RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 29
RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Hey guys.

I'm considering buying a well used Ibanez, more accurately a RG520IX. I guess it's a rare model, since I can't find much info about it. The guitar was made in 1995, and looks like this:

(the one to the right)

As you can see, it's pretty well used. The guy who is selling it wants about 760$, but Ibanez-prices here in Norway are pretty high, so compare the price with a new S470 (which costs about the same as the used RG520IX here in Norway)
The seller bought this guitar from America a couple of years ago, I think, for 430$.
He already has a bid at 700$.

He thinks that this model could be a JPM prototype. It has DiMarzio (original, not IBZ) pickups, LoPro Edge, 24 frets etc.

So, should I buy it?
Konnis is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 07:13 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: England
Posts: 6,978
Reviews: 1
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

I'm not an expert on this, but I was under the impression that the artist prototype were easily distinguished by the custom shop info on the back of the headstock. usually with a serial number starting LA (or did I dream that)

Having said that I've never seen a guitar like this before so Id be tempted to pick it up for its rarity value

Looks like a really good workhorse to me
jono is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 29
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

The serial number is F504005. It's made in Japan.

I think it looks pretty cool, so I am considering buying it whether it's JPM prototype or not. But I don't want to pay a lot more for it than it's worth.
Konnis is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: VA
Posts: 2,150
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Interesting neck - fully bound with no inlay? Don't think I've seen that on a production guitar. And certainly a JPM-ish knob layout.
TAorama is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2008, 01:21 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Greece
Posts: 833
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Cool guitar and really nice neck with no inlays... Truth is I've never seen one like this either. There were some RGs with the JPM control layout IIRC some 520 and 620 models with sapele tops, but I do remember these had regular RG necks with no binding and inlays.
jazzedout is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2008, 11:04 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Argentina
Posts: 266
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

I like it... Buy It
Love the look of the "naked" neck
sers is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 29
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Yey, I bought it. 760$. The guy sent me some new pictures, it is not as damaged as it looks like in those first pictures. I think the flash from the camera made the scratches look far worse. New picture of the body without flash:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg RG+S 007.jpg (61.7 KB, 96 views)
Konnis is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Greece
Posts: 833
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Nice... I am really curious about what will be written in the neck pocket and the body of this RG...
jazzedout is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 12:06 AM
Moderator
 
Ayrton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 4,208
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Proto or not, very cool guitar for the money.

Nice score.
Ayrton is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 09:08 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Posts: 1,271
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Very nice score indeed. I really like the bound neck with no inlays.

Rock on!
HeavyMetal4Ever is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Argentina
Posts: 2,221
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

Beautiful guitar, JPM controls, bound neck with no inlays... love it!
marianozz is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: VA
Posts: 2,150
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

I'd be interested to see what's stamped or written in the neck pocket.
TAorama is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 29
Re: RG520IX, possibly JPM prototype

It says RG520IX in the pocket, as far as I know.
Konnis is offline  
Reply

Tags
520 , ibanez rg , petrucci

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Info on RG520IX? The Euphor All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 2 12-09-2008 09:17 AM
FS: Dimarzio PAF Joe,PAF Pro F,Dimarzio Fred prototype,Dimarzio HFH prototype. rockboy999 Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 2 01-28-2008 09:06 PM
WTB: PGM100 or possibly other PGM seaninsjca Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 0 08-31-2007 03:57 AM
Possibly looking to buy Ibanez 7 Eco Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 1 08-29-2007 09:03 AM
Possibly FT 7stringofablick Classified Ads: Guitars and Gear 3 05-06-2007 12:12 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome