Price paid: $ 399.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I play mostly Christian Melodic-Death/Neo-Classical metal fused with Metalcore and Death Metal, and this guitar does great for that style. I use a Roland Cube 60 with a DigiTech RP50 processor, and this guitar puts out a In Flames-esque sound. It is completely noiseless too. Distorted, this guitar can sound like the apocalpse is happening write now, but when you turn off the distortion, you can get a jazzy-like tone and also sounds very beautiful with an acoustic simulator. Although the stock pickups sound great, I swapped them for EMG 81 and 85's, but got only a 25% better sound, whitch means that the stock ones are very good.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal, like I said, and being a superstrat, it's a perfect match. I have been playing for about 4 to 5 years. Before this God-send, I had a shitty Squire Strat. If it were lost/stolen, I would freak out, because I have no way to get money to get another. I love the speed and upper fret access, but I hate the neck wood and the fret inlays. I wish it had the Jackson Dinky style inlays. This is an amazing guitar and I highly reccomend it!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Although I am 12 and have never played a show, this guitar seems to hold up well. It seemws like it will last a long time. Like I said, I have never played a show but have had a few band practices and it held up well. The finish has no wear at all. I would definetley use it at a gig with out a backup because I don't have a backup!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
To my suprise, when I got out of Guitar Center, this guitar was in perfect Standard tuning, which was a great suprise. The finish gets fingerprinted very easily though. The pickups were adjusted very well. I have not found any flaws in the bridge or the inotation yet, and I have had this axe for about 4 and a half months. The strings that are factory installed suck. I suggest getting some Ernie Ball Not Even Slinkies. The work well with this rig.
Features — 9
The Ibanez RG2EX1 was made in Japan I think. I don't know when. Maybe 2006? It has 24 Jumbo Frets, and because of the Wizard II, upper fret accses is easy. On the body, it has Basswood and the neck is made out of maple. The neck is very fast and the basswood has hella sustain. It is a superstrat, so it is made for metal. It has a fixed bridge so no tremolo, but I don't really need one anyways. It is equipped with passive humbuckers that are designed by EMG, but I swapped them for Active EMG's. It has a 3-way selector switch and 1 volume and tone knobs. The tuners are non-locking. This guitar serves great for neo-classical sweeps and shredding.