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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-12-2015, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: 1985 Ibanez PL1660

I know I'm obsessed w/Flying V Ibanez guitars for some reason. Just picked this one up off that auction website. Scored it for $318 shipped. As you can see someone modified this one too however unlike the RR250 this one will be getting restored. Other than the mod to the trem, aftermarket strap pins and pups it's all stock, and in good shape for it's age! Already have a black Pro Rock'r coming in the mail. Plan is to try and see if modern anchors & super studs will work with the trem. I know one of the Dimarzio is a super distortion. Funny this color is not advertised in the 85 catalogue. Anyway enjoy the pics!











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Yes the new anchors and super studs work!!!
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Very very cool man!! Very interested to see it built up fully and hear your
opinion on it.
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Re: NGD: 1985 Ibanez PL1660

Cool! Played one once (also pink) - great feeling neck.

I'm personally gassing for the 1986 version with Edge and neck through.
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Cool! Played one once (also pink) - great feeling neck.

I'm personally gassing for the 1986 version with Edge and neck through.
The PL2660? That would be awesome. I was really surprised by the neck cause in the catalogue they talk about it being flat, and built for speed so I was expecting it to be like an RG/JEM profile. It is flat, but not that wide to me...at least that's my opinion. I have small hands too. I was surprised how round it felt on the back. Dave is working on the Radius now and he has a bunch of projects so this one won't get done for a while.
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I have the 1440 - same year, same color. Love it - enjoy yours!!
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Oh and the color is cherry ice. Definitely pink, lol! Please keep us updated on this, I would like to see it all put together...
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Oh and the color is cherry ice. Definitely pink, lol! Please keep us updated on this, I would like to see it all put together...
I will. Nothing is going to happen any time soon since The Radius is still in the shop, and I'm saving for a new acoustic.
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Yeah she is finally done! Below are the pics from beginning to end. My thoughts on the guitar itself....I love the neck. More traditional, less wide and flat in my opinion which is a good thing. Well balanced which surprised me, but it still feels odd at first because of the shape. I like it. It has a nice bright sounding natural resonance. Pups are not original. There old Dimarzio's but have no idea which model since they don't have the model stamped on the back. Personally they sound ok. I don't want anything hot in this guitar so I'm already shopping for new pups. I have plenty of Ibanez w/Dimarzio so looking at some Seymour Duncans. Anyway enjoy!

















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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-26-2016, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: 1985 Ibanez PL1660

For those wondering the previous owner swapped out the old trem and I'm assuming the pups too. In the before pics you can see where new trem anchor/stud holes were drilled and the trem cavity route made bigger *cough* butchered *cough*. I threw out the non original trem from the get go because I knew I wanted to make it original again. Can't remember what it was.

Dave filled in the holes w/dowels, and repaired the cavity route too. Then he re-drilled the original holes, placed Pro Rock'r anchor and trem studs I got off Reverb. The black Pro Rock'r is all original, and was put together from two different ones since the base plate on one cracked (odd!). Dave did an AWESOME job brining this guitar back to life. Definitely a keeper.
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Very nice!
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I just realized after all this time it's a PR1660 not a PL1660. Why didn't someone call me out ��. FAIL!
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Re: NGD: 1985 Ibanez PL1660

Sometimes the 1660 is referenced as PL1660. I collect these and have noticed that it is quite common for people to refer to them as PL rather than PR, and when I'm on a hunt for the guitar or just general information I search for both terms.

The original pickups in these were the V5 rail/blade style pickups. They are amazing sounding pickups, but very hard to find for sale on their own. X Series Destroyers also had the same pickups (as well as the same Pro Rock'R bridge). I have 2 DT350s (X-shaped Destroyers) and they have the exact same hardware configuration as the Proline 1600.

Also, the 1660 had the boomerang shaped strap clips. They are hard to find and pirates on Ebay sell them for insane prices. I have 4 Proline 1660s, but one of them (my black one) is missing the boomerang clips. I also have a black DT350 and it's also missing the original strap clips. I have considered buying a cheap 1984/85 Roadstar II just for the sake of taking the clips off it but sometimes the ones on those have different colored plating on the parts anyways.

Anyways, I hope you are enjoying your 1660. I love Ibanez Vs and the 1660 is an excellent guitar. I got my first one in 1993 or 94 at a local music store and have since found 3 others. It's easier to locate one of these than a 2660, but can still sometimes be a challenge to find.

I am currently looking for a RR1000 (Rocket Roll, offset Rhoads shaped V). The body looks similar to a 1660 except it has an extra metal plate. The inlays on the fretboard are also different. It's a totally different guitar than the 1660 but resembles one much closer than it does to other Rocket Roll models.

I love the Proline 1660, it looks and sounds amazing.

Keep yours forever.
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^^ If you're looking for the boomerang buttons, have a look here: http://www.reproguitarparts.com/#!/I...tegory=8659666
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^^ If you're looking for the boomerang buttons, have a look here: http://www.reproguitarparts.com/#!/I...tegory=8659666
Dude!!! your awesome!!! I've been looking for a place to buy more of those. I love 'em. I swapped the ones out on my DT350 before I sold it to my buddy
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