Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: Ibanez RGT42...
I bought one and sold it off last year, having it for around 2 months.
I feel HAD I stuck with it, changed the pickups and changed the trem unit it may have sounded and played a lot better than it did, that said I considered the personal cost to myself to be too high, and therefore not worth doing.
Going for a high end RGT3XXX is the best way, I feel it's just a financial issue.
Back to the RGT42: Mine was a stock 04' Basswood model.
The neck was somewhat different to the other korean models in that it was black all the way up the neck into the body and felt near laquered, but painted. it looked pretty damn sweet, but didn't play as well.
The Pickups were as most korean models are, utter tat, and the bridge performed as well as the korean models ever do, i.e. good enough. Tremolo? Don't even think about it!! Those tremlo Stick holder thingies are the worst ever.
Sound quality plugged in? 5/10, not plugged in? 6.5/10. Playability? 6.5, looks? 7.0
These are all based on the 550 Pound I spent on it.