Except for the action at the upper frets, this guitar is exactly what I wanted for a real heavy rock sound. I believe if the previous owner had taken better care of it, the action would be no problem.
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Made in Korea, my RG470 with the Ibanez version of the Floyd Rose Tremelo System has 24 frets, Humbucker/Single/Humbucker pickups, one volume control, one tone control, a 5-way switch, and locking nut. A deep blue color, it rocks. I believe it is a maple neck.
Because I bought this guitar at a pawn shop, it had obviously been ignored for quite some time. She was all dusty and needed a good cleaning. I did not notice it at the time, as I've never had a Floyd Rose system before, but spacers and lockdowns were missing from the bridge, or so my tech says. The neck was slightly bowed, so it was straightened. However, after the neck was put right the B string had alot of buzz, so I took a large paper clip, cut a small piece off and placed it right above the nut, which is now held by the lockdown. The action on this babe is not what I desired, having played a few of the same or better models in music stores. However, it was a great buy for the money, and I have a feeling that the more I play her, the more she will respond.
I generally like the deeper sound obtainable by using only the neck pickup.
It appears that these babies need TLC. If you choose to get one, take very good care of it. Be sure to have a nice case which will support the neck.
I didn't choose this guitar it was a present, but I would have choosen the Rg-570 if it was up to me.
The guitar could be better if a few minor quirks were adressed. I love the wait and feel of this guitar, and i despise the bridge, sure it stays in tune and sounds great but its a pain adjusting.
If you have a little extra money go for the Rg-570, but if you can't cut it grab this guitar. If your really low on cash get a B.C. rich bronze warlock, they cost around $170!!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $619.00 (new)
Where Obtained: L&M Music
Made in Japan as all ibanez's are. It has a basswood body, Rosewood fretboard, and a maple headstock. It has 24 jumbo frets. The Rg-470 has H/S/H vintage pickups, 1 volume, 1 tone control, and a 5-way pick-up selector. It has a sleek cutout on the back to contour to your body. Its equipped with a floyd rose locking tremolo system. It also has a wizard neck, and jumbo frets.
The guitar is really easy to play. Its action is pretty low when adjusted right. Its weighted very very good. The only thing that is a little rough is sliding on the neck, but I think that it might just need to be cleaned and polished.
I play this guitar on various line 6 amps. The AX212, flextone II XL, and the Spider 210. I play various music styles, but mainly metal, and alternative. The guitar sounds great for this type of music. It sounds dark when you use the bridge pick up, and very fenderish when useing the center postion on the selector switch. Solos sound great when useing the neck position, very warm.
This guitar has a few minor noise issues, but they can be fixed with a mild noise gate. It seems suited for on stage and in the studio.
Everything on this guitar has held up excellent, except one minor thing, the screws adjusting the neck humbuckers height has fell out many times, this is a big pain to fix too.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $430.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Accent Music
This guitar is outstanding. I love the locking trem... it's great. Pain in the a-- to change a string, but you get used to it. This is my... 3rd electric guitar (I also have a bass and an acoustic.) This is definately my favorite. Great sounding, rich, pickups, that are positioned perfectly. I really love the strap holders! They actually hold it on!
I play mostly metal and punk. I use a Crate Tube Driver 70 watt, and various effects. It has a rich quality when I want it to, and a roaring metal sound when I want it to... outstanding.
Everything has held up well, except one of the knobs fell off just a few days ago, easily fixed with a screwdriver though.
I looked at ESP, Washburn, Gibson (the SG),and schecter. I couldn't find anything this good for this low a price, except for maybee ESP. If this guitar were stolen I'de probably buy a slightly cheaper version seeing as it would probably be more than adequate for my gigs. This guitar could be better in probably alot of people's opinions ( there could be more features ) but in mine, it's just perfect. I recommend this guitar to anyone who plays metal or grunge live, it's made for it.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MAE Fort. Lauderdale Fl.
Tone and volume control, wizard neck (extremely fast), double cutaway. It's got pretty basic features, for the guitarist who likes it simple. H/S/H.
I like low action and the guitar needs not be changed for that, but the action can be easily raised. The neck is the best I've ever played, incredibly fast, thin, and stable. I love ESP, but I just had to get this one, it had more punch. No major flaws.
I use a 160 watt fender for gigs and a 15 watt brownsville for practice and noodling around at my house. I use a Boss metal zone pedal, a boss acoustic simulator, and a morley Bad Horsie Wah for gigs and an old DOD Death metal pedal at home only. This guitar fits hardcore and metal very well, it is also designed to take a beating on stage, but the sound isn't what I'de use in a studio, so it's better suited for the stage. Although I play Metal and Grunge, this guitar can even simulate BB King and Santana's best works given the right knowledge. The sound ranges from bright tones to warm sweet tones to muttled, dark tones depending on the pickup selection. the hum single hum is one of it's greatest assets. If I were to modify it I would probably replace the pickups, that's about it, no rewiring needed.
I play almost every week at shows with this baby, I also use a Gibson Les Paul, and a fender Strat. I have dropped all three giutars on stage several times, the fender is basically falling apart, the Les Paul seems to be holding up, except for the fact that the pickup selector switch broke off ( yeah I know ) but the Ibanez is still basically in factory condition. I never really have to adjust this guy for anything except to tune it every so often ( usually before and after shows, duh ) and the strap buttons are quite nice as compaed to the strats. I live in Florida so the climate is of little concern for the guitar, it basically stays the same all year here.