RGA32 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (65 votes)
Ibanez: RGA32

Price paid: £ 299.99

Purchased from: Rimmers Music

Sound — 10
I play all kinds of stuff: metal, blues, classic rock, etc, and it seems to handle all of them great. Clean sounds are a little tricky to get just right, because the LZ3 pickups do seem a little more focused on metal, and don't really give warm or soft sounds unless you really play around with amp settings. Distortion sounds are great on this guitar (because like I said, the pickups do seem to focus on the heavier music genres). It gives great treble, bass and mid sounds, and the bridge and mahogany body give it great sustain. Personally, I play a lot of Muse songs, so harmonics are hugely important, and they are really easy to make. Overall, a great sound, just a little difficult to clean up.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I love this guitar, especially at the price I paid for it. I've even put a Fernandes Sustainer in it, which makes it even better. I can't really pick a bad thing about it, and would definitely buy again if lost/stolen.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Playing live with this is a breeze. I haven't had a single electronic flaw since I bought it (a couple of months ago), even after accidentally dropping twice. It's super light so if you're a very mobile player it's perfect, and everything about the way it's built seems solid. I haven't seen a single flaw in the finish so far, even after gigging.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Almost flawless build quality. Only problem was that the last few frets were sharper than the rest, but that just took a little bit of filing, no biggie.

Features — 8
This 24 fret superstrat style guitar was made in indonesia in 2009. It's a mahogany body with a 3 piece maple Wizard 2 bolt on neck with rosewood fingerboard. It has basic Dot inlays. The gibraltar bridge has great sustain, and is extremely comfortable for resting my hand on. Features 1 volume and 1 tone knob and a 3 way blade style pick up selector. Standard Ibanez tuners and nut. I have the European only Mahogany Oil finish.

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