RGR420EX Review

manufacturer: Ibanez date: 11/07/2012 category: Electric Guitars
Ibanez: RGR420EX
It has 24 jumbo frets with sharktooth inlays, which are very cool. It has a 25.5" scale, a rosewood fingerboard with white fingerboard binding. The neck is the 3pc Wizard II Maple Neck which is soo nice to play on.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8
 Features: 9
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overall: 9.6
RGR420EX Reviewed by: scaline1, on january 15, 2009
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Price paid: £ 350

Purchased from: Back Alley Music (Chester)

Features: I don't know what year it was made but I do know that it says it was made in Indonesia. It is the black and silver arctic frost finish. It has 24 jumbo frets with sharktooth inlays, which are very cool. It has a 25.5" scale, a rosewood fingerboard with white fingerboard binding. The neck is the 3pc Wizard II Maple Neck which is soo nice to play on. It is a super Strat style bodywith a classic pointy'er Ibanez cut away. It's quite light for me which is a bonus, well I think it is light anyway. My Ibanez model has the Edge III Tremolo Bridge which is fantastic apart from the fact that the tremolo arm is slightly loose inside the hole. It's quite anoying but when you get used to it it's amazing. It stays in tune just fine. On this guitar you get a pair of mean original v7(neck) and v8(neck) Ibanez pickups which are passive. They give a great tone and a great tone for metal and rock. It has a 5 way selector Switch with a tone and a volume knob. This guitar has 6 black gotoh non locking tuners which are very good. The guitar came with a black tremolo arm, a spare trem spring, 3 allan keys and an offer for a gig bag and I got some picks. I got a 1 year warranty. // 10

Sound: This guitar does it all for me, some just a lil chord melody to a mean metal riff. I have a rubbish 10 watt Yamaha GA10 amp with a DigiTech RP50 and it still sound imense. It isn't noisy at all when you are playing and you get a great tone. The bridge humbucker is great for solos, gives a sharp bright sound where as the neck humbucker has a deep, full sound perfect for backing and also for power chords ect. There is quite a variety of sounds because of the 5 way pickup selector.it makes deep osunds thin sounds sharp sounds. This guitar will satisfy your need of tone. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was set up very well. The action is low and the pickups didn't even need adjusting. The finish is great and eye catching. I have the Silver arctic frost finish which is great and I really like it. The headstock matches the body's finish with mirror Ibanez lettering. shiny... I think the pcikup up selector makes a tiny bit of noise but it isn't noticeable. I was quite anoyed that my tremolo arm didn't really fit in properly. I've had to use selotape to make it a more snug fit, this might not happen with your but it is with mine. only a 9 because of temolo // 9

Reliability & Durability: This guitar will definately withstand Live playing without a doubt. It is fanstastic guitar. The hardware will last ages if looked after properly. The strap button are solid and I would definetly depend on this guitar Live. I owuld probably not need a backup. I love the finish it is really cool and makes you feel unique. My only problem is the temolo arm. // 9

Overall Impression: I play rock, metal well pretty much everything and it suits me just fine. I've been playuing a couple of years I have a Yamaha erg121c which I started with and a Pignose guitar for my holidays. If it were stolen or lost I would chase down the person who stole it and take it back because it's my baby I would definetly buy it again. I just love the flexibilty of the guitarand the finish, I just love everything baout it. The only thing I wish it had was the Floyd Rose trem arm the one that has like a srew bolt thing.. and that's it. Affordable metal and rock thrills! // 10

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overall: 7.8
RGR420EX Reviewed by: thebestjoe, on november 07, 2012
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Features: I picked up this guitar last week after being captivated by the finish back in September. 2008 & Indonesian-made, the Ibanez RGR420EX features 24 frets, reverse headstock, Edge III trem, and Wizard neck with rosewood fingerboard. When I brought it home and opened everything up, I found the previous owner installed a DiMarzio D-Activator in the bridge. Volume, tone control, and a 5 way switch, although I'm not sure what positions 2 and 4 do. I've never had a problem with any low-end Floyd Rose, and after the first re-string, it seems like the Edge III lived up to it's notorious reputation. It turned out that the nut lock is actually stripped. After filing down the block, it stays in perfect tune, and I've been abusive. I also got a gig bag and pack of strings included with it. // 8

Sound: I tested this out at the Guitar Center through a Line 6 Spider Valve. I couldn't really say much about it there though, as strings needed to be replaced and I needed to set it up to my spec. Once I got it home, I ran it through my Fender Mustang 1, and haven't gotten a chance to use it through my Peavey XXX yet. At the moment, I feel like it's a one-trick pony, as the stock neck pickup is nowhere close in out-put to the D-Activator, and I've only been satisfied with that when playing metal. The D-Activator, however, is very responsive and will pick up any mistakes. // 6

Action, Fit & Finish: I can't really say much here because the first thing that I did was take this thing apart. The previous owner took pretty good care, as there's only a small chip in the finish and a few nicks on the neck. The main reason I got this guitar (I'm stupid for saying it, but it's true) is for the Arctic Burst finish.The third thing I did to this guitar while it was in my possession was to sand off the finish on the neck. Before it was sticky and hard to get around on and now it's butter. The control knobs are a little loose, but some plumber's tape will fix that easily. Also, the bar sits very loose in its slot, and falls out fairly easy. Again, plumber's tape will fix that, but it'd be better if tape didn't have to be used. (Tried adjusting everything to do with the bar on the trem block too, nothing helped.) // 7

Reliability & Durability: I never had a strap on this with the original buttons, I had an extra set of Dunlop Strap Loks laying around that I put on right away. I've gigged with guitars of all price ranges and everything has held up fine, so I'm sure it will be with this. As with any guitar with a floating bridge, I will have a backup, although it has stayed it tune since I got it on October 29 after fixing the nut issue. // 9

Overall Impression: I play everything from modern pop to djent. This Ibanez seems to only be of use in the hard rock/metal categories, but that's what I mainly play. I picked this up by returning a Fender Strat I had gotten 2 weeks prior because I just couldn't get what I wanted out of it. I was also able to get a gig bag for it with the return. Being only a 1 year production, I would be sad if lost/stolen, and would try to get another. I love the All Access Neck Joint and how easy it is to play, and it feels very similar to my Ibanez Universe. The only thing that I can say I really dislike about this guitar is the Neck pickup and uselessness of the 5-way switching. Once I get the funds, I'll be replacing those with a D-Activator neck and a 3 way switch, possibly push/pull pots for coil splitting. Overall, I'm very pleased with this guitar, and after a little bit of fixing up, it has quickly become one of my most played guitars. // 9

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