I too picked one of these up a couple weeks ago at Mars. *They used to have a green one I would play every time I went there. *Regular price was $999. *(I believe list was indeed $1500.) *When they dropped the price to $700, I went back to buy it, but it was gone.
Happened to stop in one day looking for a strap. *Store was looking really empty, must be one of the ones that's closing soon. *Was on the way out when I found the small display of Yamahas off by itself. *Usual selection of cheap RG-alikes. *Then I spotted a purple Ty Tabor around the back. *I'd always wanted the purple one, but had never seen one, only the green. *I had to look at the price tag a few times to make sure it was right...it was tagged at $499! *Grabbed my friends and an amp, and we played it for a bit. *I was set to buy, when one of my friends noticed some belt buckle marks on the back. *So I asked the guy at the counter if they had any non-floor models. *He said he didn't think so, bu agreed to check anyway. *He came back a few minutes later with a brand new box! *Opened it up just enough to see that it was the right guitar and the right color...still wrapped up in all the factory packing. *So he starts to ring it up, and says "Hm, it rang up a hundred bucks less." *He didn't seem to care, I sure wasn't going to complain, so I got it for $399.
There are two Ty Tabor models, the RGX-TT and RGX-TT D6. *The Drop-6 model has a longer scale and heavier strings, and is designed for detuning. *They're easily distinguishable by the inlays. *The regular version has the single 12th fret 'TT' inlay, with the long side markers, and the D6 has regular dots. *I haven't seen the D6 version in a Mars before, so I don't know if they're discounting those too.
A very well thought-out guitar. *Has Sperzel locking tuners and a Wilkinson trem. *Black metal knobs with rubber rings on them for grip, wich are nicely recessed into the body. *Pickups are all Duncans. *JB in the bridge, and Vintage Rails SC-sized HBs in the middle and neck. *These sound very much like single-coils to me, but obviously without the noise. *
The switching is kind of strange, and I didn't realize how it worked until I read the instructions when I got home. *It has a 5-way selector, and a push-buton switch. *The controls work as follows (back to front):
- Brdge HB
- Bridge HB split + Middle
- Bridge HB + Neck
- Middle + Neck
The push button splits the bridge HB, but only works when it's on by itself.
The trem is blocked, with a small, recessed metal block in the trem cavity. *It's attached with two scres and is removable. *It even has an angled input jack, although done a little differently than Ibanez does it. *Truss rod adjustment is done from the side of the neck heel. *They even bubbled out the electronics cavity cover a bit to accomidate the large Yamaha 4-pole switch in the contoured body.
All those nice touches really make the one flaw I found stand out more. *It has a cheap plastic nut. *When I first got it, any use of the trem would yeild the insidious 'pinging' of strings binding at the nut, and the guitar would go out of tune. *I put some 9s on (I believe it shipped with 10s), and put a little graphite in the nut slots. It now stays in tune perfectly, as it should. *For what this guitar normally sells for, this is inexcusable. *It should come with a graphite nut, and the nut should be cut properly for the string guage it ships with.
Only other thing I didn't like is that hthe Vintage Rail pickups have no covers, unusual for SC-sized pickups. *The edges of the plastic tops are a little rough, and I often rest my hand there. *No biggie though.
All in all, an absolute steal for $400!!