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Ibanez RG420 Electric Guitar  

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    Ibanez

    A guitar with the looks and sound that metal monsters demand.

    The Ibanez RG420 is an electric guitar with a real Custom Shop feel. The Ibanez RG420 has a thin, flat bound 24-fret, 3-piece Wizard II neck for fast and effortless shredding. Aesthetic touches include sharktooth fingerboard inlays and cosmo black hardware.

    Advanced Electronics
    The solidbody RG420 guitar delivers a broad range of tones produced by advanced components and a unique pickup switching system. In the neck position is an Ibanez INFINITY 1 pickup that is versatile and responsive with warm classic tone and added output. In the bridge position is an Ibanez INFINITY 2 pickup that has enhanced midrange output and excellent dynamics. Controls include a master volume, master tone, and a 5-way selector switch.

    Edge III Tremolo

    No other guitar maker has done so much to advance the art and science of the tremolo than has Ibanez. The Edge III represents the next phase in locking tremolos. Its low profile fine-tuners and two screws in the arm pocket allow easy adjustment of the arm height and torque. The double-locking Edge III trem delivers radical effects and sonic chaos with total tuning stability.

    For 2 decades, the legion of Ibanez RG warriors has grown like a virus, thrusting the RG guitar to the head of the metal pack. Ibanez RG guitars' fast, flat necks, rabid pickups, and double-locking trems combine to create sonic demons from beyond the world of mortals.

    Features
    • Body style: RG
    • Body: Mahogany
    • Neck material: 3-piece maple
    • Neck type: Wizard II
    • Fingerboard: 24-fret bound rosewood
    • Inlay: Sharktooth inlay
    • Bridge: Edge III bridge
    • Hardware: Cosmo black
    • Bridge pickup: INFINITY 2
    • Model No: INF2
    • Construction: Humbucking
    • Magnet: Ceramic
    • Neck Pickup: INFINITY 1
    • Model No: INF1
    • Construction: Humbucking
    • Magnet: Ceramic

    Join the growing legion of RG shredders. Order yours today!

     

    RG420 Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Scale/Length: 648mm /25.5"
    • Width at Nut: 43mm / 1.69"
    • Width Last Fret: 56mm / 2.20"
    • Thickness 1st Fret:19mm / 0.74"
    • Thickness 12th Fret: 21mm / 0.82"
    • Radius: 400mm / 15.74"
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    4.5

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cinnamon Top - Gorgeous

    I bought the one with the Cinnamon top, a bit cheaper since it was an '09 Model. I'm deeply impressed as it a wonderful guitar!The neck is smooth, flat, and just...Read complete review

    I bought the one with the Cinnamon top, a bit cheaper since it was an '09 Model. I'm deeply impressed as it a wonderful guitar!The neck is smooth, flat, and just plain comfortable, even on the highest frets. It came a with a near perfect setup. Almost no fret buzz right out of the box. This is truly a shredders neck, perfect for massive bends, arpeggios, fast scales, etc. It comes with a light finish so it doesn't stick to your handsThe Cinnamon top is drop dead gorgeous, it makes the guitar look like it's worth $1000+. Definitely one of the best looking RGs ever made. And, unlike most RGs, this has a mahogany body ;)The Edge III bridge is great. It's a bit hard to nail the tuning for the first time, but once it's done, you can whammy as hard you want and stay in tune. If you've trouble setting yours up, just look for some tips in google, this kind of bridges can't be enjoyed if you don't set them up properly.I was planning to change the pickups, but I won't since they're actually great! The bridge pup is hot, warm, and articulate. The neck pup is midrangey and well balanced. They distorted the clean channel in my amp, so they're actually hotter than the Seymour Duncans (SH-4 & SH6n) I had in my Les paul! Flip the switch to the parallel position and you'll get wonderful clean tones.Another thing you should know, the control cavity is shielded. I used a noise gate with my old les paul, but now, even with heavy distortion, I get absolutely NO noise even with heavy distortion. I'll throw my gate away I guess...You'll be sorry if you miss this one, It's the best shredder in the price range (and even a bit above the price range). It's light, easy to play, it's gorgeous, stays in tune....what else could you need??

