Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Rock Shop
Sound — 10
With my minor pickup modifications, it suits just about any style. I have played everything from Metallica to Rush to Pearl Jam to Zeppelin to Skynyrd - sat in with Jazz bands, Christian Rock, and Blues... It can adapt to anything... But really sound is in your fingers. I have used a Marshall JCM 900 for the last 20 years with various effects. Currently I use it with a Boss GT8 or GT10 (I go back and forth depending on what I am playing... Have created great Metal sounds on the GT8 and great clean Jazz sounds on the GT10.
Overall Impression — 10
I have and do play just about every style. Currently I play a lot of Lincoln Brewster stuff (Eric Johnson sort of style) and I get an awesome sound. I have a lot of great guitars in my arsenal including a Nuno Bettencourt, Reb Beach, PRS, Fender HMM USA Strat, and a JS1000 but I always play this beat up RG560. I love it so much I am having a Luthier build me a custom one using the same specs just so I can have a brand new one to play.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have abused this guitar through over 20 years of playing. It flew through a kickdrum once and into a Marshall 4x12 another time when I flung it around my neck and still plays and sets up perfectly. It has been knocked off of risers before, dropped when straps come off. I call her Betsy and even though I have some wonderful higher end guitars, I always go back to her.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I bought it it was set up beautifully. Action was and always has been great. Stays in tune well for the last 20+ years and I have abused the whammy like you would not believe. GOTOH tuners. Thick paint on body with matching headstock has chipped through the years but only from relentless live playing.
Features — 10
My 560 was made in Japan I think in 1990. I bought it brand new. It has an awesome original Wizard Neck and the original Edge Tremelo. I immediately changed the bridge pickup to a DiMarzio FRED and love love love it. I left the stock single coils in it for several years of playing live in the early 90s. When I purchased a Reb Beach guitar I took one of the HOT Rails from that and put in the neck position and have never changed it.