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Ibanez RG370DX

 
Three Piece Maple Neck - Basswood body - Rosewood Fingerboard With Sharktooth Inlays - Fingerboard Binding - 24 Jumbo frets - Edge III Tremolo Bridge - INF3 (H) Neck Pickup - INFS3 (S) Mid Pickup - INF4 (H) Bridge Pickup - 5-Way Pickup Switching


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Very good budget guitar. featured

Sound The RG370DX comes with HSH configuration and gives you plenty of options. The factory pick ups are fairly good, the bridge is quite stable and the neck is as fast as you would expect from an Ibanez RG model. I play quite a few covers and use the bridge pick up exclusively for the distorted sounds. It gives a good fat sound, but is maybe a bit on the muddy sound. For clean sound I prefer the split neck and middle option (if the bridge humbucker is 5/5 on the 5 way switch, the split neck HB and SC is 2/5 on the 5 way switch). This sound is very warm and clear.
I play through a Marshall MR 6100 on the clean channel with various effects between the amp and guitar.
When bought new, an Ibanez gig bag and an instrument cable is included as well as tools for the bridge and an instruction manual.


Action, Fit, & Finish The guitar set up was good, but the store I bought it from did set it up first so I can't say if the factury settings was good or not. Given the price it was actually better then I had expected. I bought this guitar as a back up, and I've used it a lot. The bridge has surprised me with it's stability and if you make sure to really stretch your strings when restringing, it will stay in tune no matter what crazy stuff you do with the tremolo.
The finish is a bit dull. This is my third all black guitar and most likely my last black guitar ever. The guitar is neither heavy or light and gives a solid impression.


Reliability & Durability It is very reliable. As I never would bring only one guitar to a gig anyway I would likely bring this guitar as my back up. Anyone that has broken a string on stage with a tremolo locking system know what I mean...
It is well build and fills my needs for the music I play, though it looks a bit boring.


Customer Support Not dealt with Ibanez.


Liked about it - Great value for money.
- Versatile options with the pick up configuration.
- Tremolo was surprisingly stable.


Didn't like - Tremolo arm must be adjusted often to make it tight.
- Boring colour options.
- Some of the pick up configurations seems to similar to each other.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By hp29
Sep 02, 2010
 
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A good guitar; a better backup guitar! featured

Sound The RG370DX is a guitar that is a great starting platform for either modding, or a backup guitar. Personally, me and my band keep one as a spare (as seen in this video played by Dave.) The INF pickups aren't the worst pickups in the universe, since they have a roaring midrange and gutteral bass response, but sometimes lack clarity; even with the best gear. The basswood body is nice and resonant and helps with great harmonics, but is sometimes dragged down a little by the Edge III tremolo. With some proper upgrades like pickups, the 370DX could go a long way.

Clean tones are nice and deep on all sorts of amps; both tube and solid state. They sound great on recordings too - we have ended up using our RG370DX once on our old EP, and used it to track scratch tracks on our new album and it sounded nice, fat and round. The split coil sounds are chimey and bell like, but lack a certain character that nicer and more engineered pickups have.

YTWWV - Creation Undone (first performance!) (video)



Action, Fit, & Finish The wizard II neck is very nice on the fretboard end. The fretwork is pretty average, though it needed beveling when we got it, and the fret ends were a little haggard and had snags. The neck is nice and thin; though for people that are used to playing ULTRA-thin necks like a RG550 might find the 370 a big fatter. It is more closely related to the S-series family. Our 370DX is a black finished one, and pretty much immediately it was covered it sweat, scratches, and destruction. So, unless you are good at taking care of finishes or aren't on stage/tour - I would shy away from black finishes; despite them being cool and "heavy metal" looking. They are easily ruined.


Reliability & Durability Very very durable instrument. Despite the Edge III trem requiring a little maintenence after about a year (needed some tightening - normal) and a basic re-setup after about 25 string changes, it has been essentially maintence free. The finish is pretty scratched and mangled from constant stage use. But hey - that's a backup guitar for you. If you are gonna buy a RG370DX for modding or an intermediate guitar; you might just be in business. They are on the cheap end of things.


Customer Support Ibanez has good CS.


Liked about it 1) Decent sound, decent price.
2) Fast action for maximum shred.
3) Very durable!


Didn't like 1) Black finish = kinda ruined finish.
2) Frets needed wooork.
3) Factory pickups not exactly great.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By SonicProvocateur
Mar 05, 2010
 
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Excellent Guitar

Sound It has a very strong sound. My amp sucks, so the guitars full potential is not really shown at home, however when I play it elsewhere, it sings. Literally. Usually I use DR strings, but they only become available in Mumbai every few months, so i mostly play dean markley. I have a few overdrives and a wah, not that i use them much. The only bad thing is , the pickups dont have that much output, theyre not very loud. When tapping, i have to literally attack my fretboard for a simple note. I probably will get a duncan invader to solve that problem.
The guitar is very easy to play, which helps you bring out the excellent sound potential in the guitar.


