i'm a sucker for reverse headstocks. Unfortunately, there's almost bugger all ibanezes that have them, so when I saw this going cheap (it needed a bit of an overhaul, specifically the electronics) I decided to jump on it, as, well, cheap enough to not care if it turned out to be a turkey . Guy selling it said it was mid 90's RG Japan only model. The necks on these are pretty good, so, well, what the hell, it wasn't like it cost a load, so not like I couldn't resell it.
Anyway, Body says it's an RG507, Neck says it's an RG527, so whatever really. I think it's an RG527BW, maybe there's another R in it. But, screw it, it has a reverse headstock.
Anyway, got it sent to me body seperate from neck, got it home and then spent 2 months trying to get a neck pickup sorted. I had 2 SD sh1n pickups, but both (highly annoyingly) had had the baseplates drilled out so not a single screw would fit to mount it. Eventually cameron on here helped me out, sent me somne duncan designed pickups. Word of warning, they line up, but the screws on a real duncan are bigger than the holes, but by the time i had it halfway in (using objects as a hammer) it was kind of too late to go back and drill them out, but got it sorted.
The bridge pickup is a Jason becker perpetual burn, been wanting to try one out for aaaaaages, so in it went, and the middle is a dimarzio. I've completely forgotten which one, but it's a single coil, stacked I think. Suitable for an shredilicious axe anyway.
So, just wired the thing up, tuned it up properly and plugged it in, and man, am I glad I got this! Neck is just the awesome they make sauce from, the pickups sound great in it, and have this great rock/80's shred vibe and the body has a nice round sound to it. To top it off, it flutters like an addict detoxing off crack. Brilliant, and this without really having messed with it much at all (just minor tweaks).
Haven't done intonation yet (lazy) but it's close enough for now, the main thing is that this is fun as hell to play.
Only thing missing is a fr00ty paint job, like neon colours and shit, but i can live without that. Body is pretty beat, but I kind of like it that way, so I think this is a candidate for some fun stickers and to punk it up a bit.
Anyway, you lot don't want to hear this, so here's some pictures instead: