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Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar Black 

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The bound mahogany body is comfortably contoured making the Ibanez RGA7 a great axe for those long sets and sessions. The Gibraltar Standard 7 bridge...Read More

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Sexy curves, maximum playability, and lots of drop-tuning potential!

The bound mahogany body is comfortably contoured making the Ibanez RGA7 a great axe for those long sets and sessions. The Gibraltar Standard 7 bridge offers a wide range of intonation adjustments while holding up to intense performances. LZ7 active humbucking pickups have the firepower and articulation necessary for drop-tune fun without the mud. Feel the blazing speed when you run your left hand down the fast and thin Wizard II-7 neck fitted with jumbo frets and inlaid with pearl dots.

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FEATURES
  • Fully bound archtop mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard with jumbo frets
  • Thin Wizard II-7 bolt-on neck
  • LZ7 active humbucking pickups
  • Gibraltar Standard 7 bridge
  • Case sold separately

SPECIFICATIONS

RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar

  • Scale 25.5"
  • 1.88" nut width
  • 15.75" fretboard radius
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IbanezRGA7 7-String Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO PUT EMG'S IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Overall I love this guitar. To truly get the big heavy beasty tone to play big powerful lows like you would hear from Whitechapel you'll need to put in a set of EMG's (good...Read complete review

Overall I love this guitar. To truly get the big heavy beasty tone to play big powerful lows like you would hear from Whitechapel you'll need to put in a set of EMG's (good luck). If you're interested in putting in a set of D-activators you will will either have to sacrifice pickup rings, or dare to drill holes in your guitar for the rings. Also with a pickup swap the eq switch would need to go, as it only works with the stock pickups. To make a 2nd volume or tone knob fit you will need to take a file to the hole to make it a little bit bigger to accommodate the new knob. No need to drill it as I myself have filed the hole bigger and it works just fine with MUCH less risk. If you're an Ibanez fan, this is the 7 string for you.
Im giving the features a 5 because I HATE HATE HATE the mid eq switch. The only legitimate use it has is would be for mellowing out cleans but as far as leads go, it just makes your tone sound muddy. Also, if you want to swap out the stock pickups for EMG's like I assume many of you do. Be warned. The wiring the guitar comes with is a nightmare. You will need to replace every bit of electronics in your guitar. New volume and tone knobs come with newer EMG's, but you will need a new 3 way selector switch and a new switchcraft 152b input jack also. Ive been in a relentless war with this guitar for over a week and still I have yet to get the EMG's working. Try and look online for a wiring diagram but good luck. If by chance I conquer this guitar, ill will gladly send any schematics, pictures, give any tips, or even do the pickup swap myself if if becomes too much of an issue.
As with most Ibanez guitars, this thing plays like a dream. The Wizard II neck makes the transition from 6 to 7 string nearly seemless. Once you can get a grip on it visually, its a piece of cake. The guitar holds tune like a champ and as Gibraltar (or however u spell it) bridge is the smoothest bridge I've played on. Finish is gorgeous and everything that comes stock on the guitar works just as it should. Stock pickups are a little weak and dont put out the punch you would hope, but its only a real issue for tone snobs such as myself. Refer to my "features" segment for EMG advice.
For the money, this thing is a great buy. I would however recomend buying the RG7321 if you're not picky about looks and you intent to change the pickups. But if you know what the eq switch does, you like it, and your looking for a 7 string RGA. This is for you and its well worth the sticker price.

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Great guitar - very questionable pickups

First off, I'd like to say that I am a huge Ibanez fan and have several of their guitars. I bought this as my entry into the 7 string arena.The guitar is beautiful -...Read complete review

First off, I'd like to say that I am a huge Ibanez fan and have several of their guitars. I bought this as my entry into the 7 string arena.The guitar is beautiful - very attractive and striking the binding on the body was done very artfully. It plays quite well. It has the thinner neck that we are so used to with Ibanez. It had a little buzzing out of the box, but nothing a little tweaking won't fix.Now for my peeve - the pickups and electronics are really very bad. They are active pickups powered by two AA cells. The clarity is VERY poor and the tone sounds, well just cheap. For a quick comparison, I plugged in my ESP that has EMG 81/85's and there was a huge difference - the Ibanez sounded flat, fuzzy, and uninteresting. There is no tone knob - only a tone switch which basically scoops out the midrange. I really miss the flexibility of the tone knob. I quickly got to where I didn't want to play the RGA7 so I ordered Seymour Duncan Blackouts which I am in the process of putting in.My feeling is that if you have experience with guitars and have been playing a while, you will have problems with the pickups and want to change them out. They are the same size as the Blackouts and 7 string EMG's, so you won't have to carve on the guitar. Other than the pickups, the guitar is quite nice and I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy it once I get the new pickups in.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar bad pick ups

