Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: zZounds
Sound — 8
Ibanez RG guitars have always been one of my main choices for hard rock and heavy metal. I own several different models, but the neck-thru construction on the RGT42 adds immense sustain. I'm playing it through 1980's model Peavey VTM 120 head with a 4X12 Beringer cab. I get a very crunchy rhythm sound using this setup but with a little EQ'ing and the neck pickup, I can pull some really smooth lead tones. I use it for metal, rock, blues, bluegrass, and folk music too. It's a versatile machine!
Overall Impression — 8
I play a lot of shred style metal and the various flavors of death metal. This guitar is perfectly matched for those styles of music. I've been playing guitar for 9 years. I own a Ibanez RG570, a RG270DX, a mexician made Fender Standard Strat, a Fender Squier Showmaster Strat Jason Ellis Sig model, a Jackson Kelly, a Hamer Slammer CT-40, a Takaminie acoustic, and a Greg Bennett Ultramatic Samick Bass. If it was stolen, I would replace it with H.R. Giger model. I love the neck-thru construction, but I'm not too fond of the new Edge Pro II tremolos. This particular one seems to come out of tune with any mild whammy action. I also heard others mention the instability of these new Edge trems. I wish this guitar came with the EMG 81/85 combo.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is great for Live settings. It's a very simple and reliable design. The finish is rock solid and seems like it can take some abuse. This guitar is my main rig. I would use it on a gig without a backup no problem.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This guitar come set-up with 9's to E Standard. The action was indeed smooth and low. The pickups were at proper levels. Even though I purchased this guitar as a blem, to this day I have not found one cosmetic flaw anywhere on it.