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04-10-2015 04:28 AM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

^^ Interesting.

Well, the radius matches whatever the radius of the Edge trem is .
04-06-2015 10:57 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: RS400

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Originally Posted by Ashurbanipal View Post
I can't remember exactly what the radius is on the '86 RGs - 14" or 15"? Frets are also smaller which makes a difference in the feel. Prolines have the bigger railroad frets like modern RGs.
Yeah sounds like the new RC necks are 16" versions of the RS necks. Frets are smaller than RG or S models.
04-06-2015 10:48 AM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

I can't remember exactly what the radius is on the '86 RGs - 14" or 15"? Frets are also smaller which makes a difference in the feel. Prolines have the bigger railroad frets like modern RGs.
04-06-2015 10:36 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: RS400

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^^ Indeed, the necks are fabulous - the combination of a fatter profile and flatter fingerboard radius is really good, imo.
Sounds like the RC necks. They are 16 inch radius, but fatter.
04-06-2015 10:32 AM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

^^ Indeed, the necks are fabulous - the combination of a fatter profile and flatter fingerboard radius is really good, imo.
04-03-2015 11:25 AM
tomibanez
Re: RS400

I have an RS410 & a proline with a pro rocker. I do not use the bar much, but do have them setup fully floating with the top nut locked. I find that they stay in tune really well. What I like most about older roadstars is the neck shape.
04-03-2015 11:20 AM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

^^ That's better .

They're passive, but everything's epoxied into the cover (like EMG), so you can't really tinker with them.
04-03-2015 10:21 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: RS400

http://store.ishibashi.co.jp/ec/pro/disp/1/80-315676509

I found an RG530, an 86. Are these pickups active or are they just covered?
03-27-2015 01:11 PM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

Agree with Ryc.

Get an '86 RG or Proline, can't go wrong with them. Some nice RGs on flea bay right now too - RG600 (hardtail, active pups, charcoal burst) and 410 (Cherry Ice, dayum).
03-26-2015 09:17 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: RS400

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Yeah, I wouldn't trade anything nice for it. This one is just a really nice "Wall Piece".

I'm sure it's parts are worth a lot more than what they're selling it for. Just the V5 pups and neck are probably worth more than the $250.
Wow, the pups and neck are worth that much? Not worth the price maybebut that sounds interesting nontheless.
03-26-2015 08:45 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: RS400

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Sounds like I need to wait until I find an 86 with an OE... I'll go try it but replacing my 560 with this is a BAD idea. Thanks a lot guys
Yeah, I wouldn't trade anything nice for it. This one is just a really nice "Wall Piece".

I'm sure it's parts are worth a lot more than what they're selling it for. Just the V5 pups and neck are probably worth more than the $250.
03-26-2015 08:15 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: RS400

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For $250 I would buy that guitar ONLY because it in near mint condition. I wouldn't have any high expectations for it or plan on doing any modding. The most I would consider is trying to find the right top-Lok and call it a day. I would enjoy having it, but only because it's kind of a unique piece of Ibanez history.

One thing that I will add is that the Pro Rock'r WITHOUT the top-lok will be almost unusable.
Sounds like I need to wait until I find an 86 with an OE... I'll go try it but replacing my 560 with this is a BAD idea. Thanks a lot guys
03-26-2015 07:44 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: RS400

For $250 I would buy that guitar ONLY because it in near mint condition. I wouldn't have any high expectations for it or plan on doing any modding. The most I would consider is trying to find the right top-Lok and call it a day. I would enjoy having it, but only because it's kind of a unique piece of Ibanez history.

One thing that I will add is that the Pro Rock'r WITHOUT the top-lok will be almost unusable.
03-26-2015 07:09 PM
Ashurbanipal
Re: RS400

^^ This is true as well - and some parts that are structurally important and under quite a bit of stress are made of very bad pot metal. I learned this the hard way!

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Ah, that's why it's so cheap. The Pro-Rock'r is that bad... Tuning stability is #1 for me so maybe this might not cut it. What bridge could be used as a possible replacement as a direct drop? Kahler?

I don't mind the range of the arm and stuff, I care much more about stability and if they hold tuning okay. The neck sounds exactly the kind of neck I like too (thanks to my Roadcore teaching me the greatness of thicker necks )
Well, the design is not good - the trem pivots on round pins, which rest on concaved posts. So there's a greater friction surface area than a knife design. The bridge saddles technically aren't locking as such, like a Floyd, more like screw-in stoppers to keep the string ball-end secure. I also dislike the separate nut and string lock thing these old ones have. Makes adjusting the truss rod also a pain as you have to unscrew the lock completely, unless you have an allen key with a really short tip.

There's no direct replacement - post spacing is too wide. That particular guitar has a carved top, so a Kahler wouldn't be possible, I think. There is a thread about someone retrofitting a Kahler to an RS530 from long ago, but that's a flat top, so possible.
03-26-2015 12:19 PM
FireEagle
Re: RS400

I can't vouch for how well the ProRocker works.. but I do know that parts are hard to find for them. In '86 they switched to the Edge trem, but had that same neck with a proper nut. You may as well go try it... If you like it a lot you can always get a Tremol-no or cheap stabilizer, so you can still dive with it. Looks to be in great shape!
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