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  1. 1997 Ibanez FGM400QM Frank Gambale Signature Model, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (detail), (case), (edge finish).  Fairly rare model, and the last in the series of Gambale signature models.  The FGM400 was made only in '97-'98 at Japan's in the Fujigen factory, home of Japan's finest electric guitars.  This guitar isn't in museum quality but hasn't seen much actual playing time judging by the near perfect frets.  The bottom edge, primarily on back, had some clear coat chips which Martin lacquered over to prevent any flaking, and there are a few light dings in the top, in the clear coat only (as shown here).   For the player though, this guitar offers and exceptional value in quality, tone, and playability.  Everything about this model is low profile, including low profile Edge tremolo, recessed neck, recessed pickup ring, and low profile S Body.  The S (or Saber) body, goes back to 1987 with the S540, and is the ultimate in comfort and weight.  Although around 1 1/2" thick in the middle, it's contoured to a very thin edge, measuring just 1/2" at the edge of the upper and lower bout, and at the neck joint, which makes for very easy access to the upper register.  Other features include 1-piece maple Wizard neck; mahogany body with a thin quilted maple top, 25.5" scale; upgraded DiMarzio pickup in bridge with an IBZ SB-2 single coil in the middle and neck; 5-way selector switch with master volume and tone controls; Lo Pro Edge tremolo; 22 medium 6230 frets; gold logo, recessed top-mounted output jack; Gotoh tuners; and FGM (Frank Gambale Model) signature inlay at the 12th fret.  The FGM400 was a very expensive guitar back in '97, with a list price of $2399, which includes a $200 upcharge for the "FM" model.  If you're not looking for a pristine example and don't mind some light finish flaws, this guitar is an absolute killer player with very low action, extreme comfort, excellent sustain, and a fat tone that can cover a lot of ground.  It's just a great high-end Ibanez for $999.  Includes original Signature model case that's in rough shape - or substitute a new molded hardshell case like this (pic) for $39. 
  2. 2001 Ibanez S470QS, (front), (front-2), (back), (headstock), (inlays/binding), (trem), (acc.).  The S-body was one of the more unique bodies found when it came out in the late 80's.  Originally called the Sabre, the S470 body is probably the thinnest body ever made, measuring less than an inch or so at the edge (shown here), but is carved to a normal depth in the middle.   Features of the S470QS (Quilted Sapele) include very thin Wizard II neck, mahogany body with quilted sapele veneer on top, 22 jumbo frets, Lo TRS II locking tremolo, bound neck with wave inlays, HSH pickups with AH1 neck - AS1 middle - AH2 bridge, Cosmo Black hardware, metal pickup rings, 5-way pickup selector, and Lo-Pro Edge tremolo (pic here).   Since the 80's and the peak of shredding, Ibanez was the leader in building metal axes and had more hot players in their stable than any other maker.  This Cosmo Black hardware is notorious for wearing quickly as shown in the pics, but otherwise this guitar is very clean in all regards, with perfect frets and a superb set up.  The tone of this mahogany body is thick, with a very even frequency response, well suited for virtually all styles of music.  These are some of the finest metal/rock guitars ever made, in terms of comfort, tone, and playability, due in part to the easy access joint which is a very thin heel that doesn't use an neck plate.  Like the Japan factory that preceded this, Ibanez Korean production is first rate and allows them to build quality guitars at a significant savings.  Just $325(SOLD-Mike G 10/17/16) for this beauty.  Includes original manuals, trem bar, Allen wrench, and free gigbag or substitute Ibanez Pro Deluxe case (pic) for $65. 
  3. 1984 Ibanez RS-440WH Roadstar II - White, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem - push/push knob/etc.).  Unlike the Royal Violet 440 I have in stock, this one definitely isn't a museum piece.  It's a guitar that's been enjoyed most of its 28 years and played enough that it earned itself a pro refret along the way.  As you can see in the pics, the neck was sanded down to bare wood, removing the logo, and treated with just a sealer coat.  It feels much better than the stock poly finish.  The body has a few noteworthy check lines, shown in the front/back pics above.  In addition there are a few other changes including replaced knobs, Grover tuners installed, locking strap pins installed, locking string retainer removed and a Tusq nut installed, and pickup ring changed to white.  These are all cosmetic changes so for the player, it's a non-issue.  It has all the other stock features including Ibanez Super 7 single coils in neck and middle, and Ibanez blade V5 humbucker in the bridge, which, along with the push/push tone pot aka "Duo Sound System", produces either humbuckers or single coil tones for a total of seven tone settings.  It has the original "Pro Rok'R" tremolo with fine tuners, which stays in tune better than a vintage style trem and without the locking string retainer, I think stays in tune better than stock.  Other features include matte black pickguard with chrome hardware, "side-mounted output jack, and easy string change system. The refret was an excellent job and there's just slight wear on the new frets.  This guitar plays great, sounds excellent, and one of the best values in a quality Japanese Ibanez guitar at $299.
