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Ibanez RG4EXFM1 Electric Guitar  

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A versatile, affordable rocker's weapon.

This Ibanez RG4EXFM1 Electric Guitar's pickups and pickup placement give you the hard-edged cutting tone you want for heavy rock. With a bridge humbucker pickup, middle single coil, and neck humbucker, you'll never run out of tone options.

As heavy as it rocks, this Ibanez RG guitar is made of basswood, a comparatively lightweight wood, which makes it very comfortable for extended playing. With a good balance of highs and lows, basswood sits right between alder and mahogany in sound character. The RG guitar's flamed maple top not only adds beauty, but just a bit of extra brightness to make individual notes stand out. 24 frets offer easy playing for leads and chording and the Ibanez RG4EXFM1 has a tremolo bridge that lets you dive-bomb all night long. A locking nut helps keep you in tune.

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 and flat, fast necks, the Ibanez RG4EXFM1 guitar crunches its way to classic status.

  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Basswood
  • Top Wood: Flamed Maple
  • Neck Joint: Bolt On
  • Neck Wood: Maple 3pc
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: U
  • # Frets: 24
  • Inlay: Sharktooth
  • Nut Width: 43mm
  • Fretboard Radius: 400mmr
  • Bridge: Edge III
  • Pickup Bridge: Ibz Inf4
  • Pickup Middle: Ibz Infs3
  • Pickup Neck: Ibz Inf3
  • Tuners: Die-Cast
  • Finish: Transparent Gloss

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A Great Guitar For A Great Price

I have owned this guitar for about a year now. I have been playing for 2 years. Now I'm NOT going to be one of those fan boys that say this guitar is the...Read complete review

I have owned this guitar for about a year now. I have been playing for 2 years. Now I'm NOT going to be one of those fan boys that say this guitar is the best thing ever!!!! Now don't get me wrong, it's is a great guitar with an awesome tone, but there are two problems I have with it. Problem One:I should have known this when I bought it, but I didn't do my research. You can't go into alternative tunings unless you are experienced with a locking tremelo. If I so much as undo the locking bolts I screw up my guitar to the point where i have to bring it in to get it tuned back in.Problem Two:Because of the Edge III bridge tuning the guitar and changing strings is almost impossible if you are not a veteran guitar user. The bridge is set on springs. When you get one side in tune, the other side will always go flat because the springs release tension as the other side gain tension. You will go back and forth tightening the strings until they snap. Now obviously there is a way to do it, but I have had the guitar of a year and still haven't figured it out.These two problems may sound major, but if you get a good set of strings and have your guitar put in a tuning and locked. The lock will keep it in tune until you change your strings again, (as long as you don't mess with it). My guitar has been in tune for 6 months now. This guitar's standard pick-ups put through my Spider III 150 sounds awesome, way better than my friends Hellraiser Tempest which was more. If you are willing to deal with the bridge, this guitar is a great buy for an upgrade from a beginner guitar. I am by no means disappointed...


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good guitar for a beginning guitarist

I've been playing a long time and I bought this guitar on a whim. I ended up selling it and buying the rg2550z prestige instead and I'm happy I did. This guitar has a...Read complete review

I've been playing a long time and I bought this guitar on a whim. I ended up selling it and buying the rg2550z prestige instead and I'm happy I did. This guitar has a tremolo that doesn't lock which is expected in this price range. The neck is fast which is good. On the downside the wood is very cheap and it sounds cheap. In other words the tone isn't good unless you only want to play thrash metal. The pickups are very hot on this guitar. I played it through a marshall stack and I even installed new dimarzios in the guitar but the tone just wasn't there. This is a cheap beginner guitar. You are much better off buying an rg prestige which is so much better than this model and under 1000 dollars. Ibanez makes this guitar for non professionals and uses cheap parts and plywood. At least it sounds like plywood. I will never again buy another ibanez that isn't a prestige model because the tonewood is terrible on these new rg models. They try and hide it with hot pickups but all you end up with is noise. Very cheap parts and craftmanship on this model. Yuck. If you're a beginner I would recommend it only because it is inexpensive and the nexk is fast. For anybody with musical ambitions buy a prestige model. Those are great guitars. This is junk.

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One hell of a guitar for a good deal...

By cperalta92

from California

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About 15 months ago, I faced the choice between buying a mex strat, a epi les paul, and this thing. Obviously, I made one of the best decisions I've ever made. The pups aren't that great, but you can easily mask it with a good amp or effect rig. If you're an intermediate guitarist and want to start gigging, this a really good guitar. Looks good, feels good, and best of all, plays good.

