[NGD] Oddball Ibanez: 1992 Rocket Roll (Randy Rhoads) Cherry Sunburst

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  1. ibanezgitarrero

    ibanezgitarrero Ready to RAWK.

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    Hi all,

    once again (hope it doesn't get boring??) I present to you a quite obscure Japanese Ibanez model, this time from the early 90's. It was produced under the "RR Series" label which stands for Rocket Roll, but as you can see it's a Randy Rhoads body shape. There is virtually no information on this particular model on the web today - it's not in the catalogs and the Ibanez Register site has long gone down the drain (does anyone know why?). There are hints that it was a spot production model for a now defunct German mail order shop called RoadsTar Versand based in Pforzheim. This is yet to be confirmed, e.g. by magazine ads or catalog scans from that time; I am currently on the lookout for relevant material. On my search for infos, I have seen two different finishes, namely Black and this visually striking Cherry Sunburst that was applied to a Flame Maple veneer. The guitar has the original EDGE tremolo, Gotoh tuners, two stock Ibanez humbuckers V1/V2 (that I replaced with DiMarzios) in plastic bezels, a 3-way-toggle and two pots. The fretboard inlays are triangular and thus different from the Ibanez-typical Sharktooth shapes. However, these triangles can also be seen on some Korean EX series guitars from that time.

    As for the color code: So far, it's an educated guess by myself because I couldn't find any color-related stamps in the neck pocket. In the same year 1992, a Destroyer variant called DT420FMCS was produced with almost the same features, therefore I believe the complete model number for the RR should read RR420FMCS.

    When I got the guitar, it came with an EMG-81 at the bridge and a disconnected stock neck pickup. Of course, I reverted that modification and put in a decent bridge pickup; a DiMarzio Steve's Special (F-spaced), and threw in a PAF Pro (F-spaced) at the neck.

    Here are the pictures!

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  2. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    That find is going off the rails on a crazy train. Excellent find and a sick finish on an RR.

    Congrats and HNGD!
     
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    Sharkfin inlay instead of Sharktooth :eek:
     
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    ratm2020 Well-Known Member

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    You have a hell of a collection sir and that there is a fantastic looking Ibby.
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Awesome!! Another fantastic Ibby!!
     
  6. Baelzebeard

    Baelzebeard Grinder of strings

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    :eek: holy shit that's awesome. I've sorta sworn off trems, but for that I could make an exception.

    This should have been posted with a warning, now I have a boner at work.:lol:
     
  7. _MonSTeR_

    _MonSTeR_ SS.org Regular

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    Meme fail...
     
  8. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Melodic Smooth Solos

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    Never seen that before Congrats!
     
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    77zark77 SS.org Regular

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    Awesome, I'm jealous !! Congrats ! :yesway:

    Was that the one I could see on the german bay a few weeks ago ?
     
  10. ibanezgitarrero

    ibanezgitarrero Ready to RAWK.

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    No, it was a classified ad with local collection. I guess the one on the 'bay is still available.
     
  11. Daf57

    Daf57 5 7s in 4ths

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    Very cool!! Thanks!
     
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    spawnofthesith SS.org Regular

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    That is awesome, congrats man!
     
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    LLink2411 Banned

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    Ripping off Jackson AND Rickenbacker there, I see.

    Someone said Sharkfin inlays, but those are slightly curved. These are straight half-rectangles.


    That said, I would kill for an MiJ Ibanez in an interesting shape (as long as it has a hardtail) no matter who they rip off.
     
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    shadowlife Contributor

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    .... me, a RR model with original Edge trem- HELL YES
     
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    Valserp Only plays 1 string

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    Oh wow. Ibanez had it right.
    Jackson probably gave them hell and they erased that one quickly, tho :D
    Classy RR!
     
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    FireInside .Buried.Breathing.

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    Damn, that thing is awesome dude!
     
  17. Sephiroth952

    Sephiroth952 Ibby Fanboy

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    I hate you. I've always wanted the white version. D:<

    happy ngd!
     
  18. ibanezgitarrero

    ibanezgitarrero Ready to RAWK.

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    My latest research points towards a slightly different model number, that is RR520CS. This was found in the 1992 main Ibanez price list at the distributor Meinl along with RR420BK, DT420BK and DT520CS.
     
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    fantastic! HNGD!
     
  20. NickS

    NickS Rocket Surgeon

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    Looks sweet!!!!

    How many Ibby's do you own?
     

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