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2016 RG657MSK STB
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The RG657MSK is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2016. It is produced in Japan by Fujigen as part of the upscale Prestige line.

The RG657MSK features a silky oak top with binding on a mahogany body bolted to a maple and walnut Super Wizard HP neck with a 24-fret birdseye maple fingerboard with binding and black dot position markers. Components included DiMarzio pickups in a humbucker/ single-coil/ humbucker arrangement mounted directly to the body, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.

For 2018 the body species was specified as African mahogany.

The RG657AHM is a similar model with an ash body. The RG657PB is a related model with a poplar burl top and a rosewood fretboard. The RG657K is a related model with a basswood body with a koa top and a marbled rosewood fretboard. The RG655M is a related model with a basswood body and a pickguard.

The RG657MSK was discontinued after 2018.

Specifications

Specifications for RG657MSK
Model name: RG657MSK
Year(s) produced: 2016–2018
Sold in: Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Sunset Burst (STB)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2016–2017: Mahogany w/ silky oak top w/ binding
2018: African mahogany w/ silky oak top w/ binding
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Super Wizard HP
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Birdseye maple w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Black dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo (Prestige edge treatment)
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 (non-locking)
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio The Tone Zone (H) passive/ alnico
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio True Velvet (S) passive/ alnico
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Air Norton (H) passive/ alnico
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.009–.042

Images

Additional details
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout

Sources

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