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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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RG-GOLD - Shinny glittering gold

Guess what? *I just got myself one of these in Hong Kong.
It's got an F99xxxx serial number, so it's not a new model. *The whole body is basically covered with real gold foil (tremendously tedious job I must say) with lacaquer finish. *It has a nice, dark Ebony board, 2 abalone dot inlays at 12th a la 90HAM models; painted Gold headstock but no J-custom lettering, just the logo. *Nicely matched with gold hardware this is a very unique guitar.

Pick ups are H-S-H Dimarzios. *The sales guy had no idea what they are. *It sounds like an Air Norton on neck, a vintage single coil and no idea about the neck humbucker. *The neck is 3 pc. all maple straight through the headstock. *It feels like a Wizzard and not JC neck.

The sound is just simply sweet. *It has a firm, warm tone. *I can't wait to try it when I bring it home. *I was testing this axe with a Fender twin reverb and playing clean most of the time. *I must say it is the best clean sounding solid body I've played recently. *The guitar needs a good set-up job 'cause the action was so high. *But still it's very playable so I could imagine how it feels when it's set up right. *I don't rely on the store to get this right, because the Sales guy knew virtually nothing about Ibanez.

It's love-at-first-sight (since the price is right). *The model on the price tag says something like RG-GOLD1 but I've never heard of this being part of the J-Custom history. *Of course, the sales guy was not much help, all he said is Ibanez Japan from time to time ships few "unique" models as market-testers. *Once they're gone, they are gone.

Do you guys have any info on this? *Is this a J-custom? *Any info would help?

J-custom or not this is a hell of a guitar. *I'll post some pics when I get back to the US later, but I may bring this to Orlando.
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-19-2001, 04:03 AM
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Well, CRAP, you sure scored! Got any pics?

Kevan can probly provide with some info about it.
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post #3 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-19-2001, 12:50 PM
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David- CONGRATS! *Sounds like a sweet ride. *Did the RG-ART and RG-ARCH at Jemfest have a little influence on ya? *:-)

The pickup combination is probably Tone Zone/Blue Velvet/Air Norton. *That seems to be the "standard" setup on the J-Customs. *I, too, like the Blue Velvet. *Very "vintage-y" without sounding like the treble is on 11.

There are over 60 models of the J-Customs. *I don't have pics or specs on all of them, but rest assured- they are top-of-the-line guitars. *Even the guys at Vigier go, "Mai Oui! *Fine stringed instruments indeed!".

Some pics would be great and bringing it to Jemfest would be very cool! *
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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-19-2001, 02:56 PM
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David - ROCK!!! *That thing sounds way sweet! *Is it really a back breaker or does the gold not add too much to the weight?


Oh, and Kevan - that is "Mais oui!" *You just said 'May yes' (as in the month). *
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post #5 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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I wish I can post some pics right away. *Unfortunately, I still have several stops on this trip, so I left the guitar with my sister in Hong Kong, but I'll pick it up next time. *I will bring it to Jemfest

Gold foil decoration is nothing new to the Japanese culture (those folks even put them on sushi and eat it, what a trip!) *I just thought it's really neat for Ibanez to finish a guitar with real gold. *I always felt gold color finishes are kind of "cheesy" looking, but not this one. *The foils are extremely delicate and thin, so they don't add much weight at all. *The guitar weighs no different from any other painted RGs. *You can see the rough texture of the gold foils, yet they are so thin such that you can see the wood grain as well. *Of course all of that is protected by the eurethane coating. *Hard to describe how incredible this thing looks under bright light - it's just simply mesmerizing.

This guitar actually changed my view about J-customs. *I've tried the S-body J-custom in Singapore when I met Chris Chen last year. *I didn't like the neck on the S. *However, the RG-GOLD's neck is as comfortable as all the Jems I have. *Kevan you are right on about the tone. *I love the clean crisp sound from those pickups - and, heh heh, it is not a freaking str*t!

Influence from you, Kevan? *Ha, remember I always bragged about getting the RG-GEAR? :biggrin: But I am extremely satisfied with this RG-GOLD. *There's just nothing else like it.

The bummer part is it doesn't come with a J-custom case. *I wonder if you can order one.

Does anyone know how many RG-GOLD Ibanez had produced?
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post #6 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 06:05 AM
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Hey David you still coming to Singapore????

I'll treat you to Sushi this time...and erm no gold foils on them sushi!
I wanna see the guitar! Muhahahah! We'll invade the local stores again and try all the guitars!!!

Oh what great fun....

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since today is J-Custom day

There are TWO models

the GOLD2 has "METALLIC:ZINC SILVER" body sides & back, with the gold foil front and headstock. The GOLD1 is all gold foil.


Enjoy... glen
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post #8 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 02:50 PM
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I wish there were pics
Jeez so many different images of how this guitar would look are running through my mind right now! EXCITEMENT!
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post #9 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 04:06 PM
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If i ever get my hands on a 540R, i'm thinking of stripping it and doing the body in silver leaf and then having it cleared over.

Sort of a "pseudo Chrome Boy".
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post #10 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-09-2001, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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RG-GOLD1 has made it home safe and sound!
Hopefully pictures will be up by this weekend.

Adding to my family will be another swirl by Herc Fede. *This is the PBK Jay sold me last year. *It took a while but it's worth the wait. *I'll put some pics up after reassembling the guitar soon.
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post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-18-2001, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Pictures for my RG-GOLD1 is finally up!

They are big so it may take a few seconds to load.

Full shot together with my swirled PBK 'Diablos'

If you want to see more pictures of my "7 weapons" check out my other post in Jem & Universe guitars.
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post #12 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-18-2001, 03:56 AM
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David! The guitar is really nice...very very sweet. It's more excellent than I imagined it to be...Hong Kong must be a really good place to find lost ibanez treasures!

Congrats man!

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post #13 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-18-2001, 04:45 AM
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That is a very nice looking guitar youve aquired. I really like your swirled PBK "Diablos." Nice nice. Who did the swirl job?
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post #14 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-18-2001, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Herc Fede did all my swirls.
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post #15 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-18-2001, 11:12 AM
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David, RG Art looks sweet !! Congratulations

May I ask how much does it costs ?

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