By Jl6396

from chippwea falls, WI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

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    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar and a set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts to go with it. The other guitar player in my band has the same guitar and he put in Duncans and it sounds amazing. The stock pick ups are nasty but the guitar feels and plays great the neck is awesome the finish is amazing. Can't wait to get my new pick ups put in. But for the price it is a great buy you will need to do some customizing but it is worth it. I have heard what it sounds like after a few changes!!!!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO PUT EMG'S IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Tone Snob-NY-3f

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    Overall I love this guitar. To truly get the big heavy beasty tone to play big powerful lows like you would hear from Whitechapel you'll need to put in a set of EMG's (good luck). If you're interested in putting in a set of D-activators you will will either have to sacrifice pickup rings, or dare to drill holes in your guitar for the rings. Also with a pickup swap the eq switch would need to go, as it only works with the stock pickups. To make a 2nd volume or tone knob fit you will need to take a file to the hole to make it a little bit bigger to accommodate the new knob. No need to drill it as I myself have filed the hole bigger and it works just fine with MUCH less risk. If you're an Ibanez fan, this is the 7 string for you.
    Im giving the features a 5 because I HATE HATE HATE the mid eq switch. The only legitimate use it has is would be for mellowing out cleans but as far as leads go, it just makes your tone sound muddy. Also, if you want to swap out the stock pickups for EMG's like I assume many of you do. Be warned. The wiring the guitar comes with is a nightmare. You will need to replace every bit of electronics in your guitar. New volume and tone knobs come with newer EMG's, but you will need a new 3 way selector switch and a new switchcraft 152b input jack also. Ive been in a relentless war with this guitar for over a week and still I have yet to get the EMG's working. Try and look online for a wiring diagram but good luck. If by chance I conquer this guitar, ill will gladly send any schematics, pictures, give any tips, or even do the pickup swap myself if if becomes too much of an issue.
    As with most Ibanez guitars, this thing plays like a dream. The Wizard II neck makes the transition from 6 to 7 string nearly seemless. Once you can get a grip on it visually, its a piece of cake. The guitar holds tune like a champ and as Gibraltar (or however u spell it) bridge is the smoothest bridge I've played on. Finish is gorgeous and everything that comes stock on the guitar works just as it should. Stock pickups are a little weak and dont put out the punch you would hope, but its only a real issue for tone snobs such as myself. Refer to my "features" segment for EMG advice.
    For the money, this thing is a great buy. I would however recomend buying the RG7321 if you're not picky about looks and you intent to change the pickups. But if you know what the eq switch does, you like it, and your looking for a 7 string RGA. This is for you and its well worth the sticker price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very good, especially for the price.

    By Troidin

    from Canada

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    I bought this beast on a whim while cruising the local guit-shop. After playing for a while I decided to buy it simply because I was looking for a 7-string at the time and this guitar was in the right place at the right time.Cons- NO FLOYD ROSE- which doesn't bother me too much and contributes to the lower price, but it is a nice feature to have, and I find without locks that this guitar DOES go out of tune time from time. -FRETS- the frets along the bottom of the neck and feel very sharp against my hands. -PICKUPS- These pickups aren't too bad, but an upgrade is definitely a good idea, the tone is just somewhat muffled and it's hard to get a crisp metal tone. I'm switching out for Seymour Duncan Blackouts but EMG's or any other actives would be better than the factory stocks.Pros- BRIDGE- Though not a Floyd, the bridge is very durable and solid, built with quality. -FRETBOARD- Aside from the sharp frets, the board is easy to navigate and the 5 piece neck is a dream to play on. -BODY- The body is light, even and beveled, making this very playable sitting down, or standing. -PRICE- This guitar is one of the "cheaper" 7 string models but is probably more versatile than many of the more expensive models. -LOOKS- Come on, just look at that picture and tell me you don't love the look of this guitar. The white binding on the black body, makes this thing look like it's wearing a tuxedo of shred.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Heavy, heavy, heavy.

