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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD!

As I have mentioned many times, I had an Ibanez back in the day, until it was stole during my father's funeral. I have wanted one again ever since, but the opportunity didn't properly present itself.

Now, thanks to a gift card, a Christmas gift of cash, and rolling up some change that I had lying around ($225!), I am back in the game. I present to you my new RG350MZ.















Overall, I like it. I have loved this body style ever since the first Jems came out, and still think it looks great. The colour is lovely and deep.

The neck is sweet, and it's nice to finally have some really big frets. I am having to get used to them, but they are lightening my touch a bit. The fretboard needs cleaning, but it was on the wall in the store for a long time.

The Edge Zero II seems to be a pretty nice bridge system. I might try to see if I can land an Edge Zero just to get a bit better quality, but it would have to be a smokin' deal for me to jump. It stays in tune, and does all that I expect of a floating bridge.

The electronics have a bit of a cheap feel, but I am hoping to see some improvements after they break in a little bit. The pickups....let's just say that I am not blown away. I am considering my alternatives here so advice is welcome. The current leading candidate is a Tone Zone for the bridge, and another Dimarzio for the neck, preferably used.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Re: NGD!

Awesome colors!
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Love the color!!
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Great guitar, and don't worry about the Edge Zero II. Reports have said that they operate as well as the original, just not finished as nicely.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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Congratulations, rock on!

Peace

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 01:41 AM
 
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very nice guitar indeed - I really like the beautiful blue colour! I'm a sucker for a nice maple neck - love the bright snappy sound you get from maple. congrats on your new guitar!!!

My suggestion for pickups would be to do something different than the typical TZ Air Norton combo. I am partial to the Duncan JB so that's what I would do for the bridge...just an opinion...for the neck I have a PAF 36th anniversary in my RG 2550z and I really like that pickup - not as strong as the Air Norton (which I have in my 550) but a bit more open and classic sounding like a more traditional neck pup...but I guess it depends on what style of music you play...have fun on your new RG - she is a beauty good advice from Lone Phantom on the bridge imho...why bother going through the expense and hassle of changing it if it's just a matter of the finish on it - if it stays in tune I would stick with it.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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very nice guitar indeed - I really like the beautiful blue colour! I'm a sucker for a nice maple neck - love the bright snappy sound you get from maple. congrats on your new guitar!!!

My suggestion for pickups would be to do something different than the typical TZ Air Norton combo. I am partial to the Duncan JB so that's what I would do for the bridge...just an opinion...for the neck I have a PAF 36th anniversary in my RG 2550z and I really like that pickup - not as strong as the Air Norton (which I have in my 550) but a bit more open and classic sounding like a more traditional neck pup...but I guess it depends on what style of music you play...have fun on your new RG - she is a beauty good advice from Lone Phantom on the bridge imho...why bother going through the expense and hassle of changing it if it's just a matter of the finish on it - if it stays in tune I would stick with it.
I have to unload some stuff before I can start digging into the pickups.

I likely won't change the bridge, but I am a big believer in the idea that the quality of everything that touches the strings makes a big difference. I'll likely do my usual tactic of buying ultra-hard screws for the bridge, which usually tightens things up considerably for minimal outlay.

As for pickups, I'll likely go the Dimarzio route just because it's an Ibby. I have been thinking about a JB for my Strat, but have heard that the Tone Zone is exceptional in alder.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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Lovely guitar, if you have any more money rolling around, invest in some dimarzios!
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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Sexy. Happy ngd
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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Congrats and happy NGD
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Re: NGD!

Look nice.
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