Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ibanez Identification Guide

I'll start with pickup configurations
*10 single Bridge HB
*20 dual HB rear route
*30 Three Single coils (seen both rear and front route)
*40 HSS Rear route
*50 HSH frount route
*60 HSS front route
*65 H S rear route
*70 HSH rear route

i'll then do model numbers. However Ibanez has been increasinly less strict about model numbers
1** Non MIJ made with traditionial trem
2** Non MIJ made. typically hardtail
3** Non MIJ made Either floyd or hardtail
4** MIJ made (in the past now usually korean) however with low quality trem (lo-trs)
5** MIJ made.
6** Mij made typically Japanese production only
7** MIJ made better cosmetics than 5** line
8** MIJ made basses (in the past)
1*** Current Prestige line Mij made for rgs. MIK for some s's and all current basses with exception of SR 20th
2*** Current prestige line. Some finer appointments than 1*** line mainly cosmetics.
3*** MIJ. Finer appointments. Most evident with SR3000 line which was mij and bartoloni pickups equiped.
8*** J custom models. Best quality Ibanez currently makes.
LACS American Made Ibanez. only lasted thru early 90s.

miscalaneous
ex=in the early nineties it stood for expirimental. At the time Ibanez refused to put RG on any korean guitars due to less quality. If only they did that now. Usually now ex stands for exclusive (some stores have exclusive rights to some models)
dx= deluxe some finer cosmetics or special features. (very evident with 770dx)
m= maple fretboard
xx= 20th anniversary
**1= hardtail (example is an rg 321 is a korean made dual hb guitar which is hardtail)
**7 = 7string (depends on model)
7*** = 7string (it depends on model)

Some examples of everything
550 is MIJ RG with HSH front route
ex160 is a 90s korean made with hss pickup configuration and a traditionial trem

If questions before Ibanez started using this system (they did in mid 80s and so on)
Just simply ask in this thread and someone can point you in right direction.

They're are many exceptions with Ibanez's current line up. But this system holds true thru most models. However the classic series for examples doesn't use this system. The artcores are all fairly different aswell.

Feel free to post anything I've missed or messed up

2 comments:

HIGH HOPES PINK FLOYD COVER BAND said...

COULD SOMEONE HEPLP ME HERE INBRAZIL TO INFENTIFY MY IBANEz guitAR MODEl?

Imprisoned Tales said...

there's an ibanez S series of S3040PL and S5400NT. the 3040 -> *40 but has a PU configuration of H-S-H. the 5400-> **00? and what's the 5***?