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    Ibanez RG420 Won't Stay Tuned.

    The Ibanez RG420 won't stay tuned. The entire bridge mechanism flexes as the strings are pressed down on the fingerboard, causing the strings to go flat. The locking hardward on the nut disables...Read complete review

    The Ibanez RG420 won't stay tuned. The entire bridge mechanism flexes as the strings are pressed down on the fingerboard, causing the strings to go flat. The locking hardward on the nut disables alternate tunings without using an allen wrench. The tuning device located on the bridge is useless for sustaining true tuning. The ball ends of the strings must be cut before placing them into the bridge and then then string holding hardware has difficulties holding the strings tight enough for a true tune. The intonation mechanisms for the saddles were limited so that two of the strings are sharp at fret positions 12 and 24. I've been playing guitar for 37 years and overall, I found this guitar to have "gee-whiz" features that are very disappointing and disfunctional.

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    5.0

    Cinnamon Top - Gorgeous

    By ShredWithKitty

    from Miami FL

    I bought the one with the Cinnamon top, a bit cheaper since it was an '09 Model. I'm deeply impressed as it a wonderful guitar!The neck is smooth, flat, and just plain comfortable, even on the highest frets. It came a with a near perfect setup. Almost no fret buzz right out of the box. This is truly a shredders neck, perfect for massive bends, arpeggios, fast scales, etc. It comes with a light finish so it doesn't stick to your handsThe Cinnamon top is drop dead gorgeous, it makes the guitar look like it's worth $1000+. Definitely one of the best looking RGs ever made. And, unlike most RGs, this has a mahogany body ;)The Edge III bridge is great. It's a bit hard to nail the tuning for the first time, but once it's done, you can whammy as hard you want and stay in tune. If you've trouble setting yours up, just look for some tips in google, this kind of bridges can't be enjoyed if you don't set them up properly.I was planning to change the pickups, but I won't since they're actually great! The bridge pup is hot, warm, and articulate. The neck pup is midrangey and well balanced. They distorted the clean channel in my amp, so they're actually hotter than the Seymour Duncans (SH-4 & SH6n) I had in my Les paul! Flip the switch to the parallel position and you'll get wonderful clean tones.Another thing you should know, the control cavity is shielded. I used a noise gate with my old les paul, but now, even with heavy distortion, I get absolutely NO noise even with heavy distortion. I'll throw my gate away I guess...You'll be sorry if you miss this one, It's the best shredder in the price range (and even a bit above the price range). It's light, easy to play, it's gorgeous, stays in tune....what else could you need??

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    5.0

    still my favorite

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    well I wrote a review about 6 months ago when I bought this guitar, and this is a follow up. This is still my favorite guitar hands down, but let me point out a few cons that i've come across. This guitar is made to play .09 strings, I prefer .10's, but the trem will not allow these to be standard tuned, and you cant add any springs inside the body for more tension (I tried). Next, the pick-ups, on the plus side the coil tapping lets you find plenty of different tones, but the lead humbucker doesn't quite have enough bite and growl for me, specifically pinch harmonics are a little hard to pull off. Other than that I really can't find anything else to gripe about, I've heard some bad things about the trem but it's definately the best floating bridge I've played (including Kahler and FRO) if you've never owned a floating trem know what you're getting into before you buy, but if it's for you there is no better in my opinion.

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    5.0

    Very good guitar

    By Onix123

    from Moca, PR

    I've had my RG420 for a year now and it's by far the best guitar I have owned. Only bad thing is the amount of time required to change the strings but it gets faster with practice.

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    5.0

    RG420 Cinnamon flat top

    I just recently bought this guitar used (condition one) and I couldnt be happier. Its in great shape and as close to new as you can get. I love the Edge lll tremolo....and yeah, it works fine. Be sure its level with the body and your lock nuts are secure. I like it as much if not better than the Floyd period. The Infinity pick ups are not to shabby although I'm thinkin Tone Zone in the bridge just to give it a kick in the pants. Very comfortable to play (body and neck) and sounds great. I would have loved the Bubinga top but the Cinnamon, although discontinued, is just as much a looker. This guitar is a good solid value, thanks Ibanez and MF!

