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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

Hey guys,

I'm curious to know if anyone is seeing specific trends in the older guitars. Things like trem posts moving due to the stress on the wood were the inserts are, etc.

I'm thinking about jumping on a 91 540r but I'm on the fence, mostly due to longevity concerns. It's cheap enough so it's not a big deal really but I don't want to put the time and work into it if I'm better off waiting for something else to pop up.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 03:58 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I have a dead on 1990 RG. Everything is fine on it. Paint stress crack (expected), dents. Hardware is solid, and the neck is solid.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 05:39 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I Like the older ones with the square heel and the original edge or Lo pro. Probably cause I grew up with them and am used to them.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I prefer the modern version. My '01 RG570 is as close to perfect as I could imagine. Original Edge, Super Wizard with bubinga stripe, and an AANJ make it great. The only thing I'd change is I'd make the pickups direct mount rather than have pickup rings, but that's mostly aesthetic. I like the modern 15xx, 25xx and 35xx versions too but there a bit of a different animal neck wise.
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

Thanks guys. I've missed a few nice older ibby's that I should have grabbed. I'm gonna have to just start picking them up. There's a couple empty hangers in my closet
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

As a general rule, I never buy any post-1993 Ibanez guitars. The only exceptions are my two J.Customs and my Prestige RGT.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

It all depends on how the guitar was treated over the years.
I have several old RGs and JEMs that are in perfect working order.
I've seen some older Ibanez guitars that people didn't take care of too.

I like the shape and feel of the older necks better, not to say I don't like the new necks too.
I do like the thinnest necks the best.
The differences between 19mm and 21m thickness is not going to make or break the guitar for me.
The difference between an old square heal and a newer AANJ is just better access, two frets higher without changing your grip on the neck.
Pickups are irrelevant seeing as I change them all out anyway.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I currently have a 2010 1570 and a late mode 2610z (currently in the classified thread) so no older model experience. My only thought was if any real stress points showed up over time. I know the neck can crack near the headstock but that's more "user error" than anything else.
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I love my 540r, but it's quite different than my '91 550, which was my first "real" guitar. The 550 is just as solid as it ever was, it has the usual behind the headstock and joint cracks, which have been there for over 20 years and have never affected tuning stability. The Ultra neck is in perfect shape and has zero cracks, feels way more solid. One consideration is the stock pickups in any 540 will absolutely smoke the v's that come stock in an 550. Compared to the more modern Ibanez guitars I've really jammed on I'd take my old square heeled guitars any time, plus they are probably way cheaper when you find one.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

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I prefer the modern version. Original Edge, Super Wizard with bubinga stripe, and an AANJ make it great.
+1
02 550 ftw
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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I Like the older ones with the square heel and the original edge or Lo pro. Probably cause I grew up with them and am used to them.

^^^

Stop reading my mind!!!
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+1
02 550 ftw
I must say I agree! The construction of the newer necks are smooth, but, I would assume the necks on the early 90's were that way, at that time!
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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

I have a '94 RG470FM, and the only issue is the neck got very sticky, and the pickups are getting noisy.

Regarding the Ibanez trem, I did find that the posts wore very quickly, but I put a Gotoh in it about 9 years ago and haven't had the same issue.

It's semi retired now, pending a solution to the neck problem, and installation of an EVO2.
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post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

One of the nicest playing and stable guitars I've ever owned is my 2001 RG570. Dings all over it and a cracked neck when I bought it, nothing a little glue and a swirl can't take care of though

I also just sold a mint 1992 RG550DX PN that was in superb condition, but I just couldn't get used to playing it. It had a fast thin neck, but I was so used to playing AANJ's and neck through guitars with rosewood or ebony boards it was just alien to me... A lot of the preference is comfort level and what you're used to playing IMHO
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Re: Older RG's early 00 vs early 90's

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I have a '94 RG470FM, and the only issue is the neck got very sticky, and the pickups are getting noisy.

Regarding the Ibanez trem, I did find that the posts wore very quickly, but I put a Gotoh in it about 9 years ago and haven't had the same issue.

It's semi retired now, pending a solution to the neck problem, and installation of an EVO2.
Get some 1000-2000 grit sandpaper, make some tape lines, and lightly sand the neck...not through to the wood, just to scuff the glossy finish. It turns the sticky gloss neck to a super fast smooth satiny feel...
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