#1
I have Ibanez Rg370dx and it seems really boomy and muddy in the low end! It's made of basswood and I bought it for $400. I've tried the guitar on at least three different amps and on EACH ONE, I had to turn bass to 1-2, mid 1, treble 9 to get a passable 80s rock/metal sound! If I set everything flat, the sound is REALLY bass-heavy, sounds like I'm playing through a bass amp. Even Dimarzio pickups have not helped!

Meanwhile, I've played Jacksons, Gibsons, even other Ibanez guitars through amps at the music store, and I set everything flat and it sounds perfectly fine!

Is this normal on cheap Ibanez guitars? Do I just need a better guitar to get the sound I'm looking for?
#3
Two suggestions:

1. Lower your pickup heights, make sure the tone knob is set to 10 and not 0

2. Post in the right forum
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Are you using 500K pots? Is everything wired correctly?
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Quote by Flux'D
Two suggestions:

1. Lower your pickup heights, make sure the tone knob is set to 10 and not 0

2. Post in the right forum


Thanks I'll try that, and the tone knob is fine

Sorry, I didn't know which forum was appropriate
#7
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Mid 1? Wow. And you replaced the pick-ups?


AND I have to scoop the mids a bit more with an EQ pedal
#10
off topic slightly. your guitar doesn't suck. its not the best. on the lower model ibanez guitars they have two common problems, crappy trems and crappy pickups, you replaced the pickups, as long as you did with a suitable replacement, and the other issue as far as the trem goes, thats what you get on a budget guitar.


also i am curious, you do not have an X2N in there do ya?
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Wait, wat? Nothing about your post makes any sense... Basswood is a really balanced wood. Common complaints are a lack of bass. And putting mids all the way down and then scooping them out more with an EQ for 80s rock and metal? The fuck?
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#12
Does it count as scooped mids if all the final product is is treble?

What pickups did you put in, and what amps did you try through. These are important questions that need answering.
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Wait, wat? Nothing about your post makes any sense... Basswood is a really balanced wood. Common complaints are a lack of bass. And putting mids all the way down and then scooping them out more with an EQ for 80s rock and metal? The fuck?



+1. Basswood really doesnt hav that much character to it, brings out your amp and pickups more than other woods.

What amps did you try? The RG370 is actually a nice basswood guitar.
#14
Yeah, what amps are you using? I'm not a big Ibanez fan, but they do make pretty good guitars.

Just out of curiosity, how long have you been playing electric?
What is your EQ pedal set to?
Does this happen when you leave the EQ pedal out of your set up?
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#15
If all else fails you can wire a 0.47uf tone cap in line between each pickup's hot lead and where ever it connects to. That'll filter out some of the bass end of the sound. I've had to do that with a Tone Zone in the bridge of a basswood RG470 before. The TZ is known to have a muddy lower end in certain tone woods though.