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The left-handed Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar has a basswood body with a bound 24-fret, 3-piece Wizard II neck for fast and effortless shredding. Aesthetic touches include sharktooth fingerboard inlay... Click To Read More About This Product

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The left-handed Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar has a basswood body with a bound 24-fret, 3-piece Wizard II neck for fast and effortless shredding. Aesthetic touches include sharktooth fingerboard inlays and black hardware.

Infinity Pickups
The Infinity 3 (INF3) humbucking pickup has a ceramic magnet and delivers dynamic tones for chording and rhythm. The Infinity Single 3 (INFS3) is a single-coil pickup with an Alcico magnet and has a traditional-sound with the higher output demanded by modern music. It is designed to work with the humbuckers in the split position. The Infinity 4 is a humbucking pickup with an Alnico magnet and has a brilliant tone for lead work. It's warm and generates good harmonics.

Edge III tremolo
The Edge III tremolo has lower profile fine tuners for better palm comfort and provides strength and extraordinary tuning stability even under the most demanding playing conditions. The diabolical, double-locking Edge III bridge lets you get into radical tremolo territory while retaining total tuning stability.

For two decades, the legion of Ibanez RG warriors has grown like a virus, thrusting the RG guitar to the head of the metal pack. The Ibanez RG's fast, flat necks, rabid pickups, and double-locking tremolos deliver demonically charged sounds that go far beyond the world of mere mortals.


  • Solid Body Left-handed Double Cutaway
  • Basswood Body
  • 3-piece Bolt-on Maple Neck
  • 25.5" Scale Length
  • Wizard II Neck Profile
  • 1.69" Nut Width
  • 24 Jumbo Frets
  • Bound Rosewood Fretboard
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Sharktooth Fretboard Inlays
  • Edge III Bridge
  • INF3 Bridge Pickup
  • INFS3 Middle Pickup
  • INF4 Neck Pickup
  • Master Volume, Master Tone Controls
  • 5-Way Blade Pickup Selector
  • Die Cast Tuners
  • Black Hardware
  • Case Not Included
  • Wizard II Neck Dimensions:
  • Scale/Length: 25.5"/648mm
  • Fretboard Radius: 15.75"/400mm
  • Width at Nut: 1.69"/43mm
  • Width Last Fret: 2.20"/56mm
  • Thickness 1st Fret: 0.74"/19mm
  • Thickness 12th Fret: 0.82"/21mm
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IbanezRG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar

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(36 of 39 customers found this review helpful)


What do you mean Ibanez Didn't Make This!?

By Alan

from Houston,TX

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

I was at guitar center and saw an unexpected surprise-The Ibanez RG5EX1 guitar and I just said wow!!! The finish is amazing, no fingerprint stains by the way. The neck is just awesome! Many reasons you should get this guitar: 1. It's an Ibanez! (You've already made a fine choice!) 2.The "more than you can expect" features for it's price. 3.Tremolo system is very cool, you could do anything even I can ever think of-Satch Screams,Dimebag Squeals,Steve Vai's Bad Horsie squeals, ESPECIALLY Eddie Van Halen Divebombs! 4.Nice pickups,and this is a great sounding guitar. 5.Born for Shred,Neo-Classical,Thrash,or anything fast! Save yourself the search and go for the Ibanez.You WON'T regret it!!! (I know I didn't!)

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)



By Colton Sellers

from Gilbert, AZ

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

I have been waiting to buy this guitat for a long time. It is one of the best I have ever play.. considering i have only played like 5... but I enjoy it a lot! Though the tremelo bar gets annoying WHEN in need of tuning, with the right care, that is rarely needed! Thumbs up!

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar and Great Price


from Escondido, CA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar during the Presidents Day weekend sale. A steal for all the features. The narrow neck is great and the sound is perfect for my classic rock favorites. As far as tuning it goes, It wasn't in tune when I bought it but it took me about a minute to dial it in. Fun guitar and great price.

