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Ibanez RG3EXQM1 Quilted Maple Top Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez RG3EXQM1 electric guitar's humbucker pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock. Since 1987, m...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez RG3EXQM1 electric guitar's humbucker pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock.

Since 1987, many players have selected the Ibanez RG as their weapon of choice for visiting sonic mayhem on the metal masses. With the right choice of pickups plus flat and fast necks, the RG has crunched its way to classic status. To the RG's lethal combination of features, RG Prestige models add the comfortable, rounded feel of Prestige neck finishing, drop-dead good looks and great electronics and hardware.

24 jumbo frets offer easy playing for leads and chording, and a fixed bridge design offers thru-body stringing for stronger tone and sustain. Features 2 EMG-designed humbuckers and a bolt-on 3-piece maple neck with a headstock to match the body. The quilted maple top and shark tooth inlays on a 25-1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard give it a striking both sweet and dangerous look. 24 jumbo frets deliver insane playability for riffers and shredders alike.

  • String-thru basswood body
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Wizard II neck profile
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard with shark tooth inlay
  • Quilted maple burst with matching headstock
  • String-thru fixed bridge
  • Designed by EMG neck pickup
  • Designed by EMG bridge pickup
  • Tone and volume controls

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Great looks & feel !

This is a very good guitar and can be great. I bought the grey one with the intention of changing pickups. The day I took it out of the box I was first relieved...Read complete review

This is a very good guitar and can be great. I bought the grey one with the intention of changing pickups. The day I took it out of the box I was first relieved and pleased at the finish which is deeper and darker than the pictures-very nice. Fit and finish are great. Surprisingly the action and intonation were nearly perfect, I barely adjusted both. The guitar immediately felt great and played superb. Zero inconsistencies in the neck and frets. The stock pickups have plenty of output, slightly dark, but just enough definition. Noisy. Noisy hi output passive pickups. Not good for vintage sounds. Just ok for metal. After installing active EMG's, it's exactly what I was after to compliment my other axes- brutal, brilliant, silent. After a few weeks and only a couple of sweaty band practices, the finish on the bridge saddles is wearing off significantly, but not on the tuners, which are good and stable. Overall, the guitar is of excellent build and quality, super feel and playability, but only sounds OK with stock pickups. Being a Hum/Hum it's not built for Strat/vintage sound and will not do it. This guitar is for metal, and needs pickup upgrades to do it. I recommend active EMG's in this. Brutal gain, brighter sound than the stock EMG's, and silent. Not good for slightly overdriven, or classic rock sounds, but excellent clean and full gain metal. I recommend this guitar highly especially if you have other more versatile guitars, OR are ONLY interested in heavy/metal sounds. The action is so good, I've gone back to my other guitars to tweak them to see if I could get them closer this this. Lastly, the binding on the neck is NOT painted. It is real binding.


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Looks better than it plays

This thing is beautiful and looked ideal for what I wanted. But then I plugged it in... the EMGs on this thing are very cheap and have a lot of noise to...Read complete review

This thing is beautiful and looked ideal for what I wanted. But then I plugged it in... the EMGs on this thing are very cheap and have a lot of noise to them. Plus I put on some .010-.046 GHS boomers on this and it was fret buzz city and they wouldn't stay in tune no matter how I adjusted it. Overall this guitar is not made for down-tuning at all, from what I experienced. Might sound good with small strings and in Standard tuning... This thing is getting returned. I recommend getting a Schecter instead. Looks nice... sounds like a cheap guitar. Good day.

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Nice Guitar..

By FunkStroke

from Tracy CA


  • Inexpensive, Solid construction, Great Neck


    Best Uses

    • Works for funk, R&B, jazz and especially Rock

    Saw it hanging at the local store on consignment. Played it real quick and purchased it based on it's looks and the nice neck. I also prefer hard tail guitars and wanted a replacement for the RG321 I sold to a friend. Got it home and couldn't stop playing it!! It's an Ibanez so I figured it would be sweet for the Hard stuff and it delivers with clarity. A week after I purchased it, I used it instead of my '84 Yamaha Telecaster (SJ550) at a gig and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for funk rhythm and comping fat jazz chords as the music the band plays is mostly R&B and funked up Jazz stds . When it was solo time, the contrast from the smoothness to the Mean and nasty was ever so sweet. Got a lot of compliments that night...... Especially after I played Santana's Europa.

