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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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which guitars better? does the rg more resmeble a jem while the S is more like the JS, im not very au-faer with ibanez so any help would be great.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 01:17 PM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

having a s470dxqm and a rg2550 my choice in regards to tone would be the S, looks the S, and playability equally good.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 02:00 PM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

i've owned an s550ltd, sc420 (think that's what it's called) and another s470 (with a standard tz trem). i also own(ed) rga121, rg3120, rg550, rt650 and numerous rt450s. body woods on the s guitars have been basswood, mahogony and alder, same as the woods on the rgs. and they all have (at least initially) featured either ibz/dimarzio pickups or the v series. my conclusion is that the rgs just sound much better. i think that the lack of wood on those s bodies do not make it conducive for generating full bodied tone. i'm sure others will disagree with me, but i've had plenty of experiences with the s guitars and i've yet to be surprised with a full tone. the rgs on the other hand, are workhorses. they usually sound fairly decent with just the stock pickups (at least the rt450s & rga121 do) and resonate better when played unamplified. now i'm sure you can make the s guitars sound better with a change of pickups, but any guitar can be made to sound better with new pickups. if we're talking about the inherent quality of the guitar design, i'd say the rg is the hands down winner.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 02:35 PM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

I think we oughta put the word "better" in the bad word censor program... It's very subjective.

Anyway, here's my take. The RG series has essentially the same body as the Jem series (minus routing, features, etc.). The S series is more or less an RG body with the edges on both sides tapered off -- drastically.

My first Ibanez was an S540, it was a great guitar. It had good tone (not LP full, but good) and it was light as could be. What that guitar did (and still does) best is clean tones.

As far as better, well there is much debate about that. Certainly, MIJ guitars are the most desired. Many might say those are the "best" because the quality whether they're RG or S. Guitars are being made in other countries like Korea and Indonesia. But which is better is debatable on depends on what the individual wants, likes, and can afford.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 03:12 PM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

I agree that it is totally up for debate on which guitar is "better." It really just depends on what you want. If you want a really thin and sleek guitar with 22 frets then the S series is pretty nice. I've found that the S series is a bit more consistant on workmanship than the SA series which by and large suck in the tone department for some reason. RGs are definitely workhorses, though. I have an RG321MH and I love it to death because of its simplicity, cost, and the fact that it just gets the job done. And once I upgrade the pickups, I'll be even happier with it.

For me personally, I'm probably more into RGs than the S series simply because I love having 24 frets and since I've had 24 frets at my disposal for a while I've been using all of them in my solos which is pretty cool. I bought an S470DX because it was one of the lightest guitars I have ever played and it feels and sounds great.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 11:57 PM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

JS was never an 'S'- it was based on the Radius.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 04:10 AM
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Re: 'S' vs. 'RG'

Weight-wise, S are lighter than RGs. S have 22 frets, RG have 24. Tone-wise, I cant tell (my ears are still deaf to tones!), older S have floating bridge (OFR routing) - it's up to personal and tonal preference.
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