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I really would like to buy a nice RG, but there are so many models, I can't get my head around them. So I would like to ask you to help me find some suitable models.

Here's a list of things I want in guitar:

Must have:

  • Made in Japan.
  • Humbuckers in bridge and neck position.
  • Fixed bridge.

Compromises:

  • 6 strings. It's not a deal breaker, I may consider 7 string, but 6 is preferred.
  • Baritone scale. It's not a deal breaker, I may consider baritone, but 25,5" is preferred.
  • HSH pickup configuration. It's not a deal breaker, I may consider HSH, but HH is preferred.
  • Non-hardtail fixed bridges. It's not a deal breaker, I may consider Gibraltars and other fixed bridges, but hardtail is preferred.
  • Pickguards. It's not a deal breaker, I may consider models with pickguards, but no pickguard is preferred.

Based on the list of requirements I found that Ibanez RG621 would be perfect for me, but it's extremely rare.
So if you know the model that would fit there, or even have one for sale - let me know.

Thanks in advance!
 

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The RGA121 is much more common. I have owned a few of those as well as the RGA321, which was my favorite Ibanez fixed bridge. There are usually a few on Ebay and Reverb at any given time.
 

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The RGA121 is much more common. I have owned a few of those as well as the RGA321, which was my favorite Ibanez fixed bridge. There are usually a few on Ebay and Reverb at any given time.
Thanks!
I thought about RGA, and I like them, but there's a few "buts":

  • I own couple of mahogany/archtop guitars already, and I prefer to have classic basswood/flat RG.
  • They seem to be too expensive. RGA121 usually costs reasonable 600-900 USD, but RGA321 is always anywhere between 1k and 2.5k.

I guess I'll keep looking for humble flat RG without maple tops, and if I won't find anything worthy - I'll get back to RGAs.
 

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Look for the RG 421 as well. There's also a 521, but it's a fujigen & will cost considerably more coin.
RG421 is Indonesia. MIJ is must have for me.
I think I will have to settle on 521, because there's a lot of them out there available, but still I want hardtail over Gibraltar.

Do you know if Gibraltar screw holes align with hardtail bridge? Is there a direct replacement for Gibraltars?
 

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I don't know if screw holes line up or not. I personally prefer the Gibraltar over the hard tail, especially with thicker strings. I think they have a greater intonation adjustment range.
 

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For MIJ, I would recommend looking at the RG652 series. The RG652AHMFX and RGR652AHBF are identical, except that the AHMFX has dimarzio tone zone/air norton pickups, and the color is different, and the AHBF has a reverse headstock, and dimarzio fusion edge pickups.
 

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RG421 is Indonesia. MIJ is must have for me.
The first 1-2 years of RG421 production were Japanese (Fujigen) made. My 2002 RG421 is Japanese built with F02... serial number. Later they switched to other factories, mahogany body, and somewhere along the line the model number morphed to 321. I can't remember the specifics.
 

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The first 1-2 years of RG421 production were Japanese (Fujigen) made. My 2002 RG421 is Japanese built with F02... serial number. Later they switched to other factories, mahogany body, and somewhere along the line the model number morphed to 321. I can't remember the specifics.
Cool, thanks, never knew that.
Even Ibanez wiki never mentions those early 421s. Will keep an eye on them too!
 

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For MIJ, I would recommend looking at the RG652 series. The RG652AHMFX and RGR652AHBF are identical, except that the AHMFX has dimarzio tone zone/air norton pickups, and the color is different, and the AHBF has a reverse headstock, and dimarzio fusion edge pickups.
Those are good, but because they are new they're all rather pricey. I hoped to score some 90s-00s RG for 500-800 USD.
 

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Cool, thanks, never knew that.
Even Ibanez wiki never mentions those early 421s. Will keep an eye on them too!
Actually, it may have just been the 2002 run that was Fujigen built. Looking at the old catalogs, I don't see the 421 listed in the 2001 catalog, and in 2003 the model number was changed to RG321, although the specs appear to be the same as the 2002 RG421 (the mahogany body on the 321s came later). I don't remember where those 2003 RG321s were made.
 

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RG1421, I own one and it's great, think it fits all your criteria. Dunno how rare they are now but I got mine for quite cheap back in the day.
 

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RG1421, I own one and it's great, think it fits all your criteria. Dunno how rare they are now but I got mine for quite cheap back in the day.
Yup, this model is rare too.
I start to think it's a brand strategy for Ibanez - if a model has good specs, it should be rare as hell.
 

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Yup, this model is rare too.
I start to think it's a brand strategy for Ibanez - if a model has good specs, it should be rare as hell.
Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
 

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Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
Yea, but I'm trying to score non-archtop one and with standard aftermarket bridge like Gotoh, etc.
I kinda like standard parts, that I can tweak later, maybe buy better saddles, or even change the whole furniture. That's why I prefer hardtails over Gibraltars.
 

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Yea, but I'm trying to score non-archtop one and with standard aftermarket bridge like Gotoh, etc.
I kinda like standard parts, that I can tweak later, maybe buy better saddles, or even change the whole furniture. That's why I prefer hardtails over Gibraltars.
I'm sure you've seen these on the Ibanez site? Not a fan of the bridges?

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/detail/rg652lwfx_00_03.html

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/detail/rg5121_00_01.html

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/detail/rg652ahmfx_01.html
 

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Yes, I've seen these. as I mentioned before:
Those are good, but because they are new they're all rather pricey. I hoped to score some 90s-00s RG for 500-800 USD.

And yes, I prefer hardtails over Ibanez proprietary bridges.
 

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Weird to think about, that they are rare now, never thought about that. Anyway, there are a lot of good fixed bridge RG/RGA's out there!
The RGA121 is much more common. I have owned a few of those as well as the RGA321, which was my favorite Ibanez fixed bridge. There are usually a few on Ebay and Reverb at any given time.
 
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