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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-01-2013, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Two (seemingly) identical RGs with a big difference

A while back, I bought this pristine 1990 RG570PN off that auction site. It looks like it sat underneath somebody's bed or in a closet for the last 23 years!



Then, a few weeks ago, I found another one! Although the finish on the body is slightly less pristine, this guitar is still just as beautiful. It's a 1992 RG570PN and on-paper, the only difference between the two models was the switch from the Edge to the Lo Pro Edge and two aftermarket changes (pickups and knobs).



But here's the crazy thing: these two guitars actually have dramatically different necks! The neck on the 1990 is more of a hard D shape and actually reminds me of my JEM while the neck on the 1992 is one of the slimmest Wizard shapes I've ever played.

Here's the two necks from the side:

1990


1992


Not only is the profile different on the 1990, but the fretboard blank is considerably thicker too! Just goes to show you how much variability there is even on mass produced instruments.
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Re: Two (seemingly) identical RGs with a big difference

good discovery-'I'll have to check both of mine when they get here.



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Looks like a thicker heel on the 90 as well. You can see more of the maple above the body at the neck join than you can on the 92.
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Absolutely true.
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Gorgeous finds, and very true on the neck specs. Mass produced stuff can still have inconsistency, when dealing with natural products especially.
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Re: Two (seemingly) identical RGs with a big difference

Just curious, which one do you like better?
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Re: Two (seemingly) identical RGs with a big difference

if there was ever a change to the specs of the profile to wizard necks in the early 90s, as opposed to acidental variation, musta been late 1990 or sometime in 91.... cuz my 91 sabre has an obscenely thin wizard neck.
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if there was ever a change to the specs of the profile to wizard necks in the early 90s, as opposed to acidental variation, musta been late 1990 or sometime in 91.... cuz my 91 sabre has an obscenely thin wizard neck.
I doubt that there was any intentional change in specs in that time period. I own an '88 RG560 that's every bit as thin as my '91 570FM and my '92 570PN. I think what you see in these pictures is just evidence of the range of tolerances and, perhaps, the human touch in the process of crafting a guitar. The difference beween the two necks is probably less than 2mm (a very small margin if you're making cars), but it's very noticeable.
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Just curious, which one do you like better?
You know, I like both. I think the slimmer profiles are obviously more suited to wide stretches and the fastest playing, but even the thicker profile is still thinner than perhaps 80% of all guitars out there. And some folks think the thicker profiles are better for longer periods of playing when fatigue sets in.
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Re: Two (seemingly) identical RGs with a big difference

gorgeous colors! What other models did Ibanez make in this color?
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gorgeous colors! What other models did Ibanez make in this color?
Sadly, not many.

In addition to RG570s, they made RG770s, RG750s, RG550s and a few RG450s. There's a gorgeous S540LTD in purple neon, but they're not too common.


And I've seen a handful of 540Pii's.

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awesome guitars i love that purple..ive got a 91 770 that color..congrats enjoy them babies.
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