I bought an RG about 10 years ago and didnt really know much about it at the time. Been doing a bit of research recently and ,after taking the neck off, it looks to be an RG2420. Just wondered if anyone had come across these or had a bit more information about themThanks
Very interesting. RG2420 is not a model number I've seen previously. Just based on this photo, I would say this could be something like an RG3120 or RG3220. It's also possible that it's some limited production model that hasn't popped up previously.
I'd love to see more photos. Particularly, pics of the serial number on the back of the headstock and of the neck pocket (if you happened to take any when you had it apart) would be enlightening. The SN would help narrow the range of possibilities by telling us the production date and manufacturer.
That's exactly what that double serial number indicates. It's a J. Custom or a limited edition Prestige. It was made by FujiGen (indicated by the F at the start of the printed SN), but the J. Customs in this era got the second stamped SN. The SNs also tell us it was made in July of 2001.
The other great clue in these pics is the character in front of the model name stamp in the neck pocket. It's hard to say for certain in this photo, but I make it out to be an "S" which would indicate it's a spot model made for Shimamura Gakki in Japan, like the SRG2520.
The top looks to me like quilted sapele (as on the RG520QS) but it could be quilted maple.
I'm gonna shake some trees and see if I can uncover any other info or similar examples, but my best guess is that this is a new model that isn't documented in the wiki (yet).
Apparently the RG2420 came in either transparent red (like yours) or transparent blue. It sounds like it might have been sold by Ishibashi (so maybe that's an I on the stamp instead of an S or H?). It also is said to have an Ultra neck profile, which is slightly less thin than the typical RG "Wizard" neck. The top is said to be quilted maple, but as I said before, yours looks more like quilted sapele to me. Can you share some more closeup pics of the top?
That top looks more like quilted maple in that closeup image.
Value is probably going to track more or less with the RG3120 which has similar specs. Those tend to sell in the $750–1150 range depending on condition. You might find someone who will pay a small premium for yours due to the rarity of the model.
Yours looks to be in good shape. As long as the neck is straight and it plays well I'd probably ask $900–1100 depending on how patient you want to be in selling it.