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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Is it true that older RGs have better quality?

Well I have a optunity to get 1999 rg 550 in mint condition,
for about 385 USD. Its not exatcly old like the ones made in the 80s, and early 90s. I want to know if I'm getting a good deal or what.
Also is it true that older models made in the 80s have better quality?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 04:09 PM
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I'd say it is a fair price if it comes with a hardshell case. As far as quality my own opinion is that quality control has improved over the years as far as fit and finish, so the newer RG's are a better guitar overall.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Oh really, Didn't know that.
Then why are people always paying big money
for older Ibanez Rgs?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 01:18 AM
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Im not entirely sure, but it could be because there are a lot of models that aren't offered anymore as well as a lot of cool colours that you can't get any more.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 10:59 AM
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older RGs have nothing less than newer ones, either in quality control and finishes, even though their age.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 07:05 AM
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After talking with different techs over the years, most seem to feel the newer Ibanezes are built better, particularly the necks, which have become more stable over the years.

I would agree with that.
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I prefer the overall sound and playability of the older ones (probably due to them being more broken in), but the neck finishing of the newer ones.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 07:33 AM
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my overall view is that the quality of things like fingerboards has gone downhill over the years with ibanez.
i msut say tho it seems to be on the up now from the new stuff ive been trying.

i also feel that the older ones are more solidly built and sound better but this is likely just coz of the ageing of the woods more than anythin else.

well thats my 2pence anyhow
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 08:37 PM
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my 1991 RG 560 is somehow more massive than any of the recent ones but it definitely sounds as good
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it really is a mix of better and worse.

new MIJ ibanez axes have

+ better CNC tollerances
+ better neck pockets
+ more stable "wizard" necks w/ bubinga stripe or 3/5-piece.
+ subtle improvements (ie. scalloped vine inlay not being dulled)
+ better neck access/reach (aanj)

= electronics
= pickguards, hardware, trim
= finish/paint

- worse fretboards
- worse body woods overall (more pieces, suspect quality/species)
- less TLC
- worse fret dressings
- worse trems (subjective) & non-locking studs
- less neck heel mass (aanj)

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 11:01 PM
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It's definitely a trade off..

I feel the old neck joint sustains better, and resonates more, than the newer AANJ does..

Didn't Ibanez use brazillian rosewood back the late 80's? I know my one 88 guitar has one of the deepest rosewood boards I've ever seen, though it might be dyed..
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2004, 04:39 AM
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I agree with what Stu said, I prefer the older ones because I feel they have better playability all-round. Maybe thats because they have been broken-in over the years, or maybe because the woods and hardware etc have matured over the years. I hate brand new guitars anyway, I cant stand playing them, my guitar has to have been played-in and have a few dings here and there. I prefer everything on the old ones I must say.
I would take an '88 RG550 over a new one anytime!
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