I parted with my George Lynch ESP M-1 Tiger a few months ago so I had ome money burning a hole in my pocket for some new toys!
First up is a '10 RG1560JB. This was a spot production guitar in the US only I believe meant as sort of an RG560 update. The odd thing is that these came out in 2010 but still had Edge Pro trems, two years after everything had switched to the Edge Zero. Don't know what that's about?
This one is actually a bit of a parts guitar. The neck is a '13 serial 1570Z neck. I bought Rich's last RG1570CA and he didn't like the neck, so he put this on there as a warranty replacement. It's an absolutely beautiful neck and has his Platinum fret finishing on it. Trem, tuners and nut are also from that guitar.
Besides that, I switched out the pots for spline shaft pots so I could use plastic hat knobs and the rear covers are a nice set of anodized aluminum ones I had sitting around. Pickups are a Gravity Storm in the bridge and C2's in the middle and neck. Those will eventually be something else, but I had them sitting around, so I used them. Also put the Gotoh strap lock pins on it in place of the standard ones.
The other guitar I picked up is an '04 RG2120XVV. Got this one for cheap locally on Craigslist and it was kind of a mess. Basically all the hardware was corroded to hell (low E saddle was just frozen) and the whole guitar was just covered with gunk. The piezo switch was dead and the guy just didn't know what to do with the guitar.
I happened to have a whole pile of really nice cosmo hardware sitting around from the RG1560 and 1570, so I was able to make it look pretty nice. One of the neat things about the Edge Pro bridge is that it's set up to have piezos. All you need to do is pop the string saddles out and you can put the piezo inserts right in their place. So I was able to use the almost mint trem from the 1560.
There's a decent scratch behind the trem, a few back edge chips and a pretty serious gouge between the pickups, but otherwise it's a great guitar. Despite it's obviously poor storage and handling, the thing was almost unplayed otherwise. Guy said he was the original owner and just never got on with the guitar, preferring to play his Jackson.
The guitar is an absolute TANK. It's the heaviest Ibanez I have at an even 9 lbs and the neck is really beefy, just shy of 20/22mm thick at the 1st and 12th frets. My plan is to block the trem on this one and use it mostly for acoustic through something like a Fishman pedal.