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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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • 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
     
    4.7

    (based on 98 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

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

    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!...Read complete review

    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.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    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.

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    5.0

    The Ibanez RG5EX1 gives you a bang for your buck!

    By Efrain Carretero

    from California

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

    I was impressed with its playability and tremolo. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone with a low budget or even as a starter guitar!(Although you'll probably have to learn how to deal with the tremolo). I think the price is right and the guitar is dependable. Who knows? Maybe with a few upgrades such as pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo, this guitar might even be able to compete against more pricier guitars!
    This guitar comes standard with some neat features. The Edge III Tremolo is probably the one that stands out the most. It is a pretty good tremolo system, not as good as an original Floyd Rose but it sure delivers. Basswood body, 24 frets, rosewood fingerboard, 3 piece maple neck. It has some pretty common features. I really like the finish though. Pewter just looks so sexy on this guitar and the reverse headstock looks sick! The pickups aren't too bad. Ibanez INF3 in the neck, INFS3 middle, and INF4 at the bridge. This guitar is basically a metal strat!
    I was surprised with how well it was actually built. I don't know if other people have had problems with it but I personally loved it! The other guitar player in one of my bands also has this guitar and he's learned how to get it to compete against my Gibson Flying V! The guitar is also pretty well balanced when standing up.
    Although it may not be the best sounding guitar, for the price, it is definitely a great buy! I spent just as much money on one of my Flying V's and I am still trying to fix several major flaws it had while this Ibanez was good and ready to go right away! This guitar will not fail. Just keep in mind that it IS an economy guitar.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

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

    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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ibanez RG5EX1

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

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

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    5.0

    Amazing guitar, nice price.

    By Tonelessscream

    from Greenup, Kentucky

    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.

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    5.0

    untouchable

    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)

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    5.0

    good buy

    By christpher cole

    from honolulu, hawaii

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

    this guitar was found at a landfill by my little bro and let me tell you it was in great condition and works very well. i love the bridge and was shocked that it stays in tune no matter what you do with it. i've played multiple floyd rose bridges and they seem to go out of tune more than this one, so overall very satisfied with this product. i do think that the bridge humbucker has just a little too much bite too it, but i think that its just personal preference. great buy and no dissapointments out of this one.

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    5.0

    Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar

    By Grim67

    from Cincinnati,OH

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

    I've had mine for 7 months. I tend to beat the hell out of my axes when playing and have had to re-adjust the neck and action 3 times so far but it seems to be settling in for future punishment.. Fast neck, stays in tune fine once the trem is set up, stock pick ups are decent though the single coil is really noisy on its own. Only cons I have for this axe is a noisy single, lack of durability on the finish and the trem arm adjustment location. Had to completely remove the trem to adjust the height and angle of the bar which meant remove it, tweak it, reset and tune it and repeat. No biggy if your familiar with Floyd style bridges. I would recommend this guitar to anyone on a budget that's looking for a shredder.

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    5.0

    I love this guitar

    By Steveo-5BC_u

    from Hayward Ca

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

    All i can say is if you want an all around great rockin guitar ,,,, Buy one .!!

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    5.0

    Ibanez RG5EX1

    By bluesbro95

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Ibanez RG5EX1 Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is fantastic! The pick-ups can handle anything from mellow blues to raging metal. The Floyd Rose needs some adjustment, but after this is done you have an incredible shredding guitar!

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