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Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar Flat Blue Lagoon Burst

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If Ibanez can lay claim to the title of being the strongest name in Metal guitars, then the RGA is the model this reputation was built on. Every inch of this classic screams speed, fury, and expression. The RGAR42MFMT features a mahogany body with stunning flamed maple top and the legendary thin, Wizard III maple neck, revered for both its playing ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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If Ibanez can lay claim to the title of being the strongest name in Metal guitars, then the RGA is the model this reputation was built on. Every inch of this classic screams speed, fury, and expression.

The RGAR42MFMT features a mahogany body with stunning flamed maple top and the legendary thin, Wizard III maple neck, revered for both its playing comfort and unparalleled speed. A Maple fretboard and reversed headstock round out the visuals. Proprietary Quantum pickups for a focused, vintage meets modern, vibe and you’ve got a guitar that’s every inch a pure metal machine. Case sold separately.

Features

  • Made-for-metal body design
  • Stunning maple top
  • Fast-playing Wizard III neck
  • Versatile Quantum humbuckers with 5-way switch
  • Rock-stable, double-locking tremolo
Specifications
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Laminatead
  • Top wood: Flamed Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Wizard III
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 15.75 in.
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Quantum (H)
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Quantum (H)
  • Brand: Ibanez
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Switchable, neck humbucker in parallel position 2
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: Yes, position 4
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle double locking
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Black
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Top wood
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia
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IbanezRGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Has become my favorite! Great feel, great tones, looks great

I've only been playing about a year... but I am taking it very seriously. I started with a cheapo "kit" guitar and quickly moved to a Schecter Demon 6FR....Read complete review

I've only been playing about a year... but I am taking it very seriously. I started with a cheapo "kit" guitar and quickly moved to a Schecter Demon 6FR. I've loved the Demon since day 1. Since then I've bought and/or traded for the following: Schecter Hellraiser Solo II, EVH Wolfgang Standard, Fender Showmaster, Ibanez Artcore, Schecter Banshee Extreme, and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard.

Here is what I can tell you: This Ibanez RGAR42MFMT has quickly become my favorite of all! The tones are FANTASTIC (5 position switch provides 5 unique tones). I play through a Kustom HV30 tube amp - and I can get everything I need from Metallica tone to great cleans and everything in between with this setup and this guitar.

So compared to everything else I've owned, this one gives me the most range of tones - and I *really* like them, and this one is the most comfortable to play - it's very light weight and shaped to play! Oh, and it has the best sustain of all my guitars. And... most importantly for me: ZERO fret buzz with low action. I bought the guitar off the wall at GC, so I am not sure if they had it set up or what - but it was set up perfectly off the wall. Every other guitar I have/had has at least some fret buzz, but this one has zero.

So to make a short story long: This is my favorite guitar because it has great tones, feels great, looks great, and has zero fret buzz. One last thing, I actually like the Ibanez locking tremolo better than a Floyd Rose because the fine tuners have more play room (they are "taller"). The Schecter Demon 6FR is a pretty close 2nd place, for many of the same reasons (but it has fret buzz, but not through the amp, if I bang the strings to hard) and the neck on the Schecter has a slight gloss on the back which sometimes makes it a little sticky. The Ibanez neck is smooth as butter. I guess I'd say this Ibanez beats out the Demon 6 by just a little bit in every category - except perhaps the looks, where I'd give the Schecter a slight edge.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I WILL NEVER BUY FROM GUITAR CENTER AGAIN

If I could give 0 stars I would, and I will never buy form Guitar Center again. I bought this "New" guitar online, but received a used one. It...Read complete review

If I could give 0 stars I would, and I will never buy form Guitar Center again. I bought this "New" guitar online, but received a used one. It came with a broken bridge (the entire screw in the bridge where the whammy bar goes was completely gone. Instead, there was just a big hole), missing whammy bar, guitar cable, allen wrenches, missing maintenance manual, and multiple scratches on the body of the guitar. Also came in another guitar's box (Gretch). This guitar was shipped used and broken from a store instead of Guitar Center's distribution center, but you would never know that until you get your order. Then, horrible service over the phone. I will never again shop at Guitar Center. I have nothing but good experiences from other online retailers, and made a mistake by choosing this one. Buyer beware!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic guitar!

By Marb

from Little Rock, AR

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

      I've had my eye on these for a while now but decided to pick one up after Christmas and I'm very glad I did. I play many different types of music and while the stock pickups aren't perfect, they are pretty darn good. Dialed back a little the neck will give a nice warm clean tone while the out of phase produces a nice strum oriented sound.The bridge is hot but not to brittle, compared to the old INF stock pickups these are fantastic, almost as good as the old S series.

      The reason I purchased though was for the neck (can always replace pickups right?). The unfinished / satin neck feels amazingly smooth. The maple fretboard (yes, from mine it looks to be truly a maple fretboard on a maple neck, not 1 solid piece of maple - this is a good thing IMHO) is as smooth as glass and the frets on the one they pulled out of the box for me at the store a perfect. All are very smooth, no rough spots and the edges look exactly like the "rolled" edges on my premium JEM.

