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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar Black Night 

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Overview
  • 2 Powersound humbucking pickups with ceramic magnets
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $214.27
  • Your Savings:
    - $64.28
  • Your Price:
    $14999
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  • Jewel Blue

    $149.99 Top Rated

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    $149.99 Top Rated

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Dual humbucking crunch on a budget.

The Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar has a sleek neck and fast action. Two howling humbuckers—a Powersound 1 at the neck and a Powersound 2 at the bridge—crank out grinding, gritty tone by the busload. Standard rocking tremolo lets you dive bomb your way to musical bliss.

Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • 2 Powersound humbucking pickups with ceramic magnets
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Thin GRX neck profile

Pick it up today and release your pent-up artistic passions.

 
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IbanezGRX20 Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 295 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (205)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
    • Jamming (6)
    • School bands (4)
    • Recording (3)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Let's not kid ourselves, this is a beginer guitar.

    Ok, here's the tough part.

    If I had known what I was doing I would have spent twice as much. I would have gotten something with a Floyd Rose type...Read complete review

    Ok, here's the tough part.

    If I had known what I was doing I would have spent twice as much. I would have gotten something with a Floyd Rose type bridge. However, if you are considerign this guitar, you dn't know what you want. You may not want a tremolom you may want a hollow body, you may want a les paul style, you may want accoustic. You just want to play a guitar.

    Now, I have made some changes. I upgraded the tone block which according to my instructor makes it play like a higher priced insturment. and I plan on changing the electronics, though I may keep the pickups, they actually do a good enough job to keep.

    I will be buying another guitar with the before mentioned Floyd Rose tremolo, but I will keep this guitar for teaching and general screwing around.
    The bridge works, the tremolo bar works, the tuners tune, the humbuckers don't hum, and overall everythign works. This guitar has everythign a beginning guitar player needs and a few extras. One nice feature is the neck is a smaller profile than many other brands. This allows the beginner to learn the basics on a guiatar they don't have to fight.
    Excelent build. I could find no flaws in the build or design.
    For the price, this guitar is hard to beat. If you want something better, buy something more expensive. A lot more expensive.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pickups at 45deg, stripped screws

    First, I realize this is a very budget guitar. I don't expect it to be like a high-quality/expensive guitar, and as a beginner I wouldn't know the difference anyway. However, no...Read complete review

    First, I realize this is a very budget guitar. I don't expect it to be like a high-quality/expensive guitar, and as a beginner I wouldn't know the difference anyway. However, no matter what the budget-range quality of the guitar, no product should arrive broken when it is brand-new.

    The front pickup leans forward about 20 degrees. Adjusting the screw only moves the pickup up and down, and I can't level the pickup. The rear pickup is way worse. It is sunk in forward about 45 degrees!!! The top pickup screw moves the pickup in/out just fine (but again, won't level it). The bottom screw is STRIPPED. If you try unscrewing, the screw will just slowly come out and the pickup won't move at all. But even if it did, the pickup is still STUCK at 45 degrees.

    I'm sure anyone who works with or builds guitars (yes, even the factory boys who sweat them out hundreds per day) should be able to EASILY notice that the pickups are not level, and especially this rear one. There's ZERO excuse at such a glaring obviously visible problem.

    The only answer can be that there is no quality control. It's like, if the neck was missing, they wouldn't notice that, and ship it anyway. If you wrote a good review about this guitar, my guess is that you were one of the lucky ones who received a properly-built one which just happened to come out right. Because I guarantee nobody checks these during the build process nor when they come off the line before placing it in the box.

    I'll take it to a guitar shop and pay them to see if they can fix it, and also the fret buzz while they are at it. I'm afraid to return it to MF for an exchange, since I could likely get a worse one. Some reviewers reported multiple returns with varying problems each time. So I probably have no right to complain and should consider myself "lucky" that I only got the problems I did get with mine. ??

    Buy this guitar if you have good outcome with gambling, lottery tickets, etc. I think, for the price, it's an awesome guitar, IF you get a working one.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great cheap guitar!

    By Bosco1

    from Maryland

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

      I immediately took it to a luthier for inspection upon receiving.All was fine,he said.And no charge!Would buy again.The color Jewel Blue is very pretty.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Pickups at 45deg, stripped screws

      By Drakton

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Plays Easy Fast Smooth

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

      First, I realize this is a very budget guitar. I don't expect it to be like a high-quality/expensive guitar, and as a beginner I wouldn't know the difference anyway. However, no matter what the budget-range quality of the guitar, no product should arrive broken when it is brand-new.

      The front pickup leans forward about 20 degrees. Adjusting the screw only moves the pickup up and down, and I can't level the pickup. The rear pickup is way worse. It is sunk in forward about 45 degrees!!! The top pickup screw moves the pickup in/out just fine (but again, won't level it). The bottom screw is STRIPPED. If you try unscrewing, the screw will just slowly come out and the pickup won't move at all. But even if it did, the pickup is still STUCK at 45 degrees.

