decide to replace them.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2006, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help on getting my first Custom

thank you everyone for the information.
Any other opinions about the LP Classic and RG8520 trade?
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Bound neck, 3 way, and les paul controls is different enough from a 3120...
That looks like an ebony fretboard, too. 3120's is rosewood. If the headstock matched the body.... I'd be droolin' even more.
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