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Todd Simpson
post Jan 26 2015, 07:27 PM
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Bless the Gods! Ibanez has brought back the 17mm necks from the original WIZARD and and made them available on what looks like a reissue of the much loved RG570. Also, they have a swath of MAPLE neck/fretboard combos which is great to see smile.gif

These are not everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but I gotta say I"m way in it smile.gif I hope to see some of these in music stores and I'm stoked to see how they play.

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_eg_page...&color=CL01

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post Jan 31 2015, 03:19 PM
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Argh this year I really wasn't thinking about buying a guitar sad.gif I only hope models with these necks will keep coming!


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post Jan 31 2015, 06:48 PM
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You and me both! Maple necks just like the original wizards. Nice!

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Argh this year I really wasn't thinking about buying a guitar sad.gif I only hope models with these necks will keep coming!


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post Jan 31 2015, 09:49 PM
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Excellent, and with maple fretboards! If only they could ship these with real dimarzios this would be a nobrainer for me! (In GAS-heaven that is)


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post Jan 31 2015, 11:44 PM
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BINGO!!! I LOOOOOOOOVE mapel fretboards smile.gif It seems somewhat more rare to find guitars with them as rosewood seems more common? I wonder if maple is more expensive?

I'm with you on the pickups. The INF need to be replaced IMHO if possible. They are almost there to just hold position until you select your actual pickups. The very old original ibanez V1 and v2 pickups are great sounding in these guitars with these woods IMHO and convey a very classic "Ibby" tone. They can be picked up on ebay cheap.

But of course, a pair if BAREKNUCKLE or HOMEWRECKER or "Boutique" pups wouldn't hurt either!


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Excellent, and with maple fretboards! If only they could ship these with real dimarzios this would be a nobrainer for me! (In GAS-heaven that is)



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post Feb 1 2015, 12:22 AM
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I opened an inf sometime ago to use its parts experimenting modding another pickup. The parts were so low quality (not very magnetically strong) I didn't use anything.

I can comment though for such bad parts it sounds decent, the neck reminds me of a paf pro only muddier smile.gif maybe increasing poles on one side would make it sound better.

But I also must comment I'd prefer inf's and pay a little less rather than the dimarzios. I bought my guitar with the same set, now the tonezone is modified to an airzone (simply amazing, I'd say the pedal friendly and usable cleans version of tonezone) and the air norton is totally something else biggrin.gif


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post Feb 1 2015, 03:00 PM
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Btw I wonder if it's possible to do any scalloping on these kinds of thin necks without risking to break them..?


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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Feb 1 2015, 02:00 PM) *
Btw I wonder if it's possible to do any scalloping on these kinds of thin necks without risking to break them..?


Can't guarantee but I wouldn't expect a problem, though must mention the scalloping shouldn't be over the top. Most DIY scallops I've seen were too extreme.


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QUOTE (Mertay @ Feb 1 2015, 03:44 PM) *
Can't guarantee but I wouldn't expect a problem, though must mention the scalloping shouldn't be over the top. Most DIY scallops I've seen were too extreme.


Yes, even a light scallop makes a great difference!


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post Feb 1 2015, 05:56 PM
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I"m guessing you could do a light scallop as long as you left some fretoboard for stability smile.gif Also, the new necks have a stripe of Bubinga or some other strong wood to help stability. They learned that the hard way when the original wizards started to snap when folks put heavy gauge strings on smile.gif

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post Feb 1 2015, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 1 2015, 04:56 PM) *
I"m guessing you could do a light scallop as long as you left some fretoboard for stability smile.gif Also, the new necks have a stripe of Bubinga or some other strong wood to help stability. They learned that the hard way when the original wizards started to snap when folks put heavy gauge strings on smile.gif


It usually snapped right below the headstock, I also believe this also happened cause of overtightening the floyd nut screws too. To fix that for a while now they leave some extra wood on the beginning of the neck, mine has that too (might be one of the first models that implemented it) and it feels nice besides preventing cracks.

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post Feb 2 2015, 02:16 AM
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BINGO!! They snap like a twig right at that spot. Tighten up the lock nuts too far, use the wrong strings, too much dive bomb, etc. The necks were prone to warping/snapping. I'm very careful with my old rg560, as they are getting very rare! I hope to try one of these new ones!


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It usually snapped right below the headstock, I also believe this also happened cause of overtightening the floyd nut screws too. To fix that for a while now they leave some extra wood on the beginning of the neck, mine has that too (might be one of the first models that implemented it) and it feels nice besides preventing cracks.



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post Feb 2 2015, 09:47 AM
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Too thin for me, I find my American Std Tele too thing, I like my Tyler's neck. What is the thickest neck Ibanez does for the RG series?


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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 2 2015, 09:47 AM) *
Too thin for me, I find my American Std Tele too thing, I like my Tyler's neck.


The original wizard was extremely thin, and I don't have such guitar.

I would like to have one though - because it allows you to do some stuff not possible with a thicker neck. Extreme arpeggios/stretching licks etc spring to mind.

Of course the opposite is also true, that kind of neck does not work well for some types of bluesier/Hendrixy stuff.

Btw it seems several RG models have the "new" Super Wizard HP Neck. I really like this one as well:
http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_eg_page...&color=CL01


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post Feb 2 2015, 11:58 AM
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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 2 2015, 08:47 AM) *
Too thin for me, I find my American Std Tele too thing, I like my Tyler's neck. What is the thickest neck Ibanez does for the RG series?


Probably you should check todays premium series rg's for a thicker neck. They seem to be a bit thick and rounder.

Thinking about all the Japanese rg's I played, the difference was usually felt from the shoulders of the neck. Since its where we place the thumb, it feels thicker when playing standing up.


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Nice, love Ibanez wub.gif wub.gif


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About 19mm at the nut is as big as the 6 string goes on the IBBY smile.gif



QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 2 2015, 04:47 AM) *
Too thin for me, I find my American Std Tele too thing, I like my Tyler's neck. What is the thickest neck Ibanez does for the RG series?


BINGO!!!!! The "Super Wizard HP" is a throwback to the original WIZARD and is 17mm at the nut which is amazingly thin. If you get the chance, give one a try!!! My old RG is still my fave guitar, just for the neck smile.gif

Here is a shot of my RG next to a HAMER SLAMMER. The Hamer also has a very thin neck and you can find them for a few hundred bux on ebay in decent shape. I liked the Hamer smile.gif But I still prefer the RG.

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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Feb 2 2015, 05:40 AM) *
The original wizard was extremely thin, and I don't have such guitar.

I would like to have one though - because it allows you to do some stuff not possible with a thicker neck. Extreme arpeggios/stretching licks etc spring to mind.

Of course the opposite is also true, that kind of neck does not work well for some types of bluesier/Hendrixy stuff.

Btw it seems several RG models have the "new" Super Wizard HP Neck. I really like this one as well:
http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_eg_page...&color=CL01


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