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Ibanez RG4EXFM1 Electric Guitar   

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This Ibanez RG4EXFM1 Electric Guitar's pickups and pickup placement give you the hard-edged cutting tone you want for ...Read More

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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

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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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Don't under estimate this guitar

By Ibanez-Ian

from San Antonio, TX

I had seen this exact guitar at a music store some years ago and found it at a pawn shop last Friday. I took it home and ttried it out on my line 6 amp and loved the tone that came out of it, the pickups are very strong especially the neck. I love the single coil pickup, and the bridge pickup sounds awesome when distorted. I like the edge III tremolo, but I played better bridges, just don't get me wrong, it kicks butt though. Overall I love the sound, the shape, and the finish, I give this guitar two thumbs up.


Ibanez RG4EXFM1

By Joe deRosa

from Niagara Falls, NY

This guitar isn't bad at all.It has a bolt on neck and the flame maple finish isn't really noticeable, but it is a well built guitar and will give you more than your moneys worth. A lot of guitarists have told me that the Ibanez pickups do not satisfy them, but I think they aren't bad at all. They give a crisp clean tone and with the single coil, there are a lot of tone options in this guitar. I prefer a little heavier sound though and am going to install a set of EMG 81/85's in it with an EMG single coil.The Edge III Trem is very similiar to the Licensed Floyd Rose. As long as you know how to change strings on either of them, you will be fine. I set up my guitars myself so I set this one up exactly the way I like it. Be sure to get them set up by your nearest Guitar Repair shop if you aren't satisfied with the set up it comes in.You can't go wrong with this guitar.


A Great Ibanez RG. FTW!

By Hellfire261

from Kansas City MO

I think this guitar if bar none, one of the best guitars ive ever played on. it is so easy to shred solos on, and easy to make songs on as well. The Pickups are nice, but of course no guitar in this price range has the perfect pickups for everyone so id like to buy some Evolutions and make it scream! overall this guitar can really be an awesome metal guitar and i recomend it to metal guitarists alike.



By Metallicafanatic74

from Garden City, GA

Of all the guitars I have purchased, this one is the best out of all of them. I played it at a gig to put it to the test, and it passed. The whammy works perfectly. I'm planning on replacing the pickups with DiMarzio Evolutions. To put it in a nutshell, This guitar rocks!!!


Come on.

By museken

from Undisclosed

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 Fender does and even Gibson as long as the bar does not fall off.


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.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this guitar is great it plays amazing!!! the only problem with this guitar is the floyd rose. I bought this and i toook out the Ibanez floyd out and replaced with the the Original Floyd. The pickups are decent. If you are getting a buzz from your middle pick up, you might want to check the solders and replace the pick up wiring. overall 4.5 great guitar.



By IbanezloverRG4

from Flint, MI

This is an awsome guitar, well any guitar would seem awsome to me right now because I've been playing with a behringer jumpstart pack for two and a half years, but that's not the point. This guitar looks and sounds GREAT, I got the transparent blue, and it makes the guitar look 3D. The fine tuners are truley worth it, I can get this guitar in perfect tune every time. The guitar sounds great in drop D tuning (for when I need it). Whenever I use the whammy, it stays in tune; the price is wonderful for how good this guitar is. So plug it in and play why don't ya!




from Undisclosed

This guitar is awesome. Very easy and slick to play with, pretty light. Great sound... until you tune down past Drop D. The pickups and bridge are messed up and they are too close to the strings causing a result in a clanky grinding sound that no one wants If you tune down low enough. Though if you lower the brigde with an Allen rench you shouldnt have a problem. I did that and swiched my pickups to EMGs for a more heavier sound.Over all results, this guitar is great. You just need to adjust your bridge and pickups if ur going for a heavier sound.


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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