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Ibanez RG470

 
24 frets, solid top, volume, tone, 5-way selector, passive electronics, no battery needed, basswood body, super strat style, 1 piece maple neck, maple headstock, rosewood fretboard, jumbo frets.


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Almost as good as the 500 series! featured

Sound I just acquired an early MIJ RG470 with an original Edge trem and the V7 & V8 pickups. This 470 sounds just as good as any of my 500 series RGs before I installed DiMarzios. The V7 and 8 are not bad pickups at all. I can get some great crunch and also sweet cleans.


Action, Fit, & Finish The action, fit, and finish on the MIJ 470s is just as good as the 500 series. With the Edge, I can get the action super low with no buzzing or fretting out. The Wizard neck fits the pocket like a glove. The finish is very durable, and with proper care--will last a very long time.


Reliability & Durability For years, I've avoided anything below the 500 series like the plague. I just love the 500s and up, and the 470s, while not bad guitars--just didn't have the same appeal. I got this used 470 recently as an advertised 570. When it showed up as a 470, I was upset. After I cleaned and set it up, I fiddled with it for a bit. Then longer....and longer--now I love it. It's almost as good as my 570s! The only real differences between these MIJ 470s and the 570s are the jackplate vs. flush mounted jack and the tilted neck heel. After playing for a bit on the 470--I didn't even notice the heel difference. Since I got this for a decent price--I'm keeping it.


Customer Support N/A


Liked about it MIJ and feels/plays like a 570
Equipped with an original Edge
pickups are decent--still going to swap 'em out for DiMarzios (that's when I know a guitar is a keeper)


Didn't like The bad reputation these have ;) The MIJ 470s ROCK! I really can't find anything I don't like--even after all these years of avoiding them.


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4.5

By AlaskaBat
Sep 17, 2011
 
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A fine MIJ guitar with a great fast neck! featured

Sound When I fired up my V7/S1/V8 equipped RG470DX (2000 model), I was pleasantly surprised. The basswood body provides a deep, and resonant tone with good harmonic overtones when paired with the Vintage7/8 pickups. While it isn't the "perfect" metal sound, it definitely has a great hard crunching rock sound with an emphasis on the low/mids and singing treble. What I really found surprising was how much rolling the tone knob back just a little bit affected the sound of the V7 and V8 greatly! It cut off the piercing treble ever so slightly and brought the bass tones up to near perfect levels. Under high gain, the RG470 is rock/metal monster for sure, with all the great tones they are known for (with some upgrades like a bubinga stripe and set in jack, and later reissued as the Prestige 1570). Some people argue that the Lo-TRS tremolo is a lower quality trem, but I found it to be pretty decent. It stays in tune better than an Edge III and flutters far better. Definitely better than the Lo-TRS II and Edge III, but not as good as the Edge Pro.

The clean tones are pretty decent on the RG470. They aren't too clangy, but with a little help from the tone knob it's very easy to dial in that perfect sound. Surprisingly enough, the V7/V8 pickups sound fantastic through all the different amps I tried it out on (5150, Mesa Mark III, Vyvpr tube 60, Orange TT), but I always ended up rolling the tone knob back a hair as the treble was just a little bit obtrusive. The split coil tones are AMAZING! Normally, I'm not fond of stock pickup split coil sounds, but the S1 mixed in has a very unique character that is hotter under gain and mixes in well for more breakup. This keeps that "clangy" sound out, and more of a 1970's split/single coil sound in (think Petrucci's split coil sound!); I was pleasantly surprised.

The only downside is that the RG470 that I have (a Japan limited run model) is kind of noisy. Maybe it's the exterior jack. Maybe it's a noisy switch. I dunno, but it has some noise that while it isn't bothersome - is noticeable.

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Action, Fit, & Finish The RG470 has the same neck profile as the RG550/560/570 (which if you are familiar with, is reaaally slim and fast). This neck is made of pure shred. For people with tiny girly hands like me - that's great! For people who like big fat neck tone; maybe not so much, but the RG470's original Wizard neck profile equates to pure speed. Mine had excellent fret beveling on the top side, but needed a little work on the edge of the board. The Fujigen necks are miles above manufacturing quality from the RG470's later made in Korea (these also did not have the thin 550 neck profile; they had the newer Wizard II profile).

The finish on my guitar became somewhat of a debate, on whether or not it was a factory finish, but it seems it was indeed an original factory yellow finish. It's top notch and doesn't attract scratches. The matte black hardware isn't going to rust out like cosmo or chrome, and the AANJ grants supreme access to all 24 frets.


Reliability & Durability I'm sure, like all my Ibanez guitars, this one will hold up and stand up to the rigors of touring and the road. I'm very pleased in finding this one in a rare color (I love yellow guitars!), but like all things tremolo equipped - I won't gig without a backup!


Customer Support Ibanez and their dealers have great customer support.


Liked about it 1) Ultra-fast neck!
2) Decently good tones from the stock pickups (with some help from the tone knob)
3) Sweet yellow finish!


Didn't like 1) Have to get a RG570 for the internal jack and bubinga stripe neck.
2) Have to get a RG570 for the Edge tremolo.

Thats about it; this guitar is really killer for the low price. The neck is amazing; so amazing in fact Ibanez reissued its higher model RG570 as the Prestige 1570 - this is just the lower model.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By SonicProvocateur
Mar 09, 2010
 
Last updated: March 10, 2010
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Great guitar if you have the right year model featured

Sound The guitar has a basswood body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard, much like many other Ibanez guitars. Basswood is quite a flat, dark sounding wood, so the pickups really play a part in the sound.

