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IBANEZ PRESENT, PAST, FUTURE, OWNERS THREAD

Todd here wink.gif As you guys may know, I'm a bit of an Ibby fan! Just a bit smile.gif So I"m creating a thread for everyone who wants to, to be able to share pix of their Ibby and or ask questions about Ibby's.



To get things going, here are some ancient pix of some Ibby's from the "Golden Age" of the Ibby smile.gif
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I get lots of questions about the Magic and Myth of the Ibanez NECK and the various versions of it. Wizard, Super Wizard, Wizard II, Wizard III. Let's start with a handy infographic!

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How about the Ibanez RG400-series, how are they in comparison to these guitars?
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People either hate or love this, but I've always wanted me a JPM100, but I haven't had the money for one yet:



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QUOTE (HiimAlex @ Nov 10 2014, 03:02 PM) *
How about the Ibanez RG400-series, how are they in comparison to these guitars?




wink.gif Great!

RG920 , S770PB , RG470 , RG 470 XL.

My order of favorite to least and whys.

S770PB, got it a few years ago now I believe. I use to never care for it as the pickups sucked. I tossed in some BKP blackhawks and it has now become my favorite guitar. Neck feels amazing and the sound to match.

RG470 (Sky Blue), the neck is the same as my S770, pickups are the V series so they are rather good but I would however like to change them out, not sure what yet but Evos are high on my list for being clean and very versatile. But out of the box it's great.

RG470XL, not a go to guitar but that's because I have it tuned down to B standard. Right now I'm looking at changing to some 10-64 strings almost like what a 7-string 27" scale. And changing out my bridge pickup to a D-Activator-X or even since I'm only changing out 1 pickups.. A Lundgren M6. Just to get a nice clean snappy articulation.

RG920, funny how the highest number is the lowest ranked. Thinking a full overhaul of this thing. Pickups are very dull and muddy to me. So that needs to change. I also since my last complaint of this guitar I've sanded the clear off the neck and it feels so much better! So I need to get it to my friend have him sand it down more. Replace the pickups may even try and get some weird EQ boost/mid cut knobs and give it a whole new feel and see what that gets me. Or hell sell it to someone and get another RG470. Which honestly would be the better route for me.

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The 4xx series were created as less pricey alternative versions of the 5xx series. That being said, they are still really spiff guitars IMHO with great fast necks! I"m actually bidding on a 4 series right now! A 450m with a maple neck. Also, as noted above by MOONKEY, the 4 series represent enormous bang for the buck and often outplay prestige models costing several times as much money.

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And here are some other models in the 4xx line smile.gif
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THE RG565

The RG 565 is something of a "Holy Grail" guitar for IBBY enthusiasts. It was the final expression of the Ibby Ideal during the "Golden Age" of Ibanez. It was just after this time that many Ibby fans feel the quality started to slide a bit. The guitar had many of the same bits that were common in "Custom Shop" ibanez guitars. Indeed, the custom shop served as a sort of test bed for Ibby design.

*If you run across one of these, BUY IT!!! smile.gif

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IBANEZ MODEL NUMBERS DECODED!


Here is what all those numbers/letters mean in your serial number on the headstock of your IBANEZ!

"1984 to 1996 example serial number F232104
F=Fujigen
2=1992 as an example
3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec
2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made

1975 to 1983
Example serial number C800358
C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
80 = 1980 year of build
0358= 358th guitar built for that month. "


Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.

7 CHARACTERS
1987 to 1996 example serial number F232104
F=Fujigen
2=1992 as an example
3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec
2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made

1975 to 1987
Example serial number C800358
C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
80 = 1980 year of build
0358= 358th guitar built for that month.


Korean built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
Sung Eum Factory http://www.crafter.co.kr/main.html
Example serial number E9052345
E=Sung Eum
9=1999
05= May So 01=Jan 12=Dec
2345= 2345th guitar built for that month

9 CHARACTERS
Cort Factory Acoustics and Electrics start with C
eg C03071234
C=Factory
03=2003
07=July
1234=1234th guitar built for that month

Saehan Factory: acoustics start with SQ, electrics start with S
A = Sae-In http://www.saein.co.kr/
C = Cort http://www.cort.co.kr/
P = Peerless http://peerlessguitar.com/
S = Samick 90 - 95, Sejan 91 - present
Y = Yoojin http://www.yoojin.com/index.html
These other factories follow the same serial number pattern as the Cort Korean factory.

Indonesian built guitars:

These guitars start with the following
I=Cort Indonesia factory http://www.cort.co.kr/
K=KWO factory I found a site but they only make acoustic guitars http://www.finaguitar.com.tw/index.htm
J=Sejung factory


10 CHARACTERS

The example serial number is K031034335
K=KWO
03=2003
10=Oct. So 01= Jan 12=Dec
34335 it is from the Acoustic range
So 00001 to 49999 are Acoustic Guitars, 50000 to 99999 are electric guitars and electric basses
All 3 factories use the same serial number system


China built guitars:

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W=World Factory
Z=Yeou Chern Factory http://www.jandd-guitars.com/index-1.htm

Example Serial Number WX32149
W=World Factory
X=October...but wait it goes like this for the build months
1=Jan
2=Feb
3=Mar
4=Apr
5=May
6=Jun
7=July
8=Aug
9=Sep
X=Oct
Y=Nov
Z=Dec
3=2003
2149= 2149th guitar built for that month.


