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?