RG170 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 5
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.2 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.6 (100 votes)
Ibanez: RG170

Price paid: $ 304

Purchased from: studio 19

Sound — 6
This guitar was my first electric guitar so I didn't care about sound for the first year or so. To start off with I was only playing punk and rock and it suited it well and sounded ok (nothing special) but in the last year I have started playing a lot of metal and this guitar doesn't really cut it. The pickups are muddy in drop c and the single coil is noisy all the time. I'm using the guitar through a Laney 30W amp and for punk and rock it sounds ok and with a fair bit of tweaking I've managed to get as good metal sound out of it, but it's just to much hassle. Stick to simpler genres of music with this guitar.

Overall Impression — 7
I play punk, rock and metal. This guitar can do rock and punk, and metal if you are prepared to do some mucking around with it to get it sounding good. I have been playing for 3 years now and I am upgrading guitars to an S series because I need something that will last longer. if it were stolen or lost I would get a guitar with a locking nut or a fixed bridge to save all the tuning worries this guitar gave me. I love the RG body style but I hate how temperamental this guitar is, one day it works, the next day something goes wrong. I compared this with a cheap Epiphone Les Paul and this one seemed like the best bet because I felt more comfortable playing it. I wish it had better quality everything basically but I can't really complain because it's an entry level electric that's designed to be cheap.

Reliability & Durability — 6
This guitar will withstand Live playing and it seems like it will last, it just needs a lot of tweaking and fiddling to get it to stay together. The strap buttons are solid and they are about the only thing on the guitar that's never failed me. I always use a backup guitar at gigs because you never know when something will go wrong or break. The finish has lasted well too.

Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The set up when I got it was fine, no worries at all. Everything was great, for about a year and a bit. Then the problems started. One of the saddles had a bur on it and I broke about 3 strings in 2 weeks till I realized what the problem was. The nut wore down on the low e string groove and made the string buzz like crazy. Because the tremolo was non-locking I had to get more sprigs put on it to strap it down to stop it going out of tune every song. Recently the volume pot has started crackling badly when I turn it right down which is annoying as hell. It also came with a bit of paint chipped off near the lead input.

Features — 7
It has all the features you would expect from an electric guitar: 24 jumbo frets, 25.5 scale, maple neck, basswood body, non-locking tremolo, H/S/H pickup configuration, one volume, one tone control, 5-way pickup selector, Super Strat body, passive electronics.

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    I own this guitar. It was alright for a beginner guitar, but I wouldn't advise you going on stage with it. Unless your band is tone def, or your playing rhythm, with the volume at 1/3 of the lead. The sound is really muddy, and just not worth the money you have to put in it just to get it to sound decent. I just got an Ibanez ART 100, and it blows the RG170 out of the water. And the ART was only $100 more.