Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar  

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The Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar's pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock.

Since 1987, many players have selected the Ibanez RG as their weap... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar's pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock.

Since 1987, many players have selected the Ibanez RG as their weapon of choice for visiting sonic mayhem on the metal masses. With the right choice of pickups and flat, fast necks, the RG crunched its way to classic status.

As heavy as it rocks, the RG5EX1 guitar is made of basswood, a comparatively lightweight wood, which makes it very comfortable for extended playing. With a good balance of highs and lows, basswood is between alder and mahogany in sound character. 24 jumbo frets offer easy playing for leads and chording and the Edge III tremolo bridge lets you dive-bomb all night long while keeping tuning tight.

Total tonal choice is provided 5-way switching of an Ibanez Infinity 4 bridge humbucker with an alnico magnet that is warm sounding with good harmonics, an Infinity 3 neck humbucker with a ceramic magnet producing dynamic sound for rhythm chording, and an Infinity Single3 single-coil with an alnico magnet for traditional sounds with high output.

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Features
  • Basswood body
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Wizard II neck profile
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Sharktooth inlay
  • Reverse headstock
  • Edge III tremolo bridge
  • INF3 humbucker neck position pickup
  • INFS3 single-coil mid positiion pickup
  • INF4 humbucker bridge position pickup
  • Tone and volume controls
  • 5-way pickup switch
Warranty
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IbanezRG5EX1 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 152 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love at first sight-

Right before Christmas, my girlfriend told me that she was buying me a guitar for Christmas, but she wanted me to pick it out, so as not to choose the wrong one. So...Read complete review

Right before Christmas, my girlfriend told me that she was buying me a guitar for Christmas, but she wanted me to pick it out, so as not to choose the wrong one. So I went down to my local Guitar Center to pick one out. I walked in the door, proceded to the guitar section, and then everything faded around me until all I could see was what would be my new RG5EX1. It looked like it had been forged by a gun company, the smooth finish, the detailing on the neck. It looked so sharp I thought it would cut me. I immediately took it down, plugged it into the biggest Line 6 Spyder I could find, and began to play. 1/8th of a second later, I knew it was the one. I have had it for six months now, and it still feels like the first time everytime I open its case and play it. Incidentaly, I also got the Line 6 Spyder, and a Digitech GNX4 that day. Beautiful gifts from a beautiful girl. Now to find a wedding ring, ha ha ha...

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Great looking guitar!

It looks great but that's where it ends for me. The middle pickup gets in the way because where it's placed is exactly where I pick most of the time. The tremolo bar stays...Read complete review

It looks great but that's where it ends for me. The middle pickup gets in the way because where it's placed is exactly where I pick most of the time. The tremolo bar stays in tune as long as you press down. If you pull up (which is the point of the recess behind the tremelo!) it returns to a sharp pitch. Also, while the dark inlays on the neck match the hardware and the body color, they are hard to see under stage lights in a dark club. I took it back and exchanged it for a practice amp that didn't work when I got it home. I'm having lots of good luck with Guitar Center!

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(332 of 400 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sold on ibanez

By matt

from Byfield, MA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I've recently started playing the guitar about 6 months ago, so I'm pretty new. I started on an 8 year old Fender Strat and can play some basic tunes, chords, and some very easy solos. I went into guitarcenter last night and while I was waiting for friend, I picked up this Ibanez RG5, and let me say, I felt like I was reborn. The songs that I learned on the Strat were so much easier to play on the RG5. I often go into guitarcenter and play guitars "unplugged" because I know I'm not very good. But let me say, for the first time, I plugged that RG5 into an amp and played.........really played. I can't explain it, you just have to play this guitar. It's absolutely amazing. It won't make you a rock star overnight, but I'm definitely heading back soon to buy this guitar, because I really think it will make me a better player, faster.

(152 of 182 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love at first sight-

By ViralSerenity365187

from Milford, NH

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

Right before Christmas, my girlfriend told me that she was buying me a guitar for Christmas, but she wanted me to pick it out, so as not to choose the wrong one. So I went down to my local Guitar Center to pick one out. I walked in the door, proceded to the guitar section, and then everything faded around me until all I could see was what would be my new RG5EX1. It looked like it had been forged by a gun company, the smooth finish, the detailing on the neck. It looked so sharp I thought it would cut me. I immediately took it down, plugged it into the biggest Line 6 Spyder I could find, and began to play. 1/8th of a second later, I knew it was the one. I have had it for six months now, and it still feels like the first time everytime I open its case and play it. Incidentaly, I also got the Line 6 Spyder, and a Digitech GNX4 that day. Beautiful gifts from a beautiful girl. Now to find a wedding ring, ha ha ha...

