RG5SP1 Electric Guitar  

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The Ibanez RG5SP1 electric guitar from the RG series has a deep double-cutaway basswood body with a 3-piece maple neck. The Wizard II profile paves the way for fast and effortless shredding. Aesthetic... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez RG5SP1 electric guitar from the RG series has a deep double-cutaway basswood body with a 3-piece maple neck. The Wizard II profile paves the way for fast and effortless shredding. Aesthetic touches include an "X" inlay at the 12th fret of the 24-fret rosewood fingerboard and black hardware including the Edge III tremolo bridge, die cast tuners, and master control knobs.

Infinity Pickups
The Infinity 3 (INF3) humbucking neck pickup has a ceramic magnet and delivers dynamic tones for chording and rhythm. The Infinity 4 humbucking bridge pickup features an Alnico magnet and has a brilliant tone for lead work. Its warm sound generates good harmonics.

Edge III tremolo
The RG5SP1's 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 popularity of Ibanez RG axes has grown like a virus, thrusting it to the forefront of metal music. 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

Features
  • Solidbody 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
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 15.75" fretboard radius
  • "X" Inlay at 12th fret
  • Edge III tremolo bridge
  • INF3 neck humbucker
  • INF4 bridge humbucker
  • Master Volume and Tone controls
  • 5-way blade pickup selector
  • Die cast tuners
  • Black hardware
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • 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"/21m
Warranty
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IbanezRG5SP1 Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazingly versatile guitar

This an absolutely amazing guitar, so I'll start with the cons. I can barely think of any, but one problem that fender vets will find in switching to this guitar is that the...Read complete review

This an absolutely amazing guitar, so I'll start with the cons. I can barely think of any, but one problem that fender vets will find in switching to this guitar is that the frets are rather tiring, because they are much larger, and it takes effort to slide correctly if you are used to a strat's smaller frets. Also, it only has one tone knob, and no fret markers on the fretboard (there are binding markers though). On to the good stuff! The best thing about this guitar is its versatility. It has a very responsive treble and a tight bass on clean, has a punchy crunch sound, and melts faces with high gain. I'd say that it has the most output of any passive guitar that i've tried, and though many people dislike the inf3 and 4 buckers, they provide plenty of punch. The tremolo is just as good as a floyd, and is a lot more comfortable for palm muting. Being an ibanez, it is perfect for satch and vai repertoire, but can also get Slash tones, and I'm guessing the 5 way blade switch includes the coil tap (so you can get a strat sound too). I'd say that this is a huge upgrade from an epi les paul, and about the same quality (better features, slightly lower quality tone) of a Stratocaster. I'd say that the only guitar i couldn't imitate with this would be a tele, but that's pretty obvious from the start. Overall, an incredible axe for any style, and it seems like it will last me the rest of my life. Get it if you want a dream guitar for a starving artist's price.

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Looks terrific, but plays average

I love the finish and the contrasting white pickups. I also like the lack of fret markers since I never used them anyways (it still has dots on the neck where they aren't visible...Read complete review

I love the finish and the contrasting white pickups. I also like the lack of fret markers since I never used them anyways (it still has dots on the neck where they aren't visible from the front). The flat neck is great and with the deep cutaway you get a lot of extra frets. The cons: I don't know whether the wood is cheap or they bored too much out of the screw holes, but the screws that hold the strap pegs keep falling out. This started a week after I got it. I put in longer screws and a few months later they too started falling out. I tried a couple of rubber washers as lock washers and it didn't help. I have to tighten the screws after every playing session. Soon the holes will be sawdust and I don't know how I will attach my strap to my guitar. I get bad fret buzz in various places. When I got the guitar the tech at Guitar Center put on .010 strings for me, but he left buzzes on 3 open strings, if you can believe it. When I played those strings they fretted out completely. It was totally unplayable. I took it to a competitor and that tech was better but I still wasn't happy, so I set it up myself. I got rid of most of the buzzes but I had to raise the action. When I play clean there is still enough buzz that I cringe but I don't want to raise the action any more, or what's the point of that nice flat neck? I have heard the vibrato system is cheap but it seems fine to me. Once I set it up it stays in tune through heavy vibrato and dives. I can't get a decent flutter though.

