For other RG420 models, see RG420 (disambiguation).
1986 RG420 BK
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The RG420 is a Roadstar series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1986. The Roadstar series would eventually become known as the RG series.

The RG420 is one of only a few RG models produced with a 22-fret neck. It has the sharp-edged body style which distinguishes it from the older Roadstar body.

The RG420 features a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret fingerboard with dot inlays. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups mounted in pickup rings at the bridge and neck with coil-tap Duo Sound functionality and an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut.

The 1986 RG420 has the original swoopy Roadstar headstock shape and the headstock is painted to match the body. For 1987 it gets a black headstock in the new, pointier RG-style shape.

The RG410 is a similar model with a single humbucker. The RG425 is another similar model with the two humbuckers mounted side-by-side near the bridge.

The RG420 was discontinued after 1987.


RG420 (1986–1987) components and specifications
Model name: RG420
Year(s) produced: 1986–1987
Sold in: Europe / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): BK (Black) / CI (Cherry Ice) 1986 / DW (Dark Wine) 1987 / PL (Pearl) / PR (Pearl Red) 1987
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Bolt-on traditional square heel
Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
1986: Chrome
1987: Black
Neck type:
Roadstar DX
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
22 / jumbo
Top-Lok III
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez IBZ (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez IBZ (H)
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle / 2 Duo Sound switches


Other available finishes
1987 RG420 BK
Black (1987)
Cherry Ice
Dark Wine
Pearl Red
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