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Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar   

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Featuring the RG neck favored for its thin, flat, fast-playing design; rosewood fretboard; jumbo frets; an agathis body; Ibanez FAT10 tremolo for wil...Read More

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Built for the shredder on a budget.

Featuring the RG neck favored for its thin, flat, fast-playing design; rosewood fretboard; jumbo frets; an agathis body; Ibanez FAT10 tremolo for wild whammy action; and 2 powerful humbuckers.

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

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • Thin, flat RG neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Dual open-coil humbucking pickups
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IbanezRG120 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 112 reviews)

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If money is a problem, then buy this guitar.

This is a solid buy for rock players on a budget. I am currently learning songs by August Burns Red, and this guitar has enough distortion, and good enough tone, to handle the...Read complete review

This is a solid buy for rock players on a budget. I am currently learning songs by August Burns Red, and this guitar has enough distortion, and good enough tone, to handle the intensity. For a clean channel, the neck pickup is pretty clear.Pros:-Jumbo frets make vibratos easier, and aid awareness and orientation.-24 frets for a full double octave.-3 way pickup selector (though this is pretty standard).-Adjustable action.-Slim neck.-Available in three colors (my white one is pretty rockin).-Good distortion (not superb). It CLEARLY rocks my First Act I was using.-Neck pickup sounds great when playing very high on the neck. Awesome deep bluesy tone.-It's easy to reach high frets.-Shiny finish!Cons:-The tremolo bridge is absolutely useless without a locking nut. As soon as you touch the whammy bar the guitar is out of tune. I tried to make it like a fixed bridge by installing the third tremolo spring that was included, but it would be best if it was actually a fixed bridge. Do not buy this guitar for the whammy bar! I recommend not even using it.-Though the neck pickup is good for clean channels, strumming too hard with still get slight distortion.-Not superb (only good) distortion. It will get you pretty far, but if you want a good Bullet for My Valentine distortion or Parkway Drive distortion without relying on footpedals, I recommend better pickups. The RG120 comes equipped with an Infinity 3 on the neck and an Infinity 4 on the Bridge. They are perfect for punk and some metal. I am using a Marshall MG series amp, so that is partially to blame as well.-I haven't found a good use for the center pickup (both pickups), it sounds muddy and unclear.-The black intonation screws on top will most likely corrode and turn grey from your palm, (mine have). Corrosion has actually lead to the stripping of some of the hexagonal screw heads needed for adjusting intonation, therefore mine need to be replaced.-Agathis wood. Rumor has it that this wood is cheap and gives bad tone, but I am debating if this is a Con or not because the tone actually seems fine to me.Other comments:Sustain is pretty good. Palm mutes sound nice. By my picky standards, if you need a decent guitar that will save money, this is the minimum. It is on the line between starter guitars and professional guitars. It is good enough to satisfy without putting a hole in your wallet. It is great for practicing and jamming with friends, and I would even trust it for a gig if needed. If you are leaving the intermediate field and becoming advanced, capable of playing songs by Protest the Hero, then I would look into a more expensive guitar with higher quality wood and better pickups. And I can't stress enough, don't buy this guitar for the tremolo action! It is absolutely useless. If money is a problem, then buy this guitar.

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Barely Talent-Show Worthy

This was my first guitar. At first I thought it was a really good guitar. I thought it sounded good and it was easy to play. Now i realize that it isnt a...Read complete review

This was my first guitar. At first I thought it was a really good guitar. I thought it sounded good and it was easy to play. Now i realize that it isnt a very good guitar at all. Its sound is mediocre at best, it has absolutely no features, and the design is boring. I used to plug it into a Marshall MG15CDR and thought that the sound was good at first. Then i heard my friend play his PRS SE Custom through it and wow did i hear a difference. My overall sound was horrible compared to it. This guitar's pickups are not good at all. Distortion sounds horrible on them. I am currently in a band and we started out playing at the school's talent shows. That is about all this guitar is good for. It is good for middle school talent shows and maybe a freshman's talent show. This is not a gig-worthy guitar. Mainly because of its sound, but also because of its look. It is not a very good looking guitar. I gave the features a 2.5 because there are a lot of guitars out there that match this one. Very low quality sound and looks. I gave quality a 3 mainly because it sounds O.K. through my Metal Core distortion pedal. I gave value a 5 because for the money you shouldnt expect anything more from this guitar. Overall i give it a 2.5. If you are in a band or starting a band that gigs, i suggest you save up and buy a nicer guitar like a Schecter C-1FR. That is the guitar that i use currently. Wow it is a great guitar. Its pickups own the Ibanez's and it has stage quality looks. If you are just starting out on the guitar, i say this is the guitar for you. But be prepared to want something else after about 9 months if you dont take lessons and about 6 months if you do.

