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Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar's pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock. Since 1987, many players ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile, affordable rocker's weapon.

The Ibanez RG5EX1 electric guitar's 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 and flat, fast necks, the RG crunched its way to classic status.

As heavy as it rocks, the RG5EX1 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 is between alder and mahogany in sound character. 24 jumbo frets offer easy playing for leads and chording and the Edge III tremolo bridge lets you dive-bomb all night long while keeping tuning tight.

Total tonal choice is provided 5-way switching of an Ibanez Infinity 4 bridge humbucker with an alnico magnet that is warm sounding with good harmonics, an Infinity 3 neck humbucker with a ceramic magnet producing dynamic sound for rhythm chording, and an Infinity Single3 single-coil with an alnico magnet for traditional sounds with high output.

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  • Basswood body
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Wizard II neck profile
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Sharktooth inlay
  • Reverse headstock
  • Edge III tremolo bridge
  • INF3 humbucker neck position pickup
  • INFS3 single-coil mid positiion pickup
  • INF4 humbucker bridge position pickup
  • Tone and volume controls
  • 5-way pickup switch

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IbanezRG5EX1 Electric Guitar

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Poor Man' s Jem

Nice guitar, cheap for the money spent. I traded some gear in, and like another poster received this as part of my trade. I am really glad I did! I play this...Read complete review

Nice guitar, cheap for the money spent. I traded some gear in, and like another poster received this as part of my trade. I am really glad I did! I play this guitar pretty much exclusivley.Basswood body is pretty resonant without being flubby like Mohagany can (with the wrong pickups) it's not shrill like the Alder Jackson I had either, it's really a nice in-between sound.The pickups aren't they greatest, nor are they worst. The output is a little low, your not going to play anything like Cannible Corpse with em, but they do 80's hair metal great. Nice clarity actually for stockers. The pots seem smooth and responsive, very impressive. Other value shredders ususally come with the HZ-3 or HZ-4 these have the IBS 3 and 4 pickups. Either way, they have about the same output as the passive EMG's but they arent as bassy, but then again they arent as muddy sounding either.I put an Invader in the bridge and it just melts now. This guitar has great harmonics, and the Wizard II neck is comfy and quick, with some tweaking this guitar can go to a very very low action before fret buzz, however mine from GC was cranked up pretty high. But these guitars get played by customers and staff, I don't expect a guitar at this price to be set up perfect. But the possiblities are there to get it close.Nice trem, I like this Edge 3 much better so far than the Jackson 580 trem. It stays in tune well, balances between string and spring tension nicely, snaps back to it's original position well, and intonates just fine. We'll see how it holds up.I happen to have the SD Invader laying around, I am wondering how this baby would sound with some Evo pickups in it. If you can live with the dull metallic pewter finish (which is actually quite sharp) then buy this guitar, it's a no brainer value wise.


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It is what it is

You get what you get for the price, 'nuff said.Cons: The trem on this guitar has given me quite a few problems within the year and a half I've owned this. After sending...Read complete review

You get what you get for the price, 'nuff said.Cons: The trem on this guitar has given me quite a few problems within the year and a half I've owned this. After sending to a local shop to get setup, still doesn't stay in tune very well. The pickups are muddy, consider swapping them. The hardware is cheap, and bends/strips extremely easy. I was performing and up-pull (lightly, mind you.. not getting riduclous with it) and the saddle came out of place completely. Like others have noted, the finish on the hardware/body removes easily, especially where your hands might rest for some styles of playing. The trem handle fits loosely in the trem, which renders it somewhat difficult to control. My trem was missing a spring too, oddly enough? Middle pickup is useless.Pros: Gray Pewter has a neat finish theme to it, I think. The dark inlays are awesome. I like the reverse headstock also. Tuners are decent, locking nut works well. Nice, thin neck profile all the way to the base.If I could go back and do it again, I would save my money for a better model or brand, but that's life sometimes, right? I took a chance on this and Lost (IMO), but you might find it a "Jem"?

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By Thoth-YAQpU

from fort angeles indiana

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

supreme axe of technical engineering. worth 10 times the price. unequaled quality in every aspect (action, pickups, tremolo system, weight)

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Can't believe Ibanez put their name on this wreck.

