Ibanez RGX720

Electric 7-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description Ibanez's RGX series 7-string guitar.
Posted By Kent Minagawa (387)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 3/27/2004, Kent Minagawa (387) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you want to play hard rock imitating Korn or something, this guitar should be sufficient. It isn't great for clean sound, though, nor was it meant for that. Though 7-strings are more of a Jazz/Blues innovation, this guitar doesn't work well for those styles of music. Stick to distorted play and it should be fine.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $250.00
Where Obtained: Easy Music Center
Features:
The guitar is made with a basswood body (I think) with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It comes with 24 frets (normal) with dotted inlays. It's a 7-string with double 7-string humbucking pickups (factory) with a 3-way pickup selector and one volume and one tone control knob. The black paint seems to chip easily (as it had in several places when I purchased it), but seems to be holding up to the humid weather here. It's a strat-style cutaway, w/ a 7-string bridge with tremolo.
Playability:
The action on this guitar is almost too good, but maybe better for a beginner: the strings float close enough to the fretboard to easily play, but not so close as to buzz. The neck feels flat, though, as the curvature is very subtle: so barre chords tend to make the hand hurt a bit after a while. The bigger neck for the 7-string helps w/ my big hands, though, so the curvature doesn't affect me too much for normal playing. It came with several chips in the paint and one in the fretboard (around the 13th fret or so, so it doesn't affect me all the time).
Sound Quality:
I played it with the factory pickups and a Peavey Blazer 128. The pickups are only very average (as are most factory pickups) so they're nothing special. They work fine for distorted playing, but since I moved to more classic rock and blues style it doesn't suit those styles too well. It sounds a little muddy, but also dull at the same time. I'd like to pick up some Seymour Duncan custom pickups for it, because the pickups need improvement.
Durability:
The paint was chipped when I bought it, but so far it doesn't seem to be taking any more battle scars (I've dropped it on pavement quite a few times). Humidity doesn't seem to be affecting it much, either. The machine heads need replacing though; they seem not to hold too well anymore. It could also use another tone and volume knob (one for each pickup) to be a great guitar.