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1984 RS1010SL MS
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The RS1010SL is a Roadstar II series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1983. It is a signature model for Steve Lukather who was the guitarist for the American rock band Toto.

The RS1010SL features an arched birdseye maple top with ivory binding on a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard with custom "snowflake" position markers. Components include a pair of covered humbucking pickups with a custom SL Special at the bridge and a Super 58 at the neck with Duo Sound coil-split functionality mounted in ivory pickup rings and Smooth Tuner II tuning machines.

The initial RS1010SL for 1983 came equipped with a Hard Rocker Pro synchronized tremolo bridge, an unpainted headstock and neck, 21 frets and rubberized Sure Grip knobs. Several changes were introduced in mid 1984 including the newly developed Pro Rock'r double locking tremolo with a Top Lok string lock behind the nut, a painted headstock and neck, 22 frets and knurled metal Tek Grip knobs. This second version also had a facsimile of Lukather's signature engraved into the neck joint plate.

The RS1000 is a related model to the first generation RS1010SL. The RS1300 is similar to the second generation with a different bridge pickup and control layout and a rosewood fretboard.

The RS1010SL was discontinued after 1985. It was the only signature guitar Ibanez produced for Lukather. He subsequently had a signature guitar from Valley Arts and later from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Specifications

Specifications for RS1010SL
Year(s) produced: 1983–1985
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Marine Sunburst (MS)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood w/ arched birdseye maple top w/ ivory binding
Neck joint:
Bolt-on traditional square heel
Bridge:
1983–1984: Hard Rocker Pro tremolo
1984–1985: Pro Rock'r tremolo
Knob style:
1983–1984: Sure Grip II
1984–1985: Tek Grip
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
SL
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl snowflake
Frets:
1983–1984: 21
1984–1985: 22
Nut:
1983–1984: Ivory plastic
1984–1985: Graphite w/ Top Lok
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner II
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez SL Special (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle / 2 push/push Duo Sound switches

Images

Additional images
1983 RS1010SL MS
RS1010SL (1983)
1985 RS1010SL MS
RS1010SL (1985)
1983 Ibanez archtop ad
1983 Ibanez ad featuring RS1010SL

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