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1997 RG517 FBL
RG517 Flaked Blue (more images) Red copyright sprite

The RG517 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1996.

The RG517 features a basswood body with special flaked finishes in blue and green. The neck is one-piece maple with a bubinga "skunk stripe" with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. It has Ibanez V7 and V8 humbucking pickups flanking an Ibanez S1 single-coil controlled by a 5-way selector switch. Other components include an Edge double locking tremolo bridge and a locking nut.

The RG517 was a spot model which never appeared in a catalog. It was offered at least in Europe and the United States. It's unknown whether it was offered in other markets.

The RG507 is a similar model with a Wizard II neck and without the flaked finishes.

The RG570 is identical with the same flaked finishes was offered in the USA for 1997.

The RG517 had a production run of two years. It's believed that it was discontinued due not to lack of sales but because the large paint flakes caused production headaches due to clogged paint nozzles.

Specifications

Specifications for RG517
Model name: RG517
Year(s) produced: 1996–1997
Sold in: Europe / USA (1996 only)
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Flaked Blue (FBL) / Flaked Green (FGR) / Flaked Silver (FSV)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard
Neck material:
1-piece maple w/ bubinga stripe
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez S1 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Images

Other available finishes
1997 RG517 FGR
Flaked Green
1996 RG517 FSV
Flaked Silver

Sources

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