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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone Played a RG321

I'm looking for an Ibanez with a fixed bridge and slim neck to back my RG570. Is the 321 of any quality at all? How is the bridge and tuners for tuning stability. I would put EMGs in it if I got one.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 09:06 AM
 
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

If you're not in a hurry, I'd wait on finding a used RG421. They're usually in the same price range as 321's but made in Japan with better quality tuners, and bridge. --Jason
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Yeah, I have an RG421, and love it. Much better than the 321's. The 321's are nice, dont get me wrong, especially for the money. But the RG421 is just that step up in all round quality. With a change of pickups (duncans or dimarzios) it is as good as anything else out there!

My RG2771 Prestige is on its way next week sometime hopefully. Which will be even better probably. I just have a thing about fixed bridge Ibanez's.
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

RG421 is a good choice, except the neck of a RG421 is noticeably thicker than a RG570.
I'm fairly sure that RG321s have always had a thicker neck than the RG570 too, but I wouldn't swear it.
Either way, they are both excellent, and the 321 is real value for money, especially if you intend changing the pickups. Worst you are going to find is that the frets may need dressing, but a significant amount of Ibanez's need that work.
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Plus the RG321 is more readily and easily available. You could go into your nearest store, and get one. Or go to your favourite site and order one. I would recommend trying it before you buy it though. Just in case. Because the quality of the lower-end Ibanez is sometimes give and take. But for the price, you cant really go wrong tbh.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 11:10 AM
 
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i actually got my RG321 for $220 brand new. yeah, the RG421 is a "better" guitar, but for me the RG321 made more sense. i like mahogany way better than basswood. pickups weren't an issue, i always swap for dimarzios. the necks are near identical so that wasn't a big deal, either. the rg321 has a bound neck, so that was a plus. the hardware on the rg321 isn't as good as a rg421, but the rg421's hardware ain't that great either. the bridge on the rg321 is really good, and is more like a gotoh fixed than the rg421. i know...i used to own a pgm500. not like that bothered me anyway. i plan on getting an lr baggs piezo for it.
for you, though, the rg421 maybe the better of the fixed rg's. being as you want to backup an rg570 and it is basswood. your tone will be more consistent. see when i got my rg321, it was to backup several rg's: rgt3120, rg2120x, rg520qs. all of which are mahogany. i got mine because i wanted an axe i could go back and forth between drop d and standard. so the rg321 was the obvious choice.


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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 11:10 AM
 
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The necks on the RG421 and 321 are the same profile; Wizard II. --Jason
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-03-2006, 05:23 PM
 
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I own a 321 and I'd say that it's a great guitar for the money. I love the fact that it has a mahogany body instead of basswood. And since the guitar is so readily affordable, upgrades aren't a problem. I'm still deciding what kind of pickups I want to go with, but I'm eventually going to change the nut and maybe the tuners in the future. But I'm not really in any rush because it sounds great stock. The only thing that I've noticed about the stock pickups is that they tend to get kind of harsh and abrasive when the volume goes up kind of like an EVO but a little cheaper. I've actually been tossing around the idea of putting EMGs into it but I haven't decided between an EMG 81/89 combo or a Dimarzio Tone Zone/Air Norton combo with a Dimarzio multi-pole switch allowing me to wire it up like a PRS guitar with a 5 way rotary switch.
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-13-2006, 01:00 PM
 
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

i just got my rg321mh back from the shop with a dimarzio x2n installed and i am blown away by this guitar. the combination of guitar and pickup has tightened up my dual rectifier beautifully, and i didn't even need noise gate, which is mandatory with the mesa. super crisp highs, crunchy mids, and a nice tight low end. i love this guitar, with a simple pickup swap, this beast has come alive.
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

what pickup would you guys recommend in the neck position paired up with the x2n? i play heavy stuff with a lot of clean passages, so versatility is key. im actually surprised at how good the x2n cleans up, especially with some effects added.
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I would probably go with an Air Norton or a PAF Pro in the neck. I'd probably go more for the Air Norton just because I like the way that pickup sounds a tad bit more than the PAF Pro.
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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-13-2006, 05:29 PM
 
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nice, thanks bro. i was on the dimarzio site earlier and was actually checking both of these out. ive heard quite a lot about this pickup, and it does intrigue me greatly.
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

Check out the RGA series, I have a 121 and find it just as fun to play as my Jem.
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This is a spot of luck

I was looking around for a hardtail guitar and saw the Ibanez RG321. I was going to buy a Digitech whammy this christmas, but this RG321 looks like it has to be added to the collection
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Re: Anyone Played a RG321

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I'm looking for an Ibanez with a fixed bridge and slim neck to back my RG570. Is the 321 of any quality at all? How is the bridge and tuners for tuning stability. I would put EMGs in it if I got one.
i own the RG321, very good guitar for the money, impressive playability.

it won't be a matched backup for an RG570 IMO as the 321 features a WizardII neck, you can feel more wood in there.
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