Ibanez RG270DX

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description A killer crunch machine that will growl or sing, depending on how you play! A nice beginner RG-series guitar, it comes equipped with very sweet pick-ups, and a neck that will make you fly.
Posted By The Jester
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 5/8/2002, Hugh MacDonald (142) posted:
Overall Rating:
Very good guitar for the money.
Where Obtained: Local Guitar Store
Features:
I think it was made in korea. The pickups are excellent great for screaming metal solos. The locking tuners are good although after heavy use of the good floyd rose tremelo they do go flat.
Sound Quality:
I play this with a 15 watt marshall practice amp and it sounds amazing even with that. Its best for metal obviously as its an ibanez.
Durability:
Seems very durable
On 8/17/2000, Brian Burke (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
My favorite aspect of this guitar is its Floyd Rose Tremolo, though on higher model Ibanez's, there is something called an Edge Tremelo. The Edge is much more flexible than the Floyd Rose, so that makes this guitar good, but not an excellent item. If you want to know more about this guitar, log on to www.ibanez.com and the site can tell you the specs and whatever else you need to know. Otherwise go to a local Ibanez dealer and talk to a salesman about the guitar.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $611.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tri-State Music
Playability:
I have adjusted my action as far as the strings will let me. My strings are very close to my neck, and this helps out with flying through guitar solos. Compared to RG models higher than the 270, it is kind of dull. Especially compared to the 520, if I remember the model name correctly.
Sound Quality:
I use a Peavey Bandit trans-tube series amp that I purchased in late December of 1999. It is a great amp, very crips and clear. My effects I use with this guitar were first the Zoom GFX707, but I wasn't too empressed with it. Unfortunately I learned the hard way that you have to spend a little money for a good product. Now, I have a Digitech RP2000. Now my guitar sounds flawless. Though, again, my bridge humbucker could use a little more balls. I will be purchasing a Dimarzio humbucker named Steve's Special soon.
Durability:
Yes, but one thing that Ibanez's have a problem with is their input jack. When it becomes loose and you need to tighten it, you have to open the back of your guitar or it will twist your entire input jack area including the wires. One time playing at a live gig, my guitar all of a sudden cut out on me. One of the wires were almost busted near my input jack. Every once in a while I have to tighten my strap locks, but that is normal through time.
On 8/6/2000, Nicky Mezzina (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
The guitar for the beginners who's gonna be pro with it! And when I'll be a pro (I'm not soooooo far it) I'll keep this baby. And I'll put $!%ing upgrades on it! I already started with EMG pickups.

EVERYTHING (SOUND, SOLIDITY, FEATURES) ARE GOOD, CORRECT, NOT DISAPPOINTIBNG, AND GOOD.

For THAT price! I put a 5/5 ! and for a RG 570 (which I DON'T have) I'd put a 10/5!

