The Ibanez Roadstar II Series was introduced in 1983 – replacing the first Roadstar Series (introduced in 1979) which had similar Stratocaster and Superstrat style designs and the RS name designation.
We believe this to be an Ibanez RG440. It is a Roadstar II series solid body electric guitar introduced in 1986. The Roadstar series would eventually become known as the RG series.
The RG440 is one of only a few RG models produced with a 22-fret neck. It is also remarkable as an RG model with a humbucker/ single/ single pickup configuration. It has the rounded-edge body style of the older Roadstar body.
The RG440 features a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret fingerboard with dot inlays. Components include pickguard-mounted Ibanez pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and single coils in the neck and middle positions and an Edge double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut.
The 1986 RG440 has the original swoopy “blade” Roadstar II headstock shape and the headstock is painted to match the body. In 1987 it gets a black headstock in the pointier modern “duckbill” RG shape along with black hardware and a different pickguard shape. The RG440 was discontinued after 1987.
Model name: RG440
Year(s) produced: 1986–1987
Made in: Japan
Finish Ruby Red
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Basswood
Bolt-on traditional square heel
Bridge: Edge tremolo
Hardware colour: Black
Neck type: Roadstar DX
Neck material: 1-piece maple
Scale length: 648mm/ 25½”
Fingerboard material: Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays: Pearl dot
Frets: 22 / jumbo
Nut: Top-Lok III
Pickup configuration: HSS
Bridge pickup: Ibanez IBZ (H)
Middle pickup: Ibanez Super 7F (S)
Neck pickup: Ibanez Super 7F (S)
Controls: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
Weight: 8.1 lbs
We think the pickups are Ibanez Super 7 single coils, and a V5 humbucker, which can be coil split via a push/push function on the tone control. And they sound surprisingly good – strong output, rich tonal characteristics, and useable in every switch setting.
This Roadstar has been well used for over 30 years but it shows very little player wear apart from some swirling on the pickguard, some light scratches on the back and some tarnishing of the metal on the bridge. It has a missing bolt at the rear of the locking nut, but the remaining bolt is doing a good job of holding everything in place. A replacement bolt should not be too hard to find.
The Ibanez Edge bridge itself is quite a piece of work – it is stamped “Licensed Under Floyd Rose Patents”, and it actually works really well. It is stable and solid under all kinds of attack from gentle waves to serious dive bombing if you want. The nut locks well and the fine tuners at the base are user friendly and accurate. Medium jumbo frets are 90%.
This is a solid workdog of a guitar. It is well made, with a great sounding set of pickups and a comfortable fast neck with low action. It has some miles on the clock but lots more left in the tank.
Comes in its original Ibanez fitted case in good condition.