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Ibanez RG3EXQM1 Quilted Maple Top Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez RG3EXQM1 electric guitar's humbucker pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock. Since 1987, m...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sweet and dangerous looks.

The Ibanez RG3EXQM1 electric guitar's humbucker pickups and pickup placement provide the hard-edged cutting tone needed for heavy rock.

Since 1987, many players have selected the Ibanez RG as their weapon of choice for visiting sonic mayhem on the metal masses. With the right choice of pickups plus flat and fast necks, the RG has crunched its way to classic status. To the RG's lethal combination of features, RG Prestige models add the comfortable, rounded feel of Prestige neck finishing, drop-dead good looks and great electronics and hardware.

24 jumbo frets offer easy playing for leads and chording, and a fixed bridge design offers thru-body stringing for stronger tone and sustain. Features 2 EMG-designed humbuckers and a bolt-on 3-piece maple neck with a headstock to match the body. The quilted maple top and shark tooth inlays on a 25-1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard give it a striking both sweet and dangerous look. 24 jumbo frets deliver insane playability for riffers and shredders alike.

FEATURES
  • String-thru basswood body
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Wizard II neck profile
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard with shark tooth inlay
  • Quilted maple burst with matching headstock
  • String-thru fixed bridge
  • Designed by EMG neck pickup
  • Designed by EMG bridge pickup
  • Tone and volume controls
  • 3-way pickup switch
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4.9

(based on 72 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great looks & feel !

This is a very good guitar and can be great. I bought the grey one with the intention of changing pickups. The day I took it out of the box I was first relieved...Read complete review

This is a very good guitar and can be great. I bought the grey one with the intention of changing pickups. The day I took it out of the box I was first relieved and pleased at the finish which is deeper and darker than the pictures-very nice. Fit and finish are great. Surprisingly the action and intonation were nearly perfect, I barely adjusted both. The guitar immediately felt great and played superb. Zero inconsistencies in the neck and frets. The stock pickups have plenty of output, slightly dark, but just enough definition. Noisy. Noisy hi output passive pickups. Not good for vintage sounds. Just ok for metal. After installing active EMG's, it's exactly what I was after to compliment my other axes- brutal, brilliant, silent. After a few weeks and only a couple of sweaty band practices, the finish on the bridge saddles is wearing off significantly, but not on the tuners, which are good and stable. Overall, the guitar is of excellent build and quality, super feel and playability, but only sounds OK with stock pickups. Being a Hum/Hum it's not built for Strat/vintage sound and will not do it. This guitar is for metal, and needs pickup upgrades to do it. I recommend active EMG's in this. Brutal gain, brighter sound than the stock EMG's, and silent. Not good for slightly overdriven, or classic rock sounds, but excellent clean and full gain metal. I recommend this guitar highly especially if you have other more versatile guitars, OR are ONLY interested in heavy/metal sounds. The action is so good, I've gone back to my other guitars to tweak them to see if I could get them closer this this. Lastly, the binding on the neck is NOT painted. It is real binding.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks better than it plays

This thing is beautiful and looked ideal for what I wanted. But then I plugged it in... the EMGs on this thing are very cheap and have a lot of noise to...Read complete review

This thing is beautiful and looked ideal for what I wanted. But then I plugged it in... the EMGs on this thing are very cheap and have a lot of noise to them. Plus I put on some .010-.046 GHS boomers on this and it was fret buzz city and they wouldn't stay in tune no matter how I adjusted it. Overall this guitar is not made for down-tuning at all, from what I experienced. Might sound good with small strings and in Standard tuning... This thing is getting returned. I recommend getting a Schecter instead. Looks nice... sounds like a cheap guitar. Good day.

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5.0

If you don't own one, get one.

By Lance Carter

from Perry Georgia

I have always liked the Ibanez RG's. I never bought one because I do not get along with tremolo systems and I do not like a bunch of pickups. But those necks. I love the big, flat, screaming fast neck. If I was to have someone build me a guitar it would be a hard tail RG with one pickup and one volume knob. This guitar is very close to that. The neck is awesome. You can compare it side by side with anything on the market today. The hardware is solid and it sounds great. I use it for praise and worship music. Of course it rocks hard as this is the guitar most heavy garage musicians cut their teeth on. It also does a surprisingly awesome job at clean stuff. This RG has a relatively high output neck pickup, but it doesn't go over the top clean. It's really awesome. My original plan was to retrofit it with my signature Super Distortion / Pearly Gates set up, but the stock pickups are just fine. I have had it for over a year now and it is bone stock. That is a rare thing as I am a guitar hacker to say the least.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome Guitar!

