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Pretty good extended scale 7 (Ibanez - RGD7320Z)

By Hatsubai, 06/09/2011
Ibanez has recently been pushing the extended scale RGD series pretty heavy lately. This is the latest edition of the model that's made over in Indonesia. The guitar features a basswood body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, sharkfin inlays, an Ibanez floyd rose, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar itself is pretty good, especially for being made over in Indonesia. It's almost on par with the Prestige guitars in certain areas. The one thing I noticed right off the bat was that this guitar is very light. I've had some boat anchors from Indonesia before, but this was pretty nice and resonant. The floyd on this is decent, but it's not the best one that Ibanez has ever made. It works, but I wish it had a higher quality one. The biggest thing people want to know is how the longer scale feels, and honestly, scale changes aren't a big deal to me. I can play just as easily on a 24.75'' as I can on a 27'' like on my 2228. The 26.whatever scale is nice on this, and the extra tension allows for some more control without being too heavy like when you change gauges. It's kinda like going from 9s to 9.5s.

SOUNDS

The guitar's pickups in this are pretty bland overall. The bridge pickup is pretty powerful, but it lacked the clarity that I tend to look for in a pickup. The neck was much the same way in that it had some decent output, but it lacked the clarity I tend to look for. It's almost as if there was some slight fizz going on the entire time. I've never been a fan of stock Ibanez pickups, and I always replace them with some higher quality DiMarzios. I think the D-Activator set would work great in this guitar, especially with the extended scale, although the neck might get a bit bright. If it's too bright, an Air Norton 7 would be great, or a LiquiFire.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is pretty good, especially considering that it came from the Indonesia factory. It's almost on par with the Prestige models, but it's still not 100% of the way there. It's an awesome seven for those who want a longer length but don't feel like shelling out the cash for the Japanese equivalents. If you're going to keep it, I recommend getting the pickups replaced.
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Almost there. (Ibanez - RGD2127Z)

By heads on fire, 04/03/2012
Made in JAPAN.

SPECS
Neck Material: 5pc Maple/ Wenge
Neck Type: Wizard-7 Prestige (26.5")
Body: Basswood body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: Edge Zero 7 bridge w/ZPS3
NeckPU: V77 Custom
BridgePU: V87 Custom
HW Color: CK
Finishes: ISH


NECK DIMENSIONS

Scale/Length 672mm/26.5"
a: Width at Nut 48mm
b: Width Last Fret 68mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 19mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 21mm
Radius 430mm
PICKUPS
Bridge Pickup
Name: V87 Custom
Model No: V87 Custom
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Alnico
Description: Rich, harmonic tone with clarity in low-end.

Neck Pickup
Name: V77 Custom
Model No: V77 Custom
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Smooth and dynamic tone with warm mid-range.


UTILIZATION

This guitar plays fantastically. The neck is smooth, stable, and sublime. The added inch of scale length makes the string response very tight on the low end, adding girth to the sound. For an instrument designed to give maximum impact to low notes, this extra scale length is very welcomed. The fretboard is very flat, with just enough radius to allow for easy bending, and the higher fret access is very nice, with the extra bevels carved out of the cutaway. This guitar will get wayyyy low, but also soar into the stratosphere on the 24th fret! Also, the Edge Zero Custom bridge is very accurate, and the guitar returns to pitch when diving or in pulling up.

SOUNDS

Here's where I get a bit disappointed. The pickups are a bit weak and dull-sounding. I've heard better in some of their much cheaper guitars. I guess the thinking is that the player that is this exacting in their metal axe will already have a pickup preference, and just swap new ones in to the guitar after purchase. But it doesn't make me a fan of these. They just don't have the power needed for this type of guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all, a very good instrument. At this price, these pickups should have been Dimarzios or EMGs or similar. But this is still a good guitar. Anyone that needs their fix of low-tuned chugging and polyrhythmic djenting will dig this axe, big time. Play it if you like experimental or extreme metal.
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But does it DJENT ?! (Ibanez - RGDIX6MPB)

By Juni41, 23/05/2016
I'd dreamt of it for a while, and here we are: Ibanez finally releases fixed bridge models aimed at prog/metal/djent players.

Just as I was about to order from Skeversen (which are specialists in that genre and make sublime guitars), I came across this small 7-string Ibanez by pure chance on NAMM 2016 videos and prayed for them to release a 6-string version of it... Here it is! Thank you Ibanez (though it's a very limited run, apparently only sold at Ibanez Prestige dealers at least in some countries).

In brief.

Specs-wise, it features a swamp ash (sandwiched) body with a thin (even very thin: what a pity) burl poplar top in a mesmerizing blue/green color.
The maple/bubinga neck is very comfortable and features a sublime birdeyes maple fingerboard. I frankly didn't care a bit about that detail until I saw it, but mine really has a beautiful fretboard! ^^
The "nitro" neck is reportedly thicker than a traditional wizard, but I for one can't feel a real difference, anyway it's almost lacquerless and thinly sanded, making it very comfortable to play (tha hand slides quite freely).
26.5" scale, making it a little longer compared with a standard strat but the difference can't really be felt in my opinion, it never caused me any trouble playing, except for the strings that were harder to bend due to the shop tuning them in a standard eadgbe while RGD series guitars are precisely designed to be tuned in... D, of course! The guitar comes with a set of 10-46 strings and with such a long scale the strings stay tense and keep in tune, even in D/drop C which is quite practical.

