RGA121 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (78 votes)
Ibanez: RGA121

Purchased from: New York Music, Boardman OH

Sound — 10
Great sound. I've run this thing through all kinds of amplifiers, from PEavey Triple XXX and 3120 to Marshalls, Line 6, Eggnator Rebel, the Peavey Joe Satch model. Always good tone, no matter what I am trying to do with it. As long as you know how to use the tone knob and pickup selector, you will never have a problem.

Overall Impression — 10
Simply floored. I play and teach everything from jazz to death metal and have been playing for 15 years. This guitar is so good that I haven't felt the need to buy another guitar since I purchased this one seven years ago. It if were stolen, I would totally buy another one if I could find it. In fact, I would buy one right now if I could find one and could afford it. Hell, I would buy ten of them.

Reliability & Durability — 10
7 plus years of use on the road, in the studio, and in the classroom. Only had to change the pots once, never had to change pickups. That's the only maintenance I have ever needed to perform. After 7 years, that says a lot. Never have I ever had another guitar that was this durable and this reliable in any situation I have been in, and I have owned a lot of instruments.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was amazing when I bought it and has been amazing ever since, and I've owned this baby for 7 years or longer. FInsih is durable, but susceptible to wear and tear just like anything else. The finish actually shines itself as you play it over the years. Just spectacular.

Features — 9
This is a Japanese made Prestige RGA121 with the violin finish. It has 24 jumbo frets with the wizard prestige neck. Super fast, super thin, and super comfortable. The neck has the rosewood fretboard and is bolt on. This thing has a Gibraltar Plus bridge, which is great for sustaining any tuning from standard to low tunings. The only problem with the bridge is that if you want really thick strings you have to alter the bridge to fit the string. One volume knob, one tone knob, five way selector, passive pickups. Dual humbucker design with decent sound, standard Gibraltar tuners. This guitar is super simple and super durable.

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    plus the cosmo hardware finish wears off fast, my bridge is now chrome, and is my volume knob, but i didn't buy this guitar to look at it.
    hey everyone, check my unboxing video at my youtube account. " arnancarmelo " i got it brand new here in italy. mine's from 2006 guitar model, but the shop told me that they've kept that guitar for how many years. just sharing. well i think i'm a bit lucky for finding it.
    maybe mine is different, but mine came with gotoh tuners from the factory. bought it off Musicians friend for 700 with the case and free shipping. I have yet to find another one of these guitars in the color i bought. i got the one they called "black" but it's not really black, it's like they stained it the violin color, then decided to put a coat of black over it. these reviews are somewhat accurate. yes it does sustain well and stay in tune because of the graphite nut and the gotoh tuners but the bridge to me is too clunky. i should write a review because i've had mine for about 4 years. mine was made in 2006 i believe. i love mine with the duncans in it but i recently bought some dimarzios for my MIJ strat, and i really like those pups. so i might swap them out. i also changed the 5 way to a three way and did the rg550 tone mod and it rips now. even more versatile than before. anyone else have the black model? or did i get a special limited color?