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Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar

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This Gio RGA has dual EMG humbuckers that pump out aggressive metal tones while the diabolical, double-locking Edge III trem bridge with palm-friendl...Click To Read More About This Product

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Active humbuckers and a double-locking Edge III trem.

This Gio RGA has dual EMG humbuckers that pump out aggressive metal tones while the diabolical, double-locking Edge III trem bridge with palm-friendly, low-profile tuners allows the most radical tremolo effects ever with total tuning stability. The comfortable, double-cutaway mahogany body has a beautiful "quilted maple art grain" top with arched top. The bolt-on maple GRGA neck has a 24-fret rosewood fretboard.

  • Transparent finish
  • Arched basswood body with quilted art grain top
  • Maple GRGA neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 medium frets
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • EMG H4A neck humbucker
  • EMG H4 bridge humbucker
  • Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup switch
  • Edge III double-locking tremolo
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IbanezGRGA42TQA Electric Guitar

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Ibanez GRGA42TQA


from Indianapolis, IN

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Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

I'm a big fan of EMG pick-ups so I got the trans blue version and it plays very smooth & fast. The trem is touchy to get tuned, but once the tension is right, it works very well. This guitar is a sweet utility guitar that is fun to play.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


I really enjoy it

By Karolis Rumsevicius

from Illinois, United States

Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

Overall, I say for a intermediate or even a beginning player should get this guitar. It doesn't cost a lot, and you get a lot in return. However, for higher level players, I think a higher model should be gotten.
I really enjoy the pickups. I hear stuff about passive, but they sound great to me. I also like the trem. I heard some bad reviews about the Edge III but it doesn't give me problems at all. It stays in tune, but the only problem I have with it is it is a little difficult to tune it when I put on new strings.
The guitar looks really nice. I got the red, and it looked great; better than the picture. The neck is comfortable and overall the guitar is comfortable to hold.
For the quality, I think the price is justified. The sound and comfort do match the cost.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Loki Clover

from COMO

Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

This is my second guitar and I absolutely love it. I got the blue one and I really like the finish even though its not a real flame maple top. The EMG pickups are what sold me even though they're passive. Great metal and rock sound. The action is really low and I get some fret buzz and it frets out while bending on the higher frets. I just need to raise it a little. The neck is fast and flat. The Floyd lets me dive bomb without going out of tune. The only problem I've had so far is that the knobs on the pots are cheap and will slip when turned. I would recommend this for intermediate players like myself.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Decent guitar, good action, nice sound, hard to keep in tune, hard to change strings,

By fletcher rood

from Vermont

Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

I played this Ibanez in a local shop and it felt good, the neck was smooth and the action was quick and easy, so i bought it. I've had it for about 3 months now and the flaws of the tremelo are coming to bear. After about a month i re-strung it with some 10's- that was my first time re-stringing a guitar so it took me about 4 hours to get them on with the tremelo anywhere near flat and in tune and the trem was still pulled up way too far (this required cranking the trem strings down a lot and it was still pulled up). After a few more hours the next day i finally got the trem flat, but now i still need to pull it back apart to fix the intonation. Unlike a floyd rose trem, the intonation is only adjustable by removing the string, which sucks. I guess i should have done my research first, but these floating trems are a wicked pain. This guitar is pretty hard to keep in tune and requires at least 2 passes through all the strings to get it in tune since every time you tighten one string, the others go flat. I'm fairly good at 'over tuning' it now but it still is a pain when all you want is to play and you have to spend 5-10 minutes tuning first. With the locking trem, make sure you bring your tools if you go anywhere- you can't always get it in tune with the fine tuners on the bridge.
Also, i don't know if the neck shape has changed due to the thicker strings but i'm getting some pretty bad fret buzzing on 2 or 3 strings. My action is low, but it's not 'extremely' low or anything- raising it any more would make for pretty crappy action on the high frets.

Anyway- moral of the story is- think long and hard about how often you'll use a trem before buying this (or any tremelo for that matter). Even then, i think there are better trem systems out there that are less of a hassle. At this point, I'm looking to unload this for a higher end guitar with a fixed bridge...perhaps an SG? I can dream...
The features for the price are good-guitar has a nice sound and plays nice- cheapest ibanez with the double locking trem.
Decent- for the $$ you could probably find a more versatile, user friendly guitar though.
decent features for the money- see 'overall' for more on said 'features'

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By Robert Rosier

from United States

Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

This guitar will need an experienced player due to setting the guitar up. Put new strings on it. I had to adjust the tension rod. Had to Grind the bottom of the saddle on the neck for better string height. Will have to adjust tremolo.I had to tighten the springs and lower it.Tension rod takes a allen wrench which instructions does not tell you.Will need better tuners.Guitar does have a nice finish.
Ibanez.GRGA4TQ- EMG pickups sound great. very responsive with nice harmonics.Nice and edgy on bridge pickup.Soft on the neck Pickup.
Solid Guitar with thin body.



By gtr mn

from W.V

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez GRGA42TQA Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar 2 years now. nothing has failed on it. still plays great.just needs minor setting up, most do, unless store does it. -not a experienced player, but just have a little knowledge of guitar setup.great guitar...

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