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Is this RG 450 Japan made or is it a newer model?
foilman1
#1 Posted : 3/2/2009 4:55:14 AM

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I found this for sale local to me! for $200.00 say's it's a RG 450, but he doesn't know what year it is! I'm wondering which guitar to buy, I also have a line on a 2003
ibanez SZ320 w/SD pups & orig SZ pups included for $115.00 Thanks. Here's a pic of the SZ320
AarJay
#2 Posted : 3/2/2009 5:21:22 AM
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hmm what trem is that ? i have to say tho that the RG looks better imo :)

to find out the year of the Rg you need the complete serial with the first letter, if it says "F0063245" for example, then that's a year 2000 model.

my MIJ 2570Z prestige says "F08" in the beginning, meaning it's made in 2008 :)
'08 Ibanez RG2570Z | Vital Gold | stock DiMarzio/IBZ pups
'05 Ibanez RG321MH | Weathered Black | stock INF3/4 pups
'03 Ibanez RG1527 | Galaxy Black | Dual EMG 707
'03 Ibanez RG1550M | Black | Stock V7 / S1 / V8
'98 Ibanez RG570 | Red stain on veneer | DiMarzio Breed Neck & Bridge, Strat Single
'96 Ibanez S540FM | Trans Turquoise | Neck: SD TB-2, Mid: Stock QMS1, Bridge: SD TB-15
'95 Ibanez SR885 | 5-string Bass | Black |
evilaudio
#3 Posted : 3/2/2009 5:37:04 AM
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The RG450 is worth $200 simply because of the maple fretboard. Also, the maple fretboard tells you it was a 1994 or 1995 model.
I would pay near $500 for the RG450 if it were in good shape with no major chips, scratches, fretwear, or neck issues.
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Where are you finding these so cheap? I live in KC. Are you in western Missouri?
'81 DT50FR Destroyer..............Crate GX2200H Excalibur
'86 BC Rich Bich Six Tremolo....Crate GX412 cabs x2
'00 RG270BK..............................Celestions top cab
'05 GAX70BK.............................Eminences bottom cab
'06 ESP/LTD H-50EB - EMGzor!!
RG/Iceman hybrid [Hexman]
RG2610/RG350DX [Bride of Hexman]
I have 4 extra Eminence 12's I don't know what to do with. Any suggestions?

ibanezrg3202004
#4 Posted : 3/2/2009 7:49:28 AM
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get the rg, neck is sweeeet. i like maple necks.Drool
RG7321
RG2EX2
RG320
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Ibanez Tone Blaster 50R
Megatron's Trem Guide

Ruler5000
#5 Posted : 3/2/2009 10:11:07 AM
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I have the same RG450 as the one your showing. The one I've got was made in 1994 and I love it. The neck plays super sweet (I like the wizard II profile) and the maple fretboard looks amazing on it. The colour is Purple Neon, which is one of those color that you either love or find hidious. I love the color, with maple board, black pickgaurd headstock and hardware. Just a great guitar. The older infinity 1 and 2 pups that Ibanez used on these RG450s are way better than the current INF1 and 2 pups. Somehow they just sound better.

For $200 I would go for the RG450. But if it was really up to me I would go for both of them. The SZ also plays great, although that it has a slightly shorter scale length and a thicker neck. A SZ320 with SD pups is an amazing find for only $115! If you have the money, steal both guitars for these prices.

I found my RG450 for 220 euros, all original and in great condition. I find it hard to see the precise condition of your RG450. It looks like the trem cover plate is missing on yours. Might be hard to find a new one. But even if thats the case, I say go for it as long as the neck is in a good condition.

Edit: By the way, I will look if my RG450 was made in Japan or Korea, but if I'm not mistaken it was made in Korea. I will let you know when I have time to look it up.
My Ibby's:
1975 2845 western acoustic
1977 2354S SG custom copy Mahogany
2002 RG7321 BK
1993 RG450 PN
2006 RGTHRG2 N.Y. City XI (Exotic)
2009 RGA32 MOL
2010 RGA42 BK
2005 SRX350 NT

Non-Ibby's:
1999 AriaProII MAC50 Tansparent Blue
1997 Manuel Serrang Spanish acoustic
Dr.StrangeNote
#6 Posted : 3/2/2009 10:24:31 AM
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The RG, especially if it was MiJ. Either way, both are really nicely priced, I'd get both! but that's just me.. Happy
foilman1
#7 Posted : 3/2/2009 12:12:00 PM

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Thanks for your help everybody! I've asked for help a couple of times now & I've always have gotten good & informative information, I don't have the exp. & it's
great to have people share there's. I live Missouri west of St.Louis, as for finding good deals I spend a lot of time on the old Craigslist! There has been some great deals in my area lately, I just don't have the funds to buy them up! I'm a laid off
"Union" concrete mixer driver & out of 9yrs on the job this is the worst I've seen it. I think I'll go for the RG 450 then, but I kinda wanted a fixed bridged guitar, for a change, I'll let you guys know what I decide to pick up. Thanks again.
foilman1
#8 Posted : 3/10/2009 8:09:37 PM

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Hello again, well I didn't get either one of those, the sz was pos. & i'm not into purple! So I ended up w/this a 1986 charvel model 6, neckthrough, rosewood fretboard,
maple neck, poplar wood body, Somebody removed the kahler trem & put a jackson jt-6 on it, had to redo all that, everything works great, I got this to trade for a good ibanez, so far I been offered this ibanez RG3EXQM1, how is this guitar for a newer
ibby.
ibanezrg3202004
#9 Posted : 3/11/2009 7:23:22 AM
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man i like old charvels, ...
RG7321
RG2EX2
RG320
SZ520
LTD MH103QM
Ibanez Tone Blaster 50R
Megatron's Trem Guide

LLewoh
#10 Posted : 3/11/2009 10:46:42 AM
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is that 450 still up for purchse??!!?!?!Drool Drool Drool Drool Drool Drool Drool
My Guitars:
'07 MIJ RGR-1570+X2N(b) Chopper(m) Blaze(n).
'07 MiI RG-5EX1BK+Dimarzio D-activator X(b) IBZ V7(n)
'00 MIJ RG-470BK+D-activator(B) Dimarzio Blaze(n)
'86 MIJ Jackson Soloist+EMG 89(b) EMG 60(n)
'06 MIA Jackson RR24+ SD Blackouts(set)
'07 MIA AXL Jacknife+EMG P90A(set)
'06 MiC Tramp S-copy+ SD Trembucker(b)
"0? MIC Bronze Warlock+EMG 85(b)
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Bugera 6260
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