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04-19-2004 02:39 PM
The Eristic
Originally Posted by jemsite
those pics are alot better. definately not mahogany at least that is certain... glen
Yeah, you can really see the grain in those... It doesn't especially look like alder, either, because alder rarely has such pronounced figuring. It is possible, I suppose, but not common at all.
04-19-2004 12:33 PM
jemsite those pics are alot better. definately not mahogany at least that is certain... glen
04-19-2004 12:18 PM
Darkstar Glen:

Unfortunately we are cloudy here today, but here are a few closeups of the back... I am starting to think this is most likely alder.

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04-19-2004 11:55 AM
jemsite can you post some better photos (taken outdoors w/o sunlight & no flash) of the back of the axe? ...glen
04-19-2004 11:51 AM
Darkstar She is heavier than my alder USRG30, while not quite as heavy as my RGT3120. The raw wood is kinda light in color. The tone is closer to my RGT3120 than the USRG, but like you mentioned there are many factors than can manipulate an alder guitar to sound like mahogony. Thus, the mystery continues <LOL>... I did send images into Ibanez Identification, but I have yet to hear back from them.

04-16-2004 02:16 PM
The Eristic
Originally Posted by Drew
Are you 100% sure that the body is mahogany? By my eyes, the grain pattern on the back, especially along the upper horn, looks more like alder.
It is a bit tough to tell, but I would wager, because of the finish (alder generally doesn't take that type of finish well, which is why it is normally used on painted guitars) and the overall grain, that it is mahogany. Darkstar, are there any places where you can see unfinished wood? Maybe a spot inside the control cavity? Of course, you might be able to tell the difference tonally, but there are several variables that could affect what characteristics you hear.
04-16-2004 11:37 AM
jemsite AANJ since '90 on the UCEW... glen
04-16-2004 11:21 AM
Jeroenn Was the AANJ available in 1991?
04-16-2004 09:56 AM
jemsite nice pics... i'll add them to the gallery.

did we ever determine that was in fact mahogany? the pics are tough to differentiate but you can see a typical ibanez mahogany here
04-16-2004 09:50 AM
Drew Are you 100% sure that the body is mahogany? By my eyes, the grain pattern on the back, especially along the upper horn, looks more like alder.

SWEET looking guitar, though. I especially dig the pickups in it- nice touch

03-21-2004 12:53 PM
disassociative1 whatever it is its a great looking axe man.

if u ever wana sell it let me know hehe.

would nice for you to find out what it is tho but even if u dont u still got what looks like one very very nice guitar
03-21-2004 12:31 PM
Darkstar Ya... this is an unusual one

* This has the LoPro, which for a '91 is a possibility. The Edge was redesigned to the LoPro in '91 and made available starting on the '92 production models. Thus, it is possible that the LoPro was available for custom order stuff in mid to late '91.
* This has the natural-masked-binding on the maple top like the '92 RG1200.
* The top on this is 1/4-inch over Mahogony where as the UCEW was 1/2-inch and other production models with a top were usually less than 1/4-inch.
* There is no forearm contour.
* The control cavity is the same as the '91 American Masters design.
* The 3-way selector switch is set low, between the volume and tone pots (normally it is set high, next to the volume pot).
* This uses the DiMarzio Dual Sound in the neck, DiMarzio Tone Zone in the bridge with coil-tapping on the tone-pot (the wiring appears to be original). I haven't seen this combination on a production Ibanez (maybe in the 80's?).
* The color is not listed in any of the Ibanez catalogs.
* There was more than one of these produced.
* So far, per a Guitar Center reciept that vaijem777 obtained, this is called an RG1220QM-TO which vaguely fits (RG1200 series, 20 = H-H config, QM=Quilted Maple, TO=Transparent Orange). The RG1200 had a H-S-H configuration, flame maple top on basswood, a pick-guard, no control cavity on the back, 5-way selector switch adjacent to the volume pot, and forearm contour. Aside from the natural-masked-binding, LoPro trem, and Tone Zone in the bridge position, there is no direct relation between this design and the RG1200. My bet is that GC had this laying around and didn't know what the heck to sell it as ...and I have seen that many times where GC mis-labels models. My most recent example of their vast Ibanez knowledge came last year the GC by me advised that the RGT3120 doesn't exist and the only Ibanez neck-tru models were the AM's. (can you tell that I do not have much faith in GC?)

Based on all this, I am curious if this is one of the limited custom runs that Ibanez does to demo new features to reps and guitar stores. I am going to send pics of this to Ibanez Instrument Identification to see what they say.

03-20-2004 05:25 PM
gkelm Sweet...I like the color better in your pics, a bit more amber hue to it. And the tone??
03-20-2004 05:07 PM
Gresh Man that is one great looking guitar...interesting about the lack of the forearm contour. It makes me wonder if they hadn't perfected the method for bending the thinner tops. Maybe they wanted the cost savings of using thinner exotic tops and still needed to get the guitar to market so they compromised on this one and canned the contour and used some left over necks they had laying around.

This is an interesting one. It is gorgeous, I love it. Enjoy.
03-19-2004 11:11 PM
Darkstar Thanks!

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