Got my 1st J Custom this weekend. Never thought I would ever play one let alone own one. Got a steal on this players condition 2007 Ibanez J Custom RG8320. Probably one of the last of these made since serial is F07256xx Alder body, Edge Pro and EMG 81/85 set. Probably the least desirable J for a lot of people but fits the bill perfectly for me. The most exquisite neck I have ever felt. Super smooth playability. I don't normally care for cleared neck backs but whatever this velvet-tough treatment they do leaves it smoother than any fine sanding and tung oil finish I've done to all my other necks. The fretboard is a spectacular piece of dark rosewood that I love. The fit on the neck pocket is perfect. Not only can you see the attention to detail on the neck you can feel it in your hand when playing. Thanks to Rich and the ultra fast post office, I got the stud mod for the Edge Pro. Installed and works great. My 1st Edge Pro and am pretty happy with it. Seems to work just as well as the original Edge.
After and afternoon tear down, cleaning, board conditioning, fret polish, new set of Daddario NYXLs and a set-up, this is the best playing Ibanez I have ever played. No adjustment need on the relief (was perfect) and the action as low as I've ever been able to set (no neck shim either) at 1.5mm on bass side and 1.2mm on treble side with no buzzing and no bend choking. Just amazing.
The only thing it was missing was the J Custom certificate. Has the J Custom logo case with 2 tool bags. One with allens and truss wrench and one with the Gotoh strap locks. Warranty card and 8320 hang tag and some weird fold out with all Japanese writing and funny how-to drawings.
Got some paint wear, mostly under pickups from anchoring for solos, and moderate fretwear but nothing that needs addressed for awhile. EMGs are pretty sterile sounding but I'm sure I can liven them up with some EQing. Bought it to play and will become my main player along with the JEM 7VWH.
What sets the J Custom apart from any other Ibanez is the absolute best playing neck any one in the world can build. The rounded fretends and rolled fretboard edges. The JCAANJ is suberb for upper fret access and just fits the edge of your hand and perfectly. Never seen the Gotoh strap locks on anything before and work great. The perfectly fit neck joint.
Anyone know how many of these were built? How extremely limited are they?