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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wich wood is this guitar's body made of?

Hi everyone,

I need help with a guitar I recently acquired. I have an idea but I want to be sure because the information on the web is not very exact. The guitar is an Ibanez RX40, made in korea in 1994, its serial number is C4020616 and here are some pics so you can see it, please delete the spaces

http: // imageshack.us/g/405/imagen095c.jpg/

The guitar was made at the Cort plant in February 1994. It has 22 frets one piece maple neck very well finished, but now I suspect it's body is made of plywood. The guitar doesn't sounds bad at all, in fact, I really like it, biu I need to be sure about that.

I looked at the Ibanez rules catalogs from 1991 to 1995 and the model does not appear, they say about the RX series that are all made of solid wood because of quality and stuff, but until 1994, in 1995 catalog the RX 20 model appears in Plywood. I looked into the guitar's holes and there are horizontal marks, but I still doubt about if it's plywood or just routing marks. Also, the guitar sounds excelent with my Seymour duncan JB.

I already posted this in other section, so if it's wrong let me know to delete one.
Weel, I hope someone knows, and my best to all, thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to say that the guitar body feels very light!

Nicolas

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Re: Wich wood is this guitar's body made of?

probably basswood
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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I didn't thought it was basswood because y already own basswood guitars and doesn't sound like them at all. If basswood, with the maple neck, should sound quite similar to a rg550 (maple neck w/basswood body) but doesn't seem to that at all, I tried also he same JB humbucker on my rg470 (rosewood fretboard w/basswood body) and sound like a completely different humbucker.

I've been using basswood for over 7 years almost, and it has never sounded this crunchy.

Also, the GIO versions of old guitars have nothing to do with the original rx, rg, sa, sz or whatever, and the rx40 is entirely different to the rx40, considering that the rx series became after the grx series.
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Re: Wich wood is this guitar's body made of?

I believe that the RX series are maple bodies
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I believe that the RX series are maple bodies
Also thought, also some RX guitars from early ninety's are made of maple, but don't know, maple is a very heavy wood to make a guitar body and this guitar feels very light.

Some catalogs mention "hardwood" in RX guitars, does anyone knows what it means?

Is there any chance of alder on it?

Is there any chance of plywood on it?

Thanks for the help and keep commenting!!
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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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In the EU catalog it says the RX are made of alder EXCEPT the 750 and the 40..... the 40 is maple plywood.

That would result in a lighter feel
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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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If you like the guitar and you say it sounds great, what does it matter what the wood is?

Enjoy
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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In the EU catalog it says the RX are made of alder EXCEPT the 750 and the 40..... the 40 is maple plywood.

That would result in a lighter feel
mmm... that could be... Some people say that guitar woods after many years of fabrication stabilize and sound much better than how should, even plywoods. This guitar is almost 18 years old and sounds good, I can clearly recognize it's strat sound, in neck and middle position, in clean and crunch sounds fine, and the humbucker sounds nicely crunchy, but now I don't know if it's worthy to upgrade it... damn it.

@dragsternj

I like the guitar and enjoy playing it, but you have to know all about it, if you want to upgrade it, for example, can't just buy any humbucker to it without knowing how it's going to sound after.

Thanks for the help! and keep commenting!
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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If it feels good and sounds good to YOU then it is worth it!!

Good luck
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Re: Wich wood is this guitar's body made of?

The only RX I've gotten my hands on is a late 90's Korean RX170.

It's definitely a plywood body. This is very easy to tell. Just open your control cavity. If it's plywood you'll see the banding where the layers are put together. It'll look striped where it's cut.

Regardless of being plywood, the RX170 sounds pretty good.
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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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The only RX I've gotten my hands on is a late 90's Korean RX170.

It's definitely a plywood body. This is very easy to tell. Just open your control cavity. If it's plywood you'll see the banding where the layers are put together. It'll look striped where it's cut.

Regardless of being plywood, the RX170 sounds pretty good.
Today I'll open it to figure it out. Maybe I'll need to use a little of sandpaper.
Did you do any upgrades to it?
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 10:49 PM
 
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We did far too many upgrades. This is a friends RX170 and he loves the guitar so he dumped a bunch of money into it.

http://gideond.wordpress.com/2011/09...oject-phase-1/

http://gideond.wordpress.com/2011/11...phase-2-final/

After all is said and done it's a pretty good guitar with two persistent issues that still annoy me. The action is way higher than I like, setting at about 8/64. It just will not go any lower without a lot of buzz. The other issue is an intonation issue. I'm out of room to move the low E saddle back any further on the Wilkinson to try and fix the intonation. The top string is still sharp and has to be tuned a little flat to sound correct with the other strings.

It's always had these issues even before upgrades. To me it wasn't worth dropping so much money into, but it isn't my guitar.
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Hi everyone,

I need help with a guitar I recently acquired. I have an idea but I want to be sure because the information on the web is not very exact. The guitar is an Ibanez RX40, made in korea in 1994, its serial number is C4020616 and here are some pics so you can see it, please delete the spaces

http: // imageshack.us/g/405/imagen095c.jpg/

The guitar was made at the Cort plant in February 1994. It has 22 frets one piece maple neck very well finished, but now I suspect it's body is made of plywood. The guitar doesn't sounds bad at all, in fact, I really like it, biu I need to be sure about that.

I looked at the Ibanez rules catalogs from 1991 to 1995 and the model does not appear, they say about the RX series that are all made of solid wood because of quality and stuff, but until 1994, in 1995 catalog the RX 20 model appears in Plywood. I looked into the guitar's holes and there are horizontal marks, but I still doubt about if it's plywood or just routing marks. Also, the guitar sounds excelent with my Seymour duncan JB.

I already posted this in other section, so if it's wrong let me know to delete one.
Weel, I hope someone knows, and my best to all, thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to say that the guitar body feels very light!

Nicolas
Pop the neck off and take a look. You may have to sand a little paint off but if it looks layered than sorry, plywood. other than that it is most likely Basswood, Paulownia, or Agathis. Pauwlonia is a rather new fad it budget guitars so I think we can safely rule that out since we're talking mid 90's. ibanez used alot of Agathis in their budget guitars throughout the mid to late 90s so that's where I would place my bet. I have a 99 GAX70. its Agathis and it sounds great. inany case Agathis and Basswood both have similar characteristics to Mahogany tone wise.
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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-03-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Wich wood is this guitar's body made of?

Thanks guitar guy, I'll try to figure it out today, and thanks all for the comments, were very helpful. Happy new year to all
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Happy New Year. Let us know what you find.
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