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    By Ibanez enthusiast

    from PowderTown, GA

    I got a great deal on mine only $180! i love this guitar. all the hardware is in good shape and definitally made for hard rock and metal riffs. everthing about this guitar says shred, from the EMG ibanez designed pick-ups to the shark tooth fret job and quilted top. mine is grey sunburst and i love it. the pickup have great sound. the list price was somewhere around $400.00 if you purchase this item expect to get all of your money's worth. i would recommend this axe to anyone into heavy sounds and sharp licks and riffs.


    Great Buy!

    By toincito

    from Undisclosed

    Ok. So I bought this guitar two weeks ago, and I have fallen in love. It's super comfortable for nice palm muting, nice tone and smooth playability. Although I must say that if you order the darker model, the color is actually different than it shows here, it's more like a dark green, but oh well. Great Buy, recommend it highly.

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    By shredhed-zuk31

    from the boondocks

    My friend got this guitar about a year and a half ago, and I've played it many times. The neck is- ,well.Fast. The fastest neck I've ever rapped my loving hands around. Even though their not true emgs, the pickups still sound wicked in any stile of music, and surprisingly thick when played clean. I have nothing bad to say about this shred machine.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    If you don't own one, get one.

    By Lance Carter

    from Perry Georgia

    I have always liked the Ibanez RG's. I never bought one because I do not get along with tremolo systems and I do not like a bunch of pickups. But those necks. I love the big, flat, screaming fast neck. If I was to have someone build me a guitar it would be a hard tail RG with one pickup and one volume knob. This guitar is very close to that. The neck is awesome. You can compare it side by side with anything on the market today. The hardware is solid and it sounds great. I use it for praise and worship music. Of course it rocks hard as this is the guitar most heavy garage musicians cut their teeth on. It also does a surprisingly awesome job at clean stuff. This RG has a relatively high output neck pickup, but it doesn't go over the top clean. It's really awesome. My original plan was to retrofit it with my signature Super Distortion / Pearly Gates set up, but the stock pickups are just fine. I have had it for over a year now and it is bone stock. That is a rare thing as I am a guitar hacker to say the least.


    Totally pleased!

    By abrightyounglight1

    from Norton, ks

    I'll start by saying that I purchased this guitar as a back-up to my Esp-Ltd ec-500. I played it right out of the box and it sounded GOOD. Not great. However the guitars playability spawned one hell of a jam session. I tried to beef up the tone by changeing the string gauge to 13-56... this neck CANNOT handle that big of strings. The next step was to swap out the pickups with seymour duncan JB & Jazz set. This guitar now sounds as good if not better than my ESP!


    Awesome axe for everyone.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is a great guitar for all different kinds of players, beginner or pro. Excellent sound, awesome look, nice slick neck. Great guitar, great looks, affordable price.


    Shredder's Delight - price is a bonus feature

    By The Big Lewinsky

    from Chicago, IL

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    The Ibanez RG3EXQM1 is great for soloing. The neck is flat, slim, and fast. To put how nice this guitar is in perspective, I own 3 PRS's and still had to buy this Ibanez. The playability is excellent for a soloing shredder performing fast runs and sweeps. Of note is that I will probably swap out the pickups and pots. They do not allow you to easily roll back the volume to clean up a dirty tone. That aside, as soon as the pickups are replaced, the Ibanez will be used for "Ibanez night" gigs where the PRS's stay home and the RG3EXQM1 comes out along with a RG740.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Good until you get good

    By ScooterOnTheRocks

    from Mississippi

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    I bought the ibanez rg3ex qm on it's looks and it's neck. Well now I've played it for around 4 months and don't like it as much now, it sounds good but the guitar is only good until you have the experiance of playing something great, people that are starting out will love this guitar, people that can't afford a masterpeice guitar (gibson, esp, fender custom, upper level jacksons, etc) will like this guitar but want more eventually I know thats me. Looking back I wish I would have saved up because now the ibanez sits on its stand more than it doesn't. I like the guitar it's just not a keeper, if I could do it over I would wait but what's life without regrets?

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Awsome Guitar!

    By T-Bird93

    from S.C

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    I had one of these babies about a year ago and sold it for a Schecter Damien FR. Well that was the biggest mistake I have ever made and I'm trying my best to get a new one. There are no wrongs that I have seen with this guitar when I did have it, it was a great playing guitar with that 100 percent sound I always looked for and I highly recommend to get this guitar, it's worth its price and that's a promise!

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