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Yamaha RGX A2 Electric Guitar

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The Alternative Internal Resonance body on the Yamaha RGX A2 is more than fancy words--this is the lightest, most resonant design ever. Rear 3-positi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Ultralight construction and ultraheavy tone!

The Alternative Internal Resonance body on the Yamaha RGX A2 is more than fancy words--this is the lightest, most resonant design ever. Rear 3-position knob controls the selection between 2 Yamaha alnico soapbar humbuckers. Blue and green LEDs in the volume knob surround indicate pickup selection. The electric guitar has a cool die-cast cylindrical tuner buttons that provide low-gear precision tuning.

FEATURES
  • Proprietary A.I.R. body structure
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dual Yamaha alnico humbuckers
  • Die-cast cylindrical tuners
  • LED-lit volume knob
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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4.7

(based on 57 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yes, I also love this guitar

I love this guitar. I bought it used with a custom installed Kahler tremolo, and Di Marzio bridge pickup. Thing rocks. Much better than any other guitar I've seen in it's price...Read complete review

I love this guitar. I bought it used with a custom installed Kahler tremolo, and Di Marzio bridge pickup. Thing rocks. Much better than any other guitar I've seen in it's price range, and better than guitars even well above it's price range. The tuning pegs are stiff and are round, so leaning your guitar against the wall wont put you out of tune. The only thing, the patch cord input is located in a spot where you need to unplug it every time you place it standing vertically, unless you want to damage your patch cord. Also the pickup selector would have been better as a switch rather than a knob. But those two minor complaints are insignificant when considering this guitars amazing qualities. Its very sexy too, every time someone see's it they go "What guitar is THAT?!" and I'm always happy to explain. I like how the fretboard has no fret markers, it gives a cool look. There are fret markers on top of the neck if you do need them. I also love how the back of the neck is painted, this isn't seen too often as it is said to effect resonation, which brings me to it's greatest aspsect... It's resonation. Especially with my Kahler tremolo on there, a 9 on the G string will ring out for years lol. I'm so happy with my purchase. I almost bought an Ibanez for twice as much, and am so glad I didn't. I thought I was going for the cheaper/lower quality guitar, but I got the cheaper/higher quality guitar in the end :) Huge successs for Yamaha. They're out of production, so I recommend trying to get one asap if your planning on it, because they'll only become harder and harder to come by.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Cool looking axe

When I first looked at this guitar I thought it looked nice but I am more into the natural look of an instrument verses the ?IPOD? Look. Picking it up will spark your...Read complete review

When I first looked at this guitar I thought it looked nice but I am more into the natural look of an instrument verses the ?IPOD? Look. Picking it up will spark your interest but plugging it in you will find it does have a fat tone to it. The positives of this guitar is how feather light it is. When on stage you will have a tendency to jump around and loosens yourself because it is so comfortable. I like the overall sound but I tend to like the options my LP and Strats have ( tone and volume knobs). Do not expect to open it up and start moving wires around. I play it through a Create V.32 and it is can emulate many classic rock sounds. It is a good rhythm axe with minimal options to change up the tone. The real drawback is the lack of toggle switch. When you are rocking and your fingers are sweaty it is hard to grab the select switch. ( try doing this in a local shop, play a fast riff and reach down to change pickups I am sure you will know what I mean) If you are playing outside forget about see what pickup you are on. All and all it is a nice guitar. I really think the price point is too high. $*** would be reasonable. I say my LP is my number 1 and my Strat with the Texas Specials number 2, this guitar is the fun number three if I just want to hit some fat chords.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, I also love this guitar

By SeeYouOnDivisionDay

from Vancouver, Canada

Pros

  • Awesome resonation
  • Easy to play
  • Stiff durable tuning pegs
  • Super Light
  • Very sleek and sexy

Cons

  • Bad plug position

Best Uses

  • And good for clean sounds
  • Good for distortion
  • JamsPracticeGigs
  • Use it for anything
  • Very versatile

I love this guitar. I bought it used with a custom installed Kahler tremolo, and Di Marzio bridge pickup. Thing rocks. Much better than any other guitar I've seen in it's price range, and better than guitars even well above it's price range. The tuning pegs are stiff and are round, so leaning your guitar against the wall wont put you out of tune. The only thing, the patch cord input is located in a spot where you need to unplug it every time you place it standing vertically, unless you want to damage your patch cord. Also the pickup selector would have been better as a switch rather than a knob. But those two minor complaints are insignificant when considering this guitars amazing qualities. Its very sexy too, every time someone see's it they go "What guitar is THAT?!" and I'm always happy to explain. I like how the fretboard has no fret markers, it gives a cool look. There are fret markers on top of the neck if you do need them. I also love how the back of the neck is painted, this isn't seen too often as it is said to effect resonation, which brings me to it's greatest aspsect... It's resonation. Especially with my Kahler tremolo on there, a 9 on the G string will ring out for years lol. I'm so happy with my purchase. I almost bought an Ibanez for twice as much, and am so glad I didn't. I thought I was going for the cheaper/lower quality guitar, but I got the cheaper/higher quality guitar in the end :) Huge successs for Yamaha. They're out of production, so I recommend trying to get one asap if your planning on it, because they'll only become harder and harder to come by.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a fun guitar!

