4 Votes in Poll
4 Votes in Poll
As dcloaner confirmed, you're reading the serial number correctly. As for the "T" at the end, there is speculation that the letter indicates the factory/ contract builder of the guitar. Unfortunately, we don't really know which factories/ companies the letters indicate.
If you want to get deep in the weeds on the subject, there's a loooong thread over on the Ibanez Collectors World forum on the topic. It includes plenty of speculation, but nothing really definitive.
Looks like an RS100. That missing control would've been a pickup phase toggle.
The Iron Maiden story is pretty cool. It's certainly plausible because Adrian Smith and Dave Murray both played Ibanez guitars around the period when this guitar was produced.
We don't have an image of an RS100 in this Brown Sunburst finish. Would you allow me to use these photos of yours?
K indicates yours was made in early November so odds are that it's just an early example of a model introduced for 1983.
Roadstar 2 is the series. There are a bunch of different models under that banner. If you're interested in knowing the specific model share a couple photos and we should be able to identify it.
Your guitar is from '92 (first two digits of the neck plate stamp).
So that is a Vintage series acoustic produced in 1981.
Although these older MIJ acoustics can be fantastic guitars, they're just not that sought after for whatever reason. I would guess the value of your would be in the US$200–400 range depending on the shape it's in and your local market conditions.
Yeah, that's not uncommon at all. Typically production for the next year starts in late October or November, so you'll often see models that were released in '83 (for example) with serial numbers indicating they were made in '82.
The other possibility is that yours was a model that debuted perhaps in mid-'82 so it didn't show up in a catalog until the next year. In this situation we sometimes don't have the correct introduction year represented because the catalogs are the primary source of information we have.
Can I ask what the serial number is on your guitar and what model it is?
Unfortunately this is a model we don't yet have documented here on the wiki. Best source in terms of info on it are the catalogs.
Here's a link to the 2001 catalog.
That makes sense. Thanks for closing the loop. I'll add this one to me list to get added. To that end, do you have a full length shot that you'd be willing to let us use on the wiki?
Also, sorry for the slow response. I'm usually quicker to respond, but have been busy getting the wiki updated for the new year.
I'm not really sure what model this one is. Closest match I can find is the RS320; that one has the same HH pickup configuration, rosewood fretboard, Powerocker trem, controls layout, etc., but it doesn't have a flamed maple top like yours does, nor the same pickups.
If that bridge pickup is original, it's gotta be a V5, but I don't know of any Roadstar that had a V5 in the bridge only and no pickguard.
It's possible yours is some sort of spot model that never appeared in a catalog.
That is a GRG170DXL made in 2008. Value is probably around US$150 depending on the shape it's in and your local market conditions.
It's going to be hard to find two new screws that match the old screws. You might find the matching screws at a specialty fastener shop, but the finish isn't going to match the old ones.
Personally, I would consider just replacing all eight of them with new screws that match as close as possible to the existing ones (and tucking the remaining original screws away in the case). Pickguard screws are typically #4-1/2" sheet metal screws. It might be hard to find slotted, flat head ones, though.
I have seen these guitars, but I've never gotten around to documenting them, partially because I don't totally understand the microtonal thing and have never taken the time to figure it out.
If you'd like to put a page together, please feel free. That's the whole point of the wiki.
First off, great pic. It really does a nice job of encapsulating your frustration.
Second, sorry to hear about the loss of your 540R — those are terrific guitars.
Now, for the torque adjustment on the arm of the Edge Zero II trem. The situation you described does sound maddening, If it were just happening on one guitar I would suggest it could be a problem with the torque adjustment cap or the bushing inside, but that seems less likely if you're experiencing the same issue with both guitars.
If you remove the torque adjustment cap, can you confirm there's a small white (or maybe black) plastic bushing inside? If this part is missing, the arm would almost certainly display the characteristics you describe. It's easy for this bushing to get lost, particularly if you regularly remove the tremolo arm.
Even if that bushing is there, it's possible that it's become worn to the point that it's not retaining the correct torque. If that's the case, you can order replacements from any Ibanez dealer. The part number is 2TRX5BD010.
Another thing you might try is a bit of purple (low strength) Loctite on the threads of the torque adjustment screw. This might be enough to keep it from loosening when moving the arm back down. I haven't tried this and I certainly wouldn't recommend using the higher strength (blue or red) Loctite for this application.
I don't have any experience with the EZII, but I have a couple of guitars with the ZR tremolo which has a pretty similar (if not the exact same) arm holder. I can assure you that on my guitars the torque adjustment works as designed. I can set the bar to be loose (so that it dangles) or tight (so that it stays wherever I put it) and I haven't experienced any issues with it loosening over time. Although, to be fair, I'm not a big whammy user and haven't used it in a performance setting.
Hope that helps!
Those bolts retain the locking nut. They would typically come as a set with a replacement nut. I doubt you can purchase the screws individually from Ibanez, so you might have to buy the whole thing.
There are several different types of locking nuts on Ibanez guitars, so to get the right part you'll need to know the model of you guitar. You can then look up the part number on Hoshino's parts catalog and then any Ibanez dealer should be able to get you the part. Or come back here and we can help you find the right part.
You're right on the money. That is almost certainly an RG550 in Road Flare Red that's had a custom pickup with the middle pickup deleted installed.
That's a 2617. With the Super 80 pickups and the speed knobs, I would expect this to be a '77 model, so I would think it should have a serial number on the back of the headstock. Unless, of course, someone has swapped out the pickups and/or knobs.
It appears that the hardware is original and everything is there, so that's a huge plus. It also looks to be in pretty decent shape overall, although that's hard to fully assess off just a couple of low quality photos.
The value is going to depend on the condition and playability of the guitar. Market conditions in your location are also going to play a part. I would say the value would be from US$800 (if it needs work to be playable) to maybe US$1500 or so (if it's in "mint" condition).
This is not unusual to find in this era. The signature would be of the luthier who built the guitar. Is there a serial number stamped on the back of the headstock?
Weird. There's nothing in a pickup that would just make it cut out completely, so it pretty well has to be a loose or broken connection somewhere. I also don't see an obvious issue in these photos, but something must be disconnected. Since the other pickup works, it's unlikely to be on the jack.
If you know your way with a multimeter and a soldering iron, I'd start with the switch and work backward to the pickup, checking and reheating each solder connection. Otherwise take it to a guitar tech you trust.