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1997 RG1618 MGD
RG1618 Majestic Gold Red copyright sprite

The RG1618 is an RG series solid body electric guitar model offered by Ibanez in 1997. It was made in Japan by FujiGen as part of the upscale J Custom line.

The most unique feature of the RG1618 is its fretboard with a quilted maple veneer and binding and lack of position marker inlays. Other features include a mahogany body with a quilted maple top with binding bolted to a maple neck with the aforementioned 24-fret fingerboard and matching headstock. Components include DiMarzio pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a Lo-Pro Edge double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines.

The RG1618 was offered only in 1997. It is believed that very few examples of this model were produced — likely twelve or fewer.

Specifications

Specifications for RG1618
Model name: RG1618
Year(s) produced: 1997
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): MGD (Majestic Gold)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ 7mm flamed maple (or kaede?) top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
RG J Custom Ultra
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Maple w/ quilted maple veneer w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
None
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Super 3 (H)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Blue Velvet (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio FRED (H)
Controls:
1 volume / 1 tone / 5-way lever

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