I really encourage beginners to buy it ONLY if they plan make good music and do much more than just rythm.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $420.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Experience Music
Features:
That's my first guitar, actually the model is RGR270DX black, with reverse head, it looks killer with the sharktooth on the neck. The first this I can say is that Ibanez can make real good gear for a medium wallet. I'm sure that a $800USD RG570 from ibanez is way better than a $1500 guitar from another company (coz we don't need gold on our guitar to make a good authentic music). The only thing I can say is the bridge... oh yeah it's cool not to cut the balls on the strings but the little edge bridge from the RG320 which is the same price could be in this guitar. But anyway, you can tune on it, and it's nice because I can drop-d tune really fast (unscrew 15 to 18 levels down and there it goes!) About the pickups, the humbuckers are great, not over killing but ok. The splitting with the single pickup is cool. The volume is as always not very useful as it doesn't really fade (you hear the same thing until you hear nothing, but it really does it in distorsion, anyway, people like to put it all the way on distorsion) it won't overcome a volume pedal... The black finish is very nice (one of the reasons why I bought it) perhaps it could have been less dirt-vulnerable... Oh, on the pickups, the powersound are not eye-candy for guys like me who likes dark colors: the pickup tops are chrome! I want it black!
Playability:
GOOD DEAL, it's the cheapest of the RGs but just say RG and you'll know it's gonna be great! If the lowest quality of them is like that, what would be the others? You can make solos of hell as you can go on to the 24th freat really fast without cutting your thumb and hitting on the neck-body joint which is really greatly done (you don't find the same on other guitars, GREAT IBANEZ!) Perhaps the jumbo frets are a little too high, it can be hard to make bends, slides, vibs easily at the first time (look at ya ugly fingers!) Most dealers say to beginners who wanna buy their first guitar: "you won't play better on a more expensive guitar if your a beginner, start with a cheap one" WELL DON'T LISTEN, you need this kind of guitar to learn faster even alone (as I did... teachers suck...) All the dealers want is to sell you a $150 guitar which stays in your heart just one year or less, then you hate it it you buy that $450 guitar which you'll love before a few years later, you buy a $650 other guitar just because you got the hobby to buy guitars often. Then the dealers make a good deal with ya... And also, nobody will laugh at ya if you gig with it, they'll think it's an RG, that's all, but if you get on with a squier, you'll be ridiculous (even with a fender). Also, you'll apreciate the thin D neck which keep your thumb over and not fold down behind.
Sound Quality:
It's COOL, I have another gibson and really, you have a better sound with those powersound pickups. personnally, I replaced the pickups instead of buying another guitar, I've bought two EMG 81 and 1 EMG SA. And now, it's SOOOOO DEATH ROCKIN'. For only $150 you get a new greater sound as you didn't spend all of your money on a more expensive guitar. But careful, EMGs are for heavy metal (even fusion metal bands don't keep their pants on with them). I use a stupid 15W amp by transfer... ok I don't have any mesa boogie, but hey! Also the GFX8 from ZOOM, I won't review that multieffect processor, but it gives me the big-sound-that-I-like with max bass, really, the guitar gives a lot with it. Let's not talk about the sustain, ok ok, it's a bolt-on neck but anyway we're not making blues with it, but rock with fast solos. Let's talk about clean sound: the cherry on the top! this single pickup is so... clean (don't put distorsion, you'll have buzz noise) And take it with a split neck humbucker and you'll have this sound................ and with an acoustic simulator....... aaaaaaah.... On stage I get really what I want, on high levels certainly. Of course if the stage has good amps, and if it's a good concert room. The only problem is to get the noise off, ok, there's noise, but with a multieffect or just a noise gate pedal, you'll get what you want but try to plug on a good electricity with not too much thing on it AND a good jack cable and it's ok. I think that if there's something to modify, it's: go yourself buy a lo-pro edge bridge (wow, that's nice) and new pickups. but first, really... for the new pickups, read a lot about them, or choose ones of your favorite guitarist. My personal choice is EMG81 (and they are eye-candy, coz it's a flat empty black humbucker, there's no screws on it, it's visually empty!)
Durability:
I don't know it's just 8 months life-time, I plunked the head a few times and.. .of yeah, I had problem with the upper straplock... it unscrews as if a magical force does it... It didn't break down yet, but I plan to make it fixed seriously. AND scratches, AND dirt... ahh... anyway, what can we do? Anyway if you see how I play it on live, you'll say: "8 month like that and still alive? it must be hard and solid!" I also broke 6 or 7 strings on it since I got it... but I know the guitar doesn't deal with that... it's my fault.
On 6/26/2000, The Jester posted:
Overall Rating:
Killer crunch machine, or lulling ballad instrument, depending on your mood. This is a very versatile guitar, but I think its strength lie in the hard rock/metal areas. I looked at some Les Pauls, and strats, but none were as nice. The Les Pauls are like bricks, and have kind of crappy tuners. The Strats are a little better in the tuner area, but have a kind of uncomfortable neck.
Price: $280.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
A very nice entry model for a beginner with some extra cash-ola (like me!) I think even intermediate players will like this guitar...it rocks!!!
Playability:
The neck is very thin, but not too thin, and wide enough that its comfortable to play on. It is much easier to play than a strat (due to the wider, thinner neck).
Sound Quality:
This guitar has the sweetest sound I've ever heard!!!! The neck pick-up has a beautiful, warm thick sound, that is sweet clean, or even sweeter with dostortion on it. The bridge pickup has an awesome lead sound, that can scream. I play metal/celtic type music, similar to In Extremo, Blind-Guardian or Iced Earth, and this guitar is perfect for both. It has a crunchy, thick rythm or a nice, clean sound.
Durability:
I really haven't the slightest idea, but everything is holding up very nicely, thank you very much. The locking tuners hold tune pretty good, and won't go flat. Very sweet! From the way it feels, the paint may chip easily, but I haven't bumped into anything, and the paint job is flawless thus far.