Price paid: $ 434.5
Purchased from: Strings attached
Sound — 10
I play everything and this guitar can too. Running on clean It has amazing, and I mean amazing bassy response. This also dominated the sound when both pickups were engaged together. The bridge pickup alone has such a clean tone that if it was a woman, could make love to it all day long. On Overdrive, the bridge pickup gives great gritty top-end, made for any kind of hard rock. The neck pickup transferred it's mellowness to Darkness. Heavy brooding metal rhythms came surprisingly easy from this unassuming little guitar. The sustain is noticeably impressive with a gorgeous hint of underlying harmonic feedback appearing in the middle of the note's decay. On a 76 set of Marshall stacks, this thing rips soo amazingly.
Overall Impression — 10
The RGX A2 is a quirky little guitar with many unique features. Visually there is '80s styloing present and it is overall a head Turner. Oh and if you say the leds are "homo" then just take the battery out, the selector is easy to use without it. Most of all I liked the sound and features of the Alternative Internal Resonance (or AIR for short, yes that was quite a corny thign by Yamaha). Hopefully this is the start of a new trend in light-in-weight high-in-sustain guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I think it will sustand anything actusally. My old Yamaha pacifica was in similar shape and lasted everything. Strap buttons are solid and the hardware with its finish will last for sure. I would say this is reliable, just liek a toyota. no need for backups as this owns.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
There is great finish throughout. Actions is not too huigh, but Who cares, if you want a flashy overpriced guitar get a Gibson. Pickups were adjusted sooo awesomely as well. No flaws whatsoever and the bridge is soo well routed that it makes you feel like you have gods hands while playing.
Features — 9
This is a Brand New off the factory line model by Yamaha. It is made in Taiwan and sold worldwide. It has 22 close-grained thin frets, which are brown rosewood. It is a solid top guitar. The body is of a Fender Strat esque shape but much smoother then the now classic Strat. The maple neck is slim and very controllable when playing, as well is very fast so speed playing can be ocmpleted easily just like on a common Ibanez. there is a gloss lacquer that makes the guitar have a smooth feel under the hand. The body however has somethign that no other guitar has; Alternative Internal Resonance body. This is made by putting a light weight wood between two denser woods. It also has holes called air tubes which pass vibrations evenly throughout the guitar. The bridge is new too. It is as thin as maybe 5 thick picks stacked. the strings go over a groove in the front end and dive through the body through a slot. Each single string has two adjustable screws accessed through holes in the top. There is also an adjustment screw in the rear that slides the whole bridge backwards and forwards for adjustment. Also the grey bridge makes the guitars whole look amazing. THere are active and passive electronics (well technically ecause the lights are active). You get 1 tone and 1 volume selector with 2 circle knobs. When you change the tone, you also change the colour of leds inside the guitar. There are two Alnico humbuckers that sit in white soapbar housings. Also for the tuners, Instead of flat knobs, these tuners have cylinders that you twist. THey are of yamahas owns factory and are non locking (for people like me, I can't stand lockign ones) Ther is nothignincluided from Yamaha but when you buy at stores, hwo knows what they will give you. when I purchased mine, I walked in for 2 seconds told the guy I'm buyibng that guitar and pointed at it. He said no one bought a guitar so fast so he threw in for me a hard case:D. Only minus is no whammy bar, but I have a pedal anyway.