#1
I have been searching, and searching, and searching for a good mid-range axe with a little bit of a metal kick to it. I have been playing on a Silvertone Les Paul knock-off for two years now and have decided it is time for an upgrade. I want your opinion UG community, is this ibanez..

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-rg3exfm1-electric-guitar

too good to be true?

Please tell me if I am making a mistake. I have read tons of reviews on UG, Musician's Friend, Guitar Center and a few other websites. I have not gotten the chance to see if any of my local music stores have this model so I can try it out, but i definitely think this is the one for me. EVEN IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS MODEL, BUT HAVE PLAYED RG-STYLE IBANEZ BEFORE, INPUT IS VALUABLE.

What do you think?

-Darth KP
Last edited by Darthkp at Mar 27, 2012,
#2
I don't have experience with that particular model, but the Ibanez I had was even cheaper then that and it's still a solid guitar. The lower end Ibbys are fine especially if this is going to be your first decent guitar.


I think the ones to avoid are the GAX series and the GIO.
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#3
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I don't have experience with that particular model, but the Ibanez I had was even cheaper then that and it's still a solid guitar. The lower end Ibbys are fine especially if this is going to be your first decent guitar.


I think the ones to avoid are the GAX series and the GIO.


Yes I've hear horror stories about the GIO
#4
well it's a RG Ibanez, it tells a lot.. Pickups are not the best, but for that price the mics are brilliant.. If i was at your situation i would buy it.
#5
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Yes I've hear horror stories about the GIO



I had a GIO RG and another lower end one. It wasn't really a bad playing guitar per se, it just wouldn't stay in tune!
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#6
Not a top end guitar by any means, but I personally think it's great for $350 if that's what you're asking.
#7
Ive played one, great player. the pick ups sound kinda dull tho...... find a used one and take the money you save and up grade the pickups
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#9
Too good to be true? That model is actually the exact opposite - it's $50 overpriced because of the veneer, and it has the old crappy style bridge. The equivolent was the RG2EX1, but I guess that's not made anymore.

Get one of these instead. They're mahogany instead of basswood, but it's not really going to matter that much in this price range.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-rg321mh-electric-guitar/620737000002000

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-rg321-electric-guitar/h64188

Just keep in mind that Ibanez necks are extremely thin - you have to like that style of neck. I don't play my Ibby very often, because the neck hurts my hand after playing for a little while.
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#10
make sure to try it before you buy and look for any imperfections. i had an ibanez s that played great but after a while i started finding lots of things wrong with it
#11
Cheap ibby bodies are junk. I've owned 15+ ibbys, mostly rg's and have sold all but 3.
2 mij rg's and my first guitar. Not that any company in that $$ range is gonna give you anything decent.
#13
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What about the difference in PUPs?

For like $60 you can upgrade to something better than the V8 and V7. Pickups are easy and cheap to replace.