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The RG220B is an RG series solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 1998. It was produced by Cort in South Korea. It was a spot model that is believed to have been sold exclusively by the Guitar Center retail chain in the US.

The RG220B features a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include a tremolo bridge and dual Ibanez humbucking pickups. The bridge was initially a single locking SLT101 tremolo, this was replaced in mid-2001 by a double locking ITL1 tremolo, then by a double locking Edge Pro II for 2003 and finally for 2005 with the double locking Edge III tremolo. Ibanez Powersound pickups were replaced by Infinity pickups for 2005.

Other changes for this model include a move from a 3-way to a 5-way pickup selector for 2003 and from a one-piece to a three-piece maple neck for 2005.

The RG220 is a similar model with chrome hardware. The RG270 is a similar model with a middle single coil pickup.

The RG220B was discontinued after 2005, with a somewhat similar GRG220DEX introduced in 2007.

Specifications

Specifications for RG220B
Model name: RG220B
Year(s) produced: 1998–2005
Sold in: USA
Made in: Korea
Finish(es): Black (BK) / Blue Night (BN) 2000–2001 / Gray Nickel (GN) 2000–2005 / Lipstick Red (LR) 1999 / Navy Metallic (NM) 2002–2005
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
1998–2001 (early): SLT101 tremolo
2001 (late)–2002: ILT1 tremolo
2003–2004: Edge Pro II tremolo
2005: Edge III tremolo
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard II
Neck material:
1998–2004: 1-piece maple
2005: 3-piece maple
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Locking
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1998–2004: Ibanez PSND2 (H)
2005: Ibanez INF4 (H)
Neck pickup:
1998–2004: Ibanez PSND1 (H)
2005: Ibanez INF3 (H)
Controls:
1998–2002: Master volume / master tone / 3-way lever
2003–2005: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Images

Other available finishes
2000 RG220B BN
Blue Night
2000 RG220B GN
Gray Nickel
1999 RG220B LR
Lipstick Red
2001 RG220B NM
Navy Metallic

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