By T-Bird93

from S.C

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I had one of these babies about a year ago and sold it for a Schecter Damien FR. Well that was the biggest mistake I have ever made and I'm trying my best to get a new one. There are no wrongs that I have seen with this guitar when I did have it, it was a great playing guitar with that 100 percent sound I always looked for and I highly recommend to get this guitar, it's worth its price and that's a promise!

 
5.0

Nice Guitar..

By FunkStroke

from Tracy CA

Pros

  • Inexpensive, Solid construction, Great Neck

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Works for funk, R&B, jazz and especially Rock

    Saw it hanging at the local store on consignment. Played it real quick and purchased it based on it's looks and the nice neck. I also prefer hard tail guitars and wanted a replacement for the RG321 I sold to a friend. Got it home and couldn't stop playing it!! It's an Ibanez so I figured it would be sweet for the Hard stuff and it delivers with clarity. A week after I purchased it, I used it instead of my '84 Yamaha Telecaster (SJ550) at a gig and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for funk rhythm and comping fat jazz chords as the music the band plays is mostly R&B and funked up Jazz stds . When it was solo time, the contrast from the smoothness to the Mean and nasty was ever so sweet. Got a lot of compliments that night...... Especially after I played Santana's Europa.

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    5.0

    There is NO better guitar for the money

    By My guitar is my best friend

    from Georgia

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    I have been playing guitar for almost five years now and know good tone from bad. After playing this guitar at guitar center a few months ago, I knew I had to have it. The EMG-designed pickups are crucial for the tone I strive towards. Although nowhere near the best pickups, they deliver crunchy metal and crisp clean tones. I play alot of different styles of blues based rock, and this thing is perfect for what I do. I recently went ahead and learned everysong from metallicas debut album Kill Em All and after slapping some D' Addario 9's on here, it was a breeze. I love this guitar, and will most likely become an exclusive ibanez player.

     
    5.0

    This guitar rocks!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I just got this guitar and i love it, its the exact sound i was looking for...It has a mean sound to it...great for some low heavy distortion....

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar

    By BrianS198

    from Kansas

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    I've had this guitar for I'd say six months now, and it's one of the best guitars I've played on in my opinion. It's neck is extremely easy to play on, and I think it sounds great. The three tones sound awesome and I use them all for various types of playing. The pickups also have virtually no feedback for me, even with the volume completely up. I've played many different guitars including a Fender Stratocaster, an Epiphone Les Paul, and various other models, and this Ibanez is definitely my favorite. I would definitely recommend buying this guitar at this great price.

     
    5.0

    sweet axe

    By the canadian sensation

    from Niskayuna, NY

    This is an amazing guitar. The wizard neck, she's my lady, fast, smooth, thin, absolutely insane! Seriously, this is one of the most ergonomically friendly guitars I have ever played. Also I was very impressed with how it played straight out of the box. It was strung with high quality strings, the action was right, and I do not foresee having to replace anything unless it breaks. The pickups are great, the tuners are great, it is reasonably light, you can't go wrong!

     
    5.0

    great project guitar

    By Ben-Jv3tK

    from Louisville, KY

    This is a great project guitar. A few upgrades and it's pristine! The stock pickups are crappy, so I replaced them with EMGs. EMG 81 for the bridge and EMG 89 for the neck (sounds like an 85 but also does single coil tap with push/pull knob). I replaced the nut with an Earvana.The 2 complaints I have are:1. The binding on the neck doesn't match the binding on the body. The neck is pure white while the body is an off-white. 2. The fingerboard would look SO much cooler if it were ebony.Other than that it's pretty slick! Definitely my main 6-string now and worth the money.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Guitar

    By collegerocker17

    from Tucson, AZ

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    I've been playing this guitar for over a year now, and I've been reasonably pleased. First, my complaints: The G string. I can never get it to sound quite right. Also, the E string is a little buzzy and "weak" sounding. But i think these are problems with the neck that can be fixed.My second, and only other problem is the stupid strap screws. I used the factory ones, but ripped them out and stripped the threads one day while jamming. This was the first of many times. I bought Dunlop straplocks, but the threads were basically gone so i ripped them out again, this time while playing. My guitar has become a projectile weapon directed at people, it has slammed into walls, amps, and other objects of heavy weight because screws do not like to stay in that guitar. Now super glue is holding it in, and it seems alright.But regardless, this guitar sounds awesome! And besides all of the bashing and beatings its received (as afore mentioned), there is barely a scratch on it! and it still sounds amazing! Overall, it sounds/looks great. It's comfortable. just be carefull of the screws if you really like to rock out!

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    5.0

    OOOOO

    By shredhed-zuk31

    from the boondocks

    My friend got this guitar about a year and a half ago, and I've played it many times. The neck is- ,well.Fast. The fastest neck I've ever rapped my loving hands around. Even though their not true emgs, the pickups still sound wicked in any stile of music, and surprisingly thick when played clean. I have nothing bad to say about this shred machine.

