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The RGA121 Prestige has all the same features as RG Prestige models: the highest Japanese craftsmanship, the right choice of premium pickups, and Wizard Prestige necks. RGAs have 2 important differences: arched tops for even more playing comfort and the Gibraltar Plus fixed bridge which combines simplicity and the ability to handle massive metal tones and lowdown tunings that are just plain sick.
Fast, flat and thin Wizard necks with Prestige finishing for supreme comfort. Massive Gibraltar Plus fixed bridge allows wide range of intonation adjustment needed for heavy strings. Gotoh precision tuning machines.
IBZ V7 (Vintage 7) pickup is tight, but bright. Very dynamic for chording and rhythm. IBZ V8 (Vintage 8) pickup is a warm, yet articulate lead pickup with enhanced overtones Good harmonics without excessive brightness.
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This guitar has great tones in drop D for slayer and a crushing neck that is easy to play on. The only problem is that it only has a single volume and Tone knob, which is fine if you stay with these pickups. And don't get me wrong they are great pickups but I wanted to put EMG's in mine but I don't think I can because the EMG's have 2 vol. plus tone knobs.
After waiting for about 2 1/2 weeks, I finally got mine this morning. Unfortunately, it had been back-ordered, so when I bought it on this site, I would have to wait. Now that I have it, the wait was well worth it. I haven't played a guitar that was this fast, solid, and outright comfortable. A friend of mine has one, and, while we were jammin', I got try it out. After that, I didn't even want to touch my ESP MH-400NT, and I love that guitar, but it just doesn't hold water to the RGA 121 Prestige. I knew that I had to get one, and now I do and couldn't be any more satisfied. Ibanez makes guitars that are great right out of the box and allow you to play any kind of music you want. I own 10 guitars now (9 six string and 1 bass), and 4 of them are Ibanez, including the bass and an acoustic. You just can't go wrong with 'em, they're affordable, easy and comfortable to play, and aren't limited to one kind of sound. Some of the greatest players out there right now play Ibanez, from Steve Vai and Joe Satriani to Sam Totman and Herman Li. I've played all kinds of guitars and the ones that I can always count on are Ibanez guitars. Even the new Xiphos guitar is just sick looking and fun to play. Seriously though, the RGA 121 Prestige is the best Ibanez guitar I have ever played! Go get one!
this is an awesome guitar. worth every penny. i play metal and have it tuned drop A and this guitar has no problem staying in tune. sounds incredible in any tuning. extremly fast neck. gotta play this guitar cause you'll probably end up buying it.
I used to think that I would be buried with Gibson Les Paul when I died - man, was I wrong! After getting my hands on an Ibanez RG, I realized that I didn't even like my LP anymore - I used it to get my hands on this RGA Prestige, and will never look back. This guitar has all the tones I could ask for - sweet cleans and awesome distortions, for everything from jazz to metal. What really blows my mind is how easy this guitar plays - it has the thinnest fastest neck I've ever played ( been at this now for 24 years!) and the action is super low - this basically makes whatever you want to do effortless - aside from the neck, the body contours fit like a glove, unlike the clunky, much heavier LP with its squared sides. The Prestige case is built to fit it perfectly - it actually slips down into a plush RG shape so that the surface is below the liner - insane high quality stuff, here.Buy this guitar, and realize that Ibanez has taken what was good ( Gibsons, Fenders, everything else...) and made it that much better. You could also buy three of these with what I paid for my old LP - what a waste! Get your own RGA, now!
Ibanez RGA 121 NTF. Tone: I've been playing guitar for 20 years and have gone back and forth between Gibsons and Fenders. I love the warm, full tone of a neck humbucker for Jazz, but I also love the 2 and 4 positions on a Strat for country and pop. The two humbucker setup with five way switching allows me to get both sounds. Playability: The neck on this guitar is so playable that it almost seems too good to be true. The neck is thin and I can play chords and passages that usually tire my hand / wrist with ease. The fretboard radius (flatness) means I never "fret out" when bending strings (a la Fender). Weight: The weight of this guitar is comparable to an American Strat. It won't send you to the chiropractor.Appearance: I was speechless when I took this guitar out of the box. The photos don't even come close to capturing the beauty of this instrument. The maple top looks great, but the mahogany back is even better. Do an image search on Google and find some more pictures.
Any sound that you want, you can get from this guitar. Blues, metal, jazzzz, etc. Clean tones a pristine, and with some gain you can get really nice rich tones from the on board controls alone. I play through an old peavey express 112 and I'm set for anything. The construction is magnificent, I would have gladly paid more than 9 for this guitar. The case is comfy too. snug fit for the guitar. Nice fluffy red stuff.
So, I have a passion for music, and I have a passion for musical instruments. Slowly but surely I have upgraded my arsenel. This would be my 8th gutar, 5th electric. I have had it for almost a year and have been very impressed. I have not picked up another guitar, anywhere, at any price, and enjoyed playing it as much as this one. I have had it in many tunings, mostly drop b, yes, drop b, and hace never had any problems. Very warm pickups that are great for blues and chords, great crunch for the rocker, and perfect neck for sweeping. GREAT, GREAT, GUITAR!
this guitar rips dude!! it has thick mohoganytone without all the weight, a killer neck, the pickups are ok but I switched mine to a dimarzio p.a.f. in the neck and a tone zone in the bridge!it's well worth the money!!
This is currently the only guitar I own, and I really don't need another. I've played and owned many many guitars, and bang for your buck this is a gem. This guitar is made for rock and roll. Guitar is beautiful, neck is so fast and effortless to reach higher frets, bridge is solid as a rock, no regrets at all. I have the action set up really low, without buzzing, this thing is a Ferrari. You will want to replace the pickups eventually. I did replace them with Duncans, JB in the bridge and 59' in the neck. With this combo I can get all kinds of tones, including bluesy SRV, Eric Johnson, and just about anything nasty, metal, and rock from the Bridge. I did also put on locking tuners, can now change the strings in about 15 minutes. The only guitars comparable to quality/price/bang for your buck would probably be one of the Schecter Hellraiser models.
This is the best guitar I have ever played. The five piece neck is the fastest I have ever come across. The pickups are hot enough for high-gain death metal/deathcore, yet they are perfect for blues as well. The pick up switch is also a tap, enabling you to go from bridge hum to bridge sing to both hum to neck sing to neck hum. The wood finish is so amazing, they are all different, mine is the most beautiful guitar ever.