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Premium quality without paying a premium.

This RG Premium electric guitar, the RG920QMZ, stands astride quality and affordability with a foot (bout?) planted firmly in each camp by providing a combination of moderate price, superior quality, pro features, and excellent feel and finish. The RG Premium has an American basswood center and a quilted maple top while the Wizard Premium neck is given the Premium fret edge treatment for a fast, smooth feel. USA-made DiMarzio/Ibanez humbuckers provide volcanic toneage worthy of Krakatoa and Vesuvius. The Edge Zero II bridge with the ZPS3Fe spring system returns you to "zero" ” center point ” after each use of the tremolo arm that allows radical tremolo effects with flawless tuning accuracy.

Basswood body
Basswood is a comparatively lightweight wood, which makes it very comfortable for extended playing. With a good balance of highs and lows, basswood is right in between alder and mahogany in sound character.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • American basswood body
  • Quilted maple top
  • 5-piece maple/walnut Wizard Premium neck with premium fret edge treatment
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Offset dot inlays
  • USA-made DiMarzio IBZ RG N neck humbucker
  • USA-made DiMarzio IBZ RG B bridge humbucker
  • Master tone/volume
  • 5-way pickup switch
  • Edge-Zero II tremolo with ZPS3 (Zero Point System 3 Fe)
  • Deluxe ibanez gig bag

The RG Premium: affordable quality, order yours today.

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IbanezRG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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75%

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Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (4)

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  • Jamming (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Professional features at an affordable price!

I have owned many Ibanez guitars over the years including one Prestige model. Th RG series feels and sounds the best for my more aggressive playing style. I purchase this guitar in the Liquid...Read complete review

I have owned many Ibanez guitars over the years including one Prestige model. Th RG series feels and sounds the best for my more aggressive playing style. I purchase this guitar in the Liquid Inferno color. It is even brighter than it looks in the picture and takes a while to get used to but the finish and quilted woods used are insane. The finish rivals American made guitars costing 3 times as much.

Many guitars when they arrive require additional setup but when this guitar arrived, the frets, action and even intonation were all perfect. This guitar as stated is well suited for the musician who plays out a lot and needs a durable guitar that will not wear out quickly. The DiMarzio humbuckers offer the perfect combination of power and clarity even at full distorted levels. I wish I could get the same guitar with a H-S-H pickup trio but Ibanez is not offering these in the USA yet. I am so pleased with this model, that I am planning on purchasing a second one of these in the Black Ice finish in the near future.

I would greatly encourage anyone who is considering the purchase of a RG series guitar to save up a few more dollars and put it in this guitar. The old saying is "You get what you pay for" - In this case, you definately get that and more!
5 position pickup selector gives a variety of sounds. Edge Zero II bridge is the best on the market.
The finish is even better than expected. The frets were perfectly manicured. Even the action was flawless.
Prestige quility at a much lower price point.

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Nice workmanship and the Edge II Zero tremelo may be the best in the business today. Light weight, so comfortable but poor "chug" ability because of the basswood body. Tone...Read complete review

Nice workmanship and the Edge II Zero tremelo may be the best in the business today. Light weight, so comfortable but poor "chug" ability because of the basswood body. Tone is tight, almost "brown" on the bridge pickup. 5 tonal varieties compared to usual 3 for a 2H guitar. Biggest issue is that string height can't be adjusted close enough to the fretboard, regardless of bridge/neck adjustment, without getting dead spots or buzz. For the money, it's good but falls short compared to a well-made U.S. Guitar in the details.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Professional features at an affordable price!

By Semi Retired Guitar Nut

from Greensburg, Pa

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Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

I have owned many Ibanez guitars over the years including one Prestige model. Th RG series feels and sounds the best for my more aggressive playing style. I purchase this guitar in the Liquid Inferno color. It is even brighter than it looks in the picture and takes a while to get used to but the finish and quilted woods used are insane. The finish rivals American made guitars costing 3 times as much.

