Nice score! My first Ibanez was a new RG560 I traded a Les Paul for back in about '87. It was quite awesome. Congrats! Did the guy say how the neck got broken like that?
Thanks! As far as I remember, it was a stage accident: he did a classic headbanging twist during a concert, and smashed the head of the guitar against his amp head. The headstock fell off immediately. After that, he used the repaired guitar only at home, so the last couple of years, she was a retired case queen.
nice! always like getting guitars from luthiers - cause they always keep 'em in good shape even with the dings. liking the springs on the trem - looking like they've had some miles. Did he put a custom pup in the neck spot? Also what were the original pups on these?
Indeed, he took good care of the guitar. Also, the fretwork is immaculate, you can set crazy low action on this axe. When I first played the guitar, the action was so low that I even asked him to raise it a bit.
He got the neck pickup from a guy he worked with, as the original owner of the RG565 replaced the stock pickups with DiMarzios. I'm a DiMarzio guy, but I never heard a better DM single coil than this SD1. That pickup is like no other. The original set was: V1-S1-S1. The middle pickup is still the S1, quite a strat-like character, it adds a lot of versatility to the humbuckers. Normally I hate middle pickups as they get into my picking's way, but this has enough output and low magnetic pull even when the height is set pretty low, so I'm OK with that.
I recently bought a Jackson SLSMG Eerie Dess (stunning guitar, I'll post an NGD thread in the right section later today) which was my dream guitar for years. But this baby is so fantastic that I probably play it more than the Jackson. I might replace the bridge pickup with a D-Sonic I have laying around, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased with the playability, the resonances and the sounds of this particular RG560. Way better than my last 6-string MIJ RG, an RG570. I love it just as much as the two RT250s I've had; those were my favorite Ibbies by a mile.