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User reviews on Ibanez RGA products

Rock and Roll (Ibanez - RGA42)

By iamqman, 31/01/2012
Ibanez is really known in my opinion primarily for their great overdrive distortion pedals called the tube screamers. They also are quite known for their very inexpensive and budget friendly guitars as well. This is one of those guitars that really gives a budgeted musician the chance to play a good shredding metal guitar and a very low price. These guitars I would feel and a great sound for anything hard rock and metal oriented. These guitars almost always feature humbucker pickups and some sort of troubles. But the most important thing I think with these guitars are their fantastic feeling necks.


The tone on these guitars isn't really the highlight of the instrument. You don't really have a whole lot of soul or tone involved. However if you need a good shredding guitar and you need one at a very low price of this is a great instrument to own.


I really like the sound of these guitars with a good overdrive pedal in front of the Marshall amplifier or even a Mesa boogie amplifier. Pretty much anything in a high gain setting up fantastic with the Ibanez guitars. Neck profile is very comfortable and it's extremely fast so playing up and down the frets can be quite comfortable and easy. When you put a good clean setting on an amp than you will really have a hard time giving you that nice sparkle or clean sound. It won't give you a clean sound like you would get out of a Fender telecaster or a fender Stratocaster but anything was a good overdrive is the sound fantastic with this good.


These guitars can be had pretty much anywhere you find musical instruments. These guitars are very easy to find because they are low in price and so many retailers will carry the Ibanez product line. If you need something that's going to be somewhat budget friendly but really it can give you a great feeling sound this is the way to go.

Thunderous lows! (Ibanez - RGA8QM)

By heads on fire, 31/01/2012

Neck Material: 5pc Maple/ Walnut
Neck Type: Wizard II-8 (27")
Body: Mahogany body/ Quilted Maple top
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: Fixed Edge III-8 bridge
NeckPU: LZ8-N
BridgePU: LZ8-B
HW Color: BK
Finishes: TGB


Scale/Length 685.8mm/27"
a: Width at Nut 55mm
b: Width Last Fret 80mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 21.5mm
Radius 400mm
Bridge Pickup
Name: LZ8-B
Model No: LZ8-B
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Low noise and high power 8-string active pickup

Neck Pickup
Name: LZ8-N
Model No: LZ8-N
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Low noise and high power 8-string active pickup


This is an extremely cool instrument. The RGA8QM follows in a line of recent advances from Ibanez. The Universe, Steve Vai's 7-string signature model, was the first mass-marketed solidbody 7-string guitar, and that came out in about 1990. Metal wunderkinds Meshuggah from Sweden decided to adopt that guitar for their low-chugging riffs, and after a couple of albums of writing on a 7, they decided to go for what was unheard of at the time - an 8 string guitar. After Meshuggah switched to go to a custom builder for their 8s, Ibanez though they should keep up with the changing times, and so they designed their own 8-string guitars to bring Meshuggah back into the fold. The RG2228 was the first solidbody 8 offered from Ibanez, followed by the much less expensive import the RGA8. This RGA8QM is the cosmetically enhanced version of that guitar. Whew!

Brief history lesson aside, this RGA8QM is a dream to play. Access to the highest and lowest notes is very easy, as the neck is thin and incredibly flat. This guitar was designed for ease of playing with precision at high speeds, and it delivers. The bridge is substantial as well - it offers the benefits of a locking tremolo system's finer tuners, yet with a fixed bridge!


The guitar sounds HUGE. Thunderous, even! All the strings are balanced very well in terms of output, and there is a depth of clarity in this guitar that most axes cannot match. The lowest strings are mighty powerful, and all around the neck the tone is very even. This is a metal guitar, through and through, yet I'm sure some other experimentalists and jazzers could find a use for it.


What a neat guitar! It is a stunner with that top, and the sound is enormous. The fact that it plays so well is almost unfair! I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed playing this guitar.

Solid Metal Ibanez Archtop (Ibanez - RGA42E)

By tjon901, 07/02/2012
I am not the biggest Ibanez fan but I love their RGA series guitars. They have a lot of what I look for when it comes to a guitar. The RGA series is an evolution of the classic RG series. For a long time the RG series was pretty much unchanged. When the RGA guitars came out it was a big update that added a lot more comfort to the design. The A in RGA stands for archtop. These guitars have archtop designs which makes them a bit more comfortable in my opinion. A lot of these models are hardtail as well which is something I prefer to the tremolos found on most RG models. This guitar has a mahogany RGA body with a bolt on maple neck. The fretboard is rosewood with 24 jumbo frets. There is no locking nut on this one as it is a hardtail. This newer RGA model has an updated bridge. Older models have a type of wraparound bridge this one is like a mix of a wraparound with a Fender hardtail bridge. The pickups int his guitar are very cool for an Ibanez. It has the active EMG set with an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. This is miles better than what you get in most Ibanez guitars even prestige models. The controls are simple with a volume and tone with a 3 way switch.