Action, Fit, & Finish It was excellent. The frets were almost 100% even- I literally checked with a magnifying glass, a bunch of cameras, and my own eye. There are no finish imperfections, except well, alot of fingerprints(all mine). It was set up in front of me at the store. It was heavenly to play after the setup. The tremolo was routed really well- I had the perfect amount of pullup range- high enough to justify the bridge in the first place, but not high enough to make me worry about undue stress on the strings.
What i like the most is, even though I'm a curious guy, always opening things up to see whats in them, this guitar stays the same, even with my messing around with its internals!!
There is only one real problem in the guitar- The volume knob- it is place in such a way that you inadvertently mess up the volume when grabbing the bar.


Reliability & Durability It is strong. In fact, so strong that when I asked the guy at the shop to open the back plate, he had trouble in doing so!!!
The edge zero 2 bridge is excellent.If you tune up properly, and have a good set of strings, then you dont need backup EVER for this guitar!! THe only complaint I have is, after a bit of abuse, the arm gets loose, and just hangs limp. I prefer having the bar strong enough to stay in whichever place you put it. But it's not that big a problem.

It just shows the sheer integrity that these guitars are made with. They didn't even skimp on the truss rod cover SCREWS!


Customer Support No, if i do, itll probably be a generation or 2 from now.


Liked about it 1)Quality - There are no problems with this guitar, and unless I seriously screw up in the future, there probably never will be one!!
2) Playability - the well shaped body, the uberthin neck, and the comfortable tremolo come together to make a guitar that you can play with your eyes closed!!
3) The general look of this guitar- the headstock, the inlays, the shape, everything.


Didn't like 1) The volume knob
2) The Bar getting loose after a bit
3) The lack of output.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By nikm13
Dec 15, 2011
 
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Ibanez 370DX

Sound The pick ups on the guitar are of the mid-hi power passive ceramic type. The bridge pick when played clean is a little uninspiring, but the most of the people that will buy and use this guitar will probably play shred or classic rock and metal. Overdriven sounds using the bridge pick up are quite nice but again a little uninspiring, but don't be fooled though, tonally this guitar is capable of covering a lot of ground and is very versatile. The middle pick up is quite nice sounding and will do a reasonable Dave Gilmour type clean tone and produces some nice strat style tones. The neck pick isn't so bad either and can cover a fair amount of ground tonally, from blues through to classic rock through to shred and metal.


Action, Fit, & Finish When I bought the guitar, the machine heads were loose and the tremolo needed setting up and intonating, also the truss rod and action needed to be adjusted as the guitar didn't look to have been set up at the factory. I payed extra to have the guitar plek'd and it was really worth the money! It turned it into a real hot-rod of a guitar, it's so easy to play now it almost plays itself!


Reliability & Durability I wore the Edge tremelo out after four years of abuse. Prior to dulling the knife edges I'd never had a problem with it. I've since replaced the Edge 3 trem with a Lo Pro tremelo and found that the Lo Pro tremelo would not stay in tune either! A quick fix was found by buying replacement Schaller posts which screw into the existing inserts and only cost an extra £10! Unbelievably, the replacement Lo Pro posts do not fit the original Edge 3 inserts, and if you re-use the original trem posts the Lo Pro will not stay in tune either! Nice move Ibanez! Needless to say I wasn't very pleased about it.


Customer Support Never dealt with them.


Liked about it I love the neck and the jumbo frets. I find the jumbo frets to be very tactile and really add to the playability of the guitar. The neck is very fast and very easy to play and really is a high point of the guitar. I also like the H/S/H pickup configuration, it makes the guitar very versatile. It's an ideal platform to mod or improve later on as you can really do a lot to improve the guitar as time moves on, from new tremolos to new pick ups, sustain blocks, plek'd necks etc. It doesn't take a lot to make this guitar punch way beyond it's price tag.


Didn't like I didn't like the fact that there were loose parts on the guitar when I bought it, also wearing out the tremolo was a bit rubbish, but worse still, was that the replacement Ibanez tremolo posts didn't fit the existing Ibanez tremolo inserts! Work that one out!


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By longi
Jun 13, 2010
 
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Very Adequate Guitar

Sound It can play jazz, metal, prog rock, Blues, Satriani, Vai, it can do anything!


Action, Fit, & Finish Pickups could've been better so I switched them out to some Evolution pickups, MAN this thing screams better than my JEM!


Reliability & Durability Used it almost all gigs I've played,
only issue with this guitar is the floyd,
but once I put in a tremolno,
It was beautiful.


Liked about it Action
Thin Neck
Playability
Look
Diversity


Didn't like Bad stock pickups
Bad trem
Hard to keep maintained


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By JosephVincent
Mar 05, 2010
 
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Ibanez RG370DX Blue Haze

Sound It sound like what you want it to sound, if you want a jazz sound you'll have it. If you want a thrash metal sound ou'll have it.

McFly - Silence Is A Scary Sound cover (video)



Action, Fit, & Finish I just had to readjust the floyd when I received it.


Reliability & Durability It's very good Ibanez model, not too exepnsive and very good quality. Very resistant.


Liked about it - the thin neck
- the color
- the pickups


Didn't like - the weight
- the floyd ain't simple to adjust
- ...


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By KCDise
Mar 03, 2010
 
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