For years the Ibanez RG has been the choice for the shred guitarist who needed a workhorse that would just work every night. Its simple design and stellar performance made it an instant hit that is still popular today. Now the RGA is coming to join in with the same incredible performance but a more elegant design including an arched flame Maple top and a sleek all black finish.
While a lot of Ibanez guitars use Basswood or Ash for the body to really bring out the high end pop and fast attack you want for modern metal the RGAIX6GM instead uses Mahogany. The reason? It makes it a much more versatile tone machine that can work for a wider range of styles and gives it the punchy low end required for metal rhythms.
The neck has been carved to Ibanez's popular Nitro Wizard style that brings out the best in your playing. Nothing is getting in the way of you becoming a complete shred demon on this guitar as the flatter back and rounded neck heel stay out of the way lettings your hands have complete freedom.
DiMarzio Fusion Pickups
DiMarzio and Ibanez go back a long way. Back when Ibanez made the first production 7 string with the Universe model years ago DiMarzio were one of the first companies to properly embrace extended range guitar and the prog metal that would form it. Now this may not be a 7 string but the inspiration from the prog style both new and old is still a huge driving force for these companies.
So when they come together to form a pickup you know it is going to be versatile and powerful. Exactly what the Fusion is to be honest. Chuck this guitar on a clean channel and everything is as clear as can be with excellent sustain. Move over to a higher gain sound and you unleash the fast attack and bright high end that is needed for modern metal styles. Best of all you can even coil tap them for an even wider range of tones.
Here's what Ibanez say about the 2017
Nothing breathes inspiration into your playing like the feel of a precision made instrument, capable of interpreting your every move with power and accuracy.
Enter the Ibanez RGA— a solid body specifically built to handle the heaviest, most physically demanding music you can conjure up. The RGA's unique, sleekly sculpted top offers unrestricted playability for full-thottle power chording or heavy riffing without fear of digging into the body.
- neck type Nitro Wizard 3pc Maple/Bubinga neck
- body Flamed Maple top/Mahogany body
- fretboard Bound Ebony fretboard
- fret Jumbo frets
- bridge Gibraltar Standard II bridge
- neck pickup DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- bridge pickup DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- factory tuning 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E
- string gauge .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
- hardware color Black
- Scale : 648mm/25.5"
- a : Width 43mm at NUT
- b : Width 58mm at 24F
- c : Thickness 19mm at 1F
- d : Thickness 21mm at 12F
- Radius : 400mmR