Portal: RG series
|Period:||1987–2019 (1979; 1983–2018 including the Roadstar/Roadster series)|
|Related:||American Master series / EX series / Roadstar II series / RGA series / RGD series / RT series / RX series / USA Custom series|
|Signature models:||APEX series / Andy Timmons series / JEM series / John Petrucci series / K7 series / Matt Bachand series / Mick Thomson series / Paul Gilbert series / Universe series|
|More about the RG series|
The iconic RG body is an off-set double cutaway design similar to a Fender Stratocaster but with thinner, pointier "horns" and less rounded edges. This basic body style came to be known as the "Superstrat". The second primary feature of the RG are the ultra-thin, flat necks with flatter double-octave (24-fret) fingerboards. The third key feature of many RG models is the Floyd Rose-style floating, double locking tremolo bridge (particularly the revered Edge and Lo-Pro Edge tremolos on the higher-end models), although hard-tail RGs are also produced.
The inaugural RG model was the RG550, which was unleashed in 1987. The RG550 was a less-expensive derivative of Steve Vai's original Ibanez Signature model, the JEM777. The RG550 lacked some of the JEM's showier features like the monkey grip and the lion's claw tremolo routing, as well as the custom DiMarzio pickups, but it retained much of the JEM's playability, starting with the Edge tremolo and slinky Wizard neck.
RG originally stood for Roadstar Guitar; the original RG models were part of the Roadstar II series. The Roadstar name was dropped around 1992, with the series henceforth simply known as RGs. (more...)
RG models by year