The original Yamaha RGXTT guitar was introduced in January, 2000.
The "TT" suffix stands for co-designer Ty Tabor who plays guitar in Kings X. Ty contributed his "wish list" of features to this line of all-business rock guitars. In June of 2000, the redesigned and lower cost RGX Yamaha guitar started life with a price of $499 MSRP. The "D6", for drop six, is Yamaha's derivation of Ty's original RGX and denotes that this guitar was designed from the beginning to be tuned down for a weightier sound. A typical string tuning begins with the normally low E string tuned down to a low C. Chord shapes stay the same as regularly tuned guitars but, for example an E chord becomes a big fat C chord. You'll be glad to know that now there's no stress or need to learn a seven-string guitar just to get that low B string sound. A 26 1/4 inch scale neck is used along with heavier gauge strings to achieve this.
The D6 has the same construction, materials and looks of the original Ty Tabor RGXTT model. The basswood body has a raised center section of figured maple running the length of the body. The pickups and bridge are attached to this maple section that is said to help focus the low-midrange frequencies. The rest of the body tapers towards the edges making for a lighter instrument.
The RGXTTD6 uses a Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck pickup in the bridge position and Vintage Rails pickups at the middle and neck positions.
You also get a Wilkinson VS100 Tremolo, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and a pitched headstock. The Sperzel tuners are mounted in a staggered layout, keeping the strings at a consistent pull-angle away from the nut. All hardware is black including the 5-position pickup selector, master volume and master tone controls. Available in Red Burst, Green Burst and Purple Burst, the RGXTTD6 carries an MSRP of $1,699 and will begin shipping in November, 2000. Contact Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Guitar Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; phone 714-522-9011. Web to: www.yamaha.com or www.yamahaguitars.com
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