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The RG-USA is an RG series solid body electric guitar model offered by Ibanez in 1997. They were produced in Japan by FujiGen as part of the upscale J Custom line.

The RG-USA features a painted representation of the flag of the United States of America. Three different designs were painted and it is believed that each design is a one-off, meaning there were three total RG-USA guitars produced. These versions have been unofficially referred to as RG-USA1, RG-USA2 and RG-USA3, although they were never designated as such by Hoshino/Ibanez. The guitars have a thick matte/satin finish over the airbrushed flag design and a matching headstock.

The bodies of the RG-USA guitars are believed to be basswood bolted to a maple Ultra neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with offset abalone dots at the 12th fret. Components include chrome DiMarzio Evolution pickups mounted in pickup rings with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil (these are the same pickups as in the JEM10th), a Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines and Free-lock strap locks.

The RG-USA was produced only in 1997.

Specifications

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Year(s) produced: 1997
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Airbrushed American flag (3 designs)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood (?)
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Strap buttons:
Gotoh Free Lock
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
RG J Custom Ultra
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony
Fingerboard inlays:
Offset abalone dot at 12th fret
Frets:
24 / jumbo (SBB216-195)
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution (H)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
String gauge (factory):
.009-.042

Images

Other available finishes
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RG-USA2
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RG-USA3
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RG-USA1 (closeup)
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RG-USA2 (alternate)
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RG-USA3 (closeup)

Sources

  • 1997 J-Custom guitars, Jemsite (enthusiast website), archived from the original October 2017
  • RG-USA1, Ibanez Register (enthusiast website), archived November 2007
  • RG-USA2, Ibanez Register (enthusiast website), archived November 2007
  • RG-USA3, Ibanez Register (enthusiast website), archived November 2007
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