    By xT3hDoct4hHsojx

    from C-ville Wv

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    Right out of the box, this guitar is a sexy monster. White binding and shiny black body, very, very nice. The pictures make the color look flat and ugly. But in reality, this guitar shines. The body and headstock are almost mirror like. This guitar looks flat out amazing. This guitar sounds absolutely sexy too, but only on a good amp. It's obvious, but don't buy this guitar if you don't have a decent half stack, that's the only way that it actually sounds worth what you paid for it. The back has a battery compartment, no unscrewing to replace batteries, and not a bunch of cutting and grinding if you want to put actives in the guitar, unlike the 7321. I've heard complaints that the pickups are horrible and muddy, and I've heard that they are the greatest stock pickups ever. These pickups are doable, nothing fantastic, but they do the job until you can save yourself 230-250$ for some EMGs. Overall this is an amazing guitar, fast neck, decent sized frets, great sound, sex machine appearance. It's a little pricier than it should be, but if you want a good heavy guitar, this is definitely it. And yes, you should be fine if it's your first 7-string, because it was mine, and I can sweep and solo easier on this neck than a 6-string neck. Once again, great great guitar, if you have the money, buy this beast.

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    5.0

    These are the best stock pickups I have ever heard

    By JacobAscendance

    from Wichita Falls, TX

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    Great sound, smooth neck, easy to sweep on, this is the best 7 string I have played on. The active p/ups blow the guitar out of the water. I haven't had any feedback even playing through a wireless. Overall great buy. Unfortunately mine got robbed while visiting a friend.

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    5.0

    It even works without batteries!

    By Nicholas-BCBIC

    from Hilo HI

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    Okay, once I got this guitar I noticed instantly that the finish is much nicer on the guitar than on the picture. Plugged in I immediately noticed how limited it was sonically. While they ARE great sounds, you only get about 6... Also, it's active/passive so if your batteries die you can just switch the active EQ off and keep playing. Your volume will decrease without batteries but at least you aren't dead in the water. However the neck is nice, a D shaped neck with a tiltback headstock (no cursed string trees)and other than the lack of a tone knob (my reason for the 4.5 rating) it's an amazing guitar and is worth far more than $499. Take advantage of this deal before the price raises (it is a good deal)!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar

    By UniBallin

    from Shreveport

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    For the price, this is a great guitar for a starter or a pro. Its mahogany with a clean binding. The bridge is awesome. Tuners are great and the guitar is a dream to play. Worth the money all the way.Now for the pickups...they aren't the greatest but hey what do you expect from stock? Don't let gear snobs lead you astray, they sound great and I see no reason to change them. My only peeve is that they would be hard to replace due to your lack of options and the mods that the battery housing would need. But I believe anyone can be happy with the sound. I'd even go as far to say that if you replaced the pickup covers with an EMG or SD cover, people wouldn't be able to tell the difference

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    5.0

    Not Bad

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    Pickups are not very good on higher frets and strings but the b e and d strings sound pretty good. It stays in tune fairly well but i put simi locking tuners in to keep it in tune better but other than that that's it!

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    5.0

    7 Strings of Awesome

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    I just got this guitar today as a graduation present and I must say it's pretty awesome. First off the guitar looks amazing. The gloss finish with the off white binding are visually stunning. I love the active eq switch. The bypass is perfect for acoustic and lighter stuff, and the active is great for everything else you can think of. I will say, however, the pickups are not as good as say EMG's but what do you expect from stock pickups. I'm not that experienced in the 7 string realm but from what I've seen from this monster I'm very impressed. Overall this is a fantastic guitar at a very fair price, you will not be disappointed.

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    5.0

    not bad at all

    By kolt.45

    from windsor ontario

    Comments about Ibanez RGA7 7-String Electric Guitar:

    i just picked this guitar up a few days ago. i must say this guitar rocks!!! it sounds great i plays even better.. the minutes i played this thing i knew it was probably the smoothest guitar ive ever played.. sweeping on this gutiar is easier than i ever though but i agree with the last review about the pick ups though... it is definitely lacking something... the guitar i had before was an Ibanez RG7321 custom with emg's and that thing sounded great... im not saying the sound of the RGA7 is bad at all.. and for the price its a really great deal but i can definitely hear the difference in my tone when i play.... this has replace my other RG though and i definitely plan on putting some cash into customizing this guitar...

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