GRG220DEX review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (44 votes)
Ibanez: GRG220DEX
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Purchased from: Reynolds

Sound — 8
I play hard-rock to thrash metal and good ol' metal with fused industrial rock attributes. This guitar suits those harder and punchier genres of music very well. But i do experiment with a softer and more rhythmic music genre sometimes and that is where this guitar disappoints a little. It is quite evident that rhythm is not what this was meant for from the outer appearance as well anyways. But for punchier genres of music and at this price, you should definitely check it out. This was built for mainly hard-rock so just use it for that! I have mated this to a Roland Cube 20X and this enhances the sound quality if anything else. I am not a big fan of Marshall amps so for the more elegant(and rather expensive)and more between-Marshall-and-Vox Roland, I definitely give a thumbs-up!

Overall Impression — 8
For The Music I mainly follow this guitar truly rocks! I have been playing for over 1 1/2 years and also have a J&D Acoustic. I would buy this guitar of stolen, firstly because this is my first electric guitar, and secondly this thing is worth every piece of dough you pay. I had compared it to the ESP FM series and F series and AX series and going by other reviews also, this seemed the better guitar to purchase. I just wish the guitar had a constantly improving and rocking guitarist, which I will aspire for btw!

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar can definitely take a beating! I would not hesitate taking it Live. The buttons for the strap were also very good and ideally placed. The hardware will last a good punch and in terms of reliability I have no problems at all. It's been 6 months since I got this and I haven't gone in for any major maintenance duty or anything like that. It's only the paint that I'm a little concerned about because the glossy finish really doesn't feel like something to be handled with iron nails! This guitar also comes with a 1-year limited warranty and that (a little) further emphasizes the confidence that this product will definitely last.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set-up really well. However the bridge was raised a little too high but the fretboard is a delight to use! I have and had no problems with the pickups, only thing being that I wish they were also adaptable to gentler music types. I didn't have nothing else as a problem apart from the inner cavities of the guitar where some areas are not finished properly, but the exterior was mice and neat and perfect(well, almost!) the strings were also light gauge and replacing the strings is a bit of a pain in the ass. however that is to be expected of a double-locking system so not much of a complaint.

