Ibanez announces new RG Premium series guitars for 2011
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-01-22)
The RG Series became the flagship of Ibanez shortly after its introduction over 25 years ago. Its body style, playability, and sound have given birth to many variations, including some well-known Ibanez signature models. In celebration of more than 20 years of the RG, Ibanez has introduced the new RG Premium guitars: an impressive collection, crafted to the highest possible standards.
The impetus for the RG Premium project came as the result of numerous requests for a guitar that offered premium specs at a reduced price. Close collaboration between the Japanese Prestige guitar factory and Ibanez paved the way for experimentation and, ultimately, the realization of the Premium process—a process that calls for immeasurable attention to quality and detail by seasoned Ibanez luthiers.
The line debuts with the release of the RG920QM ($1,199.99 MSRP), featuring a richly quilted maple top and American basswood body. Coupled with the sleek Wizard Premium 5-piece Maple/Walnut neck, bound rosewood fretboard, offset pearl dot inlays, and Premium edged Jumbo frets, the RG920QM provides absolute playing comfort. The 920 also features a newly designed Edge-Zero II bridge with Zero Point system for better tuning stability and longer sustain, and specially designed DiMarzio IBZ pickups, making it a truly distinguished instrument. Available colors are COBALT BLUE SURGE (pictured), BLACK ICE, HIGH VOLTAGE VIOLET, LIQUID INFERNO and
Also in the line is the RG870 ($999.99 MSRP). The 870 is the “workhorse” of the Premium range and features the same high standard of materials and craftsmanship, but with new high-output Ibanez CAP VM pickups and a sexy high-gloss solid black finish.
All Premium guitars come with a gigbag.
For more information about Ibanez RG Premium guitars and all Ibanez guitars, visit www.ibanez.com.
Ibanez Guitars has a long history dating back to Japan in 1908. The company initially gained a foothold in the US with a line of guitars patterned after popular models by Fender and Gibson. By the mid-1970s, Ibanez had begun to produce unique designs and was among the first companies to premiere a line of neck-through basses with active EQ. Today Ibanez guitars are used by high-profile players such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and its basses continue to offer upscale features and looks at affordable prices.
From a press release.