Ibanez RG421 MIJ 2002 – Royal Blue, Made in Japan w/ case

$ 600.00

MADE IN JAPAN!! This is the 2002 version of the RG421 (I know, I know – Ibanez model numbers are so confusing). Tech specs can be found here:

This is a player’s quality tool; beaten, smacked around but loved by previous owners as shown by its body scars. It wasn’t in great playing condition when I found it. As such, I’ve done the following things to bring it back to life:

– replaced the Carvin pickups that were previously in it upon acquisition (I’ve since sold them) with V7/V8 pickups. I also had to find new pickup rings and drill holes in to mount them.
– Some saddle screws were rusted out and unable to be adjusted, so I replaced the entire set with StringSaver saddles. The originals are packaged in the case.
– Multiple flat spots were found across the fretboard. I’ve leveled and re-crowned all the frets and it plays so much better.

About the pickups installed:

Ibanez, in their infinite wisdom to be different than everyone else, decided to use different size height adjustment screws for their humbucking pickups than pretty much the rest of the world. As such, I did not have said screws available. They’re really difficult to find! Instead, I went to Home Depot and found the smallest diameter screws I could find, #6-32 1 1/4″ length. They were still too big for the pickup adjustment screw holes, so I had to drill those holes out and superglue nuts on top of them with Loctite. An example of what this looks like is in photo # 5.

Comes with a non-branded hard shell case that could be TKL related since the pull tab inside reads “Made in Canada”.

This is currently set up with D’addario EXL120 9-42 strings in E standard. For Buy It Now customers, I’ll include a fresh setup with strings and tuning of your choice. These are the strings I have available:

D’addario EXL
9-42
9-46
10-46
11-49
11-52

Dunlop Heavy Core Nickel Steel
10-48
11-50

Ernie Ball (standard Slinky sets unless otherwise noted)
9-46 M Steel
10-46
10-48
11-52 Burly
11-53 Beefy

Elixir Nanoweb
10-46
11-49

GHS Boomers
9-42
9-46
10-48 Thick Core
11-50

Stringdrop
Regular 6
Heavy 6

I can accommodate any other reasonable string requests if they’re readily available at a local guitar shop. Please allow up to 1 extra day to ship if this setup option is taken.