I recieved this guitar as a gift. This guitar would be much better with different pickups. My favorite part about it is that it rarely has to be adjusted. The worst is that I don't have a Universe. There is no serious downfall to this guitar, and I would recomend it to anyone looking for an affordable seven string.
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music, Jax Beach, FL
This guitar was made in Japan. The body is basswood, which sounds nice but isn't as durable as, say, mahogany. The neck is maple with rosewood fretboard. The shape of the neck is awesome. It's very thin and flat. It has 24 jumbo frets and one each volume and tone knob. Two Ibanez humbuckers, which sound good but I plan to replace them with EMG-707's. Double cutaway body style. Floyd Rose liscensed bridge (Lo-TRS TREM) which stays in tune very nicely (double locking). It came with Gotoh tuners, which really don't make a difference due to the locking nut.
This guitar came set up with realy high action, but once adjusted it plays very nicely. The neck is very comfortable. The only downside to this is that I really want an Ibanez UV777BK, and this guitar doesn't come close to that. I would say that this guitar is an awesome first 7-string, as it was mine.
This guitar is fitting for any style, but I can attest to its "rightness" for playing with a heavy distortion or overdrive. It has a full sound in the bridge pickup, but the neck pickup isn't very smooth. It may be just me but I like a smooth sounding neck pickup. Like I said, I want to change both out for EMG's.
I have never had to adjust intonation, and I have changed between 3 different string guages. I have had it for almost a year. The only thing I have had to adjust are the springs on the bridge. The pickup selector sometimes cuts out when I put the neck pickup on.
I tried out the Jackson DX7 and compare to my Ibanez it shouldn't even be called a guitar!!! As you can see i love my axe! The seventh string takes a bit of getting used to but when you pick one up you'll see what i mean!!!
Price: $600.00 Pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Axemail
This model was made in Japan as most Ibanez are. I play in a Hardcore band and this guitar fits right in. The body is Basswood and the guitar has a really warm sound. The original pickups were pretty s--- so I've recently replaced them with some EMG 707's. Designed by Dino Cazares from Fear Factory. These babies kick ass!!! The finish is Magenta Red. To be honest i think anyone's better off buying the 420 as opposed to the 620. The 620 has Dimarzio pickups. I'm not a big fan of these as they feed back like hell!!! The only other diffference is that the 620 has a Lo-pro edge trem. I've had mine clamped down cos' i don't use it. I've also got some sperzel locking machine heads on mine.
The playability on this is excellent. When i bought the guitar it was well set-up, i made a few adjustments and to be honest it's one of the best guitars i've played. Whether you listen to Fear Factory or Jazz/Fusion!!!
The original pickups in this guitar weren't that great, i'd highly recommend using EMG 707's. They cut through nicely and have LOTS of bottom end. They're really smooth sounding too. A great metal sound. I use this through a Marshall 35th Anniversary Head and a Laney GS412La 'Tony Iommi' Cab. The cab adds a nice edge to the sound. But the guitar sounds great through all kinds of amp. I'd reccomend it for anyone's setup.
I haven't had the guitar long but it feels really sturdy. I tend to jump around a lot onstage and it's nice to have a good solid guitar.
Overall I give this guitar a 7 out of 10. I had a choice either to buy a rg 7620 or this. The construction are similar the only difference is the pickups and the bridge. I'm pretty happy with this axe cost i'm gonna change the pickups for that Death Metal tone.
The good points about this guitar is the fact that it has the best necks out there. The bad point is that the sustain is s---. Not much of it.
A tip for all guitarists out there who's interested in this guitar. If u like DiMarzio tones than get the rg 7620. But if ur like me and wants to change the pickups than get the rg 7420. U'll save money. Overall this guitars very good.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1070.00 Sing $ (new)
Where Obtained: Swee Lee Music
Most Ibanez's are made in Japan except for some custom made once. Body's basswood n have an extra thin wizard neck. It's pretty straight forward with two control knobs; volume and tone. There's two choice of colours; magenta red and black pearl(mine). 24 frets all access neck. The pickups are ibanez's one. Not that good but suitable for all kinds of style. It has a 5 way pickup selector where you can select the coil tap feature. The bridge is Lo trs. Not bad but those who has the Lo Pro will say this thing sux.
I play mostly metal. All kinds of them especially death and heavy metal. This guitar is more comfortable than other 7 strings such as the BC rich, Jackson n Schecters. It's neck is great in a way that it doesn't interfere with my play. It has no flaws. It has a thinner neck what more can u complain. 6 string guitarist will have to get use of playing a 7 cos it's a pretty big jump. Other than that, it's the best 7 string that I have played.
The sound quality is good not great. It has ibanez pickups not DiMarzios. I play this guitar to a small crappy 15 watt practice amp called Vantage with a Boss Metal Zone pedal. So far it doesn't bother me at all. The sound is not muddy, quite clear. No humming or extra noise that kinda stuff. If ur a Metal Freak like me, I highly recommend you in changing the pickups. I'm getting Invaders soon. Overall, this guitar has a good high output sounding as well as low output.
I don't have any problems with this guitar after constant accidents. It has a strong neck and a good body. This guitar is definitely for live play cos it just say "Abuse Me".
So far I haven't adjust the thrust rods cos even to the high temperature changes, it still stay straight as a ray of light. Great durability. Will take all the abuse you give it.
I was looking at other 7 strings in it's price range, such as the ESP's, but this guitar just felt better. I'm sure a RG7620 or a Universe would be better, but they cost alot more too. If you want a good 7 string, but if you don't have much money to spend get this now.
Price: $435.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
I think this was made in Korea. It has 24 frets,1 volume and 1 tone control. 2 humbuckers, A Low TRSII bridge. It's basically a superstrat with 7 strings.
I like my action low and that is what this guitar was made for. The neck joint is the best I've ever played on. It never gets in my way. I like my necks very thin and this is a thin neck, so it suits me perfectly. I was worried that a 7 string would be to hard to play, but it is really quite comfortable.
I use this with a horrible 60 watt Peavey solid state amp. This guitar has lots of low end. It's not just because of the 7th string, it's just really bassy. It would be a good guitar for rock, metal, jazz(with alot of tweeking) and fusion. It sounds alittle dark, but what do you expect, it's a 7 string. I think I might change the pickups though. They're not really that bad it's just they could be alittle better.
I haven't owned it long enough to say for sure, but it seems to be pretty well built.