Up for sale, a 1997 Ibanez J. Custom RGR1700-DKS spot model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell case, hangtags, and CoA. This Ibanez is a rare, non-catalog “spot model” crafted at the Fujigen factory as part of the upscale J Custom line. Features include a 4mm AAAA flame maple top, mahogany body, maple neck with a reverse headstock and a 24-fret bound ebony fretboard, a Lo-Pro Edge tremolo system, and an upgraded pair of DiMarzio Evolution humbuckers.
The tonewood complement pairs the warmth of mahogany with the glassy, detailed articulation inherent to the ebony fingerboard and maple top, qualities faithfully channelled through the upgraded pair of Dimarzio Evolution humbuckers. Originally designed in conjunction with Steve Vai for his JEM Signature models, these pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud, while the bridge pickup is tight, aggressive, and even louder. They also sport DiMarzio’s patented dual-resonance configuration, designed to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers and make a hot, distorted amp really scream. This guitar weighs 7lbs 13oz, benefitting from.a professional 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 full shoulders, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. The 24-fret bound ebony fretboard features abalone offset dot inlay, and the jumbo fretwire has plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 2-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the Top Lok III locking nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width. The reverse headstock features black Gotoh SG38 tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and the back of the headstock, interestingly, retains a pair of serial numbers.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the upgraded Dimarzio humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a five-way pickup selector switch plus Master Volume and Tone controls. The Cosmo Black hardware shows light surface patina.
The gloss Deep Black Sunburst finish highlights the tight, dimensional figuring in the bookmatched AAAA 4mm thick flame maple top, with wear limited to just a handful of finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Ibanez-branded molded hardshell case is included, along with the hangtags and CoA.