      I've been playing my single cut guitars a lot the past year but I simply can't seem to put this one down. I was initially concerned with the trem. I love the original Edge and the Low Pro but had some bad experiences with a mid priced Ibanez about 4 years ago. This one, it's still called the Edge III, works great so far. A little string stretching, minor trem adjustment and its stayed in tune with a lot of playing for over a week.

      If you want a great mid priced guitar with good stock pickups that stays in tune, pick this up. You will love the neck. If you think you need to spend twice as much to get a great feeling maple fretboard, you don't.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Has become my favorite! Great feel, great tones, looks great

      By Randy

      from Fort Worth, Texas

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

        I've only been playing about a year... but I am taking it very seriously. I started with a cheapo "kit" guitar and quickly moved to a Schecter Demon 6FR. I've loved the Demon since day 1. Since then I've bought and/or traded for the following: Schecter Hellraiser Solo II, EVH Wolfgang Standard, Fender Showmaster, Ibanez Artcore, Schecter Banshee Extreme, and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard.

        Here is what I can tell you: This Ibanez RGAR42MFMT has quickly become my favorite of all! The tones are FANTASTIC (5 position switch provides 5 unique tones). I play through a Kustom HV30 tube amp - and I can get everything I need from Metallica tone to great cleans and everything in between with this setup and this guitar.

        So compared to everything else I've owned, this one gives me the most range of tones - and I *really* like them, and this one is the most comfortable to play - it's very light weight and shaped to play! Oh, and it has the best sustain of all my guitars. And... most importantly for me: ZERO fret buzz with low action. I bought the guitar off the wall at GC, so I am not sure if they had it set up or what - but it was set up perfectly off the wall. Every other guitar I have/had has at least some fret buzz, but this one has zero.

        So to make a short story long: This is my favorite guitar because it has great tones, feels great, looks great, and has zero fret buzz. One last thing, I actually like the Ibanez locking tremolo better than a Floyd Rose because the fine tuners have more play room (they are "taller"). The Schecter Demon 6FR is a pretty close 2nd place, for many of the same reasons (but it has fret buzz, but not through the amp, if I bang the strings to hard) and the neck on the Schecter has a slight gloss on the back which sometimes makes it a little sticky. The Ibanez neck is smooth as butter. I guess I'd say this Ibanez beats out the Demon 6 by just a little bit in every category - except perhaps the looks, where I'd give the Schecter a slight edge.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Would definitely purchase again

        By Matt

        from Colorado Springs

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

        Main thing that disappointed me about this guitar is the fact that it's such a nice instrument for the price that you pay for, but the finish is pretty poor quality. It looks kind of like a 14 year old spray painted it in his garage. Other than that, the pick ups aren't too shabby, the tone is nice, it has a solid feel and it's fun to play.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My new favorite!!

        By Chris

        from earth

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a must have. It's light weight, it sounds amazing, and it looks beautiful. Thanks to the double locking on this guitar, you will be able to play and not get out of tune.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just got it fantastic guitar play this through a Katana 100

          By Eddie

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • smoking sound since it's ash you can play anythi
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

            Beautiful guitar almost like their top end models great tone

             
            5.0

            Perfect!

            By arecj001

            from Sun Valley, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

              I play Heavey Metal and Church music. This guitar has the most perfect action of any guitar I've ever played at a super great price. Sounds fantastic stays perfectly in tune and is beautiful on top of all that.
              Ibanez always listens to players and constantly improves every year.
              I also ordered the W200C case from Ibanez so it fits perfectly in there.

               
              5.0

              Best Deal for Metal, Shredders, Floyd Rose Types

              By Metalhead 13

              from Mesa, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Awesome Stock Pickups
              • Flat Satin Finish
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Reverse Headstock
              • Solid Electronics
              • Traditional Floating Floyd Rose

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues
                • Wood Shed

                Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                Saw this last year when it came out, eye catching with the reverse headstock, flat flame finish and the maple fretboard. Totally wanted one when I got to try out in store. This is an Ibanez spot model meaning this is exclusively made for Guitar Center/MF to sell. The new in-house stock Quantum pickups are really great, the best budget stock pickups I have ever had. Huge upgrade from the previous INF pickups Ibanez use to ship with. They sound like my Dimarzio Fusions on my Iron Label S. The tone was dead on through my DSL/JVM without making EQ adjustments, straight to the amp, no effects. I will not be swapping out these pickups. 5 way p/u selector is useful and provides variety of tones. The unfinished maple neck is smooth, has more of a C shape pattern unlike slimmer Wizard necks but not a huge deal. Feels like a standard Fender strat but not as rounded due to the flatter radius (9.5 compared to 15.75) fretboard. Total accessibility throughout the fretboard. Volume pot is smooth and fast. The trem is more like a traditional style Floyd Rose, Ibanez branded. No issues whatsoever with it, but a word to the wise. You need to be experienced with setting up Floating trems, if not leave it to a pro. They aren't meant to drop in low tunings right out of the box. A proper setup is required, a similar hard tail version is available. So happy the trem spring cavity plate has the open access to the claw screws. Floyd like bridge is great and happy to have it, still wouldn't mind an Edge-Zero II but for the price you can't beat it. Would've bought brand new full price but couldn't pass up a used deal either. I purchased used at GC. Overall I love this guitar, leaves me craving to play more during the day while at work, it's that great! It has totally motivated me to play more, it's provides countless hours of enjoyment! The RGA body is sleek, smooth, nice arch top shape compared to flat top RG bodies. Stacks up well against my higher priced made guitars, buy it!

