RG350EX review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (332 votes)
Ibanez: RG350EX

Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: Marguerite's Music

Sound — 9
It has 3 pickups, all Duncan Infinitiy. In the bridge and neck positions, they use an INF3 (neck) and an INF4 (bridge). Between the two, there is an INFS3 single coil, which produces good cleans. I've played it through plenty of different amps, and the tone and sound is pretty reliable. They have plenty of crunch, and are sensitive enough to pick up on the delicacies of your playing, while still being able to filter out plenty of the noise. When I bought it, the pickups were a little too far away from the strings for my taste, so I had to raise them, but other than that, there was no problem. Another thing to note, these pickups don't have a tonal change when they are raised or lowered, it just increases sensitivity, output. The bass and treble ranges stay virtually solid.

Overall Impression — 9
I play all kinds of stuff, mostly metal. Don't let the looks fool you, it may give the impression of a shred machine, but this will handle anything you throw at it (even jazz). The neck feels great, and the bridge is decent. The pickups are a good mix to play virtually anything. If you need a versatile guitar, and aren't concerned about how it will be perceived visually (will your blues band be cool with it? ) than this is a great guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The tuning can take a beating, but the guitar seems pretty delicate. Due to the thin-ness of the neck, it bends up pretty easily, so you have to adjust the truss every now and then. It's a good stage guitar for the money, though. It may seem a little brittle, but holds up under pressure. Just don't expect it to survive through too much banging around.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The finish was solid and smooth, no problems at all. The metallic pickguard looked great and scratch free. The best part of the finish had to be the neck. It has a very light and even gloss, making it feel almost satin like, really smooth and fast. The action and pickup adjustment were pretty bad when I got it, though. The intonation was perfect, but the strings were far too low, and the pickups were barely protruding from the pickguard. One thing to note is that it is an Edge III trem, so you have to maintain it to keep it problem free. A lot of people bitch and moan about how crappy of a bridge it is, but if you keep the contact points on the bridge lubed, as well as the nut, it should work just fine. The tuning stays pretty stable, I don't have to mess with it too much, other than turning the dials on the bridge every now and then. (I don't really use the whammy bar that much though, but when I do, it still keeps it's tuning)

Features — 8
I bought my RG new in early 2007. It was made in Indonesia, and was a pretty decent quality. It has 24 jumbo frets, which are pretty well seated (no tangs sticking over the sides or anything like that.) The inlay's are called "sharktooth" but I personally thought they looked more like icicles. It's got a sharp, Strat style body made of basswood, so it's nice and light. I think the best feature of this guitar is probably the neck. It's a 3-piece maple wizard II, really fast and smooth. The pickups are great, nice crunch compared to the other passives out there. The addition of the single coil in the mid position is great, and makes for some nice clean tones as well. The bridge is an Ibanez edge III, which needs to be maintained regularly or it will be pretty much terrible for you. Lube the nut and the contact points on the bridge, and it will work fine. The only real problem I've had with it are the controls. It has 2 knobs, volume and tone, which are made out of a burnished chrome looking metal, that tarnishes easy. That's not really a big deal though, as it doesn't affect the sound at all.

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