RG1570 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (280 votes)
Ibanez: RG1570

Price paid: C$ 700

Purchased from: A local Friend

Sound — 8
The sound quality of the guitar itself is excellent, but unfortunately is not overly well complimented by the Ibanez pickups. The pickups are body mounted which is nice, and they are capable of covering an impressive range of sounds, but the quality of the sound from the pickups is moderate at best. My suggestion, replace the pickups with something a little nicer quality, and you have yourself one of the best sounding guitars out there.

Overall Impression — 10
The guitar overall is amazing. I definitely suggest this guitar to anyone Who wants speed out of their guitar, as thanks to the Ultra thin neck, this guitar was built for speed. Personally, after replacing the pickups, I can't imagine myself ever choosing another guitar over this one. You will never find a guitar that feels quite like this one, and the quality of workmanship put into the guitar, combined with the sheer genius of the edge pro bridge makes this guitar an obvious choice for anyone who is looking for a quality guitar. The even more amazing thing about this guitar is the price, or lack of. Unlike it's competitors, *cough* Gibson *cough*, the RG is not a pricey guitar, as are any of the Ibanez line. So long as you stick to simple finishes, the guitar is amazing quality, and an amazing price. Only down side is unlike a top of the line Gibson, a top of the line Ibanez such as this one cannot be expected to appreciate in value. But if your thinking of buying a guitar as an investment, then your never going to play it anyways, and so Who cares about the quality of the actual guitar. Overall, the Ibanez RG 1570 is a practical, high quality guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is pretty new, so I can't be much help here, but from the track record of the guitar and it's hardware, as well as the fact that it is an Ibanez, I'm going with yes. It is without question a dependable guitar, and if your one to stay in the same tuning, tuning will become a foreign concept on this guitar, because the tuning is incredibly solid. The finish seems like it would last, but once again, it is a new guitar, so it's hard to judge, other than oil marks from my skin, the finish looks, and seems like it will continue to look amazing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar, as with anything assembled by team J. Craft, was amazing how well set up it was. Action was perfect, pickups were pretty good, needed some slight lowering, but that's got to do with personal preference as well. Routing was perfect, and not a single flaw on the entire guitar. The finish itself is something that I have only ever seen from Ibanez, and is just stunning. The Mirage red is a metal fleck finish, that depending on the angle, and the lighting that you are looking at the guitar will look different. From a distance, or in dimmer lighting, the guitar looks as if it is a glossy/sparkly black, but in brighter light, it is a very dark maroon, sometimes beige, sometimes green color. Very difficult to describe, and even more difficult to get a good picture of. One of a kind finish that can only truly be done justice in person.

Features — 10
My guitar is a 2008 from Japan (It's a Prestige). Rosewood fretboard, with 24 frets, and a Maple/Walnut Wizard Prestige neck. The finish is a mirage red, which I have to say, is sexy as hell. Pickup configuration and controls are pretty Standard. The key feature that makes this guitar a 10, without question is the Edge Pro bridge. This bridge blows my mind with it's ability to hold tune no matter how much you use the tremolo. Also, the tremolo bar itself has a neat feature of not being a screw in, but instead, it clicks into place, giving you a full range of motion, and you never have to worry about it being slightly loose, and causing any sound issues.

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    must... have... RG. i'm stealing one from guitar center next time i go, even if that means taking the whole thing apart and shoving it in my pants.
    I want this now, only 2 problems, I live in Ireland (not known for metal) and I'm left handed. GAK in the UK have a 1570L, I haven't ever bought anything online yet, so I'm a bit nervous about forking out 800 for one. I want a line 6 spider 3 120/150W too.