Ibanez's RG Premium series of guitars are designed for hardworking musicians. These guitars are for players who push their instruments to the fullest every night on stage and who demand real professio... Read More
Ibanez's RG Premium series of guitars are designed for hardworking musicians. These guitars are for players who push their instruments to the fullest every night on stage and who demand real professional quality, both functionally and visually. A constant factor within the RG series is the Edge Zero II tremolo with the Zero Point System, which allows for killer trem effects as well as total tuning stability. These trem-equipped guitars have ushered in a whole new way to play hard rock and metal and they continue to push the boundaries while standing up to the most abusive whammy bar users around. Lightning fast fretboard work is no problem with the Wizard neck, flat fingerboard, and jumbo frets. And now, Ibanez offers the RG in a look as outrageous as its sound.
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This guitar is great. I think there is magic in those DiMarzio/ibz pickups. They are so clear. I have an Ibanez S series with this same HSH configuration using Ibanez pickups. But when I picked up this RG1XXV, I could not believe the difference and I plunked my money down. Flip the pickup switch to get some of the quack of a Tele or the glassy sound of a Strat and several other voices. I mean, I still pick up my Strat for some songs, but this RG1 is so versatile. I played a Gibson SG for years. Then I defected to the Strat. Then I started really liking Ibanez. 24 jumbo frets, great feeling neck profile, simple tone and volume. I play a lot of blues and some rock. Of course, I had to have pink just to burn everybody's retinas out. Whether you like the colors or not, you should just close your eyes and listen to this thing play. I definitely recommend this guitar.
I love this guitar, I love the way it looks, the way it plays and the way it sounds. There is nothing about this guitar that I don't love. I special ordered the pink version of this guitar at my local GC and was very pleased that the one I got was lighter than the one they had on display in the store. The clean tone you get from the Dimarzio pickups is pure awesome, and I drool every time I hear it :)but don't worry as this guitar sound great when you play metal as well, no matter if you play classic 80's metal or more modern metal, you will not be sorry with this guitar. If you are a child of the 80's like myself and would love a guitar that not only reminds you of your freshman year of high school, but also plays and sounds awesome no matter the music you play, and does not make your wallet cry out in pain, then this it the guitar for you!
The sound, and especially the playability, of this guitar exceeded my expectations. Out of the box, the action was a tad high for my tastes, but after minor bridge and truss-rod adjustments, this thing can give my Prestige a run for its money! I was expecting it to have the exact same neck as my RG920QMZ Premium, but to my surprise, it's just as wide (good thing) as my RG1570 Prestige, and almost as thin. Wide thin necks are not only great for solos, but for playing complex Jazz chord structures as well. I play a variety of styles from Rock, Blues, Fusion Jazz, to Pop/R&B/Funk, and this guitar can accommodate practically any genre with its H-S-H pickup configuration. Don't buy into the half-baked myth that Ibanez RG's are only good for Metal! As for its appearance; the yellow inlays don't look as cheesy as they do online, and I'm sort of partial to shark-tooth inlays anyway. My only disappointment is the absence of a deluxe gig-bag, which is included in the original Premiums, and a movable truss-rod cover, which is also part of the original Premium package. Anyway, if you want a Prestige, but are short a couple hundred bones, give this a spin - believe me, you won't be disappointed.
The finish is nearly perfect ... I found a few minor flaws, none that would affect playability. Construction quality is also very good - the neck fits tightly in the pocket and nothing was at all lose on arrival. The frets (personal opinion) could be rounded a bit more, but you won't cut your fingers or anything like that. It plays differently than what I'm used to - Teles and SGs, but I expected that. I soon got the hang of skipping the "jazz chords" in favor of power chords and fast riffs. The action is excellent, just what you'd look for in an RG. I'm still exploring the nice variety of tones available. Some as expected are pretty chunky, but I found one setting with some serious old school Tele twang. Impressive! I've played it through a Champ SCXD (clean setting), Super 210 (clean) and Band Master and I've been happy with the sound I'm getting. Exactly as I'd hoped a nice departure from the rest of the collection. Not being a metal player, I can't really say how it would hold up there. It's not for blues or jazz but I'm pleased with how it sounds on no frills, pound it out rock. Of course, part of the fun is the color -- a serious trip. I've yet to have anyone walk into my living room and not notice it right away. I have noticed though that it's yellow in dim light but becomes distinctly greenish in bright sunlight. Any way you look at it, you will stand out with this axe! Overall, very good Ibanez quality and in reality, I'd give it 4.5 if that was a choice.
This guitar is what i expected it to be. Very fast neck. Hot pickups. And Ibanez quality! If you're not into the neon colors, then i would not buy this guitar. Trust me, it's different in person. Especially its aesthetics! It's something worth trying out. Definitely a good quality guitar!
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