                 
                1.0

                I WILL NEVER BUY FROM GUITAR CENTER AGAIN

                By Joe

                from San Pedro, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Broken Bridge

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                    If I could give 0 stars I would, and I will never buy form Guitar Center again. I bought this "New" guitar online, but received a used one. It came with a broken bridge (the entire screw in the bridge where the whammy bar goes was completely gone. Instead, there was just a big hole), missing whammy bar, guitar cable, allen wrenches, missing maintenance manual, and multiple scratches on the body of the guitar. Also came in another guitar's box (Gretch). This guitar was shipped used and broken from a store instead of Guitar Center's distribution center, but you would never know that until you get your order. Then, horrible service over the phone. I will never again shop at Guitar Center. I have nothing but good experiences from other online retailers, and made a mistake by choosing this one. Buyer beware!

                     
                    5.0

                    Such an amazing and gorgeous guitar

                    By Boogity Boo

                    from Brigham City, Utah

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • Ultra lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • School Bands

                      Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                      As a classic metalhead, this guitar is perfect. The trem is great for dive bombs and stays in place and isn't too loose like the on on my Jackson Kelly. The finish makes the wood shine through and gives it a real 70s look and is absolutely gorgeous. The sound is wide and full and the neck pickups are incredible. Very warm and nice sound. This baby has some crunch as well, and it makes power chords rip through the air on the bridge pickup. The neck is beautiful and as with most Ibanez solid body electrics, the Headstock looks sick. The locking system is great, as the tuning nuts on the bridge are really tall and it makes fine tuning easier than on other Floyd roses I've used. Incredible guitar and I'm very happy with my purchase.

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent guitar for all skill levels

                      By Jblay

                      from Alabama

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up

                      Cons

                      • Fret Buzz
                      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                      This is overall a great guitar but I have some small grips. The low E string does resonate some with power cords and faster play. Also the high E string will hang on the frets from time to time. Maybe angling the frets on the high end could help with this. This guitar is a lot of fun to play and practice on. It would work fine to play in a band and probably even record with but I'm not a professional player. I look forward to jamming on it and my son is playing now because of his experience with the Ibanez RG series guitar.

                       
                      5.0

                      Phenominal guitar!

                      By Nick

                      from NJ

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                        I've been playing guitar for about 2 years now. This has very good sound quality. The quality of the guitar as a whole is outstanding. The neck is made from maple, you will be able to slide up and down the neck with ease. This guitar is light weight (about the same as my Epiphone Les Paul spec II LE). Tuning the guitar can be a bit of a pain, but once you learn how to properly tune it, you'll be all set. This guitar will not disappoint.

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Mid-Range Guitar by Ibanez!!

                        By JJ

                        from Dallas, Texas

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Agressive Looks
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                          I got this guitar for my first electric, and I can say that I am not disappointed. One of my favorite features is the 24 frets, which allows for extra range when shredding. I will practice several hours everyday, and I can easily do it on this guitar. The pickups are very effective, and allows for a clear tone. It also has locking nuts for better intonation (but don't forget to loosen them before tuning because I have broken a few strings in store). This guitar also includes a whammy bar, and a cable, for more versatility and accessibility. Finally, this guitar looks very cool, as looks can be very important to any musician.
                          However, one complaint I do have is that whenever I try to adjust to a different tuning, the guitar does not want to stay in tune, and it takes me at least 20 minutes to get the strings to settle. I don't know if it the strings or the guitar itself, but it's rather annoying. Other than that, the guitar is great!

                           
                          5.0

                          Surprisingly very nice

                          By Armycopter

                          from Saco, Me

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Ibanez RGA series RGAR42MFMT Electric Guitar:

                            Went to GC to kill a few hours with no plan to buy a new guitar. I have about a dozen guitars at home from 12 string acoustics to high end Gibson LP electrics. I am a home hobbyist guitar player who has been playing for about 30 years. I have been looking at getting a "shred" type guitar for a while. Jackson's mostly. I happened to see this Ibanez in the blue color and got drawn in to pick it up. I don't normally like satin or flat finishes at all but this guitar is/was a real stunner. I plugged the guitar into an amp and spend about an hour with it. I couldn't believe the action and the feel of the neck. It was extremely easy to play with no fret buzz and what feels like a super wide radius neck. The floating Trem is new to me although I have several original Floyd Rose equipped guitars. I like it! So far it stays in tune surprisingly well and for now I see no need to upgrade it. The pickups are a bit hot but in a good way. Very nice tone and not harsh at all. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this guitar - and not just because it's inexpensive. It is truly a well built guitar that plays and sounds very good. I would recommend this to anyone.

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