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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

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.




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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Congrats
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Congrats on the NGD's!

That 2120 looks pretty good man.....
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

They are both beautiful. Congrats!
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Sweet guitars, congratulations.
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Very nice. I've been wanting a Prestige lately. I really like the JB and also prefer the top hats. The Platnium treatment must be sweet on that neck. Also been gassing for a VV finish. I'd say money well spent. Congrats.
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Thanks, everyone. I've really been gravitating to the newer Prestige guitars, which I just don't think get the love they deserve for no other reason than not being "golden era" guitars. I really like the AANJ and I think that the newer, wider necks are superior to the old necks, particularly when you have top notch fret work on them. The Edge Pro is a totally fine trem and any criticism against it is unfair.

The plan for the 1560 is for it to be my workhorse guitar. I have several really nice collectible guitars and I needed something that plays great and where it won't be the end of the world if it gets a ding.
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

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Thanks, everyone. I've really been gravitating to the newer Prestige guitars, which I just don't think get the love they deserve for no other reason than not being "golden era" guitars. I really like the AANJ and I think that the newer, wider necks are superior to the old necks, particularly when you have top notch fret work on them. The Edge Pro is a totally fine trem and any criticism against it is unfair.

The plan for the 1560 is for it to be my workhorse guitar. I have several really nice collectible guitars and I needed something that plays great and where it won't be the end of the world if it gets a ding.
Happy NGD man

Dude, we agree on the newer prestiges being excellent guitars

I still can't stop picking up my 2550. It's such an amazing guitar... I've bonded with it. It's so amazing, in fact, it makes me question using my JB at my recital this year... Yeah going with my JB but the 2550 is just so awesome
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Great guitars!
I love the RG1560 especially! I wish Ibanez would make it a full production model.
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Beautiful guitars! Almost snagged a 2120 as well but i was too late.
Congratulations!
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

Wow, both are beauties! Excellent photography too.

The piezo in these things is pretty good, in my experience - a mate of mine from my school days had an RG2027X (superbly made and appointed axe with somewhat bland stock pups) and the piezo tone was good, even through a normal guitar amp.

Now, if the HSS had a piezo, that would be it for me .
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Re: NGD x2! - '10 RG1560JB and '04 RG2120XVV

I Love the Blue color!
Have fun with those babies!
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Happy NGD man

Dude, we agree on the newer prestiges being excellent guitars

I still can't stop picking up my 2550. It's such an amazing guitar... I've bonded with it. It's so amazing, in fact, it makes me question using my JB at my recital this year... Yeah going with my JB but the 2550 is just so awesome
I agree the newer prestiges are awesome. I have a 2550z and over the years it has become my fave Ibanez guitar...plays and sounds better than my Jem and my other MIJ Ibbies - just an awesome guitar!
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