      I'm sure anyone who works with or builds guitars (yes, even the factory boys who sweat them out hundreds per day) should be able to EASILY notice that the pickups are not level, and especially this rear one. There's ZERO excuse at such a glaring obviously visible problem.

      The only answer can be that there is no quality control. It's like, if the neck was missing, they wouldn't notice that, and ship it anyway. If you wrote a good review about this guitar, my guess is that you were one of the lucky ones who received a properly-built one which just happened to come out right. Because I guarantee nobody checks these during the build process nor when they come off the line before placing it in the box.

      I'll take it to a guitar shop and pay them to see if they can fix it, and also the fret buzz while they are at it. I'm afraid to return it to MF for an exchange, since I could likely get a worse one. Some reviewers reported multiple returns with varying problems each time. So I probably have no right to complain and should consider myself "lucky" that I only got the problems I did get with mine. ??

      Buy this guitar if you have good outcome with gambling, lottery tickets, etc. I think, for the price, it's an awesome guitar, IF you get a working one.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Starter Electric Guitar

      By Nick

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar for my son as Christmas gift. He's been taking guitar lessons for 4 years. Now he only uses this one for practicing every day, and played in recent school concert. He really enjoys it.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By SWIA

        from New Jersey

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is great. The standard action is nice, I fiddled with that myself to help play a little faster. The pickups give off a nice sound. The tuning knobs are in great shape, sometimes there seems to be a "delay" but this guitar came out just the way I was hoping.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          GRX20 Electric Guitar

          By Wizofwoz7

          from Richmond VA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cheap But Solid
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

            great beginner guitar, but like most guitars you might want to take it to a shop and get the action adjusted. overall though this is a solid guitar espesially for the price.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            No Sound

            By Ballistic Fender

            from Houston,TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

            When I Got my Guitar It Looked brand new and pretty good quality.I Plugged it in to my amp (which i had checked worked the day before)No Sound Came Out. I Checked everything on the amp was fine. I Tried everything on the guitars side. volume ,tone..even tried tuning the strings but Nothing happened. I guess It Was One of those defective guitars .Now I am sending it back hoping to get a working one.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Guitar on a budget

            By Toretto16

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

              This is a great beginners guitar. It does not have the quality of a Strat but it still has great tone. I would say that if you want a beginners electric guitar, this is definitely the one you should go with.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Let's not kid ourselves, this is a beginer guitar.

              Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

              Ok, here's the tough part.

              If I had known what I was doing I would have spent twice as much. I would have gotten something with a Floyd Rose type bridge. However, if you are considerign this guitar, you dn't know what you want. You may not want a tremolom you may want a hollow body, you may want a les paul style, you may want accoustic. You just want to play a guitar.

              Now, I have made some changes. I upgraded the tone block which according to my instructor makes it play like a higher priced insturment. and I plan on changing the electronics, though I may keep the pickups, they actually do a good enough job to keep.

              I will be buying another guitar with the before mentioned Floyd Rose tremolo, but I will keep this guitar for teaching and general screwing around.
              The bridge works, the tremolo bar works, the tuners tune, the humbuckers don't hum, and overall everythign works. This guitar has everythign a beginning guitar player needs and a few extras. One nice feature is the neck is a smaller profile than many other brands. This allows the beginner to learn the basics on a guiatar they don't have to fight.
              Excelent build. I could find no flaws in the build or design.
              For the price, this guitar is hard to beat. If you want something better, buy something more expensive. A lot more expensive.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              john

              By john donahue

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

              bought this guitar use for 60.00 bucks was thinking it was going to be a peice of junk got it in opened the box the only thing i could find wrong with it was the trmlo arm was broken offf in the tremlo and tone knob was loose. fixed those issues and swapped out the pickups for some high end ibenez pickups thing jams pretty good for a starter
              basic stuff
              pretty sturdy
              excelent value for what i paid for it

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar, needs better frets and tremlo

              By Jason Murphy

              from Southern Middle TN

              Comments about Ibanez GRX20 Electric Guitar:

              Works best for learning and rock & roll. Fret action is low, not good for metal and other aggressive playing styles. The tremlo is very usable, but limited action and effect. If you bend it too far, it feels like it's going to snap.

              All in all, a solid axe, a good place to start, and a great steal.
              However, if you have the extra cash to spend, go for the GRG150DX. (the next model up)
              Works well for most styles of rock & roll. Works ok for metal, but needs thicker frets and sturdier tremlo. To compensate for the short frets, I have to use heavier strings. The tremlo is decent, but is limited in its versatility; only goes so far and the starts to bend.
              Well built all the way around. No structural complaints.
              Best deal on the internet for the money. I searched high and low, and this little axe took the cake.

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