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Ibanez Roadstar from 80's

mgarrison99

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I had this one and let it go because I had too many laying around and wasn't playing it. I added the different pickup to give it a different sound. The neck was fat like a skunk stripe Strat, and the finish was really cool.
 

riefil

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Had one and stupidly traded it in for a pointy hair metal carvin V220T about two years after I bought it. Here it is with a young serious riefil, before he met the rie in riefil

 

cratz2

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The red one is a 1985 and the burst was a 1983. Both were solid guitars that played great and sounded decent (well... maybe those single coils weren't all that great) and needed no upgrades. Of course, I ended up trading them both.

 

Gandalf5150

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The Ibanez Roadster was basically the earliest RG. As I'm sure most will know, RG stands for Roadster guitar. I never owned one of the very early ones. My 1st was late 80s.

Fantastic versatile guitars for the money.:JAM
 

Gas-man

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Hey All,
I've got a serious itch for one of these. Just the vibe and overall "workhorse" look makes me want one. Anyone else feel that way? Do you have one now?
Sold one in the past and regret it? Good points and bad, let me know. Thanks
Rob

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-VINTAGE-c1982-IBANEZ-ROADSTAR-II-SERIES-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-RARE-WOODGRAIN-/271073725082?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f1d40ca9a


Cool.

Looks like it could be nitro--thin finish there.

Easily worth $300. Ebay ads never say how big the neck is and non one can seem to take a pic where you can see it.
 

riefil

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Cratz:

you cant tell from my pic, but mine had a cool birdseye maple top like yours. Single coils on mine were not the greatest, but then again I wasn't the greatest player back then. I was only playing seriously for about 2 years at the time.
 

Roodboy

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I had this one and let it go because I had too many laying around and wasn't playing it. I added the different pickup to give it a different sound. The neck was fat like a skunk stripe Strat, and the finish was really cool.
I still have that exact guitar all stock, bought new @ 82. Frets are worn to the bone.
Great guitars.
 

seantk

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I had this 83 roadstar 2 for a long time. Sold it earlier this year though. It was a great player...it had a great neck, low action and great sounds, it was extremely easy to play too. I didn't really have any problems with it (it was pretty beat up), I just lost interest in it and thought it was time to go.

 
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Fred132

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I had a HSS one for several years. Basswood body, decent electronics, pretty good fit and finish, really good for the $200 or so I paid for it.

I finally gave mine to a young guy just learning to play. I wish my first electric guitar was that nice!
 

Ham_fist

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Totally undervalued guitars. Quality of materials (except the pickups in this model are crap) and overall build quality is about the same as MIJ Fenders from the same time frame. I bought this one for like $100 (with a HSC), and replaced the pickups. I never used it for anything, so I sold it for what I paid, and kept the HSC.

 

sunburst79

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Hey All,
I've got a serious itch for one of these. Just the vibe and overall "workhorse" look makes me want one. Anyone else feel that way? Do you have one now?
Sold one in the past and regret it? Good points and bad, let me know. Thanks
Rob

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-VINTAGE-c1982-IBANEZ-ROADSTAR-II-SERIES-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-RARE-WOODGRAIN-/271073725082?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f1d40ca9a


That's screaming refin to me. I have never seen an Ibanez with sunken grain like that. Nor do I remember ever seeing that that color burst. Most of the roadster I remember from back then were solid colors. Having said that my understanding is that they are Fuji Gen Gakki built guitars and as such tend to be well made. like their early Squier brethren.

I'd be willing to guess the gold bridge is not stock. I don't ever recall seeing a Roadster with gold hardware.
 

hank57

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I have Roadstar II bass and it is as solid as a precision bass at a fifth of the price. That would be a budget guitar that you'd play for a long time.
 

joeDRII

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That's screaming refin to me. I have never seen an Ibanez with sunken grain like that. Nor do I remember ever seeing that that color burst. Most of the roadster I remember from back then were solid colors. Having said that my understanding is that they are Fuji Gen Gakki built guitars and as such tend to be well made. like their early Squier brethren.

I'd be willing to guess the gold bridge is not stock. I don't ever recall seeing a Roadster with gold hardware.
I'm pretty sure it's original. This is probably a very early one. It looks almost identical to my blazer, which I believe came before the roadstars, and most definatly had that sunken finish, as well as brass hardware.
 

shane8

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That's screaming refin to me. I have never seen an Ibanez with sunken grain like that. Nor do I remember ever seeing that that color burst. Most of the roadster I remember from back then were solid colors. Having said that my understanding is that they are Fuji Gen Gakki built guitars and as such tend to be well made. like their early Squier brethren.

I'd be willing to guess the gold bridge is not stock. I don't ever recall seeing a Roadster with gold hardware.
no it's real - they also came in a reddy brown

btw that mod doesn't have body contours - i had a brown/red 1
 

daveg777

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Have owned several and my favorite is any 86' with unfinished neck and the HB/S/S set-up.
 

theruley

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A guy I used to work with had a black roadstar 2 with a Floyd. Very cool guitar. I keep my eyes open for one on local classifieds.
 






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