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1984 Ibanez Roadstar II RS530 Vintage Guitar HH Black, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1984 Ibanez Roadstar II Series model RS530 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made in Japan, this quality Ibanez model was only produced in 1984-85, featuring a maple top on a basswood body and a maple neck capped by a rosewood fretboard, loaded with the stock pair of Ibanez IBZ humbuckers.

This guitar has a resonant, cutting natural acoustic profile, faithfully captured by the stock IBZ humbuckers. Metering at 12k ohms, these pickups are bold and rich, featuring a triple-magnet design for a hot, fat sound with defined midrange punch and focused low end. The pickups are engineered to handle high gain, and a pair of push/push Duo Sound coil split switches on the Volume pots enable single coil operation. This Ibanez weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has Ibanez’s Roadstar DX profile; a slender C-shaped carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The 24-fret rosewood fretboard features small pearloid dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports the Top Lok locking nut, holding pitch well against deep dives at the Pro Rock’r tremolo. The black Smooth Tuner II tuning machines turn (as the name would imply) smoothly, and hold pitch as they should. The small factory model sticker is present on the back of the headstock, and the K84-prefix serial number on the neck plate dates to November of 1984.

All of the electronics function as intended; the IBZ humbuckers are governed by a three-way selector switch, individual Volume controls and a Master Tone knob, with the push/push Duo Sound coil split switches on the Volume pots. Plastics comprise the Ibanez-embossed molded pickup covers and the original Tek Grip knobs, which have ridged grips for quick swells and easy on-the-fly adjustments. The black Pro Rock’r tremolo actuates smoothly and snaps back to pitch quickly; perfect for shimmering warbles and deep divebombs alike.

The gloss Black finish is framed on top by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor nicks and dings along the lower bout body edge, and a number of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A faux leather padded gigbag is included.