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Ibanez debuted the RG1520GK at NAMM, compatible with Roland's GK technology. The GK system allows guitars with special split pickups to access Roland's line of GK effects as well as GK devices for controlling synthesizers via MIDI. According to Ibanez, the piezo pickups in their GK-compatible Edge-Pro double-locking tremolo "provide the ultimate in accuracy for triggering GK-connected synth systems."
The Ibanez RG (the series name is derived from the '80s "Roadstar II Guitars") has been one of the most featured guitars in metal and heavy rock since its introduction at the Chicago NAMM Show in 1987. RG's are available in available in a wide assortment of models including 7-string and fixed bridge as well as double locking trem, but the basic formula is described as, according to Ibanez, "thin, flat and fast two-octave necks, and powerful pickups that slice through the room."
The RG1520GK is Ibanez's first Prestige model to feature GK-compatibility. The guitar lists for $1099.99.