  4. 1995 Ibanez RG-470BK, (front), (back), (headstock), (tremolo).  One of the most popular models in the RG line, the 470 had a run from '92 to '04, with the production out of Japan and Korea at various times   This one is one of the Korean models, made by Cort, and features the all-access neck joint, Wizard II neck with jumbo frets, Basswood body, Lo-TRS Trem II tremolo that's recessed for maximum up-pull, 24 frets, black headstock with chrome logo.  Pickups are the original INF1/INFS/INF2, which were stock for the Korean model, with a 5-way that offers a good choice of single coil and humbucker tones.  If you prefer, we can swap the pickups to the USA-designed IBZ V7-S1-V8 pickups for additional cost.  It's in typical used condition with no major flaws but certainly not a museum piece.    This guitar plays good, sounds good, an stays in tune very well.  RG's are some of the most comfortable metal guitars to play and a good value for a solid utility guitar for $229.  
  5. 2000 Ibanez RG-470TI, (front/back), (headstock), (pickups),  Finished in Titanium Ice, which is sort of a metallic violet.  Top quality Japan made Ibanez with its share of careless battle scars (as shown here) but frets are near immaculate so it's another case of a careless owner rather than a guitar that's seen a lot of use.  Best of all, this one has a great pickup upgrade with a Duncan Dimebag Dimebucker SH13 in the bridge and a Duncan Duckbucker SDBR1 in the middle.  Neck pickup is the original Ibanez V7.  The Dimebucker and Duckbucker sell for $95 and $75, respectively, which with labor makes this a $220 upgrade.  Stock features of the RG470 include Wizard II neck with jumbo frets, Basswood body, Lo TRS tremolo, 24 frets, raised chrome logo.  Another one that has seen very little playing time, perfect frets, and no pick or buckle scratches.  Had a few very small finish rubs on the edge that we paint matched and touched up but overall extremely clean shape - and another killer player.  Extremely thin and wide neck - shredder's delight - made for tapping, sweeping arpeggios, and very fast play.  Check out info at Ibanez Rules, the best Ibanez site on the web.  Again, this isn't the cleanest Ibanez I have in stock but it looks good from the front and if you're not concerned with cosmetics, it's a killer player, suitable for pro use.  This model listed at $699 14 years ago and this is one of the cheapest Japanese RG's you can buy, especially with the pickup upgrades, at $450.  Note:  We can swap the pickups to the stock IBZ V7-S1-V8, and drop the price to $350, but for the pro player, these Duncans are definitely the way to go in my opinion.  
  6. 2007 Ibanez RGT42DX, (front/back), (headstock), (Tremolo - stock pic on right), (Box/Acc).   As new, unplayed condition, in original box.  The RGT42 is a good example at Korean craftsmanship and how far it's come in the past 10 years.  This is a seriously nice neck-thru model and, remarkably, lists at under a grand.  Features include a the warmth of a mahogany body with an integrated 5-ply Wizard II maple/walnut neck with jumbo frets, bound rosewood fretboard, excellent quality low-profile Edge III tremolo, deluxe multi-color Sharktooth inlays, IBZ Infinity 1 and 2 humbuckers with 5-way switching, silver raised logo, matching headstock, and gray hardware.  Ibanez used a good combination of pickups on this model:  The INF1 neck pickup with Ceramic magnets provides a warm classic tone and added output while the INF2 bridge pickup with  Alnico-5 magnets offers enhanced midrange output and excellent dynamics.  With a list price of $933, the RGT42DX sells online for $699.  If you'd rather get one with a pro setup for less, his one's virtually new and just $499.   Ships in original box with manual, tags, trem arm, and tools. (One remaining, Hold one for Dale 8/2)