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Ibanez RGT42DXFM Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez RGR42DXFM Electric Guitar has a mahogany body and gorgeous flamed maple top. Featuring a flat, fast 5-piece maple/walnut neck and an Edge ...Read More

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Platform for tremolo divebombing.

The Ibanez RGR42DXFM Electric Guitar has a mahogany body and gorgeous flamed maple top. Featuring a flat, fast 5-piece maple/walnut neck and an Edge III tremolo bridge, this RG sounds great whether you're crunching a heavy chord progression or divebombing your way through a killer solo.

  • Mahogany body/flamed maple top
  • Ibanez IBZ INF1 humbucker (neck)
  • Ibanez IBZ INF2 humbucker (bridge)
  • Special multicolor sharktooth inlays

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Ibanez RGT42DX

By Cre8rocks

from North Carolina

I was hoping to buy at least the RG350. When it came time to buy, I could afford more. I was also considering the S570, which is a great guitarwith a better tremelo, but I can say I have absolutely no regrets in buying the RGT42. What it looses in "blandness", it makes up for in feeling and sound. Play a bolt-on neck RG, then play this one. The neck-thru design with mahogany body makes for a very solid, smooth playing guitar. Yes, it's heavy, but it's a solid platform to upgrade pickups down the road, then you'll have almost a prestige model for half price. Only thing different I would want is edge zero trem. I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Guitar!

By seanzican

from Pismo Beach, CA

I got the RGT42DXFM in the transparent lavender, and it is an absolutely awesome guitar. The finish and quality of everything is second to none. The binding, inlays, the flame maple top, the frets and rosewood fretboard are all flawless. The Edge III tremolo is great, there are two set screws to hold in the tremolo arm, which makes it very adjustable, whether you like it tight and unmoving, or loose and floppy. The only thing is that the stock INF pickups lack definition and power, thats why I gave it a 4 on features. I replaced them with a JB in the bridge and a Jazz in the neck, and this awakens the guitar to be absolutely mindblowing. The five way switch with the two humbuckers make any tone you need very easy to obtain. The neck-through is so comfy and easy to get up to the 24th fret, I have a hard time going back to a bolt on. It makes the whole guitar so solid and the sustain and tone is just amazing. If you are in the market for a RG or any "metal" style guitar, this is absolutely the best choice. Buy it without hesitation.

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Decent Indonesian RG Attractive Guitar

By Shane-UItaI

from Tulsa OK

The guitar plays quite nice. It is very attractive but the transparent lavender is more like a black. The wood grain barely shows through.The Edge III is not my favorite Ibanez trem. It has the tendency to loose it's edge over time, doesn't hold tune well. The neck is very nice. I love the aesthetics of the deluxe shark inlays.It came set up a little too high but the intonation was spot on. Frets very well. Pickups lack some articulation. Finish is very nice guitar feels good when strapped on.


Decent RG

By Shane-UItaI

from Tulsa OK

The Ibanez RGT42DXFM has an outstanding fast easy to fret beautiful neck.The finish and aesthetic features are really high class. The transparent lavender color is quite a bit deeper than the promo photos. The wood grain is not very apparent.The edge III trem is not very resilient and will begin to succumb to abuse fairly easily.The pickups lack definition.It is a comfortable player and a decent backup.I perfer the S series Ibanezes.


Only one complaint.....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is great. I bought the blue transparent model and it is the best looking guitar I have. As far as playing the Wizard II neck is fast and comfy and the Edge III tremelo is great as well. My only complaint for this guitar is the pickups. I dont know why but they just dont have the umph I need. I bought this guitar for heavey metal/neo classical type stuff and the INF pickups just dont do it for me. My PRS SE singlecut has a more desireable tone than the INF's in my opinion. I am going to put Seymour Duncan Invaders in mine and hopefully will get a more "metal" tone out of it. If you dont need a tremelo I would high suggest the RGT6EXFX. It comes in an awesome color changing finish and comes stock with EMG 85/81 pickup combo. All in all though the RGT42DXFM is a superb instrument minus the stock pups, which although dont quite do it for me, might be exactly what YOU are looking for.



By Reuben Jones

from Calgary, AB, Canada

My first observation of this axe is that the pickups get a bit of a bad rap on this guitar. I have to say, for 'stock' pickups, they aren't that bad. Let me quanitify that by saying that boutique pickups will most certainly be an upgrade, but the stock pickups are alright. The finish on this guitar is phenomenal. I have the transparent blue colour scheme and it is absolutely beautiful.All in all, you can't go wrong with this guitar. The stock pickups do sound alright, especially if you're a regular on the basement party tour circuit. With that said however, the pickups offered by Ibanez in this model fit the 'best bang for your buck' rule.Shoud you decide to upgrade the pickups in the guitar, you just might have a prestige on your hands ... minus the naming convention on the headstock. Food for thought, signature guitars don't have the prestige label either. Make it yours.Cheers!


Great Metal Guitar!

By Priest-fan

from Cape Cod,MA

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I've owned one for about six months.This guitar rocks!The complaints I have are minor.The pickups sound great but are a little "noisy."The flame maple top is veneer.The good build quality is obvious and the 5 piece maple- walnut combination neck is nicely finished and plays fast.I mosly own flying Vs and got this to play sitting down.I love to solo on this

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Sweet as is, even sweeter with EMG'S

By Hoots

from Oroville, CA

I love this guitar. I have owned previous Ibanez's and ESP's, but nothing compares to the quality craftsmanship for the low price that I got it for. The stock pickups are a little to be desired, so I installed EMG 81/60, now the thing roars. The other thing is the Edge 3 tremelo is not as I had hoped it would be, so I put a block in it to keep it from pitching high (only divebombs). Other than this axe!!



By Mort-HYR0w

from Defiance, Ohio

This guitar is A-mazing! The finish is beautiful, and the playability and sound are excellent! The INF1 and INF2 pickups are great sounding stock pup's. The EDGEIII trem is awesome! Divebomb... back into tune! Great quality, great price... You will be very happy with this purchase! And the price...AWESOME, as if you didnt know!!


great guitar/mediocre pickups

By Aaron-BHbP8

from USA

The biggest thing I look for in a guitar is the quality of the nonreplacable/or hard to replace parts. That's where this guitar shines. Flawless finish and construction, comfortable neck through design. Just a couple days after purchase, I realized the need for new pickups though...the stock ones just didn't have the power to cut through the mahogany in the body, and this is the reason I gave it a 4 for quality. Replaced the pickups with a Dimarzio PAF Joe in the neck, and a Dimarzio Mo'Joe in the bridge and it's now nearly perfect. After adding these pickups, the sound is amazing.

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