Here is a breakdown of the COLOR codes uses in Ibanez Model Numbers.

AB = Atlantic Blue
AM = Amber
AQ = Aquamarine
AV = Antique Violin
BC = Black Cherry
BG = Bubinga
BH = Black Hole
BK = Black
BP = Black Pearl
BS = Brown Sunburst
CP = Chrystal Pearl
CS = Cherry Sunburst
DB = Dark Blue
DG = Dark Gray
DV = Dark Violin
DY = Desert Sun Yellow
FA = Five Alarm Red (typo for Fire Alarm Red?)
FB = Fountain Blue
FP = Flower Pattern
GA = Green Apple
HP = Heather Pearl
JB = Jewel Blue
JR = Jewel Red
LA = Light Amber
LR = Lipstick Red
MA = Magma
MG = Magenta
MO = Midnight Olive
MS = Marine Sunburst
NB = Night Blue
NT = Natural
OL = Oil
PD = Padouk
PR = Pearl Red
PW = Polar White
QM = Quilted Maple
RB = Root Beer
SB = Silky Blue
SK = Shocking Pink
TB = Transparent Blue
TK = Transparent Black
TR = Transparent Red
VP = Violet Pearl
WH = White
WN = Walnut
WR = Wine Red
YL = Yellow

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IBANEZ 540P ALEX SKOLNICK SIG MODEL


These are VERY rare birds indeed. They were a very short run and go for about $650 U.S. in decent condition used. If you run in to one in a pawn shop, or in the back of a guitar store, grab it!! smile.gif

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So how do I work out my RG1570 with a number of F0900274 ? I can't seem to match it up, is it a fake???? sad.gif Or am I being a complete numpty? biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Nov 12 2014, 10:54 AM) *
IBANEZ MODEL NUMBERS DECODED!


Here is what all those numbers/letters mean in your serial number on the headstock of your IBANEZ!

"1984 to 1996 example serial number F232104
F=Fujigen
2=1992 as an example
3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec
2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made

1975 to 1983
Example serial number C800358
C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
80 = 1980 year of build
0358= 358th guitar built for that month. "


Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.

7 CHARACTERS
1987 to 1996 example serial number F232104
F=Fujigen
2=1992 as an example
3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec
2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made

1975 to 1987
Example serial number C800358
C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
80 = 1980 year of build
0358= 358th guitar built for that month.


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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 12 2014, 08:42 PM) *
So how do I work out my RG1570 with a number of F0900274 ? I can't seem to match it up, is it a fake???? sad.gif Or am I being a complete numpty? biggrin.gif


Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.


Seems like everythings ok?


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QUOTE (Mertay @ Nov 12 2014, 11:27 PM) *
Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.


Seems like everythings ok?



So what does "00" mean?

QUOTE (Mertay @ Nov 12 2014, 11:27 PM) *
Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.


Seems like everythings ok?



So what does "00" mean?


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NICELY DONE MERTAY!!!! You are OFFICIALLY a member of the IBANEZ MAFIA! smile.gif

QUOTE (Mertay @ Nov 12 2014, 06:27 PM) *
Japanese built guitars:

8 CHARACTERS
1997 to Now

F = Fuji Gen Gakki http://www.fujigen.co.jp/
H = Terada http://www.gretschguitars.com/terada/
I = Iida

2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
next 5 digits =month & build number

So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.


Seems like everythings ok?



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F0900274

F=Fujigen
09=2009
00274=month and build number or build number and month? 002=February, 74= build number or 0027=build number, 4=April?


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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 13 2014, 07:21 AM) *
F0900274

F=Fujigen
09=2009
00274=month and build number or build number and month? 002=February, 74= build number or 0027=build number, 4=April?


Cheers

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Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
2009
Production Number: 274
according to this online serial checker.


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Thanks Scott,
Wonder what the "00" is then? rolleyes.gif
Cheers buddy
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 13 2014, 06:44 PM) *
Thanks Scott,
Wonder what the "00" is then? rolleyes.gif
Cheers buddy
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its part of the production number '00274' smile.gif



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Ahh, cheers. cool.gif


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VERY SPIFF share on the ONLINE SERIAL CHECKER!!! Nice smile.gif

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO CHECK YOUR IBANEZ SERIAL NUMBER!!!
http://www.guitardaterproject.org/ibanez.aspx

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My Ibby 7620 serial came back as
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Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
1999
Production Number: 18605


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Your guitar was made at the
Fuji-gen Plant, Japan
2009
Production Number: 274
according to this online serial checker.


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IBANE 540S


Another killer guitar from the "GOLDEN ERA" of Ibby, the much loved 540S. Many fine players such as Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten and Alex Skolnick all play variants of the 540. I've always wanted one of the Alex models smile.gif

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