#1
I recently purchased an Ibanez RG3EXFM1 (Black Cherry). Is there a better Ibanez that you could purchase for under $500? I really like the Wizard II neck, but this is going to be my last guitar purchase for a loooong time. At the time Guitar Center didn't have too many Ibanez's with fixed bridges in stock.

My requirements:

* Wizard II Neck
* Fixed Bridge
* Bound Neck preferable
* some variation of red or matte black for the color
* Passive pickups preferred


I am not saying I don't like my RG3EXFM1, I just want to make sure that there isn't a better quality guitar that I am missing out on just because it wasn't in stock at the time.

P.S. Would the expert guitarist on this forum consider this a good guitar to mod in the future? At some point install locking tuners, upgrade pickups, etc.
#2
If you go used you should be able to pick up a rg 550 from the 90's for around that price or cheaper. I bought a rg 2550z used on ebay for 640, so used is the way to go.
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#3
Ibanez RGR421EXFM. $450.
Wizard II, mahogany body, fixed bridge, and comes in "blackberry sunburst" and "transparent lavender burst"

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR421EXFM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512459

I've got one. They're pretty awesome, except for the pickups.
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#4
Ibanez RGA42FM, the only problem with that model is the active pickups which are replaceable anyway.
#5
Haha I was going to say RGA42FM as well. I tried it and it feels very nice, and has higher quality parts than the RG3EXFM1. It's also got this cool EQ switch that switches the sound to a preset EQ curve. And red is available.
#6
Quote by dyc
I recently purchased an Ibanez RG3EXFM1 (Black Cherry). Is there a better Ibanez that you could purchase for under $500? I really like the Wizard II neck, but this is going to be my last guitar purchase for a loooong time. At the time Guitar Center didn't have too many Ibanez's with fixed bridges in stock.

My requirements:

* Wizard II Neck
* Fixed Bridge
* Bound Neck preferable
* some variation of red or matte black for the color
* Passive pickups preferred


I am not saying I don't like my RG3EXFM1, I just want to make sure that there isn't a better quality guitar that I am missing out on just because it wasn't in stock at the time.

P.S. Would the expert guitarist on this forum consider this a good guitar to mod in the future? At some point install locking tuners, upgrade pickups, etc.


In general, Ibanez makes great quality guitars, espeacially for the price, but I think they make guitars with pickups that are meant to be replaced. I have an as-73 and it sounds great and all, but a good set of pickups thrown into it would make a world of difference.

It would be a great guitar to mod. I'm not a big fan of the wizard II neck (I have large hands. I can solo decently on one but can't play a chord worth a damn.) but most people seem to love them.
#7
Quote by JagerSlushy
Ibanez RGR421EXFM. $450.
Wizard II, mahogany body, fixed bridge, and comes in "blackberry sunburst" and "transparent lavender burst"

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR421EXFM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512459

I've got one. They're pretty awesome, except for the pickups.


Besides having a mahogany body, and reverse headstock, what are the differences. From what I can tell it looks almost the same. Is mahogany supposed to be better than basswood?
#8
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Haha I was going to say RGA42FM as well. I tried it and it feels very nice, and has higher quality parts than the RG3EXFM1. It's also got this cool EQ switch that switches the sound to a preset EQ curve. And red is available.


Where?
#9
Quote by dyc
Is mahogany supposed to be better than basswood?


No, it's a preference.
The typical RG Sound is basswood.
#12
Yeah you have a point there. Alright so it's not necessarily better in concrete terms, but you might want to give it a go and see how it feels in comparison. I've tried both, and they're both quite nice. I didn't try them at the same time, though, so I couldn't really compare. The EQ switch is pretty nifty to have, something I don't see on guitars too often. I'm not sure what difference the Gibraltar bridge makes, though I've heard it has better sustain.
#13
I'm going to undercut your budget a little and suggest the RG2EX1. I've got one and love the tuxedo look you get from a fully bound black guitar. Not to mention it plays pretty good after a setup.
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#14
According to these posts it appears that the RG3EXFM will hold up pretty well. I may put in locking tuners but beyond that I think I am set.
#15
Quote by ch0
I'm going to undercut your budget a little and suggest the RG2EX1. I've got one and love the tuxedo look you get from a fully bound black guitar. Not to mention it plays pretty good after a setup.


lol why got the USA Model V7 and V8 Pickups?!
The EU Model is that: http://www.musicworldbrilon.de/Gitarren--B%C3%A4sse--Amps/E-Gitarren/Ibanez-RGR-321-EX-BK--23474.html?refID=froogle.de and it costs 350EUROS!!
But it has 5 Way Switch
#16
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lol why got the USA Model V7 and V8 Pickups?!
The EU Model is that: http://www.musicworldbrilon.de/Gitarren--B%C3%A4sse--Amps/E-Gitarren/Ibanez-RGR-321-EX-BK--23474.html?refID=froogle.de and it costs 350EUROS!!
But it has 5 Way Switch
That's an RGR, not the same guitar. Close, but by an inch or a mile, different is different.

Anyway, with the money left over after the $299.99 USD the guitar costs leaves lots left over for new pickups. That's what I did and I've got no regrets. Killer looks and a wicked vibe.
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#17
Quote by ch0
That's an RGR, not the same guitar. Close, but by an inch or a mile, different is different.


No. The Headstock is the only Difference and as i said the Pickups, why get the usa model v7 and v8 and the EU model only INF1 and INF2
#18
Quote by compin
No. The Headstock is the only Difference and as i said the Pickups, why get the usa model v7 and v8 and the EU model only INF1 and INF2
Different pickups and a different headstock. You're right, they're the same.

Who cares which crappy pickups it comes with? They're all junk that any sane person would want to replace.
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Because I bend in such an unorthodox fashion; the notes kinda slide up and slide down...
#19
Quote by ch0
Different pickups and a different headstock. You're right, they're the same.



Yes. It's an RG and RG is RG...

Pickups are overrated btw.
#20
Quote by compin
Yes. It's an RG and RG is RG...


Yeah, right...
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#22
Quote by drivermod
If you go used you should be able to pick up a rg 550 from the 90's for around that price or cheaper. I bought a rg 2550z used on ebay for 640, so used is the way to go.


qft
#23
Quote by drivermod
If you go used you should be able to pick up a rg 550 from the 90's for around that price or cheaper. I bought a rg 2550z used on ebay for 640, so used is the way to go.


This. Those are fine guitars. I got my 570 for $325 so just check the used market or eBay. That's if you want an RG.....
#24
Quote by MetalHead916
This. Those are fine guitars. I got my 570 for $325 so just check the used market or eBay. That's if you want an RG.....


....with a trem otherwise the RGA or hardtail RG guitars are just fine.