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Old 01-24-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Ibanezqm520?

Hey there yall. I'm still looking into getting a new guitar and was wondering how well this guitar would shred/play metal? I think the guitar is actually a sz520? Not sure how good this guitar is or if I should hold off and get the rg350dx I've been wanting.

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Ibanezes play metal? Since when!?

Serious mode: It'll only play metal if -you- play metal.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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It'll play metal if you play metal through an amp that's good for metal.

I would go check that guitar out. The RG350DX won't be very good for a long-term guitar. It has the Edge III tremolo bridge. If you can set it up, it's quite good. But it's made of cheap metal that will wear down over time and eventually it will fail to hold its tuning, forcing you to block the trem.

While I admit I'm no expert on the subject, save the trems for higher end guitars.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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Sz's are pretty awesome guitars.

I'd take that over any rg3xx model.

The hard tail is a plus as it will let you drop and change tunings quicker and easier.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:09 PM   #5
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I would definitely go with the SZ over the RG350DX. I love my 370, but I would trade it for an SZ with Evos in a second.

EDIT: And Ibanez guitars are great for metal. Most guitars are great for metal if you try hard enough.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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Get the SZ, the evos just make the deal.

Just to add... the evos will punish you if you make any mistakes in your playing such as accidentally hitting another string
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:56 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
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I have this guitar. It's absolutely ideal for metal. Great pickups as standard, good solid neck and the sustain goes on forever.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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I have this guitar. It's absolutely ideal for metal. Great pickups as standard, good solid neck and the sustain goes on forever.


So it plays pretty fast? How thick is the neck?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #10
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Well, I know my action (string height) came pretty low as standard from the factory and this has been ideal, I haven't needed to bugger about with it at all. The neck is wonderful, the paint that's been used seems to allow my hand to slide around on it quite easily. Sounds a little strange but that's the feeling I get from it. If you've ever played a Les Paul style guitar it's a lot like that, not especially thick but comfortable.

It's amazing how much of a difference it makes with the strings going through the body. A note can last ages if you want it too.

My only criticism is that it's fairly heavy, keeping in style with the Les Paul vibe I guess. This only feels strange to me because my other guitars are pretty light strat-style jobbies.
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Well, I know my action (string height) came pretty low as standard from the factory and this has been ideal, I haven't needed to bugger about with it at all. The neck is wonderful, the paint that's been used seems to allow my hand to slide around on it quite easily. Sounds a little strange but that's the feeling I get from it. If you've ever played a Les Paul style guitar it's a lot like that, not especially thick but comfortable.

It's amazing how much of a difference it makes with the strings going through the body. A note can last ages if you want it too.

My only criticism is that it's fairly heavy, keeping in style with the Les Paul vibe I guess. This only feels strange to me because my other guitars are pretty light strat-style jobbies.


Awesome man, this is exactly what I wanted to know. I also have been playing a cheap strat knockoff for like 4 years, it's pretty light. I like light guitars personally. I'm sure I'll get used to the heaviness! Thanks again.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:56 PM   #12
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Awesome man, this is exactly what I wanted to know. I also have been playing a cheap strat knockoff for like 4 years, it's pretty light. I like light guitars personally. I'm sure I'll get used to the heaviness! Thanks again.

Yeah it makes a nice change Glad I could help. Enjoy buddy!
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