My RG470 is a 1995 model, and is such comes made in Korea with a LO-TRS II Tremolo and Ibanez Infinity pickups. The Infinity pickups are a reasonable sounding pickup for a low to mid-range guitar like the RG470.

The bridge pickup is a ceramic magnet one, and provides quite sharp, cutting tones. It is pretty good for high gain rock and metal sounds. It is a little noisy and unrefined though.

The neck is an alnico magnet loaded pickup, and it provides fairly standard sounding rounded neck pickup sounds that work well for soloing higher up on the fretboard. It too is not the most refined pickup though.

The single coil is quite average, and is quite noisy even with only a little gain.

The best bet is to replace the pickups when you outgrow the sound of them, because the rest of the guitar for the most part is quite nice. It is worthwhile checking out exactly what version of the RG470 you may be looking at, and playing it first to make sure the guitar for the most part sounds ok acoustically. If it sounds ok acoustically, then you can probably be assured of a great sounding budget guitar with a pickup upgrade.


Action, Fit, & Finish Whilst I bought myself a Korean made model with a LO-TRS II trem (not the most desirable of trems ever made), I was lucky enough to have scored one with a Japanese made Wizard neck, rather than the Wizard II. As such the guitar plays amazingly, even after 15 years of abuse. The frets are pretty worn though now.

The LO-TRS II served me quite well for many years, but it has now been replaced with an original Edge, which is a far superior trem, both in build quality and tuning stability. The tone of the LO-TRS II is a little lackluster, and when it is made of of metal that is of questionable quality the knife edges wear out a lot faster than they would on a good quality trem.

Don't confuse the LO-TRS trem found on the Japanese made RG$70s with the LO-TRS II. They are of far higher quality. If you find one of these the trem will probably serve you quite well.

Overall the guitar has been great to me. I've played it on stage over the years, and it has held up quite well, and sounded great.


Reliability & Durability My RG470 has lasted quite well. The frets are a bit worn now, and need a refret, but I got a good 10-12 years out of them. The Korean made ones come with a rubbish LO-TRS II which WILL need to be replaced at some stage. The other versions come with decent trems though.


Customer Support Ibanez have always been good when I have needed support.


Liked about it Great neck.
* Overall build of guitar (besides trem) is quite good for the money.
* Very comfortable RG shape


Didn't like Rubbish Lo-TRS II


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By LonePhantom
Jan 12, 2010
 
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Definitely worth the money!

Sound The pick-ups that came with the guitar were ibanez V7 and V8. Personally, I didn't like the stock Pick ups very much. Had them changed to Dimarzio Evolution set (Neck, Bridge and middle). The thing i noticed about Basswood body guitars are that it has a tone that has higher mid bass tone. Good for 80s metal/rock kinda sound. But Guitar was able to handle almost everything.


Action, Fit, & Finish Guitar came with a warped neck but nothing an adjust to the trust rod couldnt fix. The finish came in beautifully.


Reliability & Durability I can definitely depend on this guitar. Good hardware, doesn't go out of tune (since my came with an Edge Pro). The Tuners were well setup and finish would probably last for a very long time.


Customer Support Never dealt with the customer support. I do my own guitar repairs anyway.


Liked about it It came with the Edge Pro bridge, which is one of the best Ibanez bridges ever. MIJ wizard II necks are very playable and has nice tone. It is in a good price range for a mid range MIJ Ibanez.


Didn't like The thing that i hate about this guitar is the input Jack. Since it's a lower than RG5XX series guitar, the input jack isn't a tunnel input jack, which is very prone to oxidation and damages very fast.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By faekildare
Dec 18, 2009
 
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Great gigging guitar!

Sound I have two RG470FX models. They were the fixed bridge versions that came out in 94 and 95. HSH is a good combo for pretty much anything and Ibanez switching is even better. I play in a covers band despite having many guitars, this one gets it done every time!


Action, Fit, & Finish used, so no comment really..


Reliability & Durability Like I said, great gigging guitar. Hasn't let me down yet! I've only broken a couple strings despite playing gigs almost every weekend!


Customer Support NA, used instrument


Liked about it Great rock tone, very versatile, comfortable neck (Wizard II)


Didn't like knobs have gotten a little loose over time, the pickups could be a little hotter (will prolly upgrade eventually), ring seal on one of my tuners blew out a while ago...


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4.0

By JM5150
Nov 03, 2009
 
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One of the best axes i have ever owned

Sound This thing sounds great. These come stock with Ibanez V7,S1, and V8 pickups which are awesome for stock pickups and provide a good variety in sound. But I may change the bridge pickup to an X2N for some more power. The body is made of basswood which is light and sounds bright. The neck is really thin which is a plus for me. Since mine is a '93 it has the original Edge tremolo which is phenomenal! It stays in tune very, very well. I have never tried the trem on the newer models , which i believe is the TRS, so I do not know how those perform. It also comes stock with Gotoh tuners which are excellent tuners.


Reliability & Durability I got mine used. It is a '93 model so it has held up very well in 16 years.


Liked about it Thin Wizard neck
Original Edge
Gotoh tuners


Didn't like Square heel isn't a tilt joint


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5.0

By IBNZ_RG
Oct 25, 2009
 
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