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Ibanez has pretty much ruled the shred guitar market since the late Eighties when it started offering signature models designed in collaboration with heavy hitters like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
However, the company's popular RG series models go back before then to 1985, when the Roadstar II Series was renamed the RG Series (although the current RG body style and headstock that we all know and love didn't come about until two years later when Ibanez offered the RG as a less expensive and more modest alternative to Vai's JEM models).
Today, the RG Series retains the spirit of those late Eighties models, but the new Prestige models like the RG655 show how much the RG has evolved.