Re: USRG Serial Numbers help..
You must have in mind that there are lots of USRG models withouth stickers with serial number becuase they loose the sticker with serial from past of time, itīs very easy to be unglued the stickers about temperature etc... Also there are a few models that serial number are not in stickers.. are engraved on the wood on the back of headstok.
I have a very special USRG30TP that was given to a very well known player who was a endrosee of Ibanez at the time, and serial number on this is engraved on back of head as follows:
where X beside USA are month and day and 00XX is the unit made.
I have 2 USRG right now and in my opinion are one of the better made and sounding Ibanez, but they seemed to be quite underated for most of Ibanez users. I found a more deep and "belly" sound very resonant on clean channel wich makes that this models sounds not so "Ibanez".
What "Lanzelot" bro says about the neck is that USRG has a very odd neck for an Ibanez guitar. I feel is very similar to the RG770Dx or FGM model, itīs quite thin and flat but with a profile or contour on the back on C shape quite wide so makes it feel strange. Theres another point that is that neck seems to be made for a diffrent kind of joint to the body becuase last area of neck before joint has a more prominent wood shape like it was for a heel hoint, but in fact itīs a AANJ. This also could make you feel strange with neck at the end.
First time I got a USRG on back 1997 I remember I love it everything but I hate the neck profile and sell it after a year or so withouth playing it much. Then I realize how wonderful sounds and got another one. I mean... all we have differents likes and dislikes, preferences and experiences and opinions about necks, shapes, pups, bridges etc... so you can be wrong about neck but never be wrong about quality of instrument about construction, finish and more important sound.
Hope this it helps a bit more.