By Mike Fowler

from NOLA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

Initially, I brought this guitar home thinking a quick bit of setup would have it playing as well as every other Ibanez I own or have owned - no less than 6 of them! I don't know if I got a lemon, or if this GC exclusive is just that bad. I had to special order because they couldn't find the bar & case candy. The second day, I did my usual work - a quick polish on the fret ends, a layer of rubber under the springs, a 4th spring added and all springs loosely filled with cotton. Then it was time to string it with my usual .010s. All seemed to be going well until I began to tune to pitch and the low E popped out of the saddle. Okay, no big, clamp it back and keep going. Again, tuning up, the low E popped. Third time around, the head popped clean off the bolt in the saddle. Ouch. Two days later, GC's guitar department manager had me sorted out with a fresh saddle off a floor model. Okay, no sweat, back at it and on with the setup. With my Jem and RG550, I can expect to take a day or two to get them close, and a week or two of fine tuning to have them playing AMAZING. Two weeks out, having shimmed the nut and the neck pocket and continually tweaked truss rod and bridge, action was still stupid high and the low E buzzed from the 1st fret on up. I don't know if the fretwork was just that poor, or if the neck was poorly made, but something just wasn't right. I've been setting up guitars of all sorts for more than 20 years, and this one was one of the worst. Additionally, the Edge III lived up to all the negative hype - absolutely would not stay in tune, always returning sharp or flat. Again, this cannot be written off to lack of knowledge on setting up an Edge or FR type bridge, nor to knife edge & stud wear. Further, while it sounded fine at home alone, in practice with the band it just didn't hold up. The pickups can't compare to the PAF Pros or Tone Zone/Air Norton set I usually use. It just seemed...lifeless. I didn't get to find out if the powder cosmo finish on the hardware wears as badly as they say, I've returned the guitar. I haven't lost my faith in Ibanez, but every company has models to avoid. This one may be okay for newbies, but in the future I'll be saving up for better models.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing guitar, nice price.

By Tonelessscream

from Greenup, Kentucky

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Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I recently bought a used one for $300 at a local guitar store, and it has held up well. The pickups will need to be changed (mainly because of my preference for Dimarzios), but nice nonetheless. I'll need to change strings to my preference, and they are rusting. Great guitar for any type of heavy music (i.e. metal, rock, grunge), actually any type of music, period. Edge III trem needs to be set up right first, but after that it is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Ibanez RG5EX1

By Angel-rfGJY

from CA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

good guitar but mine came with crappy action but iy was easily fixed.. still a good buy!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Experience with my guitar

By EnD

from Laredo Tx.

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I really like this guitar, i never had problems with it, just that the common problem is to fix the bridte when the heat like here in texas messes up the bridge, but nothing to worry about, i like the pick ups, i like the neck, i dont have any problems, actually love the guitar, i had a big experience with my guitar, and im still proud of my guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Bang for the buck

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I'm a hardtail, active EMG, easy to tune kind of person so of course I really wouldn't pay much attention to a guitar like Ibanez. That and my bad experience with a 7 string Floyd Rose tremolo. But I still wanted a guitar that can do those crazy sounds that Joe Satriani and Steve Vai would do, but at a budget price. The RG5EX1 is the way to go. It is a lower end bolt on model, but it sounds amazing. I was pretty shocked how well the INF pickups handled distortion and cleans. I never thought passive pickups could sound so good! The Edge III tremolo was my biggest test though. I can soundly say that I had NO PROBLEM adjusting my tuning (CGDGBE) and it stays in tune pretty well, even after the crazy dive bombs and other madness. If you want a decent guitar for a decent price with a tremolo that isn't troublesome as a Floyd Rose, get an RG5EX1.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good Buy

By evh1776

from Florida

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar because I was looking for a solid guitar with a locking tremolo. The neck on this is very thin and fast (although maybe a little wide for some). It plays amazingly and gets a very good tone from the pickups. The only thing that I feel could be better is that the tremolo goes out of tune earlier than i would like. Besides that, this is a great guitar for the price.


Great guitar for an amazing price!

By thevito1274

from Mercer, PA

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Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I received this guitar about two months ago. Here are some PROS and CONS;PROS:1. The humbuckers are great! The neck pickup has a warm sound that when used with the right distortion can destroy some ears! The bridge pickup has all the scream and squeels you will need. They also have a very clear clean sound.2. I love the EDGE III. I had a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremelo a while back and I hated it because it didnt double lock. The locks on the neck keep this baby in tune for almost I week of me playing for hours each day and not holding back on divebombs and squeels.3. The neck is thin and the jumbo frets rock! I can shred with ease. It really does feel like it improves your playing. 4. It stays in tune if you dont lock it for quite a while still using the Edge. 5. It looks awesome, and despite what others have said Ive had no problems with chipping paint. But you have to remember that no matter how expensive the paint is, its not super paint and will chip if you dont take care of it!6. I noticed on mine the knobs are nice and tight and I love it! I usually have to do some stuff and make 'em that way, but they were already like it. It was great! 7. GET THE RP90 Digitech with this guitar. Its an awesome pedal!CONS:1. The only problem I had was with the stupid middle pickup. It has no true sound and is very pron to giving me feedback. When I switch it onto it it sounds like its a microphone instead of a pickup. Ive been thinking about replacing it. ALL IN ALL; Buy this guitar. I researched for about a year and narrowed it down to this guitar. Its the best guitar in its price range and even higher. I advise to get it if you are going to play hard rock-metal because thats what Ibanez's are made for.GET THIS GUITAR!


Sweep Picking, Shreddin, and Chords Play Perfect

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar last August, and it plays great. You kiinda have to get used to the neck, cuz im used to a big neck, but this neck is Super thin, and Super Fast. I swicthed the pickups last month to Zakk Wylde Emg 81 85, and they sound alot better then the orignals. I love this guitar, and the pickups.Rg5ex1 plus Emg (81 85) sounds great!



By BlakeCake

from Morgan City, LA

Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is really good. The only problem I had was that my tone knob was loose when I got it. Other than that, this is a great guitar.

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