Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
Re: ibanez rg 470
Hi psycho....welcome to jemsite!!!
I think that you choice of the RG470MHZ is an excellent one. As AlaskaBat stated: reviews for the EZ2 bridge have been excellent since it's release in 2011. Many members here have them on guitars ranging from RG350's to the RG Premiums. In my experience, it's a VERY solid and reliable bridge. It will last you many years.
The RG3xx/4xx guitars remind me of the RG5xx's from the old days. Guitars built for everyday working musicians that NEED a dependable workhorse. An instrument without all the "bells and whistles" at an affordable price. These guitars are as solid as a rock but have areas the Ibanez obviously employed some cost saving measures to keep the price down. Fortunately, none of these areas affect the dependability/stability of the guitar. IMO there are 4 places that these guitars could use some upgrades, but none are a necessity and each depends on the individual player. They are:
1. INF pickups- these are pickups that most players prefer to change. Some people do like them though. I think that these pups would benefit from the "Phantom mod" as they have a ceramic magnet in the neck and an A5 in the bridge. The same as the V7-V8 sets in the RG5xx/15xx guitars.
2. Electronics/switching- This is an area that, IMO, EVERY new Ibanez could use an upgrade (except maybe the J-customs).
3. Hardware- The locking nut and tuners on most new Ibby's in this range are somewhat lower quality than than the Gotoh units in the higher end guitars. They absolutely work well with each other on new guitars, but over time may need some attention.
4. Fretwork/neck finish- This area is completely feel/opinion based. You should NOT make any decisions about buying the guitar based on this area. I've played hundreds of these RG3xx/4xx guitars. Every single one of them would benefit from a decent fret level and dressing, but every one of them was perfectly playable.......I'm just very picky about the way frets feel/work. The finish on these necks (I.E. fretboard feel, inlays, and neck carve) have been all over the map. Some of them felt like they never went through the final finishing process in the factory. Some felt better than my much higher end Ibby's. Most fell in between. This is an area that, with a little time and elbow grease, can be made to fit each player perfectly. Again, this is NOT an area to decide on whether the guitar is a good buy or not.
OVERALL: I truly don't think there's a better buy in the new guitar market then the RG3xx/4xx guitars. You'll get a whole lot of "bang for your buck" without all of the "bells and whistles" of the more expensive Ibbys or comparatively prices competitors models. In fact, (I'm going to get heavily flamed for this) in my opinion, these guitars completely negate the need for the RG15xx series.