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Great Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is awesome for anyone. Don't listen to anyone who says the edge III is junk. I use it and it stays in tune. I make sure to tune it and leave it alone for awhile because if I check the tuning right after using the trem, it will be a little low, or high, but dont re-tune it, it WILL go back. I was new to floyds but after breaking two high E strings (in 3 weeks of messing around, put on 10s and it come with 9s) and reading up on em, i can now tune down 1/2 - 2 steps, adjust the action and trem angle (springs). If i can figure it out, so can you. Dont mess with the inotation or truss rod if you're new to it, everything else go for it


Excellent for the money

By Viper63a

from North Carolina

I had a Prestige for awhile, then switched to a Fender Strat. I missed the 24 frets and decided to get another Ibanez...I bought this guitar because I didn't want to fork out the bucks for another Prestige...I was PLEASANTLY surprised by the quaility of this guitar! The neck feels as good as the Prestige (except the for flared back at the top). Looks better than my Prestige did!Play just as good as the Prestige. I swapped out the pickups, but I swapped the pickups on the Prestige as well - all that is to personal taste any way. The trem is alitte different than the Prestige, but not too shabby...will have to see how it holds up. I think I got a bigger bang for the buck on this than I would have with the Prestige. This is an awesome and beautiful guitar for the money! I have no idea why its so cheap, but its a steal! Get one now!!!!


Great value on a well-appointed classic


from OR

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Just remarkable. Excellent woods and materials-Guitar resonates with nice snap-brightness and depth. Stock INF pups are very nice-no need to swap at all. Easy pinch harmonics all over the board. Excellent fit and finish-no flaws. Flame (grey trans) is georgous and not gaudy.-Edge III phenomonal. Use with Mesa Quad stereo (G-Major in loop)to 2x JCM800's out to four cabs. Measures up well next to my Gibby LP's, USA Washburns and Charvels-I am just way impressed.


the best guitar ive ever owned

By jkascukas27

from Orland Park, IL

I love this guitar. The stock pickups are amazing and so is the double locking floyd rose style tremolo. You can play any type of music on it because it has a great distorted sound and a warm clean tone also. The finish on this guitar is just stunning. No flaws or dissapointments with this guitar yet.



By SuperMetalHead13 (YouTube name)

from Indiana

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After reading most of the reviews for this reasonably priced guitar, I'm pumped just thinking about it! I have been saving up for a couple weeks wanting to buy an ESP LTD F-20 guitar, but after reading reviews it sounds like it sucks. My main complaint is that it'll go out of tune after every dive bomb and that's what I love about Floyd Roses, DIVE BOMBS!BUT, this guitar kicks butt! I soooo want it! Can't wait till I can afford it! FWI: I know how great of a guitar it is, I've played it at my local guitar shop.IBANEZ RULES!


good guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i bought this guitar in january and i love it. the pickups sound great, and you can get a good varietyof sounds with the 5 way switch. the locking nut is great, the thing hardly ever goes out of tune, even if you're dive bombing all day. however, when i bought mine, the wammy bar would slide out way to easily. there was one time when i was playing, i decided to do a nice dive bomb and it popped out. i was able to put some tape on it after the show and it fixed the problem but im going to take it in today and see if the local shop will fix it for me. another problem i had was one of the screws that hold in the nut was missing when i bought it, but it think that was guitar centers fault. however the pros definatly outweigh the cons. i love this guitar. its fast, feals great, and has really nice tone too.


Come on.

By museken

from Undisclosed

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This guitar is a stream line easy to play axe absolutely beautiful. The one problem I have is the changing of the strings. Every musician changes the strings. On the nut there are 3 screw down braces which are suppose to hold the tune. How do you tune a guitar when you set the Machine head and then have to press down on the strings with this get up. This puts your original set up with the machine heads out of tune. No matter what you play a guitar should always be in tune. This guitar is a winner if it has a simple string pull through attach to the machine head set up. This is so important. My point is you should not have to science replacing strings keep it simple..like Fender does and even Gibson as long as the bar does not fall off.



By A7x-1qIAK

from Lincoln, Ill.

I am not pro at guitar, but plan to be soon and this guitar is perfect for beginners and for pros. This guitar comes with whammy and beautiful structure. This is perfect for heavy metal and or clean enough for blues or w/e you wanna play. I recommend this guitar no doubt!


Great but cheap...

By SumDumbGuy

from UP, MI

I bought this guitar back in March. Excellent sounding guitar, but the Edge III is cheaply made. The chrome plating on the knife edges wears/breaks off where they make contact with the bridge studs, causing the bridge not to return to zero position (in tune) ever! RMA'd the guitar in Aug. They replaced the bridge and just from the tech setting up the new bridge, the plating was already chipping off. RMA'd it again, still waiting to get it back.

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