Features — 8
This guitar was probably released in 2007 or 2008. Don't know for sure but i purchased it in May 2009. This model is not displayed on the American Ibanez web page but is available in most other markets. It fits in as a guitar for the GRG series aficionado with a mid-price range(price I paid is regarded high in my country btw!). It has a 24-fret medium size rosewood fingerboard with Shark-tooth inlays that ooze metal! also the inlays are neatly integrated so no problems there. The body is basswood and produces a good bassy feel with a definite ability to hit highs as well. However the finish is a letdown as it is prone to scratching and also fingerprints that look real dirty on it's black glossy finish. It comes with the typical RG series styling so no surprises waiting there. The bridge is a ILT Floyd Rose locking style although it does go out of tune easily if not locked, so locking the strings once tuned is more of a must. I'm not too sure if the pickups are passive or active. They come in EMG-stlye covering and have a tribal ART design that makes them quite stylish and distinctive. Although here it must be mentioned that the pickups definitely hesitate to take on classical rhythm the same way they jump into and lead or even better, rock music! It comes with a 3-way selector with one neck and one bridge pickup. The neck pickup adds a certain amount of depth and good feel to music, especially rhythm playing. However the bridge pickup gets more serious with definite "affinity" to anything hard and loud! the tuners are all black and double-locking. No accessories were included apart for a foam-padded gigbag and allen wrenches.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Mahatva
    hey! guyz n' gals shud i go for Ibanez GRG170DX or Ibanez GRG220DEX???? .... btw Cort X-6 SA is also in the league... what u guyz n' gals say???
    nido
    nido wrote: Guitar is a cheap piece of shit. Please stay away
    Joking =P
    potato_couch89
    i own this guitar, it actually gets easily out of tune plus some flaws at the cosmetics. not really good for rhythm sounds but a beast when it comes to shredding.. its nice for the price though, made in china.(that sucks)
    Ruchitya T Anan
    firstly the esp is out. sure it looks good and feels good, but the stock pickups(a fact to consider given what you want is a budget guitar) are really not impressive on an esp. the bc rich on the other has good visual appeal, but is definitely oriented to the metal genre..nothing less than rock for it. the ibanez 170dx is too budgety(not enough quality to suffice) The 220dex and grg270 are pretty much equal. the 220 is also for mainly power-driven music. So as a good all-rounder, the grg270 is the one for me. although if you are into rock, the bc-rich and ibanez 220dex are eually impressive.
    stillakiddo
    compare grg170dx, grg270, esp ex-50, b.c rich revenge warlock nd grg220dex which one do u think is better ??
    Ruchitya T Anan
    Yeas they definitely are authentic. I'm sure as a pal of mine who bought a cheaper ibanez(of course made in China!) had asked me this question. So i did a few inquiries and also checked the regional website of Ibanez and this product was listed there. So you can be sure that the guitar we both have are definitely authentic.
    Ruchitya T Anan
    It cost me just a little over Rs.20000/- when i purchased it. But now the prices have come down to around Rs18000/-. Also check out www.bajaao.com for up to-date pricing. There are also some cool offers every now and then too!
    iSyantoy
    actually i have this guitar almost a year now.. when my friends saw where it was made they said that my guitar was pirated cause it was made in CHINA cause they told me that ibanez guitars are made in Japan. but i have no problems with this guitar sounds pretty well so i just told them that almost anything in this world are made in china.. lol.. even the ibanez gigbag that i've bought in ZZounds.com is also made in china. so now my question is are these ibanez grg220dex that we have are really authentic? and tnx ruchitya for answering my first question! hope you will answer my question again.. tnx a lot more power!
    Ruchitya T Anan
    stlcardinals wrote: he gives the action, fit and finish section a 9 but complains about 5 different things....even though they are to be expected on a guitar like this (come on, string changes on a double locking trem are supposed to be annoying, thats the whole point of a double locking trem!) this guy kinda doesnt sorta seem to know what he's talking about....
    i think i get what you said. But i did mention that all the annoyances are to be expected from a double-locking tremolo bridge. But the problem here is quite different. Even though you may not know this the gauges this guitar comes factory-fitted with are really light and to replace them the d'addario strings(which i use) have to first be trimmed of their buttoned edge. That is reallly not something i am used to doing with other guitars which my pals own..that is all i meant..however thanks for the critics coz i at least explained whatever was in my head a little more clearly) and @sammo_bol The paint finish on the exterior is pretty neat although the gloss is abit of a problem. But when i opened the back to adjust the bridge height i found the inner cavity was not done properly, at least not to the standards the exterior were. But as shabalaba pointed out this is really something you gotta live with in a economy electric RG..
    Shabalaba
    stlcardinals wrote: he gives the action, fit and finish section a 9 but complains about 5 different things....even though they are to be expected on a guitar like this (come on, string changes on a double locking trem are supposed to be annoying, thats the whole point of a double locking trem!) this guy kinda doesnt sorta seem to know what he's talking about....
    He even says however that is to be expected of a double-locking system so not much of a complaint , a couple of those are user preferences (bridge height, string gauge), on cheap end RG models the paint is always pretty shabby behind the back plate. Good review all in all
    stlcardinals
    he gives the action, fit and finish section a 9 but complains about 5 different things....even though they are to be expected on a guitar like this (come on, string changes on a double locking trem are supposed to be annoying, thats the whole point of a double locking trem!) this guy kinda doesnt sorta seem to know what he's talking about....
    icold
    skullfix yeah the one on the image is the original tremolo. You don't have to worry as long as you can operate the floyd rose and it stays in tune. The description of the one you have gives me the image of the tremolo found in the squire strats...