Bill Alston RGX Pages

The RGX 600 range page 1

This is a huge range there being at least 25 different models and deciding how to split them is difficult so this may be a bit arbitrary. There are 2 sets of guitars with pickup configurations that appear only on a few models the 603 has only two models and the 610 three so we can treat those as two groups. There were a number of models appeared in Japan only from 1986 to 1989 or so and again they can be grouped together. The rest I will just see what happens.

The 603


There were 2 of these both Made in Taiwan and appearing in Western Catalogues in 1987 and 1988 they were discontinued in 1989.


603S


603A


The 603S was launched in 1987 and appears in the 1987 western catalogue but not in any Japanese ones I can find. The 603A is in the 1988 western catalogue and again I can't find it in the Japanese catalogues. Both guitars did not continue beyond 1990. They were probably not sold in Japan. The 603A has the Spectrum Drive active control system see the 1200 export page for more detail

Model 603S 603A
Body Basswood Basswood
Neck Maple Bolt on Bolt on Satin Finish Maple
Fretboard Bound Rosewood 624 scale 24 frets 350 radius dot markers with 2 at the twelfth fret and the 24th Fret Bound Rosewood 624 scale 24 frets 350 radius dot markers with insignia at the twelfth fret and 2 dots on the 24th Fret
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast
Pickups 3 Alnico Single Coils Power Focus Active pickups 2 HBs and 1 SC
Controls 1 Volume 2 Tones No Coil Split 1 Volume 1 Mid Boost 1 Tone 3 mini toggle pickup switches
Nut 43mms Locking 43mms Locking
Hardware Black Black
Bridge Black Chrome RMII Black Chrome RM Pro
Pickguard None None
Colours Black Pearl, Candy Apple Red, Pearl White or Purple Black Pearl, Candy Apple Red, Pearl White or Purple


The headstock they are both the same except obviously for the model name

The single pickup models

There are three of these documented the 610S, the 610M and the 610R. However I have seen a guitar that appears to be a 610M with just 610 on the headstock, this was in a Japanese auction. The 610M is made in Taiwan and appears in Western catalogues, the other two are made in Japan and don't appear in western catalogues. They were all released in 1987 and were only made in that year. The M and R are both described as limited editions, this is a bit strange because the M is a lot more common than the other two. It could be the M was domestic and export and the other two domestic only. With the usual Yamaha consistency the headstock on the S says special edition the M doesn't.


Comparison of the three headstocks


Model 610S 610M 610R
Body Basswood Basswood Basswood
Neck Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Rosewood or Maple* 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Maple 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale
Headstock see pictures see pictures see pictures
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast
Hardware Black Black Black
Bridge RMII RMII RMII
Pickups 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker
Controls 1 Volume 1 Volume 1 Function Switch 1 Volume
Nut Locking Locking Locking
Colours Black or White Black or White Black or White
Comments Said to have direct circuit built in Switch is for Direct, Off or Control





From the top an M, an R and an S

*The Archives say that the 610S has a Rosewood board all the ones I have seen are Maple so the Archives again are wrong so I am slightly hedging my bets here.



611S 612D 612R

These three quite similar guitars were all launched in 1987 and produced for less than a year, obviously the 611 has a different pickup configuration that the other two but is otherwise similar. I can see virtually no difference between the 612D and 612R except for the headstock design and an extra colour on the D.


Model 611S 612D 612R
Body Basswood Basswood Basswood
Neck Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple Bolt on Maple
Fretboard Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale
Headstock see pictures see pictures see pictures
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast
Hardware Black Black Black
Bridge RMII RMII RMII
Pickups 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker and YGS-A1CO Alnico V SC 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker and 2 YGS-A1CO Alnico V SC 1 YGH-A1 Alnico V Humbucker and 2 YGS-A1CO Alnico V SC
Controls 1 Volume 1 Tone 3 way with coil split 1 Volume 2 Tone 5 way with coil split 1 Volume
Nut Locking Locking Locking
Colours Black or White Black, Fine Red Sonic Blue or White Black Fine Red or White

The 612A, 612S 612A V2 612S V2

The first two guitars were available from 1987 to 1989 the S being released a few months before the A. These appear in the Western Catalogues of the time but not the Japanese leading to the conclusion that they are export models. They also don't feature in the archives which is another sign that they are for export. The 612S V2 and 612A V2 only appear in the 1990 catalogue. Both the A models have the Drive Spectrum Control System. The 612J should have been included here but having omitted it I have covered it on 600 page 3

Model 612S 612A 612A V2 612S V2
Body Basswood Basswood Alder Alder
Neck Bolt on Maple Satin Finish Bolt on Maple Satin Finish Bolt on Maple Satin Finish Bolt on Maple Satin Finish
Fretboard Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers swirl logo at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale Rosewood 24 Jumbo Frets Dot Markers double at 12th and last Fret 350mm radius 628mm scale
Headstock see pictures see pictures see pictures see pictures
Tuners Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast Black Diecast
Hardware Black Black Black Black
Bridge RM Pro RM Pro RM Pro RM Pro
Pickups 1 Alnico V Humbucker and 2 Alnico V SC 1 Power Focus Active Humbucker and 2 Power Focus Active SCs 1 Power Focus Active Humbucker and 2 Power Focus Active SCs 1 Alnico V Humbucker and 2 Alnico V SC
Controls 1 Volume 1 Tone 5 way with coil split by push push switch 1 Volume 1 Tone 1 Mid Boost 3 mini toggle pickup switches 1 mini toggle coil split 1 Volume 1 Tone 1 Mid Boost 3 mini toggle pickup switches 1 mini toggle coil split 1 Volume 1 Tone 5 way with coil split by push push switch
Nut Locking 43mms Locking 43mms Locking 43mms Locking 43mms
Colours Power Purple, Candy Apple Red, Black Pearl or Pearl White Power Purple, Candy Apple Red, Black Pearl or Pearl White Candy Apple Red, Pearl White Gunmetal Blue or Silver Pearl Candy Apple Red, Pearl White Gunmetal Blue or Silver Pearl



The headstocks both versions of each guitar have the same headstock.




From the top 612A, 612A V2 note the 12th fret differences nad the 612S


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