By Anonymous-4tK-T

from Washington, DC

I picked this up as a dent and scratch item. Given what I paid, I cannot imagine a better value for a guitar, and I think it's still a deal at its normal price.The guitar sounds and plays great right out of the box, although I have encountered a bit of fret buzz, which a proper setup should fix. The neck is slightly thinner than my Gibson SG Faded, but it is still extremely comfortable, and the frets are polished to an almost mirror shine. The guitar is very light, and while the guitar is not neck heavy per se, the headstock does occasionally pull towards the ground depending on how you wear the guitar. The pickups have a very robust output; compared to my SG, the tone is louder, with more pronounced highs and lows and less midrange emphasis. The parts all feel very solid, except for the volume and pickup selector knobs, which flex in their plastic housing when you tug on them. The LEDs under the volume knob look neat, but I would prefer a more solid housing for the potentiometers (and maybe a tone knob).Overall, this is a very sexy instrument which plays and sounds great. The guitar is an absolute blast to play, and while I would prefer a more traditional control setup, I would still highly recommend this guitar to anyone searching for a unique looking instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome guitar

By simple85

from florida

i have had this for around 4 years, amazing sound and plays and sounds better then 1k plus guitars! awesome smooth action, very good clean, can play heavy too. lots of options with this guitar even though no tone knob, but not really a big deal. only issues are the knobs that fall off. suggest getting a small screwdriver and tightening the *** out of the allen screws (using a allen key, u cant get square on the screw)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY NICE

By ibanezlover-2b2Jx

from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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I went to a Yamaha guitar store to try out some pedals and the guitar used for trying out anything was the Yamaha RGX A2. When I picked it up, I was blown away by how light it was, I have never played a guitar that was lighter than a mahogany guitar body (my guitar is made out of mahogany, a little heavy). When I plugged it into a Boss Metal Core pedal, the metal sound produced from the guitar was something I dont hear from most guitars (ESPECIALLY MINE!). If its just on regular distortion, the guitar has a nice "Iron Maiden" sound to it, while when plugged into a Boss Metal Core or any other pedal similar, it creates the loudest, metal sound I've ever heard. (Trivium, Lamb Of God, and Metallica especially). I recommend this guitar for anyone, its especially great for intermediate or advanced players.

 
5.0

Great axe, great tone!

By bummed

from Chicago

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This guitar is really a nice playing and sounding guitar, great looks too! I call it the i-pod guitar for the look! I own many guitars so I wasnt too concerened about the lack of tone knob. I bought it for the look and love the sound, my 4th yamaha guitar and they all rock. The Ty Tabor model has all the tones and other features, between the 2 of them I need nothing else!!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Guitar

By Cisco

from Mexico

The eight on the features is because sometimes I need a tone knob, but this guitar doesn't have one. That's the only bad thing about this guitar, the tone sound is so good and the resonance is the best of yamaha guitars. Is a good guitar that everybody young player must have.

 
5.0

AWESOME!

By veeman07

from Miami

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I bought this guitar about a month ago, and it's amazing! Nothing what I expected. It has great tone and is light as a feather - literally. Its only downside is the lack of volume/tone knobs, but still, this guitar is just great.

 
4.0

Review

By Music God

from Earth

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I gave this guitar a good review and have had a few more months of full-time experience with it. Still a great looking guitar that plays easy - a definite re-buy!!!Now to the downside, I have had consistent tuning issues with this guitar. I use a tuning pedal (boss tu-2) so it's not a real "issue" in terms of working a gig. But, if I bend a lot on a song - I need to check my tuning. I still use it because it looks cool and has a great lead sound, but it definitely goes out of tune where my Gibson, Fender, and kit guitars don't (same rooms, etc.)Anyway, get this guitar becasue it looks great, outstanding quality, and is extremely easy to play, BUT - have your tuner handy. (heck, the barrel shaped tuners make it fun to re-tune!)

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

good guitarfour stars on the quality is because i had the little funky pick up selector knob fall off. i fixed it with an allen wrench but it still fits pretty loose and i bet it will fall off again. also, the little thing that holds the battery in broke off. two little things that snap it into place just

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Lightweight, smooth neck. It has a modern look and touch. A guitar of the future. The lightweight makes playing onstage easy. the guitar has a natural tone and great sound.