(7 of 83 customers found this review helpful)


There is no way Ibanez made this. >:(

By Jerin

from Oregon

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

I went to guitar center and picked this guitar up only to find that it was out of tune. Seeing as this is the case for most guitars with a locking tremolo, I was not turned off by the guitar. It ended up taking me a whole ten minutes to tune the guitar and by the time it was ready to play, I was ready to put it down. When I first sat down with it, I instantly noticed a difference in the neck. It wasn't as slim as a lot of the older Ibanez guitars(which ultimately disappointed me). The Diamarzio pickups are HORRID! The Edge Pro is TERRIBLE! I don't recommend that anyone buy this guitar, even if it is the only Ibanez lefty with a locking tremolo.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Guitar

By david

from Knoxville, TN

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing. Especially for the price. I got it today and i havent been able to put it down. I also have an sg... and i just changed strings and normally i would want to play it with fresh strings... but i just cant put this guitar down its amazing. If your thinking about getting one. get. it.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


great guitar

By david

from knoxville tn

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

i just got this guitar not too long ago. It is an amazing guitar for lefties. the neck is really thin and easy to play very fast on. i didnt like the pick ups very much though... they didnt have enough bass to them and i didnt like them for what i like to play. So i put a seymour duncan dimebucker in the bridge. and a dimarzio in the neck. it sounds alot better now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Can you say Awsome!?!?

By Ronald Sontay

from Atlantic City, New Jersey

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

Just like alot of you I entrusted this guitar on its reviews, and i dont regret it one bit! i was pretty sad and worried because I couldnt play it when I 1st got it the fact that I play in DropC tuning but once I got it set-up and tuned I couldnt put it down! It sounded amazing! The pick-ups "pick up" great sound especially for solo's just aswell for rythm and chord work. Yes tuning might be a bit difficult n picky but once you got it down it will literally stay in tune for good thnx to the locks! The Edge III tremolo is great, easily nails all kinds of harmonics and squeels, witch I love, and as much as you abuse that wammy(tremolo)bar, it will not un-tune. So yeahh i think this guitar is great. It is a bit heavy but c'mon a little muscle wouldnt hurt and the tremolo bar deosnt stay in place where you need it but that's about it. Unless your REALLY REAALLY picky about your guitar I would recommend it to any lefty out there who is looking for a powerful, Hard Rock guitar!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome guitar for the money

By Stan Zalesney

from Boston MA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Left-Handed Electric Guitar:

When I see a lefty guitar, anywhere, I immediately try it. If it happens to be a good guitar and I don't buy it, the next time I am in the store it is always gone. Since good lefty guitars are hard to come buy, I buy every good one I come across, that I can afford. Most manufacturers only make their base models for lefties and 90% of the time they are painted black or white. Hence, I have a lot of black and white guitars, black and white are not colors, boring. This one is a nice pewter with black hardware and really neat gray inlays, very cool. I'm not a shredder, I'm more of a classic rock/blues guy and this guitar works great for those styles too. When I tried this guitar at GC over 18 months ago, I knew it was a keeper, so I bought it. The RG5EX1 plays easier and more smoothly then any comparably priced guitar that I own or have tried. The trem stays in tune, period. While it was difficult to get to stay in tune initially, it has stayed almost perfectly in tune since, including a couple month lay off in a gig bag. I had a problem with two of the locking nut screws being so short they just fell out while I was playing. However, I was still able to play in tune. When a trip back to GC did not correct the problem, I went to a hardware store and bought longer screws. They are silver instead of black and were a little too long so I had to cut them down, but they work just fine. Other reviewers knocked the pick-ups and I agree a little. The humbuckers are not as full sounding as those in my several grand costing white 1987 Les Paul Custom and the single coil is very thin sounding (unlike my black 1978 matched set Texas Special equipped Strat) and does it not match up at all with the Ibanez humbuckers in my opinion. But hey, its a $430 guitar. Top of the line Gibson and Fender replacement pick-ups won't raise your total cost much over $500 and you can make those changes as your budget allows. In conclusion, buy this guitar whether you are a lefty or not. It plays great in many styles, looks great, doesn't dislocate your shoulder, or bruise your forearm. It is a hell of an axe for the money and its got the cool factor down in spades!

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