#1
Its now time for me to upgrade from my cheap beginners pack guitar. I've been playing it for 7 years now and while there is some sentimental attachment to it, the overall quality of it is rubbish.

I have 3 choices:

  • RG321MHE
  • RGA32
  • GRGA42QA


Now, I'm a novice when it comes to guitar hardware so I was wondering if anyone could chime in and give there opinion on the guitars.

I'm leaning towards the RG321MHE, but I love the look of the GRGA42QA red burst (though I've read the GRGA are not as good as the RG).

Decisions decisions...
#2
Budget?
Style(s) of music you play?
Current gear?
Anything in particular you "have" to have in the new guitar?
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You've been playing your beginner pack guitar for 7 years?
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#4
Those guitars all fall into my price range. I play mostly rock / alternative / metal but I have been known to dabble in softer rock, I really like the look and feel of the Ibanez guitars.

My current setup is a POD HD500 hooked up to my stereo system.

There is nothing that is must have for me. I know that I don't want a tremolo as I will be changing tunings a lot. The pickups need to be good for finger tapping, pinch harmonics etc. It should stay in tune and have good tone on drop c tuning.

I'll be playing it in a live setting.

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You've been playing your beginner pack guitar for 7 years?


Yes. Lack of money meant that I had to make do with it. Its a Strat clone, not sure the make of it, it says "Casino" on the headstock.

It definitely has made me work harder to get some things working on it. For example it is very hard to get pinch harmonics on it. Finger tapping is virtually impossible but on high gain settings on my POD HD500 I can get some things going. All in all it served its purpose and now that I have money to splurge I'm going for a better guitar.
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And he ment what is your budget, like the max you can spend, what you want to spend.
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So you want a good guitar for metal I'm asssuming?

And he ment what is your budget, like the max you can spend, what you want to spend.


Well yeah, it'll be used for metal. My max I can spend is ~$600 AUD, so pretty much what ever the price is in the US add ~$200 (sometimes even more) to take into account shipping fees and that's the price here in Australia. (RG321MHE is ~$300 US, $500AU).
#7
The RG and RGA are both very nice guitars. Ibanez Gios are not. They're basically the stuff you'd get in a starter pack anyway - stay away from that.

The RG321 and RGA32 are both very similar - really the only difference is the body - the RGA has a carved top rather than a flat top.

The pickups on both are pretty meh. I'd say the LoZ pups in the RGA are probably a little better than the EMG HZ's in the RG.
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The RG and RGA are both very nice guitars. Ibanez Gios are not. They're basically the stuff you'd get in a starter pack anyway - stay away from that.

The RG321 and RGA32 are both very similar - really the only difference is the body - the RGA has a carved top rather than a flat top.

The pickups on both are pretty meh. I'd say the LoZ pups in the RGA are probably a little better than the EMG HZ's in the RG.


Thanks. I was leaning towards the RG or the RGA.

I prefer the flat top design to the RG. The active pickups would probably be the better pickups... but that is something that can be changed on the RG.

OK I think I've made up my mind. Thanks again.
#9
What about the 2nd hand market?

Is there one in Aus?

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