To me one of these guitars plays better than a normal RG. With the stable hardtail bridge you do not have to worry about pushing notes out of tune when palm muting or playing heavy. With the hardtail bridge everything is very stable and it is easy to setup. The neck is super thin and flat which is what most modern guitar players like. You can really shred on it easily with the flat radius and jumbo frets. One thing I do not like is the battery compartment for the EMG's. On this guitar the battery compartment has a screw on cover. I wish all battery compartments were pop out. With a screw on cover you are not saving any time over just having the battery in the control cavity. If you changing the battery in the battery compartment takes as long as it would in the control cavity there is no point in having a battery compartment.


With the EMG pickups in this model the tone is heads and tails above a lot of other Ibanez guitars. To me the stock pickups in most Ibanez guitars are some of the worst pickups I have come across. With the EMG's in this guitar you can rock with the best of them. Older versions of this model had a set of Ibanez active pickups which were okay but these EMG's are what everyone is trying to imitate with their active pickups. This is the traditional EMG setup that you find in a lot of guitars. The 81 in the bridge is a real buzzsaw of a pickup. It has a really sharp sound that really cuts. The tone is very focused on the high end for clarity. The 85 in the neck is a very good pickup as well. The 85 has a smoother tone that is less focused on the high end. It has a thicker tone which makes it great for lead playing. The leads come out smoother and less harsh than the 81 sounds for leads.


Its pretty crazy that Ibanez can make a guitar like this and sell it so cheaply but their Prestige models that cost twice as much come with pickups that sound like they should be in 100 dollar guitars. This guitar with its comfortable body and its solid bridge make it a really solid metal guitar and it is a bit cheaper than the comparable guitars from ESP and Schecter. For once Ibanez isnt churning out the same old RG with no name pickups in a random color. This guitar is a good solid metal guitar with the electronics that are pretty much standard in guitars from ESP and Schecter. Like most good Ibanez models this one probably wont be around for very long so if you want an Ibanez that is ready to rock out of the box you better jump on this one.

Great Ibanez for the price (Ibanez - RGA121)

By luisjvelez, 05/09/2012
Very basic design from Ibanez, natural finish, Gibraltar hard tail bridge, 1 Volume and 1 Tone control. It has a Mahogany body with a Maple top, with a Maple neck in Wizard Prestige Profile for very fast play. Very rarely does Ibanez put out a hard tail that looks like something you'd like to own, but they hit a home run here!


Ibanez didn't change anything about the control layout, but it feels very easy to reach the volume and tone. Being an avid hard tail user, I always find that the whammy bar or just huge tremolos that Ibanez puts out get in the way of the pots, it's very easy to do swells or switch to neck pickup for leads on the fly.

The neck, just like any other Ibanez, is thin and very fast. Ibanez finishes their necks with a satin polyurethane, but there is no sticking or resistance when moving fast, its very relieving and I don't feel a need to sand down the neck.


Let me be completely honest when I say that the stock pickups are not great by any means. They lack clarity, sound muddy and lack bite both in the bridge and neck. I would STRONGLY recommend replacing these first thing. You could easily get a bad impression from this guitar when it has so much more to offer.

I use EMGs 85 Bridge and 60a Neck. I have quested for the perfect EMG in this 81, 85, 89, 60, 60a, JH Set, you name it, I've tried every combo. This guitar is a tone MACHINE. This huge chunk of mahogany has tons of warmth with incredibly sustain. The maple cap brings out the bite and ensures you won't have a muddy mess!


Overall I believe this is one of the best Prestige line guitars that Ibanez offers, I'm very surprised they are not highly sought after. This guitar almost makes me think of an Ibanez version of a Les Paul, mahogany body with maple cap and maple neck. I have had tons of Ibanezes come and go over the years and this one has remained.

News Ibanez RGA

New Ibanez RGA Line

Published on 02/01/10
In 2010 Ibanez rolls out a slew of new additions to its RGA series of arch-topped, set-in necked electric guitars.