For the later model with the same name, see RG685 (1998–2000).
1989 RG685 CP
RG685 Crystal Pearl (more images) Red copyright sprite

The RG685 is a Roadstar series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1989. The Roadstar series would later become known as the RG series.

The RG685 features an ash body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with sharktooth position makers. Components include active Ibanez Lo-Z pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and single-coils at the neck and middle positions, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.

It has a master volume and two other knobs which control separate EQs for treble (±20 dB @ 6 KHz) and bass (±13 dB @ 500 KHz). It also has a mini-toggle which connects the bridge humbucker directly to the output jack — Ibanez calls this feature the "kick off switching system".

The RG678 is a similar model with passive pickups.

The RG685 was available only in Japan and was discontinued after 1989.


Specifications for RG685 (1989)
Model name: RG685 (1989)
Year(s) produced: 1989
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): BK (Black) / CP (Crystal Pearl)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Cutaway heel
Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck type:
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
24 / jumbo
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Lo-Z active (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Lo-ZS active (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Lo-ZS active (S)
Master volume / EQ treble knob / EQ bass knob / 3-way lever / "Kick off" toggle


1989 RG685 BK
RG685 Black Red copyright sprite


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