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The USRG30 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1994. It is part of the USA Custom line which is a subset of the Prestige line

The USRG30 features an alder body with a AAA figured maple top bolted to an eastern white maple neck with a 24-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with offset dot position markers. Components include a low profile double locking tremolo bridge, dual Ibanez DiMarzio humbucking pickups and a locking nut.

The USRG20 is a similar model with a AA figured maple top. The USRG10 is a related model with a AA figured maple top and a fixed bridge. All three of these models were produced for Ibanez by Dave Bunker's PBC Guitar Technology of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. They were designed by Ibanez and built by PBC using their patented Tension-Free neck design.[1]

The Tension Free neck design relieves the neck of all string tension. A 3/8" steel bar inserted into the neck absorbs the tension of the tightened strings. The design allows for simple, precise adjustment of the string action.[1]

The USRG30 was discontinued after 1996. It was the last of the USA Custom line, as one of Bunker's partners at PBC nixed the arrangement with Ibanez. Production numbers of the PBC-produced USRG series, encompassing all three models, is estimated to be "several thousand".[1]

Specifications

Specifications for USRG30
Model name: USRG30
Year(s) produced: 1994–1996
Sold in: USA
Made in: USA
Finish(es): BT (Butterscotch Transparent) 1996 / CT (Transparent Coral) 1996 / ST (Sienna Transparent) 1996 / TB (Transparent Blue) / TG (Transparent Green) 1996 / TK (Transparent Black) 1996 / TP (Transparent Purple)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder w/ AAA figured maple top
Neck joint:
Tension-Free AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
USRG
Neck material:
Eastern white maple
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Offset pearl dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Tone Zone (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector

Images

Other available finishes
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Butterscotch Transparent
Transparent Coral
Sienna Transparent
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Transparent Green
Transparent Black
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Transparent Purple
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Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bacon, Tony (2013). The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book : a complete history of Ibanez electric guitars (1st ed. ed.). Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books. pp. 153–155. ISBN 978-1-61713-453-1.
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