Originally Posted by jemsite
* the RG7s *never* had "UV" necks or ones with a UV profile. Any similarity was due to the slight variations of the final hand-finishing. They didn't just take UV777BK necks and put them on the RG7620s with a different fretboard.
Well, mine definately doesn't have a neck that was intended for a UV that got a different fretboard and some paint touch-up work; the pocket is clearly stamped RG7-620. However, from what i hear from littlegreenman (who'se owned a few rg-7's and at least one 777bk, the details fail me at the moment), he seems fairly sure its the same profile. Anyway, it's definately significantly thicker than the wizard-6 neck on the 520 i sold to purchase the 7; closer in thickness to a wizard-II, which would seem to lead credance to the idea that they used the same profile (just minus the prestige finishing) for the 7620, as i think i remember reading here that the Jem neck was somewhere between the two in thickness.
The kicker here of course would be testimony from someone who'd played both the "UV profile" and "W-7 profile" (in parentheses pending confirmation that there really IS a difference between the striped and unstriped) necks to confirm whether or not there was a change in profile between the two.
It would make sense to me, though; they could either reuse all the machining equiptment from the UV-777 to make necks for the early RG series, or create a whole new ensemble (or computer codes, if it was computerized) to make the new RG necks. It'd be cheaper for them to simply reuse the same machining equiptment rather than starting over from the ground up.
Of course, ibanez doesn't necessarily MAKE sense... *shakes head*