RG1527 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (115 votes)
Ibanez: RG1527

Sound — 9
Played through a Keeley Electronics modded Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9-DX - a great overdrive pedal, in my opinion, into a Vox AD100VT. Certainly not the best amp on the market, but I managed to get the sounds I wanted out of it. I play metal, and usually go for a death-metal sound similar to Entombed or Carcass, but play a variety of genres. The pickups had no problems doing distortion, but they were extremely muddy. It took a lot of tweaking before finding a setup where I had decent distortion without the notes getting lost in the mud. This was only a problem when playing metal, if I didn't go for a distorted sound, the pickups did fine. I'm especially fond of the coil-split, which sounded very acoustic, but people Who buy 7-strings are usually focused on the heavier genres, so the pickups won't do it. A pickup change will solve this, though, and I suspect Ibanez has just put on these cheap stock pickups so that people can choose the pickups themselves. The potential in this guitar is great, and you can make it sound extremely good with a pair of good humbuckers in it. I don't feel the stock pickups ought to ruin the score of this guitar, but leaving the choice of pickups up to the consumer isn't very friendly on those Who doesn't have experience with pickups beforehand. I'm giving this a 9, but the only reason it doesn't get a 10 is because there's not one pickup that's objectively the best fit for this guitar.

Overall Impression — 9
I've played the guitar for over 4 years now, although only seriously for about a year and a half. For metal, this guitar is going to sound noisy, messy and muddy with the stock pickups, but you'll have a lot of choices, buying the specific pickups you're after. The wood of this guitar is of top quality, and it's got a lot of potential, I've witnessed other guitars of the same model using different pickups, and they all sound great in their own way, which is the main reason I've never gotten around to picking a set to buy myself. If there's anything bad to say about this guitar, it's that the Edge Pro tremolo seems a little stiff compared to other Ibanez tremolo systems, but I hardly ever use it, so it doesn't bother me. I might've bought a fixed bridge version of this if it was accessible to me, but it only means I've got to spend more time tuning the guitar, which is just good experience, anyways. This guitar is the main reason I've improved so much the last year, because it's so fun and easy to play. The feel of the neck is superb, and the 7th string adds so much fun without preventing you from playing songs made for the Standard 6 strings. I'm sure that once I put in some better pickups, it'll last several more years and keep on being an inspiration for me to improve and continiue to play the guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had this guitar for about a year, and it's been through a lot. I've managed to drop it on the floor, and I've put the bridge back into the routing so poorly that it actually just slipped into place when I was playing, making a really unpleasant sound, but it's survived it all without as much as a scratch, and it still plays perfectly. The strap buttons are extra wide, so I haven't needed any straplocks, which I suppose has to be a good thing. The finish is just as pretty as when it was new. I've never had a string snap on me, so I would without a doubt use this guitar without a backup.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was, as always is the case, rather poorly set up. The bridge was tilting, the guitar was completely out of tune etc. Nothing new here. Once adjusted, you can get quite a low action without much fret buzz. It's a dream to play, when well adjusted. The neck is thin, but I like that, and it's very comfortable for me to play. The only thing I can say is annoying about playing the guitar is that sometimes the tremolo springs start vibrating and make a buzzing noise, but I assume that happens to every floating bridge tremolo now and then. I just strech the springs a bit and it's usually gone.

Features — 10
Ibanez Prestige RG-1527 Royal Blue, 2005 model. Made by the J-Custom team in Japan. 24 jumbo frets, Wizard III 5-piece maple/wenge neck, basswood superstrat body, Edge Pro floating bridge, double-locking tremolo system. Stock Ibanez pickups, V7-7 and V8-7 with coil tap and split, 5-way pickup selector, tone and volume knobs. Gotoh non-locking tuners. Usually comes with an Ibanez Prestige case, mine included a manual, some allen wrenches and the tremolo bar. Nothing missing. Came with a set of 09-52 D'Addario (I think) strings.

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    Just an FYI to those thinking of buying this guitar: the stock pickups are garbage, way too muddy, nearly impossible to get a decent tone out of them, I recommend DiMarzio's (Air Norton 7 for the neck, D Sonic 7 for the bridge), so keep that in mind that you'll have to shovel out a couple more hundred bucks to replace the pickups right off the bat. Also, the Ibanez factory setup is very high (the strings are way too far off the frets), so you'll also need to get a decent setup right out of the box. But, after you get these two things done, this guitar plays like a 7-string should. And as for the tuning problems people are mentioning: I see no difference between this guitar and any other guitar with a floating bridge, just make sure you stretch those strings out before you put them on. Overall, for the $800 I paid for it 4 years ago + the $200 for necessary parts and repairs, this guitar is the best value 7-string Ibanez on the market.
    i just ordered 1!!!! its coming tomoro i hope!!!!! if all is as every1 says i should be pleased!
    I would love to get this but I jam with a guy who has a 7 string and keeps it down half a step and another who keeps it in standard (both have this 7 string come to think of it). So I'm gunna buy a RG 7321 for easy changing of tuning and also it means I'll get to discover if I actually like 7 strings because I've never owned one but want to learn some stuff on a 7 as well as write some. Don't buy this as a first 7 string as you won't know if you like the feel of it!!!
    I own several 7 string guitars (yes, more than I've listed) and this is my main axe. For me replacing the pickups was a must. I opted for the Dimarzio Petrucci set. Excellent. Others have had issues with and have modded the trem posts but I haven't had any tuning issues.
    Any problems with the bridge? At ibanez.com it should be an Edge Pro 7 bridge. Tuning? Intonations?
    cheames wrote: im stuck between one of these and a maverick...bugger...it'll probably be this though....
    Mavericks are rubbish. Do not touch. I've just got this guitar, absolutely amazing. The pickups might go later on, but I'm happy with them for now. The pickup configurations you can get on this thing are amazing! Ibanez have done well.
    I'm interested in getting a 7-string guitar, but i don't know if i should get the Ibanez S7230, or the Ibanez RG1527, or the schecter hellraiser c-7? Can anybody help me?
    @ GuitarOverture That depends if you're going active or not, the Schecter is already active and the Ibanez is easier just to keep passive.
    Thrashmetalman wrote: Is the trem good? or does it need the 4 springs to keep it in tune?
    Mine had 3 when I got it, strung with 9's. I had to add another spring to go up to 10's. As a result the trem is quite stiff in comparison to my 6-strings (which have 3 springs) but it holds tuning very well once setup correctly