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1996 Ibanez J Custom KRG1502 Spot Model, 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1996 Ibanez J Custom KRG1502 Spot Model in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This rare RG Series Ibanez was crafted at the Fujigen factory as part of the upscale J Custom line; it’s a rare non-catalog "spot model," produced exclusively for Japanese retailer Musicland Key and only made for a single year. Componentry includes DiMarzio humbuckers and a Floyd Rose-licensed Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo, and tonewoods comprise a flame maple top, mahogany body, and a maple neck capped by a thick slab rosewood fretboard.  

The tonewood complement pairs the warmth of mahogany with the treble detail and note attack of maple, and these qualities are faithfully captured by the stock pair of Dimarzio humbuckers. The Air Norton in the neck position is warm and full while retaining definition, and the Air Zone in the bridge position has an ultra-fat PAF tone with a wide dynamic range and exceptional sustain, taking gain notably well for fat chords and searing melodic playing. The five-way pickup selector switch functions as a coil split in positions 2 and 4, yielding single coil spank and snap. This KRG1502 weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has Ibanez’s RG J Custom Ultra profile, a slender carve with generous shoulder, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The thick slab 24-fret rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and sports offset abalone dot inlay, with stock jumbo fretwire that has well-rounded crowns, exhibiting light wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-6, with wear growing progressively lighter and extending beneath the plain strings to fret 11. This Ibanez plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The Top Lok III locking nut measures a full 1 11/16” (43mm) in width, and the headstock features black Gotoh SG38 tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. There is a small cluster of dings at the tip of the headstock, and the back of the headstock retains the serial number and “Made in Japan” script.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the Dimarzio humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a five-way pickup selector switch plus Master Volume and Tone controls. The black dome-topped knurled knobs are notably clean, with a light dusting of patina on the Floyd Rose-licensed Lo-Pro Edge tremolo, which actuates smoothly and snaps quickly back to pitch.

The gloss Natural finish has a rich amber hue, highlighting the dimensional figuring in the two-piece flame maple top. Cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, most prominent along the body perimeter and on the back. Additionally, there’s some light buckle worming on the back central to the waist, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the top. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

A zippered hardshell case is included.