RG321 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (204 votes)
Ibanez: RG321

Price paid: $ 279.99

Purchased from: Local Music Shop

Sound — 10
The guitar gets an amazing tone from it's mahogany body and it's a great guitar for metal. I play mostly metal & punk, with a little classic rock and blues, and this guitar gives a great sound, I run this thing through a Fender Ultra-Chorus and a Zoom multi-effects pedal, it gets a great sound out of it, I'm planning to get a Randall stack amp though for some more metal, but because of the Fenders great clean channel I can get some good distortion out of it with my pedal

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is an amazing guitar, I would choose this guitar over my friends like $800 dollar guitars, I think it plays but faster and smoothly and it has a better sound. I strongly recomend this guitar for anyone, although get the RG320, it's this guitar with a floyd rose, that's the only difference haha. It's a simple guitar, but it's also all you need, with amazing sound and playability.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I would use this guitar live with no problem, the hardware is good and it looks nice too, it's kind of a chromed-black color. However the strap buttons on mine fell out. I would infact use this without a backup, and if I did have a backup it would just be another RG321. The only bad thing about it's paint is it wears off easy, looks great though!

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I must admit that this guitar will fall apart after a while, I have had one of the screws fall out of my pick-up mount and the strap button fell out, but I think that's only cause I put strap locks in and it messed with the hole. The action was at a medium-low height but I lowered mine so that it was real low and it's great now, I use 11 gauge strings and tune it to C-G-C-F-A-D and there is no string buzzing.

Features — 10
This guitar was made in about 2005 in Indonesia, or w/e, if you buy this model at a year too much earlier thatn '05 then it is made with basswood instead of mahogany. The mahogany body give a great tone, and even though mahogany is heavy wood the guitar is very light due to being so thin. the three peice maple Wizard II neck, with a rosewood fingerboard is super thin and plays really fast, the best neck I have ever played. Also it has 24 jumbo frets and has good harmonics and wat not. I got mine in weathered black, which isnt a glossy color it's just like a natural finish painted black almost, and so due to picking the paint above my neck pick-up worn away. I wasn't all that into tremelo's when I bought the guitar but I realy wish I had one now, unfortunatly the RG321 has a fixed bridge, which is it's only downfall. Also this guitar comes with nice stock pick-ups, it has an INF-3 at the neck and an INF-4 at the bridge, they're passive so you can't replace them with like an EMG 81 or anything like that, but I haven't changed my pickups yet and I've had mine for about a year, I do plan on replacing them soon with some EMG H4's though which is the passive version of an EMG 81. There is a 4-way pick-up selector to get some diverse sounds out of your guitar.

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    Hi could anyone help me I have seen a Ibanez RGR321EX for sale could anyone tell me if they are any good CHEERS
    These reviews helped me out huge, I just bought one, grey nickel, looks good, sounds great.
    What's the nut size on this RG321 ?? I own one and i wanted to change my bridge for a floyd rose pro but i dont know the nut size... plz answer
    Just a little question, that may actually sound newbish... If I change pickups, I will still be able to use all the 5 pickup switches, right?
    I'm in the market for a new axe specifically for hard rock/heavy metal playing, and I'm looking to keep the price in the $300 range (don't play as much as I used to, and big $$ on a guitar just doesn't make sense right now). Anyway, I'm torn between the RG321 and the ADD120. TONS of reviews on the RG321, but next to nothing on the ADD120 - anyone have any experience or input? Any help is much appreciated!
    please be accurate....RG321 is made of basswood, while RG321MH is mahogany. MH for mahogany...ok??...
    been on one personally what i found was that it was amazing for metal especially if your planning on tapping alot personally i would ge the seven string sister of this guitar!!! xxx
    how to about to compare this rg321 to schecter gryphon? bcoz i'm buying one between those two. So which one is the best bet? i'm using roland micro cube and play all kind of music.
    I have this guitar as well; weathered black version. I'll do an extensive review of it soon; Good guitar for rock and very good guitar for metal!