Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
Re: New to Ibanez Guitars
It's all about the hardware......
Get to know the in's and out's of all the various Ibanez bridges. Learn about which will serve you well into the future, and which to avoid.
For the most part, An RG is an RG. Anything in the RG3xx series and above are, essentially, the same guitars.
You first need to decide on you budget.
The next thing to figure out is hardware. Do you want a trem or a hardtail?
For me the bridges to avoid are these:
1. Lo-TRS II (The LoTRS is a good bridge)
2. Edge-Pro II
3. Edge III
4. Any single locking trem
Next you'll want to know about necks. Generally speaking, the thinnest will be the Super Wizard (17" radius), then the original Wizard (17" radius), then the Wiz II (16" radius), and finally the Ultra (16" or 17")
In comparison to what your used to, ALL RG necks will feel thin. There are many variants of the necks I mentioned above but getting to know these four will get you very close to finding "your" guitar. Ask as many questions as you can and, most importantly, take your time in the search. If we know your budget and your real preferences finding the right guitar will be pretty easy.
FWIW, there are some very good guitars that have come out of both Indonesia and Korea....... Japanese guitars may be the best, but they're NOT the only good ones Ibanez has made. Every Indo guitar I've touched/owned has needed a lot of tweaking and setup but they're ALL excellent guitars now.........solid as a rock and smooth as silk to play.