Re: Ibanez Naming Conventions: What Would They Name This Fictional Model
Oh **** you're getting into a lot of weird history which I've spent a lot of brain power trying to unravel.
The main point is that in 2003, when the Edge Pro was released, Ibanez changed the number covention fron the traditional method to the new way. Briefly, in the past guitars would be RG550, RG570, etc. when they came out with the seven they added that after the RG. You might see either RG7620 or RG7-620. So that would be an RG7, 600 Series, 20 configuration which means rear route HH pickups.
In 2003 they switched to the 1000, 2000, 3000 Series guitars. The 7 in the model number moves to the end. So an RG1527 is a 1000 Series guitar (Prestige, V Series pickups, 520 configuration). If Ben's guitar had a middle pickup it would be clearly an RG1557 (excusing the fact that it isn't front route). I'm unaware of any HH guitars with pickguards made by Ibanez so I have no model reference. Here you run into the issue that the numbering convention for the last two digits isn't well thought out.