IBANEZ RG470

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1992 to 2004

When it was introduced in 1992 the Ibanez RG470 was intended to be a more economical version of the RG570 - which in turn was a no-pickguard version of the iconic superstrat the RG550. Like these other RG models the RG470 has a humbucker- single coil - humbucker pickup configuration as well as a double locking tremolo. Ibanez discontinued the RG470 in 2004

The RG470 was made in Japan for the first two years of its production (1992-1993). During this time the RG470 had an Ibanez Edge tremolo and older style square neck-joint with neck plate. It also had exactly the same pickups as the RG550 and RG570: an IBZ V7 humbucker at the neck, an IBZ S1 single coil and an IBZ V8 humbucker at the bridge. The body was basswood with a Wizard profile maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and dot position markers.

From 1994 onwards production moved to Korea. The tremolo was changed to a Lo TRS II, pickups were changed to Infinity and the neck profile changed. The Korean made RG470s were available in the USA until 1998, and until 2000 in Europe and Japan

1998 saw a new Japanese made RG470, for distribution within the USA (until 2002). This second Japanese made RG470 had IBZ pickups and a Low TRS tremolo (changed to an Edge Pro in 2003). For the final 2 years (2003-2004) of its production the RG470 was only available in Japan.

The Japanese made models (1992-1993 and 1998-2004) had better hardware than the Korean ones and could be considered the more desirable instruments.
 

Specifications (20)

Body

Body materialbasswood body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Pickguard materialtransparent pickguard

Hardware

BridgeIbanez Edge tremolo, Ibanez Lo TRS tremolo, Ibanez Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware colorblack hardware

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, green finish
Made inJapan, Korea
Number of strings6 strings

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets24 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Controls

Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelIbanez Infinity pickup(s), Ibanez S1 pickup(s), Ibanez V7 pickup(s), Ibanez V8 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil and 1 humbucker pickup

Prices (25)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2014$500good
2014$165excellent
2004R5000new
2007CHF1300excellent
2016kr2500good
2016$450excellent
2015$350excellent
2000$350excellent
2016$600excellent
2004$150wornjeromystock V7 s1 v8 pick ups. Still one of the smoothest guitars I have
1995$500new
2004Rp1good
2002$120good
2013£89.99goodGarethLeft handed RG470L '94 excellent guitar.
1993$1100newBrian
2016$300wornmij all original pickups lo trs 98 rg 470
2002$316goodJim
2000kr10000good
2013$500new
2001€250good
1996$700new
1993$300.00good
2018$190.00worn
1995$500good
1994$400good

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Ibanez RG470

These guitars shred. I’ve owed 2 now. The first was a 1999 and the second is a 2001 both in the New Penny Finish and both made in Japan. The first one I had was very light. It almost absorbed the tone of the strings however. My second one is heavier but it resonates much more beautifully which makes me think it the body is not basswood but I’ll take their word for it. I think these are killer guitars for the money. Fat frets, smart pickup choices, and good craftsmanship.They also come in a bunch of colors not mentioned. I’ll add that the black hardware holds up better than the gray in my experience.