I'm in China at the moment, and I saw 'something' in a shop today that could have been a strange RG. At least, the headstock read 'Ibanez RG series'!
It's white, H/S/H black pickups (look like Powersounds, ring-mounted), 24-fret rosewood fretboard, dot inlays, maple neck (coated, feels thicker than Wizard. Wizard II?), AANJ. Black trem that looks like a Lo TRS but does not read 'Ibanez' anywhere (??), all black hardware. One volume pot and painted-on f-holes, just like the white PGM
It was in terrible condition. Most of the hardware was rusty, action was sky-high, strings were rusty and the fretboard was almost pink, it was that dry.
Now, the serial number reads F00XXX..., and the price is just under $200 "new". WTF???!!! What's this? A strange MIJ RG270? Assuming it actually is a MIJ 2000 RG, possibly the poor thing has been on display for 4 years, hence the condition. I truly cannot tell about the workmanship because the guitar was in such bad condition that it looked like crap. My guess is that it's a Chinese-made copy of God knows what, and that they even copied the serial number!
Anyone has a clue about a similar model?
The truth is, you see the strangest things here. I bought my 2001 S270 (mahogany oil finish) here second-hand last year (perfect condition, just some fretwear), for less than $150. In another shop I saw a brand new RG270 (in dreadful condition, again) for more than $300. You wonder sometimes...