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What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by jdiz » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:59 pm

I own a s520ex. I know it's not the greatest guitar in the world, but it's been really good to me. I paid $1000 for it too! lol. I was in australia at the time and guitar gear over there is just ridiculously expensive, if you didn't know. I love the wizard neck and how thin it is, combined with the jumbo frets! and the body on the s series is so thin and comfortable. I mainly play death metal. I want a 24 fret RG of some kind, but don't know which one would be the best. There are no RGs at the local shop either. I realize that 'best' is subjective... I'm just looking for advice of where to start.

I wanted to sand and stain my s520ex down, but saw photos of it done and the 3 piece doesn't look good at all!. well.. maybe a little bit.

I've modded the pickups to dimarzio super distortion and a PAFpro in the neck. Was really into paul gilbert and speed metal when I did that haha. sounds fine now, but maybe a little mid heavy on the bridge pickup..

I play out of an older 2 channel dual rec with mesa trad 412 cab.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by MichaelC4 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:28 pm

A mid to late '90s RG570 w/bubinga stripe neck (also called a Super Wizard) would be a cool guitar.
Or, any Prestige models.

General rules for RGs, though some may not follow these.....

RGs from 87-92 will have a square heel neck joint.
RGs from 93-on will have an AANJ (all access neck joint).

RG1xx, RG2xx, RG3xx and some RG4xx will have a Wizard II (no screws in the tuners on back of headstock).
Some RG4xx and all RG5xx and up will have a Wizard neck (little screws in tuners on back of headstock).

RGx70 = H-S-H, no pickguard
RGx60 = H-S-S, no pickguard
RGx50 = H-S-H w/pickguard
RGx40 = H-S-S w/pickguard
RGx20 = H-H, no pickguard

Prestige models will have 4 #s - RG1xxx, RG2xxx and so on.

Models with the licensed Floyd Roses - Original and Lo-Pro (called LO-TRS) can swapped out for a real Floyd Rose Original.
Models with the Edge Tremolo can not take anything but an Edge. A Floyd Rose would need body modifications.


I learned alot about RGs when I custom built a right-handed RG450 with a RG570 Super Wizard Neck (flipped it upside down, Hendrix style).
Although, I only played it about 10 times. The knobs got in the way of my picking and hand were very uncomfortable.

It has a black '97 RG450 body made in Korea and a '98 RG570 neck made in Japan. Those are the only Ibanez parts.

Floyd Rose Original w/big block upgrade,
Seymour Duncan Distortion, lil '59 and Jazz pickups,
Jackson Dinky wiring harness,
Fender 5-way super switch set up as 5 humbuckers (position 2 and 4 split coils from humbuckers to make their own humbuckers),
custom cut mirror pickguard,
chrome Jackson tuners.
I had to buy all the black knobs and screws.
I ended up getting a black Floyd Rose handle.



Here is a picture of the body that I took in 2009
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Here is a RG470L Wizard II, RG570 Super Wizard and RG470 Wizard
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The thickness difference between a Wizard II and a Wizard (actually the Super Wizard, but, same thickness)
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by MichaelC4 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:43 pm

In the middle picture, the right handed RG470, was a '99 that I bought at a yard sale for $60.
New Penny (copper) body and Cosmo (smoked chrome) hardware.
Needed a new volume pot and input jack ($5 worth of parts).
I sold it for $200.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by MichaelC4 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:59 pm

I'll jump in, one more time.
All the parts for the custom RG450 were found on eBay.

I don't know if you'd want a 300 series or lower, but......
I did pick up my RG370DXL off of eBay. Winning bid was $104 + $30 S&H.
It was in perfect condition.
I sold the GFS VEH pickup that came in it for $20. The guy included the original INF4.
And, I sold the almost new RoadRunner case for $40. Dropping my total price invested to $74.
It's not a bad guitar.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by MkIII Renegade » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:23 pm

RG770 without a doubt. 8)
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by CrazyYoshi73 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:08 pm

A heavy s540 from the early 90's!!

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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by bjorn218 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:52 pm

My DT-250 has been my go to Ibanez for nearly 24 years for a guitar that will be 30 in March.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by elvis » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:12 pm

J Custom RG7. I'm in the process of putting Nailbombs in right now.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by Diezelmonster » Tue May 13, 2014 10:17 pm

Ive used my UV7PWH and RG7 for years. I really like the pickups. I just recently got some parts from nate perle and made an Rg7 with duncan blackout EMTY pickups sounds ferocious with my dual!

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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by jpistolas » Fri May 23, 2014 4:52 pm

Not the typical metal guitar offering from Ibanez but I've been using 2 Artist AR-30's for 15 plus years.
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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by menace329 » Thu May 28, 2015 5:33 pm

Ibanez 2027 XVV

Only Ibanez I have left, apparently from what I have been told it is slightly rare and highly desired. I have never heard another Ibanez or any other 7 string for that matter sound as good.
Mesa Boogie Tremoverb 2X12 Combo
Rivera Quiana Studio 112 Combo
Marshall JTM30 2X10 Combo
Carvin V3 Head
Marshall VS100 Head + VS412 cab
Carvin 4X12 W/Vintage 30's
Carvin 4X12 W/GT12's
Probably to many guitars, maybe not....

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Re: What's your favourite Ibanez guitar for metal?

Post by Archlute75 » Thu May 28, 2015 11:02 pm

Mostly been using my RG920QMZ with a Bareknuckle Holydiver in the bridge and Emerald in the neck.

However, last year I picked up an old, electric blue RG470 with and amazing neck. I'm in the process of putting ceramic BKP Blawkhawks and a Cobra middle coil, and replacing the worn out, crap lo-trs II trem with a Gotoh Floyd. I just got a Suhr Modern with one, and really like them.

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