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5.0

Amazing guitar

By Jens Dagel

from North Dakota

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

At first I didn't think much of the Ibanez guitars and I stuck with my B.C. Rich but I'm realizing that the thin, flat neck and shorter frets of the RG120 really help for speed.

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4.0

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Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

Its a good guitar to learn on.
the guitar is good for beginner and as a back up
The neck is very nice. The pickups are just good not great im going change them out. But the tremolo is terrible i would block it,
Its better if you can get used for alot cheaper but at the price its not bad.

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3.0

Ibanez RG120 Review

By Calvin

from New York

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

Good starter guitar with some minor quality issues but maybe I just receieved a bad one. If your starting out you can try this one and than sell it in the future.
Decent features for a starting electric guitar.
Besides not being able to stay in tune for sessions its a acceptable gutiar for this price range.
For the price there are a lot of other guitars you could try out this one is decent.

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5.0

A solid platform

By John Anderson

from Upper Black Eddy, PA

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Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

I have several guitars including 4 other ibanez's. I got this for use with a Roland GK-3 Midi pickup and needed something with enough room between the bridge and bridge pickup to mount the GK-3. The Edge trems typically are too close and I didn't feel like spending a lot of money. I've added Sperzel locking tuners and will likely upgrade the bridge with a Super-Vee Switchblade, though the stock trem isn't as bad as I thought if kept properly set up (I have it tight to the body so there is no up-pull.) All in all, it's a good platform to build from.
I give it a 7 here because, let's face it, this guitar is aimed at entry level players. As such it is priced accordingly. The tremolo is a basic non-locking strat style and suffers from all the issues that all non-locking trems have - tuning issues after tremolo use. The quick fix for this is locking tuners and light oil on all the areas the strings touch the bridge. Pickups are adequate, INF 2 and 4 are the pups they use in a lot of their guitars - they're hotter than a "classic" pickup but not as hot as say a DimZ Super Distortion. The neck and body are straight RG fare without any frills like bindings, etc. Look for one with a good neck body joint - you don't want a lot of gap in the neck pocket.
Quality is typical Ibanez, which is to say great. Of all the import brands, Ibanez has been doing it the longest and has the best quality control.
At the price you are getting a solid platform. Good body, good neck, decent electronics. Bridge and tuners are easy to replace but the fundamental elements of this axe are the same as the RG350s.

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5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Adam DeCamp

from Salisbury, MD

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

This shredding beast was my fsecond guitar. This guitar can be for any level wheather your a beginner, amateur or your a professional. It stays in tune and the bridge is very comfortable for palm mutes and everyting. One this about this guitar is that it has some weight to it and kinda heavy but If you have been playing it for 3 years its very comfortable. The fret board is very slick and fast but for tapping I would give it a 4/5, its not the best. Overall Its a great buy and I would totally recommend it!

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5.0

Nice for the price

By BluesShred

from GR MI

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

I picked this one up because I needed something with a thinner neck and wider scale than my Epi Junior has, as I'm taking lessons again after 20 years (at age 40) and one of my main aims is building great speed. When I bought it, the action was pretty terrible and the intonation was flat, but after a good setup and a set of hybrid Slinkys installed on it, it's nearly perfect for me. I had the crappy FAT-10 trem blocked with a piece of mahogany, because it's quite literally a piece of crap, and I don't use a trem anyway. The stock pickups are decent, but I wanted something that screamed, so I installed an EMG 81 in the bridge and now it's got great distortion, tone, and harmonics. I raised the neck pickup quite a bit and get a nice syrupy tone without it mudding out on me. All in all, a nice guitar for the price, and even nicer with a couple of upgrades.

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5.0

Great price-Great guitar

By Anonymous

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Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar. This was my first electric guitar and I love it. I had a little trouble with the tremelo,but I think it was because I was new to the whole electric guitar thing. But other than that its great. It has a great price for the quality of the guitar.

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4.0

Pretty Nice for the Price

By David Lee-hq_oy

from Highland, CA

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

Although this guitar seems to suffer from fret buzzing issues, once you get it set up properly, I believe you'll like it as much as I do. The feel of the guitar is nice, it's not too heavy, and the way it screams is really rather worth the price. Although I don't recommend having it shipped anywhere. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to find an axe that kicks for a price that doesn't.

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5.0

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By ACP123

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

This isn't only great for the price but it's great for even a more expensive guitar. This was my first guitar about 3 years ago and I still play it today. I don't see the need to upgrade to a more expensive guitar when I can get the same quality for cheaper.

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4.0

not good for tapping

By Lu Cifer

from new jersey

Comments about Ibanez RG120 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar thinking about mick thompson because it looks sick in black. i play alot of metal/ death metal and satanic music so i tap alot. this guitar has a great deep tone but not a great high end. i also own a jackson king V korean limited edition, so the ibanez doesnt fit my needs

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