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Yamaha RGX A2 Electric Guitar  

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  • Yamaha

    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

    The RGX A2 guitar lets you say goodbye to a sore shoulder and hello to magnificent tone. Order today.

     
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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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    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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    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.

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    (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)

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    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.

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    5.0

    An Innovative Concept Guitar

    By Pi

    from Berry, AL

    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    VERY NICE

    By ibanezlover-2b2Jx

    from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    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.

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    5.0

    Light as an anorexic cheerleader

    By Sidtheskitch

    from Spokane, WA

    It's is great. It is super light and the weight is distributed well. As far as how it sounds, it can't be better for what I play. The neck is great and the bridge is nice and smooth for fast palm muting!

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    4.0

    Decent

    By FrattyLawyer

    from Sulphur, Louisiana

    This guitar is a fun concept, but it must have missed something in the execution. It feels light, true, but somewhat awkward. Also, the pickups leave much to be desired. On the bright side, once you get used to it you can play forever, and the neck is great.

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    4.0

    Nice ideas, but...

    This Yamaha design proves; electric guitars do NOT have to be heavy to sound good and play well. The cylindrical tuners look neat and work well. There is plenty of room between them for your fingers. The bridge is smooth and solid. It allows muting without tearing your hand into shredded beef. The pickups are acceptable; not noisy, balanced tone.The look is modern, minimalist; almost like Japanese or Scandinavian furniture. Although strictly for appearance, the two converging lines seem to add to that effect.If you have matured out of the ?graven images are cool? stage, you might appreciate that.The lightweight body is REALLY nice! I?ve been complaining about that for decades. There is NO reason that a guitar BODY needs to be massive, either for tone, or for that over-hyped mythological ?sustain? that misinformed guitarists seek in vain. It IS true that a good neck must be rigid, which is why this neck is just OK. It is just like most other bolt on necks: a plank-sawn hunk of lumber, shaped to fit a guitar. If you really want ?sustain? and reliable accuracy from a guitar neck, you can get an Ibanez laminated neck or have a neck made to your specs. Laminating insures maximum rigidity and stability in a guitar neck, which actually DOES help sustain. Lamination also evens-out tonal variances.It is also true that you need a solid, somewhat massive bridge, if you seek sustain. Other than that, there is NO reason for massive bodies or parts.So, this guitar excells in certain respects. It sure looks better in black than in that ?heavenly-disco-white.? (blech!!) MAJOR FLAW: pickup-selector KNOB. (instead of a switch)It is not fast; not easy. In the attempt to bring a sense of uniformity into the design, they sacrificed functionality over superficial looks. Battery-powered indicator-lights are an unnecessary gimmick. I cannot comment on the ?sound-tubes,? other than; they seem to do nothing and the concept sounds like bunkum. Yamaha is a venerable company that makes a lot of great gear. They have a reputation for quality and innovation. This attempt at innovation has some interesting and much-needed reform, but it falls short. It reminds me of a ?Japan-amation? cartoon. They just don?t quite ?get it? yet.

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    5.0

    Yamaha RGX-A2 = Brilliant

    By Tony Moore

    from Middletown, PA

    Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?! A rock guitar witha lightweight, near-acoustic feel. This thing tricks me sometimes... I can't even tell I'm holding it!The pickups don't give it a lot of sustain, but the weight and the easy-tuning pegs make up for it. This guitar is lightweight, easy to play, easy to tune, and easy on the wallet!The only reason I gave features a 4.5 was because I think this should have an optional whammy bar. That would really top this guitar off. No, it's not that great for metal, mostly because of the small amount of sustain. But just about any other music style can be easily produced from this thing.Also, the lit-pickup selector is really nice. Even if you don't need it, it gets some mentions from the people at the gigs. Sure, the guitar is plain white, and it doesn't have a pick guard, but it looks good on its own.Trust me, get this guitar... You won't regret it...

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