     
    5.0

    Amazing Axe!

    By xMetalTillDeathx

    from Wadsworth, Ohio

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    For the price, nothing can beat this guitar. Period. I got this at Guitar Center when it was $ on Labor Day, and the best part is that I got it for $!! I absolutely love this guitar. I couldn't stop playing this hell of an axe. The EMGs in it sound like the real thing and the guitar just flat-out looks cool. i love the feel of the neck(but thats a wizard neck for ya). the strings that first came on it were not dirty at all and it sounds awesome through my digitech df7 distortion->boss ge7 equalizer->dunlop zakk wylde wah->marshall avt 50. It's playable for every kind of genre of music(for me and probably a lot of others, it's blues, metal, classic rock, hard rock that I play on all of my guitars) I just am happy to have a guitar like this that is worth $800, and I got it for a little under half of that. If this guitar were to be stolen, I would go out and buy another one. This along with my Ibanez RG320DX are my babies. Thanks Ibanez!! You've done it again!!

     
    2.0

    Looks better than it plays

    By Hans-6kkgY

    from Birmingham, AL

    This thing is beautiful and looked ideal for what I wanted. But then I plugged it in... the EMGs on this thing are very cheap and have a lot of noise to them. Plus I put on some .010-.046 GHS boomers on this and it was fret buzz city and they wouldn't stay in tune no matter how I adjusted it. Overall this guitar is not made for down-tuning at all, from what I experienced. Might sound good with small strings and in Standard tuning... This thing is getting returned. I recommend getting a Schecter instead. Looks nice... sounds like a cheap guitar. Good day.

     
    5.0

    Great Buy

    By tom-TEJJG

    from pittsburgh

    this guitar is deff woth every penny, the emg pick ups sound great, the guitar is great looking with the quited maple top finish,i barely have to tune my guitar (i play atleast 4 hours a day).also the tone control is just one nob so you dont have to f**** around all the time. this guitar is great for every style of music too. Great guitar BUY IT!!

     
    5.0

    amazing.

    By guitarplaya69

    from St. Louis

    I bought this guitar about 2 months ago, and it has been amazing. I have been through a lot of guitars: a Jackson KVX10 X King V, a Ibanez GRX20, a Ibanez RG120, and a Schecter Damien 6. And by far this has been the best i have played. the tone on it is amazing. The only thing that kinda sucks are the pickups. Just slap some "real" EMG's on there and you will be fine. But overall this is a great guitar.

     
    5.0

    Sweet guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this a few months back and I dont think that any other Ibanez Rg without a whammy can be better, its a descently light guitar and plays better than any other I have ever had. It plays tremendously great durring shows and the one Ihad (transparent red or sumthin like that) looks stunningly better than the pic's online. Overall best guitar I've had so far and probably always will be.

     
    5.0

    Great value, nice git'r!

    By shred

    from Colorado

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    I've had the red burst one for a couple of years now. I've modded it a bit - I put DiMarzio PAF Pro pickups in it, installed a push-pull coil tap on the tone control, and of course had it set up, and now it's my #1 electric. The neck has a great feel and the frets are also terrific. It stays in tune pretty well, although a purist would probably put top-shelf tuners on it. I prefer the hard tail to tremelo, and I think having string-through design adds to the sound. I love this thing.

     
    5.0

    Great Buy!

    By toincito

    from Undisclosed

    Ok. So I bought this guitar two weeks ago, and I have fallen in love. It's super comfortable for nice palm muting, nice tone and smooth playability. Although I must say that if you order the darker model, the color is actually different than it shows here, it's more like a dark green, but oh well. Great Buy, recommend it highly.

     
    4.0

    Excellent guitar for its price.

    By xveganxgrindx

    from Denver, Colorado

    I picked up this guitar a few weeks ago and I am more than pleased with this purchase. The pickups aren't great and it does not work well with drop tunings besides standard drop D. However, it still looks and feels GREAT and sounds good.

     
    5.0

    Great for the $

    By Shredsauce016

    from North Carolina

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    For this amount of money, you can't go wrong with this ibanez. The neck is a little thick to me, but easy to play. Works good for many types of music. If you wanted an all out awesome guitar I wouldn't rec this one, but if you want another gitfiddle to jam then this is the way to go.

     
    5.0

    This is a face melter

    By MetalHead420

    from Momence, IL

    This guitar screamed "Buy me!!" as soon as I walked into Guitar Center. Although I did not buy from Musicians friend, it was still the same price. You can't beat a $800 guitar for $400. Those EMG designed pickups are just like the real thing. This guitar is definitely worth it.

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