Many guitars when they arrive require additional setup but when this guitar arrived, the frets, action and even intonation were all perfect. This guitar as stated is well suited for the musician who plays out a lot and needs a durable guitar that will not wear out quickly. The DiMarzio humbuckers offer the perfect combination of power and clarity even at full distorted levels. I wish I could get the same guitar with a H-S-H pickup trio but Ibanez is not offering these in the USA yet. I am so pleased with this model, that I am planning on purchasing a second one of these in the Black Ice finish in the near future.

I would greatly encourage anyone who is considering the purchase of a RG series guitar to save up a few more dollars and put it in this guitar. The old saying is "You get what you pay for" - In this case, you definately get that and more!
5 position pickup selector gives a variety of sounds. Edge Zero II bridge is the best on the market.
The finish is even better than expected. The frets were perfectly manicured. Even the action was flawless.
Prestige quility at a much lower price point.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good But Not Perfect

By Terrytown

from IL

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Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

I purchased the RG920QMZ LI and am pleased, though not without caveat.

Ibanez's new Premium line is very good. As others have already indicated, the neck of this guitar is outstanding. I own a number of Prestige models and can say with all certainty that the Premium neck is comparable. The Premium's smaller fretboard radius is hardly noticeable. In fact, since the Premium's fretboard is a little more narrow than Prestige models, some might even find the Premium's neck more comfortable.

The guitar itself is well balanced, little different from an RG Prestige. The Quilt veneer is OK, though it lacks depth. I have a Prestige with flame veneer and there is little doubt that the Prestige flame veneer is more convincing than the Premium's quilted veneer. This is not the end of the world if only because the veneer is more than passable in the right light.

Having said all that, I've got one significant problem with the Premium series. At this point, Ibanez needs to step up its quality control. The Premium I initially received from MF was flawed-- B-stock worthy. The binding had been stained to match the fretboard. The stain had also accumulated under the frets. When I polished away the stain, I realized that the binding was nicked at the 21st fret. The stain, it seems, was intended to obscure the nick in the binding. Naturally, I was more than a little ticked off.

Fortunately, I was allowed to exchange the guitar. The replacement is just fine-- what it ought to be.

Still, this should not happen with a "high end" guitar.

So while the RG Premium is a guitarist's guitar, be sure to inspect it very closely.


(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A guitar worth the price

By Fei Liu

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

Generally speaking, this is a guitar worth buying. If you are looking for a thin neck guitar with versatile sound styles,and you don't wanna pay a lot, this is the one you should get.
In terms of features, this guitar got all the stuff that usually comes with the prestige series, 5pc neck, dimarzio pickups. This is really the lowest price you can pay for to get those features.
Quality is acceptable. The finish is a little thin. No major flaws,
Great value for the features and sound.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm an Ibanez convert!

By Southerntwang

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

The price on this guitar is absolutely insane. I've owned guitars costing 3 times as much that weren't as comfortable and versatile as the Ibanez RG920QMZ. First let me say that I am NOT a shedder but this guitar can cover so much territory that it has quicky become my go to axe. The pickups are hot and articulate but not "brash" sounding like active's. The can cover classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal and METAL METAL as well. Heck you can even get a nice blues & funk sound if you play around a bit. For $899 this guitar is a steal!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Crimson Dave

from Florida

Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

Got the RG920QMZ Premium a couple of weeks ago. I am thoroughly impressed with the build quality, fit and finish. The DiMarzio/IBZ pickups are remarkably good - much hotter and more articulate than the V7/S1/V8 combo in my old RG. The neck and fretwork is outstanding, and the factory action is nearly perfect. Intonation was spot on. The Edge Zero trem is not going to be everyone's favorite - I am not completely happy with the fine tuners - They are a bit stiff and difficult to turn. Hopefully some good machine oil and use will help this. The tension for diving and pulling up is much stiffer than a Floyd, but whether this is good or bad is a matter of taste. I like it; if I want to do flutter effects I have other guitars for that. Tuning stability is very, very good. I got the Black Ice finish and the maple top is beautiful. Lastly, the pickup switch is actually a 5 way that allows for some very nice strat-like tones and I was pleasantly suprised that a high quality gig bag is included with an ultra-cool Ibanez guitar multi tool! I have not found a better value in any guitar at this price - or hundreds more!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Fresh Start

By Archlute75

from Nashville

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Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

