An Ibanez model number is used to identify a guitar model. Most Ibanez model numbers have three sections: A series code, the specific model number and one or two suffixes. A model number could look like this: RG3520Z where RG is the code for RG series, the specific model number is 3520 and the suffix is Z. Sometimes, for instance in catalogs, the abbreviation defining the model finish is included to the model number, so you would get RG3520Z HBK or even RG3520ZHBK (without the space).
The series code usually is an abbreviation of the series name. For the RG series models it's RG and for S series models S, but for Universe it's UV and Paul Gilbert Model PGM.
specific model numberEdit
The specific model number, usually 3 or 4 digits, defines the model and its place within the series. There is a certain system for the model numbers, but it suffers from all kinds of exceptions. The RG series uses this system since 1987. For the S series (including derivatives), it has been fully implemented since 2001, although it already has been used for some models introduced since 1987. Other series that have used this system are the Ergodyne and Talman series
The thousands and hundreds indicate the quality class (and with that, the price-range) of the guitar with the basic rule: The higher the number, the higher the class. The 100 and 200 series guitars are usually produced in low-wage countries with cheaper components. Most of them now fall within the GIO range guitars. Models with four digit numbers (from 1000 and on) now fall within the Prestige range, the higher quality class guitars, usually produced in Japan, although there are some Korea produced Prestige guitars. An exception are numbers starting with 7 (so for instance, the S7320). This 7 indicates that this is a 7-string guitar. Actually these guitars are part of the S7 and RG7 subseries.
The tens define the pickup configuration and whether a pickguard is used or if the guitar has the pickup and control cavities back-routed:
|30||SSS (and pickguard)|
|40||SSH (and pickguard) (RT140)|
|50||HSH and pickguard (RG1550)|
|80||HSH and matching headstock|
The last digit gives some extra information
|0||not specified or standard to the series.|
|1||fixed bridge guitar (RG1521)|
|2||12-string guitar (RG1512 and RT452)|
|5||D-tuner equiped or missing a middle single coil (RG565)|
|7||7-string guitar (RG1527)|
|8||8-string guitar (RG2228|