Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Prestige RG920QM HVV Initial Thoughts
First off, I'm not your typical RG or Ibanez user. I generally use Fender guitars (Fender Japan is RAD!), but my band plays somewhat heavy music and I've been wanting to dip my toe into more technical playing, so I decided to purchase an RG920QM.
I bought the guitar used for what I consider to be a pretty good deal having watched ebay for several weeks now. I just received it today and I wanted to give my initial impression, especially as an atypical Ibanez buyer.
Firstly, I've read some very negative comments on this forum about the Premium series and I have to say that I'm glad I didn't read them until after I had already purchased the guitar because I may have been dissuaded from making the purchase otherwise. Now that I have the guitar in my hands, I can say that it's a very quality instrument indeed, especially for the price. The finish is stunning, and while it's not what I'd consider "custom shop" quality, it's very good.
I've read conflicting opinions about the neck on this model and to tell the truth, I normally prefer pretty beefy necks (another reason I'm an atypical Ibanez buyer). However, being that this is a shredder guitar, I find the neck to be very comfortable and it's well finished and dressed. The quilt veneer on my guitar is gorgeous with lots of solid figuring and it more than does the trick (even my wife likes it).
The construction and fit is really solid and precise. The guitar is really resonant, especially considering it's Poly finished. To me, this piece has all the ingredients that I look for in a new guitar, which basically is a solid base to build on. I'm very comfortable upgrading components such as electronics and hardware. What's important to me is the underlying quality of the neck and body, which on this piece are both very high. As a bonus, the bridge, tuners and other hardware also seems to be of very high quality and shouldn't require replacement.
Though some people say thes pickups are great, I don't think I'll keep them installed. Not because they are bad pickups, indeed they have a very nice clean sound (a total surprise), but because they aren't to my taste. I find the overdriven sounds to be fairly harsh, and the output is beyond my realm of comfort. I've been running around trying to get feedback on a replacement set and I'm pretty certain that I'm going to get Dimarzios (Norton Bridge and Fred Neck).
Additionally, as a first time floyd user (basically the same design I understand), I'm already having a lot of fun with the trem. I'm a total novice when it comes to this type of tremolo, but I've used plenty of other styles in the past including Wilkinson VS100, 5+1 and standard fender strat style. None of them really reliably return to pitch after serious use and this Ibanez trem is magical!
Anyway, I hope I've not bored the pants off of you all with this review. I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents for anyone considering purchasing this guitar. For me, as a first "shredder" guitar, I think it's a fantastic value and a guitar I look forward to playing for a while.