 
5.0

The best low-price guitar you will find

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar has the best relation price-quality, it's so comfortable and ligth-weight, the sound is like a Stratocaster or a Les Paul, excellent for Rock, Jazz or Funk and almost every modern styles and genres. Just the one of the best Yamaha Electric Guitars.

 
5.0

Truly amazing...

By RockU2Death5150

from Moorhead, MN

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When you play in a band for 4+ hours a night, 3-4 nights a week, it is essential to have an instrument that not only sounds good but is also comfortable to swing around. This instrument is amazing. In a variety band, it can really fill the bill. You can get many different tones from the 2 pick-ups and 3-way rotary switch. Plus, come on, the lights look AWESOME!

 
5.0

so light

By ---AB---

from Connecticut

I was at guitar center today, and when I picked up this guitar I was amazed. It was SO LIGHT. It's look is so futuristic also. The sound was also very nice. For anyone who has the money this is a great guitar.

 
5.0

Review

By GuildBluesBird2

from Austin, TX

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I'm used to playing more 'known as higher quality' guitars like Gibson, Guild and Fender but I was pretty amazed by this guitar. It's so light yet solid and sturdy making it very easy to play. The frets and fingerboard are top notch. There 'are' position markers on the side of the fingerboard which I couldn't tell from the pictures. The neck is very smooth and thin making this one of the easiest necks I've ever played. The only things I wern't sold on is the grey, the pickups are "OK" and the bridge seems a little odd and possibly low budget. The lights are a little cheesy, but you don't have to use them, the pickup selector still works without them. Overall, this is a fast, light little axe you'll love playing.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not good for metal

By Will Kills

from Undisclosed

my friends dad got him this for him to play around with and practice with, so we played it, the neck is pretty short, and the pickups didnt pick up the notes when we put it in drop C.the guitar itself is very nice, just not good for metal,

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I saw this guitar in Musicians Friend but I never got around to buying one. I found this one in a local guitar shop used. I love the weight, the way it feels, playability is awesome and everything on it works very well. I'm not too huge on the switch....it's a little tough to turn if you're in a hurry. I plugged it in through a Mesa Lonestar and wasn't too impressed with it....but I wasn't sure if it was the guitar or amp (I'm a Marshall guy) so either way I decided to buy it. Acoustically (unplugged) mine sounds *similar* to a PRS which is what I was going for. I went straight over to my guitarists house and plugged in to his Peavey Transtube....again, something wasn't right. I got home and plugged in to the Marshall...voila! This guitar has the perfect tone for me. I play every style of music and this guitar suits me well. I use a Marshall halfstack and a variety of distortion pedals and through the Marshall, this guitar blows away all my other twenty some guitars.

 
5.0

awesome guitar

By PunkIsntDead

from Virginia

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This is by far the lightest guitar I have ever picked up. It weighs like 2 pounds which is nothing. It sounds amazing and I love getting to pick between the 2 pickups. I don't own it so I dont know about the quality of the guitar but from what it sounded like in the store, it is well worth the money...especially coming from yamaha!

 
4.0

Looks Good, Sounds Good, Plays Good

By Music God

from Earth

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I bought this for its looks and was pleasantly surprized at the playability and sound. It's very well made and easy to play. I play full time and it has held up well over the first couple of months.I agree with the comments about the difficult pickup selector switch. The input jack is in the bottom of the guitar (following the silver line), which prevents you from leaning the guitar upright resting on the floor without smashing the cord. Even in a stand, I have to sit it sort of leaning over to prevent the cord from pressing against the floor.Other than that, I highly recommend it for players who are looking for a flashy looking guitar that sounds good.

 
5.0

An Innovative Concept Guitar

By Pi

from Berry, AL

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This guitar is by far the lightest weighing guitar I've ever played. I normally play a strat or a paul. It almost feels plastic. The neck does feel solid. However, my finger tips did rub off some of the stain from the fretboard. The selector switch is a bit cumbersome and can work it's way loose. The volume control is recessed and doesn't feel as accessable as it could be. The lights on the volume control is a feature that attracts attention. The guitar has it's own unique sound. Not quite semi-solid in tone, but the sustain is quite good. The pick ups seemed to be voiced for a rock sound. The fit and finish is excellent. Yamaha's innovated approach in building this guitar deserves high marks. After playing this guitar for a few hours, I'm almost reluctant to play a heavier guitar. I miss the usual dot markers on the fret board while playing leads. I also miss a tone control. This guitar did attract a favorable attention from my fellow musicians for looks and sound. I would consider this a good buy.

 
5.0

cool

By Riffplayer9678

from Elk Grove

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I just picked up this guitar at a music store and it was awesome. The sound of it was good but what I really liked was the playability of it. It felt like the Gibson I use. I could easily sweep and play fast with it. The neck profile was nice.

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