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4.0

LOVE IT

By Pearloyster98

from Sylvania,OH

Pros

  • Can Handle Everything
  • Many Genres

Cons

  • Frusturating Bridge

Best Uses

  • Everything

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar a year and a half ago and have used it almost EVERY single day after that. I found another one in Florida a year before that adn instantly loved its feel.I play everything from heavey metal, to worship and she plays it all beautifully. When playing clean, the switch is best in the middle, lead is best all the way down. The only reason i give this guitar four stars is the bridge. i love having the floating Edge III, but i have spent countless frusturating hours trying to set it perfectly. This is a GREAT intermediate guitar if you are willing to put the time into the bridge. Does have action, but it is not a lot. A GREAT GUITAR

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR!

By Zach jennings

from Texas

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in a pawn shop just because it was so cheap. It seemed like new when i purchased it and sounds and feels great! The only thing i don't like is the melted black finish. it hasn't started to chip off its actually very tough i just don't like it but that is a very easy problem to fix. And the same goes for the pickups, they are not the best out there but they are still very quality stock pickups. Again thats a very easy problem to fix. The bridge is very nice and the guitar stays in tune well until the strings get to old. The jumbo frets are so easy to play but for people with small hands it might seem difficult its no problem if you have big hands, the frets make it almost effortless to play fast solos on so this guitar overall gets 5 stars!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

At least two good qualities and yet a few issues

By ANDREW KERKES

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

This Ibanez RG5SP1 electric guitar probably has what most quality Ibanez guitars have. First, they make great distortion power-chord rhythm guitars. Second, this guitar, its shred-able, as it should be for this type of guitar. Also, the pickups, fretboard, tremolo, most everything, etc., seem quality engineered to a decent acceptable standard for this instrument. However, what definitely needs improvement is the melted black finish. I have had this guitar just a few weeks, and already, in three tiny areas the black finish has chipped off. Its prototype finish needs some recalculation. Very minor nicks just appeared, so, I know that the finish on this should have been made stronger. On another note, my hands are average, so, the jumbo frets and the length of them make it a bit more difficult to reach those open E and A string when you are hitting notes up there. The problem is that you end up hitting the high E string, on the way up to the low E and A. Yes, better technique or bigger hands would solve that hurdle. Finally, I would not consider this guitar the best warm tone guitar either. Like, unplugged pretty chord acoustic? No, it would not my first choice. I think this thing is a metal guitar and more. Like any guitar, visit the local shop and try it out first, then, if you like it, purchase it where it costs the least or do something better. A low price still could be a deal breaker. Peace, goodwill and merry Christmas!

 
5.0

Beautiful.

By Jacob Ashcraft

from Argos, IN

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

I own an Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall, an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Flametop, an Ashland something or other that looks like a PRS, then this. The Ibanez is by far my favorite guitar. It's amazing for detuning. I currently have it tuned CGCFAD It's so heavy and low. I play metal and hardcore. Plays Hatebreed and the like perfectly. It's also great for regular Drop-D and standard.
The pick-ups are simply amazing. Even with the pickups being awesome I've been thinking about dropping in Seymour Duncan Mick Thomson Blackouts. Not sure yet. But this guitar is simply perfect.
The finish on this guitar is perfect, it doesn't scratch, show fingerprints, or get tacky from sweat. The pickups are amazing for heavy lows and peircing highs. The mids are sweet. Great sustain and the edge III tremelo has an awesome range while still staying in tune, the lower profile of the trem makes it easier for palm muting too.. I Just wish the bar could screw in like the floyd rose.
Very well put together, super fast neck, beautiful guitar.
We got this on sale for $350. At the time we were looking for guitars at around the $300 mark. For a time my dad and I were looking at a DEAN. It just didn't have the look I wanted but it had baker pickups. I came across this just browsing while it was $500. Showed it to my dad and he said "I'm not made of money." The next day the guitar was on sale for $350. I knew it was a sign. We bought it that day and I got it about a week later.

 
5.0

Ibanez RG5SP1

By Instrumguitar

from Altoona, Pa

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing for the price. This is my 2nd Ibanez. I also have Sz520. If you buy one take it to someone that is great at setting them up. Mine was just ok, but after having a friend set the Rg up, it became a fierce weapon of music. My neck is straight and I put 10 to 46 Blue Steel strings on it. all in all this is a great guitar. Don't care for the neck pickup but the bridge pickup just rips. Buy it you'll like it...

