Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Route 62 Music Ebay
Sound — 9
I play it on a Crate FW212 through my Boss ME-20 and play everything from chilli peppers to Slipknot and Parkway Drive, so it handles any genre of music perfectly. The pickups don't make noise at all and can take any amounts of distortion and effects with endless sustain. I am upgrading the pickups to EMG 81/85 for better tone, but if this guitar was equipted with them it would be perfect.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for about 3 years and play everything from blues to hardcore with my Boss ME-20 and Crate amp and sounds perfect for anystyle you throw at it. If it were stolen I would definatly buy another one. I also own an Ibanez S320 (which I now only use for drop b and a) and fell in love with the RGA42 as you can quickly and easily change tunings without having to unscrew everything and re tune like you would with a floyde rose. My favourite feature are the neck and bridge witch are both extremely comfortable. Everything about this guitar is perfect the only thing you could improve on is the pickups to maybe EMG's DiMarzio's
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would definatly play without a backup, thehard looks like it will last for years to come, the strap buttons are solid but I use strap locks just to make sure I don't drop it, the finsh is great and doesn't mark that much by fingerprints. I could withstand live playing easily just remmber to bring spare batteries cause the pickups run on them and as they loose there power the tend to cut back on tone.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Out of the box it was set up pretty well, I just had to adjust the action a bit lower to what I'm used to, which was made really simple with the gibraltar bridge all you have t do is turn one screw. No flaws, everything was made very well and is top quallity (what you can expect from Ibanez).
Features — 9
Made inindonesia in 2009, 24 jumbo frets, extremely fast and comfortable 3 piece wizard 2 neck, easy access to all frets. String through fixed bridge provide endless sustain, mine is finished with a purple coloured finish not sure what it is called, 1 volume noob, 3 way pickup selector, active eq for bass boost or treble cut and two active pickups running on AA batteries.