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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2006, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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RG necks (300, 400, and 500)

I have been looking for a “donor” RG for a project, and I hate the idea of parting out a perfectly good RG5xx just to have a decent neck. Now of course I get an Edge trem, but lets focus on the neck for a minute.

What exactly are the differences between the MIK RG necks (3xx,4xx) and the MIJ necks? I understand that there are some finishing details, but in terms of basic construction, what if anything is different? I see RG 4xx guitars selling for what some people are getting for just a RG neck! I guess I want to know at what point the quality difference is too much. Should I stick with a 500, or can I get the same basic neck on a 400 or even 300 series?
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the MIK necks have a slightly rounder fatter profile. None of the MIK necks came with the strengthened bubinga stripe section like the later MIJ ones do. I have both and I like them.

You would be best going in to a music store and playing an MIK guitar to see if you like the neck so that you can make a more informed choice. If the MIK necks feel ok then just go get one. If you really prefer the MIJ ones then you'll have to bite the bullet and get one.
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iirc, at one time japanese necks were quartersawn maple, while the rest were not... this was better for strength/durability...
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Re: RG necks (300, 400, and 500)

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iirc, at one time japanese necks were quartersawn maple, while the rest were not
That is the kind of info I am talking about. I am used to strat necks, so anything Ibanez will be fine I am sure. I am mainly curious to see what if anthing is different construction wise.
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It's quite funny because RG470 which I've been playing for like 11 years I thought had a Wizard II neck seeing as it's an MIK guitar and I hadn't really played many more Ibanez to tell the difference. It wasn't until I got the neck for my custom guitar which I though would be the same as my RG470 (it was off an RG470 made in 1994) which was a wizard II. I noticed as soon as the custom was finished that the neck on my old RG was much slimmer and flatter along the back. I had managed to score an original wizard neck on my MIK guitar - brand new too!
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The quality difference is high imo. I would seriously suggest getting the most beat up 5xx series you can on **** and parting it out. You can recoup the cost selling body and parts most likely in pretty much any condition.
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I would seriously suggest getting the most beat up 5xx series you can on **** and parting it out.
Well I snagged me a RG1570 today for $350, so hopefully I can recoup most of that with the sale of the body and pups.
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Well I snagged me a RG1570 today for $350, so hopefully I can recoup most of that with the sale of the body and pups.
Congrats. You may wish to keep the whole thing, as it is a prestige albeit a low end one.
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Damn that's a good price. If it's in half decent nick it's almost a shame to part it for this project.
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