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Watch for lemons

By tameddragon

from Iowa

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

Thinking the white coils against a black finish looked cool, I auditioned one of these at a local dealer. One of the 1st things I look for is fret buzz. The example in my hands had none on the low strings, but the high strings were practically dead up to the 6th fret. The neck was warped in a manner I've not seen in 30 years. Neck relief on the low side was close to correct, but the high side bowed in the complete opposite direction. Correctable, but not the kind of initial quality one would expect. First test failed. I didn't waste my time plugging it in. My low opinion of Ibanez continues.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Either love it or hate it

By Alex Baldizon

from Guatemala

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

This is one of those cases where you either completely love or hate this guitar. It's got jumbo frets that take getting used to. I've got small hands and one of my main guitars has a really thin neck and smaller frets, so it took me a while to get used to it. The good thing about it is that when you're shredding on the higher notes at the lower part of the neck, it's actually easier to play with a little bit wider frets, which allows for more accuracy and speed. It also takes a while getting used to playing without the markers on the fretboard, and you really have to work hard at it if you're not used to it. The neck is a little wide for my taste but it's thin. Once you get past those things you realize this is a great guitar. It's great for playing metal. It has the Infinity 3 and 4 pickups which are really good, and since it has a 5-position switch you can really get a lot of sounds out of this guitar. The Edge III tremolo is really good, it's really comfortable when it comes to playing and really stays in tune. The guitar is really well built. I think it looks really cool, but that's a question of individual taste.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Looks terrific, but plays average

By eddycurrents

from richmond va

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

I love the finish and the contrasting white pickups. I also like the lack of fret markers since I never used them anyways (it still has dots on the neck where they aren't visible from the front). The flat neck is great and with the deep cutaway you get a lot of extra frets. The cons: I don't know whether the wood is cheap or they bored too much out of the screw holes, but the screws that hold the strap pegs keep falling out. This started a week after I got it. I put in longer screws and a few months later they too started falling out. I tried a couple of rubber washers as lock washers and it didn't help. I have to tighten the screws after every playing session. Soon the holes will be sawdust and I don't know how I will attach my strap to my guitar. I get bad fret buzz in various places. When I got the guitar the tech at Guitar Center put on .010 strings for me, but he left buzzes on 3 open strings, if you can believe it. When I played those strings they fretted out completely. It was totally unplayable. I took it to a competitor and that tech was better but I still wasn't happy, so I set it up myself. I got rid of most of the buzzes but I had to raise the action. When I play clean there is still enough buzz that I cringe but I don't want to raise the action any more, or what's the point of that nice flat neck? I have heard the vibrato system is cheap but it seems fine to me. Once I set it up it stays in tune through heavy vibrato and dives. I can't get a decent flutter though.

 
5.0

Rg5sp1

By Ben222

from Herndon VA

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

I have 3 guitars and this one is by far my favorite. I have had it for 6 months now, but after the first week i realized it is impossible to put down. The pick ups are amazing, the finish is wierd but cool. But the best part is the neck. It has the fastest neck of any guitar ive ever played. I have a korina explorer and i enjoy playing this guitar more. I recomend it for anyone who loves hard rock, metal and especially speed metal.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is so 'UNDER-PRICED'

By Edward Suh

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Ibanez RG5SP1 Electric Guitar:

This is just perfect. I have nothing to say. There are many good metal guitars. and I'm pretty sure it's one of the best metal guitars. I've used Schecter Synyster custom and Fender US Strat. But I wasn't satisfied with them. First of all, Schecter and Fender, their guitars are so overpriced. But, Ibanez rg5sp1 was different. I would say it is the most metal-compatible guitar. Its floyd rose edge3 tremolo bridge wasn't more bendable than floyd rose original signed tremolo bridge. But it was good enough to play semi-metal(avenged sevenfold songs). and INF3 and INF4 were pretty good match. It's up to you guys, but it wasn't bad for me. actually it sounds pretty sharp(crunchy), so it was great for me. plus, ibanez's super-thin neck was good to play something fast songs(metal solo parts). and if u are interested in this guitar, then i would recommend jackson guitars too. just look em up and make a good decision.

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