(67 of 90 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish I Started Off Ibanez...

By Merciless

from AZ

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I knew after many times listening to some of my favorite deathmetal/metal/grindcore bands that used ibanez I had to give one a try. Nothing beats the quality passive pickups that ibanez presents in their instruments. If considering any mods to this axe sparzel locking tuners & dimarzio activator D's would be sufficient. Also I immediately put some elixir strings 49 gauge & tuned to D standard. This guitar is definately designed for fast riffs & complex metal styles of playing. I own many guitars and have played many guitars... for some reason this axe seems to be better than 90% of those $1,000 (minus) priced guitars.

(61 of 86 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar!

By Kumar2010

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

This is an awesome guitar. I saw it when I walked in to GC. It caught my eye from the first time I saw it. Believe me, it looks as good as it sounds. It's easy to move across the neck, so you can play fast, and it delivers an electrifying sound. This is one of the best Ibanez RG series out there.

(34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing guitar!

By Denny

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

A must buy! I have played this in guitarcenter, and I completely REGRET not getting this baby! This axe can shred, and it's metallic-like finish is amazing! Chords sound great, and it is very comfortable to play. I also love the fact it can play many genres, from jazz to metal.

(34 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection

By Kace Quinn

from Exeter, RI

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

Ibanez has really out done themselves this time. This guitar is not only good, its cheap too. It sounds like my Gibson SG, and plays like my Fender Strat. Ibanez is really the way to go. 5 stars, 10/10. Way to go Ibanez! Its good for anything; Jazz, Metal, Rock, Ska, Funk, everything. Ibanez does the job and well. Ibanez is the future.

(34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Life Is Complete.

By thatguythatplaysguitar

from Lawrence, Mi

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I was Givin the oppertunity to walk into guitar center with someone elses credit card and choose my next guiatr as a gift after my first live show. lucky me i know. so i walked in right, swaggered over to the guitarish area and even though i had nearly unlimited spending potentail, the only thing that fit my fancy was this guitar. the neck is so fast, so smooth, and topped with a beautiful pearl sharktooth inay. a reverse headstock that shows intense personification of a monster. the pickups, all three of them have the most diabolical collection of high to low gain screams and growls. and to top it all Ibanez saw fit to outfit this beast with an absolute, precision instrumunt called the edge three tremello system. and to this day i have never had a problem with the tuning. i am telling you all that if you want the perfect guitar that does not sacrifice quality for good looks and can satisfy evry corner of the musical world no matter what or how you play, then this "is" the guiatr for you.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow amazing guitar for an amazing price

By metallica7

from West Jordan, Utah

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar last april and all ive got to say is WOW!!! The moment i picked it up and imediatley went to the line six amps and started to play some solo licks and i knew that this was the guitar to buy. Since i got it learning songs was a hell of a lot easier because of the neck which is probably the most comfortable neck out there if you play very fast solo runs like me. The pickups are great i don't see why people complain about them and the tremolo is pretty good i can divebomb a lot and it will never go out of tune i havent had to tune it for over a month now which is pretty amazing. So get this guitar if you love metal or any type of rock.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive

By Kris Rice

from Knoxville, TN

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

Amazing guitar/amazing price. I traded in my 2008 Jackson JS1 on this today. Made in 08/2009. It's freaking hot, it screams. With two humbuckers,a single coil, and a five-way toggle, it's very versatile, you can get almost sound you want out of it. The pewter color, shark tooth inlays, and matching Edge III tremolo/locking nut look awesome. It required very little setup. Action was good and it was properly intonated, out of the box, no fret buzz or anything. Looks good. Sounds great! Love it!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

still amazing after 2 1/2 years

By ibanez4life<3

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar for 2 and a half years. When i first saw this guitar in guitar center i was in love, it fit my style fine for my budget and what i was looking for. I have yet to upgrade from this over the years simply because I don't need to. Some problems have occurred over the years such as the tremolo will get messed up if you aren't used to dealing with locking tremolos. Also, up top where you lock the strings down, the screws will eat out the holes if you tighten them too tight but it is an easy repair that won't cost over 15 dollars. I highly recommend this guitar to any musician in the metal genre on a budget. with a few extra bucks you can throw emgs in this and make it the slyest fox on stage.

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