The chosen woods are very beautiful, and the guitar il lightweight and well manufactured. Two cons eventually come to mind: the painting not always precisely done, and the awkward way the frets were set as you see some white glue stains here and there (the fretting itself is fine though, no buzz or anything).
What a pity! Of course, it doesn't hinder the way you play, but such a beautiful fingerboard would have deserves more caution.

Regarding the hardware, we have a low-profile gibraltar bridge, not too bad (at least way more comfortable than the old version with right angles), a simple, sturdy and well-placed 3-way switch, Gotoh locking tuners (which are not bad at all, although perhaps not as precise as Schaller M6s but they do their job well and keep everything in tune). Finally, 2 Dimarzio "Edge Fusion" pickups, which are real "made in usa" Dimarzios - not cheap versions, to my utmost surprise (see picture).


These pickups can be split, they have all the necessary wiring. So, I added a push-pull pot and wired it myself, it perfectly works but split sounds are REALLY "spanky", almost Telecaster-esque- which may be logical considering the wood/neck/bridge combination this guitar offers.

Soundwise, the original pickups are really, really good.
(I use Bias FX by Positive Grid)
Very versatile, they offer beautiful-sounding cleans and razor-sharp distortion sounds.
A bit too screamy/edgy to my taste, they remind me of seymour duncan SH6s or bare knuckle painkillers.
I had a set of bare knuckle nailbomb in camo battleworn finish set aside, I thought of using them with another guitar but finally thought they would look well with the poplar's woodgrain and color.

Compared with the dimarzio edge fusion, these bare knuckle models sound rounder and less sharp. They lack a bit of punch compared with the original pickups so I'm not sure I'll keep them on this rgd, time will tell.

Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase. Of course, €/$800 ain't that easy to spend, but otherwise wor something in this style you'd have to go and see a custom guitar shop such as Blackmachine, Skervesen, Kiesel, Mayones... And their waiting list is terribly long! :/
Except for the paintjob that lacks precision here and there and the glue marks on the edge of the neck, this is a really great job, versatile, lightweight and comfortable. My only regret is how shy they remain regarding Ibanez Prestige guitars... How I wish that kind of models would some out from their Japanese Fujigen factory!

I REALLY can't wait to see what Ibanez is up to for next year, hopefully they will keep in that direction and and get inspired by it for new Prestige models.

*EDIT*

I finally was a bit disappointed by the bare knuckle nailbombs, so I put the original Dimarzio fusion edge pickups back in place as they're more accurate and in the kind of sound I was after. So, I seized the opportunity to record the guitar in its original state just for you! ;)
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A very good guitar for low or standard tunings (Ibanez - RGD7UC)

By DBGuitareTech, 18/08/2017
DESCRIPTION

The guitar is made in Japan
26.5 scale
It features 24 frets, a volume knob and a 3-way switch
Equipped with awesome Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups (neck and bridge)
Set bridge
Neck is a 5-piece Wizard-7 in maple and wenge with titanium reinforcement
Basswood body
Ebony fretboard
Fretboard indicators on the side only
Matte black finish with black chrome hardware
Gotoh auto-locking tuners

USE

I’ve tried this guitar for a month on a PEAVEY VALVEKING 212 tube amp, a MARSHALL MG50 DFX solid-state amp and a sound system using a LINE 6 POD HD500x.
The fretboard is beautiful and very pleasant to play, your fingers slide perfectly on it and I’ve had no problem playing on a longer-scaled guitar.
I’ve played it in standard A, Drop G and Drop G# tunings. Thanks to the tuners, il perfectly stays in tune.
It’s a bit heavy but I believe it to be due to the ebony fingerboard, you can feel a nice resonance when playing unplugged and its curves provide optimum playing comfort – whether you play while sitting or standing up.

SOUND

The Bare Knuckles Aftermaths provide an awesomely rich sound.
Overdriven sounds are sharp and incisive, edgy yet very clear no matter whether you play power chord, legato, chopping.
The clean sound made me discover for the first time a pickup that does the job in both registers, the sounds are great and stellar – provided you know how to set your amp, pedals and so on.
Since the wood involved sounds rather neutral and frequency-balanced, the pickups can express their own tones in the mids and high mids, making it stand out in the mix.

OVERALL

As an owner of the lower-end RGD2127FX, I must admit it’s well worth its price. Forum users here or there claim that you would get the same result by getting the lower-end model and adding Aftermath pickups and the same tuners (and I do have Aftermath pickups on my RGD2127FX, just like the RGD7UC), well… just no. There’s a huge gap in terms of resonance.

The RGD7UC sounds way more punchy in the low mids, and I could hear the difference when playing live with a drummer.
As a consequence, I’m now considering selling my RGD2127FX to get this one, which proves that one should not trust judgements solely based on an instrument’s feature list.

A single cons : the guitar’s matte color quickly degrades if you don’t take care, and i twill have real consequences on its look over time if you never wipe your guitar after using it.
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