RGA32 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 7.5 (65 votes)
Ibanez: RGA32

Price paid: € 289

Purchased from: Feedback Rotterdam

Sound — 8
Mostly I play metal and hardrock. This guitar suits my style perfectly. I get lots of gain from the humbuckers but when I need clean sounds, it does that perfectly too. I don't use any effects, I plug the guitar straigt into my Peavy Valveking. I get a full, deep distorted sound especially on the bridge humbucker. The pickups are really quiet, I get almost no noise when being plugged in but not playing.

Overall Impression — 8
Overall I'm in love with this guitar, it suits my style perfectly. The neck fits my hands perfectly and play's like a dream. This is my third guitar, I own an old Ibanez Saber 540 and a Washburn MG 74, I got this guitar because of the fixed bridge. I've been playing guitar for 6 years now. I love the fixed bridge en the sound I get from the stock pickups. In the shop I played this guitar and a Epi G400, RGR 321 and a Dean Evo and this just blew the rest out of the water.

Reliability & Durability — 6
I always fit my guitar with straplocks, you never know.. I would play without backup just because it feels realy sturdy. The only thing I worry about is the finish of the bridge, maybe with a lot of palm muting the chrome could get less. Time wil tell...

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
From the factory the set-up was just fine. The action was a little high but nothing I couldn't fix. The bridge pickup needed to be raised but the rest was fine. The intonation was spot on. I checked for flaws and the only thing is that there is a very small chip out of the back of the headstock.

Features — 8
My RGA is the 2010 model in white, I believe only availeble in Europe. It's made in Indonesia, mahogany body, 3pc maple neck (bolt on), 2 Ibanez LO-Z active humbuckers and a Gibraltar Standard bridge. Further it has a volume and tone knob and a 3way switch.

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    cleans wise i realised one of the batteries was loose in the guitar. Now i have fixed this (very quick fix) tonal quality covers a very good spectrum, sorry if the review is misleading for toneality this guitar is a lot morre versatile than stated
    this guitar is amazing for the price. great playability, feel, and sustain. you're definitely getting your money's worth. I particularly like the bridge, its very comforting on the hand. I would change the pickups as soon as possible though - my friend has this guitar and loaded it with a dimarzio air norton, and it sounds beautiful even through a 15 watt spider.