I recently decided to pick up the guitar again after a several year haitus, choosing to switch back to my electric roots after having performed classically for a number of years. This guitar was an awesome pick for a kickstart! Initially, I was going to go with a PRS Torero, which also is an outstanding guitar, but after playing around with it for a few days there was just something a little too monotone about the sound (great for a straight up metal, if that's what you want), and the Liquid Inferno (orange) version of this Ibanez caught my eye. It was amazing - as soon as I dug in with the first note I knew that I needed look no further. The tone was incredible, and the feel of the Wizard III neck was so much more preferable to the one on the Torero, as the RG's satin finish and thinner profile made it much more comfortable to get around. I paired it up with a Blackstar HT Club 40, and there is just so much tonal variety you can pull out of this thing - from a chompy, edgy lead to a very warm and chime like clean. The both the parallel and split coil positions are clear/balanced enough for classical counterpoint. I don't believe that I'll have a need to look for a second electric for some time. This guitar covers a tremendous amount of stylistic ground.
Zero point tremolo seems great. Stays in tune, and I'm not finding any of the stiffness or other issues mentioned on other reviews.

I was prepared to replace the stock Dimarzio/IBZ humbuckers with another set (still may try the Petrucci Liquifire/Crunch Lab just for fun), but there really is no reason to do so. They are very nicely produced pickups, slightly "hot" sounding, and create a wide range of tones with this instrument, none of which sound unecessarily thin or harsh.

The Wizard III neck is a straight, smooth, and fluid beast. The best neck I've played on any electric, and identical to the Prestige necks, from what I've read. I like the satin finish, as it doesn't cause the pad of your thumb to drag as do those with a lacquer coating.

Also, the pickups are set up in a very interesting manner with the two humbuckers. You have your normal neck, bridge, split coil (south coil on neck, north coil on bridge), and dual neck/bridge options, but there is also a unique option in the fourth position called "parallel" in which the neck humbucker reroutes its individual coils so that they run "parallel" rather than stacking on each other. This creates a much lighter sound with a lower output than you would normally get from a neck positioned humbucker.
Rated this down slightly due to a scrape on the edge of the binding that had been covered with a waxy substance. I was looking over the instrument in detail and noticed an oval patch about 1/2" x 1/16" running along the edge, and when I scraped at it with my pick it peeled off to reveal the scratched/gouged area of wood. It's small, and doesn't affect the playability at all, and I can't be sure that it happened at the store and not the factory, so I wouldn't give it too much weight. However, on the back of the guitar, where the neck bolts go in through the body, the edges of the routed out bolt holes were a bit rough, and there was black (oil/paint?) from the bolts that had kind of grimed on to them. Again, not a big deal really, but something that could have been cleaned up. Also, a bit of sawdust was still present around the edges of the pickups.

Apart from those very minor complaints, everything about the instrument is very professionally crafted. In fact, I should mention that the intonation is the best I have had on any of my guitars to include my two very expensive hand made classicals. I played octaves up and down the neck on all strings and they were so in tune to almost sound as if you were playing unison. Every note sings, even up the the high E on the 24th fret.

Oh, one more thing - make sure that you compare this RG920 with any others that they may have in the shop. I played this on a Friday, fell in love, decided to come back on a Monday and play the same instrument in the Dark Ice color before making my final purchase, and the Liquid Inferno DEFINITELY had a better sound. It was slightly heavier as well, so I think that it had a better quality (denser) basswood body than the other. It had a noticeably better tone and sustain because of it.
I played several other guitars in the shop, to include those in the 2000-3000 dollar range. Nothing about those other instruments were so good as to make me rethink this purchase. Sure, aesthetically some of them were stunning with their inlays and hardware, and all of them sounded great, but the extra 2100.00 (I paid 900 for this Premium RG) absolutely did not equal that dramatic an improvement in sound. In fact, this guitar sounded BETTER than most in the 1200-1500 range. Truly a fantastic deal when you look at the overall quality and tone in comparison to models substantially higher in price.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing tone, sound and durability...must have!

