Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Het rijk van Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Re: RGT220H vs RGT220A
Too be honest neither, I played a T3020F last week which is a 2003 RGT in mahogany, with a flame maple top. I had previously tried a T2020A (ash). The tone was good, but playability not on par with a Jem. Chubby neck with a sticky finish.
Ash is a nice temperate replacement wood for mahogany, many even prefer it, probably because it is less one-dimensional than mahogany. Ash comes in so many types, regular ash can compete with mahogany, whereas swamp ash is more like basswood, in weight and tone.
Most mahogany guitars benefit greatly from a maple cap (standard on LP's for over 50years, has to be some reason for this...) but that doens't mean you can't make a mahogany guitar be versatile, just have a look at the Ibanez S-series, or the old Reb Beach model.
As for looks, I prefer the old look on the RGT3020F (pre 2004?) offset dots, full maple top (not just a cap on the wings) but all are very nice guitars.
Overall I would rate them:
but since last week I seriously doubt, I will ever get one, perhaps if they change the neck.