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Old 06-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Ibanez Model Numbers

I'm just going to create this guide to:
- help you find an Ibanez with specs you like
- help you find out what model your Ibanez is, in case the name on the back of the headstock is missing

The first part of the model name...
AR - Artist series
AX - Like a double-cutaway Les Paul, usually with TOM or flatmount bridges
DTX - Destroyer series [think Explorer style bodies]
EDR - Ergodyne Models. Luthite body [sawdust and glue]
FR - Telecaster style body
IC - Iceman
RG - Roadstar Guitar. Superstrat body
RGA - Archtop RG
R - The "R" went at the end of the name. These went on to become the JS [Satch] series.
S - Saber series. Features thin mahogany bodies
SA - Basically Sabers with synchronised tremolos and flat backs
SF - Sabers with TOM bridges
SV - Sabers with synced ZR tremolos
SZ - Sabers with thick mahogany bodies and TOM bridges
SZR - SZ with more contour on the back
XP - Xiphos series

Anything with G in front is a Gio series guitar. Gio models are budget versions of other series' guitars. E.g. GRG170DX

An S or T after the series abbreviation stands for set-neck and neck-thru construction respectively. E.g. SAS36 and RGT2020

And R after the series abbreviation means reversed headstock.

An X after the series abbreviation means that it is a cheaper version of a different series. E.g. ICX is a budget Iceman.

A T after the abbrev. stands for thru-neck contruction.
E.g. RGT320Z

An A stands for archtop. E.g. RGA32

If there is a 7 after the series abbreviation, it means it is a 7 string guitar. The 7 can sometimes be put at the end of the model number. Cheers, pacman 0123!


The first number


1xx Not MIJ and has a traditional tremolo
2xx Not MIJ and usually has a hardtail
3xx Not MIJ and usually has a floyd or sometimes hardtails
4xx Cheaply made but with quality components
5xx MIJ
6xx MIJ [Japanese production only]
7xx MIJ, but better looking than 5xx
8xx Non MIJ Premium
9xx Better Premiums
1xxx Prestige MIJ RGs, Korean Ss and basses, with exceptions
2xxx Same as 1xxx but with finer details [mainly cosmetics]
3xxx Better than 1xxx with better detail and better woods
7xxx Not sure if Prestige or not, but it means 7 strings
8xxx J Custom models

[I'm guessing the second number in Prestige numbers mean that characteristics from another number have been used in it. E.g. RG1550 has characteristics from the 5xx range]

The second number [third for Prestige] usually refers to the pickups

x0x Semi-hollow [?]
x1x H
x2x HH [rear route]
x3x SSS [rear and front routing]
x4x HSS [rear]
x5x HSH [front routing]
x6x HSS [front]
x7x HSH [rear]
x8x HSH and matching headstock
The RG565 is an exception - it has a HS configuration.

The last number...
xx0 Has a tremolo
xx1 Fixed bridge
xx2 12 strings
xx3 We think it refers to a fixed bridge Ibanez don't use as often.
xx5 D-tuner equipped or missing a singlecoil [according to Ibanez Wikia]
xx7 7 strings
xx8 8 strings

Letters on the end

EX - Once stood for experimental, but can mean exclusive or extreme
DX - Deluxe. Special features and better cosmetics
M - Stand for maple fretboard
MH - Mahogany body
QM - Quilted maple
QS - Quilted sapele. Thanks pacman 0123!
FM - Flamed maple.

An example for all of these things...

RG321MH

RG - Roadstar Guitar
321 - Not MIJ, HH pickups and a fixed bridge.
MH - Mahogany body

Now, I've probably missed something. Please tell me what I've missed and I'll improve this guide.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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Huh, interesting! Thanks man!
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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What about the "QM" in my S470DXQM? Which isn't made in Japan btw, opposite to what your guide says about "4"'s.

Good guide though dude.

Edit:
Oh wait. Quilted maple maybe?

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Old 06-25-2011, 10:34 AM   #4
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What about the "QM" in my S470DXQM? Which isn't made in Japan btw, opposite to what your guide says about "4"'s.

Good guide though dude.

Edit:
Oh wait. Quilted maple maybe?


Yep it's quilted maple.

I'll try and find out what the 4 means for ya.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:36 AM   #5
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Maybe I'll do something like this for Yamaha, what with me being a Yamahaolic after all.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
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OK, I've now edited the OP with more info.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:05 PM   #8
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Don't forget QS... stands for Quilted Sapele

I.E. the RG520QS

Btw, a pre-Prestige 4xx model is Made in Japan, but with cheaper hardware. A post-Prestige 4xx or 5xx model is made in Korea.

Also, 7 string non-Prestige series guitars are indicated with a 7 before the model number. I.E. S7320 or RG7321

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Old 06-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #9
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That explanation of the model number doesn't apply to all guitars(ie MIJ AR300recs, AS103).

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Old 06-25-2011, 04:06 PM   #10
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That explanation of the model number doesn't apply to all guitars(ie MIJ AR300recs, AS103).


I just googled it and [from multiple sources] I found out that the AR300 is made in Korea.

As for the AS103, I am puzzled.

1 - Not MIJ [made in China]
0 - I'm guessing it could mean semi hollow body
3 - TOM bridge or not a typical Ibanez fixed bridge?
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:35 PM   #12
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some of the 470s were MIJ... i'd have said they were made well but cheap components (trem, mainly).

but the 4xxs are sorta the booby traps... some of them are MIJ, some not. and even the mij ones often have a bad trem.
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The AR300RECS is Japanese made and a prestige model. Then you get into things like the AR305, the 5 referring to a quilted mahogany top, the AR700, the AM77, the AS83 etc. I hate to say it, but I don't think there's much rhyme or reason to the model numbers.

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Hm, this thread has stuff I didn't even know about Ibanez. Great thread man.
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Good info, just one thing, with the second number in the model number, x8x doesn't mean matching headstock. The RG580 was an oiled mahogany body, and there are a few Prestige/J-Customs with xx8x numbers, that are HSH but don't have a matching headstock.

The Prestige serial numbers are essentially the same as older MIJ non-Prestige numbers, except the 1/2/3 prefix denotes it is a Prestige model. An RG2550 is a Prestige RG with an RG 550 layout (HSH, pickguard), and the 1570 is a Prestige RG with the 570 layout.

Those don't apply for all models though, there are quite a few models that don't fit into the model number series.
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The S5470 is cheaply made but with quality components?
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^No, the 5 before the 470 denotes that it is a Prestige. The second number on Prestiges doesn't really stand for anything, its just used to differentiate some models that have similar specs.
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^No, the 5 before the 470 denotes that it is a Prestige. The second number on Prestiges doesn't really stand for anything, its just used to differentiate some models that have similar specs.

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Yeah, but the x5xx doesn't actually mean anything specs wise for a Prestige, its the xx5x that denotes the layout. The first number in a 3 number model tells you what 'quality' tier it is in, which is why a 550 and a 750 are different, but with the same layout. The 1/2/3 before those 3 numbers in a Prestige tells you that it is a Prestige, so the x5xx doesn't say anything about the quality, its just a Prestige.
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