NGD: Ibanez RG920 Premium... Purple!!!

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  1. jordanky

    jordanky SS Contributor

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    It's not technically mine, but it showed up in our store today, so I decided to snap a few pictures of it, so you guys can finally get to see some real life pictures of this thing, instead of just stock catalog photos.

    What I like:
    Uncanny resemblance to my J. Custom, save for the veneer top on this one. The heel joint, neck profile, and even the figured maple neck binding, inlays and even down to the script on the back of the headstock is in the same place. Also this thing has ridiculously good fretwork. The veneer looks very nice and the headstock matches up very nicely. Also, the back of the neck is oiled and natural all the way up to the volute, then it was masked off and the back of the headstock is lacquered.

    What I don't like:
    The pickups, but that is a matter of personal preference. Still better than the Ibanez Infinity pickups though. Also, there are a couple of small finish flaws, but nothing to complain majorly about. A couple of small spots on the "binding" that the purple stain seeped into, also the neck bolt holes have a little bit of discoloration, you can see that in the picture. The paint line where the lacquered headstock meets the oiled section of the neck was masked off kind of harshly. It's smooth, but it's just a hair crooked.

    All in all, this is a really cool guitar, it's nice to see Ibanez bringing some of the features of the J. Custom and old US custom guitars into the market in their imports.

    Here are some pictures!

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  2. jordanky

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    My phone is having trouble connecting to Photobucket, so as soon as Sprint decides to cooperate with me, I'll post the rest of the pictures.
     
  3. Murmel

    Murmel Fapping to J-rock

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    These already looked amazing from promo pics and stuff. But the IRL footage is just mind blowing.
     
  4. JaeSwift

    JaeSwift Of Blood and Sawdust

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    The fact that some dye bled in to the binding reaffirms what I had hoped; it's actually a maple top with a maple veneer, instead of just a maple veneer with maple binding. Happy times.
     
  5. Pat_s1t

    Pat_s1t UG Invader

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    Ahhh I want one so much. Definitely on my to-buy list after I get my Agile.
     
  6. BucketheadRules

    BucketheadRules Fuzz pedal hoarder

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    That's stunning.

    The fretboards are always way nicer IRL than on the stock photos too.
     
  7. simonXsludge

    simonXsludge (((Ω)))

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    That purple looks delicious, man!

    Happy NGD and welcome to the Premium club! :hbang:
     
  8. Django

    Django Vespertine

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    Premiums look awesome. Too bad that they're not on the level of Prestiges, because these look much better. I´m looking to buy a high end Ibanez, but I haven´t found one that suited all my needs so far.
     
  9. TelosHedge

    TelosHedge Enjoys Chicken.

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    that's it. i'm getting one.
     
  10. AkiraSpectrum

    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    looks pretty sweet :)
     
  11. Johann

    Johann Midnight Walker

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    screw me, moar GAS. Thanks anyway, kind sir.
     
  12. mystix

    mystix SS.org Regular

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    very nice!!! i love purple guitars!!!

    i actually had the blue one for a few days, but i just couldn't get past the pickups. i'm not one to mod my guitars so i sent it back. i ended up getting a washburn n4 in it's place, but the pics you posted makes me want to get a purple one so bad!!!
     
  13. BigPhi84

    BigPhi84 Pronounced "FEE"

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    Why would that confirm the former? :scratch: Basswood picks up stain easily as well.
     
  14. HighGain510

    HighGain510 <b><font color="DeepSkyBlue">Cold As Ice</font></b

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    Congrats man! :yesway: I love the Premium line, I really want one of these in orange! :lol:
     
  15. troyguitar

    troyguitar SS.org Regular

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    They need to put that finish on the premium 7. Best looking Ibanez in production, period.
     
  16. oremus91

    oremus91 Melodeth-er

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    As much as I love that purple I'll never buy a guitar that I know is a veneer top... I'd much rather have a solid color.
     
  17. Miek

    Miek POSTING ON INTERNET

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    I didn't realize so many people were hung up on veneers.

    Anyway OP sick-ass guitar, I fucking love purple.
     
  18. Mordacain

    Mordacain 1-watt brigadier

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    That purple is dead-sexy and I'm hard-pressed to not start saving for one myself.

    As far as the veneers go, the only problem I have with them is that veneer can chip out rather easily on edges so the tops tend to be a bit more fragile, as opposed to denting like a normal solid or thick cap would.
     
  19. guitarister7321

    guitarister7321 Ibanez

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