By Brandon Bunch

from North Carolina

Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

Overall: This guitar is amazing and I will more than likely be getting another one. It is just that great. The price/quality on this guitar is amazing as well. Once you play it, trust me, you will not want to stop!
First Impression: I got the Red Desert finish, and I must say it is beautiful. I found no flaws anethsetically and when the light hits the finish, it adds overall attitude to the guitar.

Hardware: This was the only thing I was dissapointed in, but because it was shipped, I should have checked for loose screws\bolts. The nut was loose and everytime I would divebomb it would click, which terrified me. But it was a simple fix, use a screwdriver. Another thing, the tuning nuts on the head were loose, simple fix: tighten them. After that its been solid ever since.

Playability: This guitar can be played lightning fast, or smooth as silk. Just get your tone toggle on the correct pickup and you can play anything from blues to metal.

Durability: I'm an avid fan of Steve Vai, and his songs really do test the durability of the tremolo system. I must say, the Edge II is one of THE sturdiest tremolos you can have. I removed the stop bar to have a floating tremolo and it still returns to perfect tuning after a divebomb or flutter type effects. I have beat the crap out of it; one time being so hard that I knock the volume knob loose(easy fix no problem, that was my fault) and it STILL play flawlessly. The Edge II easy setup for spring tension makes this SO easy for tremolo beginners like me. I love it and don't think I will ever buy another guitar without one.

Pickups: These Ibanez DiMarzzio pickups are amazing. From deep rich tones, to high treble, crystal clear tones, these pickups are just as diverse as the guitar itself.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!

By Mark Ramos

from Camp Pendleton, CA

Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

Great product and new on its line for Ibanez, the guitar feels great and really nice, neck is real fast, pickups are great and the price range is good, really fantastic guitar!
guitar looks great, the desert red stands out the most, its such a pretty guitar! yet very versatile!
I only had it for a month and I haven't had any problems with it yet, the pickups are great and the harmonics sound amazing, its surprisingly light and the neck is really smooth, Ibanez has done a great job on the frets. The trem system is real simple and easy to setup, I'm a noob to tremolos but good research and I got it down in no time.
Its great for something close to a prestige, its worth it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar is My Favorite!!

By Therese McManus

from Ozark Mountains

Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

This is my first guitar of this quality and price-range. I usually play BC Rich Warlocks, which I also like very much. But this guitar became my favorite immediately. I love it! (May have to get one in another color someday.)
I suggest watching some of the online video reviews on various guitar models. That helped me decide what I wanted. Yep, it was well worth it!
Right out of the box, the playability of the RG920QMZ is remarkable. The action is wonderful. I love the width of the neck, combined with the thinness (if I'm using the right word) of the neck~ it makes it quite easy to play. And yes! It stays in tune, even after a good whammy work-out!
The softly rounded edges of the body are extremely comfortable, and the body is nice and light.
I got the cobalt blue model, and it's even prettier "in person". Tried to take photos to show my friends, but pictures don't do it justice.
The finish is gorgeous, the whole thing looks great and plays beautifully! Five pickup settings give a nice variety of sounds to choose from. (I play through a Fender Blues Junior.)
I like the four-bolt neck attachment, and tremelo adjustments. The Ibanez logo in mother-of-pearl looks classy~ so does the quilted head.
I'm so happy I spent the money and got the one I'd been eyeing. When you think about putting money into a work of art, this is worth it, just for that aspect. But I am more than satisfied with this purchase!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable

By Hvymtl76

from New Hampshire

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Comments about Ibanez RG920QMZ Premium Electric Guitar:

This is hands down, the most wonderful instrument I have ever played and owned. The quality and craftsmenship of this guitar is on par, if not better, than any 5,000 dollar Gibson Les Paul, or any 2,000+ dollar Jackson USA Soloist. The qaulity of the woods, the fret dressing/fret edge treatment, the inlays, the finish, neck, the ZR II tremolo system, everything about this guitar is absolute professional, top of the line quality. You cannot and will not find a better playing, better looking, better made guitar on the face of this planet. They do not exist. I could rant about how amazing the RG premium forever, but you have to check them out and see for yourself. Nothing about this guitar will let you down or disapoint you in any way shape or form. This is pure perfection for only 900 bucks. You are basically stealing it.

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