Is this Ibanez RG body MIJ? Has an (original) Edge Trem.

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  1. Nick Sorenson

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    I'm curious if this RG body is MIJ or some other origin. It has an original Edge Trem FWIW.
     
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    Sorry about that! It didn't upload the first time for some reason. Should be in the edit now.
     
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    Definitely not an original Edge trem. Most likely not MIJ that.
     
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    Could the trem be an SLT-101?

    Sounds like this body (sold as MIJ) may be just an Import with budget parts. Uhh oh!
     
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    Note not only not as described, but the bridge saddles aren't holding position.
     
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    The whole reason I was buying this one was to diversify my guitar collection a little (have NO Ibanez guitars). The one problem in buying something new is having no idea what to look for. Guess I'm learning by mistakes!

    I did do some reading, but obviously it takes more than reading to learn the ins and outs. I had a friend in HS who had a mid 80's Pro Line 2550 and I LOVED that guitar. Sounds like this will NOT be that!

    Well, I guess I'll keep reading and searching on what makes the good ones.
     
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    A later 80s 2550 is about as good as it gets with Ibanez guitars.
     
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    RG 3120's made up to 2001 are phenomenal tone beasts.
     
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    Beautiful guitars too. I love the Vintage Violin color (quilted). Beautiful guitar.
     
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    Not an Ibanez.
     
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    I have one and it is excellent.
     
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    That body is cut for an edge3 bridge. Which says it is a MII or MIK body. That however, is not an ibanez bridge.

    Check on jemsite or seven string, they know all about them
     
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    I'm not sure it's even an Ibanez.
    Rounded fretboard end?
    21 frets?
     
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    With the old Roadstars 21 frets and rounded fretboard ends weren't unheard of. But obviously that's an RG-style body, not RS.

    That bridge as has been mentioned is certainly not an original Edge trem, nor is that route fit for an Edge by the looks of it. If it is actually an Ibanez body, it looks more like a Lo-TRS route to me. I've lost track of how Ibanez are numbering their models these days, but in older terms it'd I guess be an RGx20, with the x being maybe a 2, 3 or 4.


    It's a bit weird. It's as if someone took an Ibanez body, whacked a cheap Floyd copy on there (not that the Lo-TRS was a great trem to begin with), and then managed to fit a 21-fret neck to it. If that's what they've done... I imagine the scale is outta whack, and setting the intonation could be interesting/impossible. On an Ibanez that neck route, which continues straight into the neck pickup route, is done for 24 fret guitars. On a 22 or 21 fret, there'd be a bit of wood between the neck route and the neck pickup route.

    If you're really curious about what it is, the model number from memory should be stamped inside the neck pocket. Aside from just being curious though, I'd say definitely just keep looking. It's either a lower end Ibanez body with some other bits haphazardly tacked on to it, or it's not even an Ibanez body.
     
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    That neck is stuck on and is a Squire neck. Someone hadn't a clue what they were doing (not long enough to make the correct scale length). Looks like the normal AANJ neck pocket though.
     
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    Yep. Mine is a 2001 3120TW, which is the blue one. It's only gotten better with time. Which do you have?
     
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    Same one, same year .:)
     
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    Just looked one of those up (twilight blue) great looking guitars. Is that real flame or the fotoflame that the Japanese were into using at the time? Regardless, they look great.

    Would this have been a good Ibanez model (not the condition, just the model and hardware selection). Looks like a locking nut but then a regular nut too. Don't like the idea of that. I'd rather have just the locking nut I think.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-Pro-...842?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33a35db27a


    Ahh... man these are so hard to shop for. Looks like some MIJ's had 'resoncast' or MDF bodies? I figured if it's Japan it should be a nice guitar. Ibanez is a complicated guitar to shop for.
     
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