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This RG is EMG driven.
The Ibanez RGR421EX Electric Guitar has Ibanez V7 and V8 humbucker pickups for blazing hot leads. This is a fixed bridge RG with a mahogany body and gorgeous flamed maple top. Featuring a flat, fast neck, reverse headstock and cosmo black hardware, this RG is perfect for the guitarist who wants simplicity and high quality.
Reviewed by 18 customers
I'm not sure how the V7 and V8 pickups sound because I bought this guitar when it had the EMG designed pickups in it, but it would only make sense if Ibanez made an improvement to the guitar after reviews. The one I have sounds great, it's very dynamic, it does pretty much whatever I need it to. Sounds good clean, but like I said it has EMG designed pickups in it so it sounds great distorted. The finish is beautiful this picture really doesn't do it justice. When you look at the finish closely it kind of has the effect of a silk blanket, like I said beautiful. Even though I'm making it sound like a "Pretty" guitar it's purely metal and it's amazing. The pickups in it are great but I'm going to go ahead and switch out the EMG designed pickups for the real thing. I was going to go for the 81/60 combo. I'd say this guitar is about mid weight because I can't say it's light but it's not that heavy either and after a while it does tense up the shoulder. It's a very tough guitar, it can definitely roll with the punches. If anyone wants a good metal guitar for a good price I would definitely recommend this beauty.
I got this guitar strictly as a foundation for upgrades. I have several Ibanez guitars & play anywhere from standard tuning to dropped C#, so I needed a guitar with a fixed bridge, 2 humbuckers, and 24 frets. This guitar has most of what I need: Nice mahogany body, great neck, tuning stability. The top is a veneer and, while attractive, probably has little to no effect on the overall tone of the guitar. I was looking for simply an RG321, but I got this guitar for the same price used locally. Honestly, I can't comment on the stock pickups, as I tried them out to see if they worked (average sounding) & immediately replaced them with Dimarzio Breed's, neck & bridge. Other than adding a coil tap. My guitar is stock and it's great to play on, and a great alternative to gigging with my Jem. Quality woods, and with a few upgrades it will sound as good as many a high priced guitar. Factory tuners work great for me, no tuning issues whatsoever (the fixed bridge helps). All in all, a good upper entry level/low mid level guitar as is, and potentially a great guitar with a simple pickup change.One issue: The Cosmo Black hardware looks great, but it is the worst, weakest finish I've seen on hardware. It smudges up & takes fingerprints like nothing I've ever seen, is difficult to clean once it gets dirty and, if you don't stay on top of it, will oxidize quite rapidly.
I've owned this guitar for about a year and a half now and I am not the least bit disappointed. It still looks great and everything works fine. The only quality issue i have with it is that sometimes the input jack comes loose but its no big problem. Because of this guitar i don't feel right playing any other guitar, this one just is so comfortable and playable that its hard to put it down once you start. I, however, didn't like the V7/8 pickups, the sound a lil muddy for my taste, so i replaced them with Seymour Duncans and it sounds fantastic. Best guitar out there in my opinion, even beats some Gibsons.
This is the third RG addition to my collection, and with good reason. These guitars are simply unbeatable in their class, and better than many, many guitars in much higher price ranges. This guitar would be great for any style but, if you're a metal guitarist and you're not playing an RG...you have missed the boat. Super-fast neck, low action, great tone from the V7/V8 pickups, awesome tuning stability and sustain, and just comfortable to play. (Love the reverse headstock on this one too.) Kind of feels like holding a long lost love in your arms. I have played, and owned, many, many guitars and can say with great confidence that if you have one of these, set up properly, you can not find a better guitar for the money. Buy an RG TODAY! Do it NOW!
This guitar has a great feel to the neck. Unlike most lower end priced guitars now days, this one actually feels solid and it's fairly heavy like a Gibson which I feel gives it a better tone. Like most stock guitars, the pickups aren't the best, but they are balanced out to accept distortion and clean sound in the middle. It has had no problems staying in tune. You will however need to have the intonation and action adjusted out of the box. The guitar looks fairly basic in the photo, but in person the guitar has a very shiny maple top with a beautiful red color. For it's price range I couldn't imagine finding anything better than the Ibanez RGR421EXFM.
Just bought the guitar. I do say, that the build quality is just as good as my RG520 which cost a little more. Found nothing to complain about until I plugged it in. Here where the bad part comes, the designed by emg pickups SUCKED!!!! Very very muddy and undefined. Will be replacing them with some v7 v8 pickups that I just ordered. They were decent for metal/hard rock. Actually got a good Godsmack tone outta them, but thats not the tone I need. So maybe they'll work for you, but not for me.Other than the pickups, great guitar!!! Especially for the coin....
The quality of this guitar for just 300 dollars is quite spectacular. I would suggest to anyone who buys this to put in new pickups (only costs you about 100). I have an Ibanez prestige 2570e as well and I've played gibson les pauls, deans, jacksons... the whole lot and this is one of my favorite guitars. The neck just glides perfectly and is like smooth ice. I love the body and the weight is perfect. Don't waste you're money on a 700 or 800 guitar this is just as good. This is perfect for shred metal but can handle other rock oriented genres. The tuners work just fine and the bridge holds up quite nicely. This thing can really sing with sustain. The only problem is its only a 3 selectable switch and a push-pull would have been nice or some more options. Most companies op out now of doing things like that anyways though. With slight modifications this thing can be just as good as a 1000 dollar guitar. I have to say I am impressed.
I just bought this guitar a week agao, and I haven't put it down since. The action is so smooth, and it's light weight. I plugged it into my Marshall and my Custom half stacks, and it sounded amazing through both. The pickups designed by EMG for Ibanez have such great tone. I play many styles of music from classical to death core, and this guitar handles them all with out wavering. And the best part is that this guitar doesn't have all that locking tremelo crap. I am and always will be a Ibanez guitar player. Every Ibanez guitar I own has never let me down. This one included
I bought one of these for my daughter as a wedding present.I've owned a couple of high end RGs and she always loved the RG look. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed with the quality of this guitar! Superbe playability, clear defined tone, great looks and balance.Only one fault - it came with a need for a minor fret job because the lower G note on the bass E string buzzed. No big deal. But this guitar rocks and I think it would be tough to find a better bang for your buck axe. - I played it all week to "test" it. ;-) And my main guitars are a Warrior Isabella, a Parker Fly deluxe and a Malmsteen strat!!
I had the opportunity to play this guitar at the local music shop (who sell mainly fender and ibanez)I wasn't planning on buying, and was only helping my inexperienced friend buy his first (good guitar) so I picked this up and tried it out on him, and myself, and I must say, it sold me, for a guy who isn't so big on ibanez in the first place.It was plugged into a smaller Kustom, but boy did it rip. Really chunky sound, and I enjoyed the bridge (designed by EMG) which gave it a very heavy crunch, yet it's clean tones were still warm and nice. It looked great, with a flat top, dark cherry, and dark smoke hardware, which was slick looking.In all it was a good guitar, but if I was to buy it, I would spend the money on a RGR321 instead, and spend the extra dough I would be spending on actual EMGS (and not just the designed BY ones)Still, I recommend it for anyone wanting to buy a not so expensive ibanez in the future