Thanks. That RBM1 was my first good guitar. I remember that I was incredibly happy when my parents got me my previus guitar (the first I got with a licensed Floyd Rose) which was Hyundai. It was a piece of crap, but at the moment I was SO incredibly happy.... until I saw the add of the RBM2 in guitarworld. I loved it SO much that I hated Ibanez for making such a beatutifull guitar, I just fell in love with it. (if someone has a good pic of that add, please send it to me).
A year or later.... I ve been saving for an RG570, when I finally got the money and went for it, the local importer had an RBM1BK on display. There was no other guitar for me, I had to own it. Again, my parents (for the last time) bought me the guitar (I was 500USD short of the RBM1). I felt the luckiest guy on the planet... again.
Even though the guitar was kept in its original shape for nearly 12 years, and eventually I bought and sold several similar or better guitars, I could never part with it. I think its the only guitar owned for more than a couple of years without ever getting published in the classifieds.
There was a point when I really wouldn't play that guitar anymore because it wasn't appealing anymore compared to my other axes, so I decided to make it my favourite again. I had some very interesting guitars at the time so it wasnt going to be easy (jem 10th, UVMC, PGM Custom, Pacifica 1412 among others).
The neck was done twice, literally. The first 3 piece (katalox, maple, katalox with stone inlays) custom neck didn't look or feel good enough, so the new one (5 piece, katalox, maple, katalox, maple, katalox with cocobolo headstock and maple inlays) was done. The sunburst (particularly the front) was done SEVERAL times until they got it just the way I wanted. I spent countless hours with the Luthier (we became good friends) working on this guitar.
The result: This is my favourite guitar. It is by far the best sounding guitar I ever had. The weird pup combo I had on it works amazingly good (Di Marzio Megadrive, Fender, Seymour Duncan Hot Rails).
So I love it for many reasons, it was my first good guitar, its been with me longer than any other guitar, it was a gift from my parents, and I think its the best looking and sounding guitar I ve ever played. Therefore, it is by far the less likely to be sold in the future.
She has been with me for 14 years now. Even though I had and still have several affairs with other guitars, I m married to this one