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    5.0

    Double Locking Trem Systems

    By stratocaster cookin'

    from Salisbury, NH

    Double locking trem systems (ie: ibanez edge series and floyd rose) lock the strings in the saddles and at the nut. This makes them a real pain to change strings and change tunings, this is why a lot of guitarists (with expendable cash) have two guitars with the double locking trems, one for standard and one for drop D tuning. Once tuned and locked down, these instruments will stay in tune through your most ridiculous whammy bar beat downs. The change in pitch when fretting is because the spring systems are very sensitive and are meant to be pushed and pulled to both extremes and return to center, when you apply pressure to the strings the tension causes the springs to stretch out a little tiny bit, causing the notes to go slightly flat.

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    5.0

    A Great Guitar

    By danny_boy

    from Winnipeg

    I have just purchased the RG420 and i will have to say its the best guitar i have ever played. out of the box its all setup nicely just tune and lock the nut. DON NOT listen to people who say the edge 3 sucks and never stays tuned because it doesn't suck just lock the nut.... duh. Reliability is still to be for seen and the strings may be a pain to change the first time around. All in all a great guitar.

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    4.0

    Ibanez RG420 Electric Guitar

    By www.nobodysdog.com

    from Indianapolis, IN

    A very attractive guitar in Bubinga. I got a used, condition 1...someone had lowered the pickup to the point it separated from the screw mounting...once re-attached, it was in BRAND NEW condition for about 30% off. I set it up to play very low & fast but the pick-ups are a little muddy overall compared to my Jackson Dinky's & other guitars I have.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Ibanez RG420 Won't Stay Tuned.

    By Rock-N-Roll

    from Wasilla, Alaska

    The Ibanez RG420 won't stay tuned. The entire bridge mechanism flexes as the strings are pressed down on the fingerboard, causing the strings to go flat. The locking hardward on the nut disables alternate tunings without using an allen wrench. The tuning device located on the bridge is useless for sustaining true tuning. The ball ends of the strings must be cut before placing them into the bridge and then then string holding hardware has difficulties holding the strings tight enough for a true tune. The intonation mechanisms for the saddles were limited so that two of the strings are sharp at fret positions 12 and 24. I've been playing guitar for 37 years and overall, I found this guitar to have "gee-whiz" features that are very disappointing and disfunctional.

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    5.0

    wow.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    When I started getting tired of the relatively mild tones that I could coax out of my fender strat, and the standard trem that I couldn't even touch, I started looking for a guitar that could deliver some nice metal tones. After doing some research on this guitar I picked it up at a local music store,(and ordered one shortly after). The finish was absolutely perfect, it was the perfect blend of flat and glossy that does'nt smudge, but it still lets every detail of the beautiful cinnamon wood grain shine through. When plugged in, the pick-ups really shine, very articulate, and extremely harmonic. The body is very comfortable, and it is mahogany!!!, great tone that you just don't get out of basswood. Even with a bolt-on neck, this guitar has all the sustain that you will ever need, and you can reach every fret with ease. You already probably know about the Ibanez Wizard neck, and how amazing it plays, but just in case you don't, you need to try one out, you may find it hard to go back to a gibson or a fender. The rosewood of the fretboard was very tight-grained and smooth. The edge III trem is my first serious endeavor into the double locking bridge, and it is a serious pain to tune. Once it is tuned, though, it is pretty stable, I did have to replace the b string though because it kept going flat. all in all, I really can't find anything to gripe about with this guitar, definately a keeper. It looks like the ones with cinnamon tops are sold out, but if you dig the bubinga, you need to own one of these guitars.

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    5.0

    One word: Awesome!

    I LOVE this guitar! Looks, tone and playability, are all just beautiful. Ibanez gives you your money's worth and then some. If you're looking to shred, you're looking in the right direction. The only way I play clean is acoustic, but I have tried this out clean and it sounded great. Playing through my 2x12 ToneBlaster with a DF7, (Distortion Factory), pedal, this thing is just a monster. Did I mention I freakin' LOVE it? Buy one today! Do it now!

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