|RG560 Carotene Orange [Maple fingerboard] (more images)|
The RG560 features a basswood body bolted to a maple Wizard neck with a 24-fret fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include Ibanez pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and single-coils in the neck and middle positions, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines. It is one of relatively few RG models with the humbucker/single/single pickup configuration.
The RG560L is a left-handed version. The RG560FM is a similar model with a flame maple veneer on the front and back of the body. The RG565 is a similar model without the middle pickup and with a reverse headstock. The RG570 is a similar model with a humbucking pickup in the neck position (HSH configuration). The RG550 is a related model with an HSH pickup configuration and a pickguard. A special edition RG560 with a reverse headstock and maple fretboard was offered to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Guitar Center in 1991.
For 1990, the volume pot was relocated slightly further from the bridge pickup to prevent interference with the tremolo bar. The pickups also received a visual update with new logos. For 1992 the Edge tremolo was replaced with the new Lo-Pro Edge.
The RG560 was discontinued after 1992. Another regular production HSS RG model wasn't offered until the RG2560ZEX in 2010.
In 1988 and 1989, the RG560 was offered with a choice of rosewood or maple fingerboard. These are distinguished by a suffix on the model name: RG560R and RG560M.
From 1990 all RG560s had rosewood fingerboards.
- 1988 RG560 dealer sheet (page 2)
- 1988 Japan poster (front)
- 1989 Japan catalog (pages 6–7)
- 1991 Europe catalog (pages 12–13)
- 1992 USA catalog (page 24)