“ Brand: Ibanez / Guitar Type: Electric Guitar „
I've owned this guitar for 6 years now and i've never felt the need to buy a replacement, as this guitar can give you everything you want.
I had only been playing around 3 years before i bought the RG1527, and i didn't know a whole lot about which guitar would be best for me. So when it got recommended to me by the shop owner i thought i'd take a gamble. And at £260 with the reputation of Ibanez, it was a gamble well worth taking.
The style and design of the guitar is very smooth and attractive and comes in a few different colours. The sharp look of the head and body gives it an exciting aura, but at the same time is not too intimidating. The body has just two knobs on to control the tone and volume, which is a refreshing change from other similar models which are clustered with knobs for all kinds of sounds and tones. The tremelo bar and pick up system look classy and the head shows off the stylings of Ibanez, with the reliable tuners simple to use.
In terms of ease of playing, it is one of the smoothest, easiest rosewood fretboards i have ever played on, with the choice of either jumbo or regular frets. There are 24 frets as opposed to 27 which some Ibanez models offer, however, each fret is easy to manouver to especially the high end frets which can be notoriously difficult to play as they get smaller. There are pearl dot inlays on the usual marked frets, although i have seen a version which has the jagged triangle inlays available. The tremelo bar is fantastic and easy to use, however, when used excessively it can cause the strings to go slightly out of tune or change the pitch of the strings slightly. This guitar actually uses the Edge Pro tremelo system which the strings are supposed to benefit from. The are two pickups, a V87 at the bridge and a V77 at the neck, which can be flicked between using the pickup switch located underneath the tone and volume knob controls.
As for sound, depending on what amplifier it is used with, the RG1527 can produce almost any sound you want it to. Personally, i began playing rock and heavy metal, which was ideal for this guitar as it is easy to switch from chugging choruses to tidy sweeping solos. The bridge pickup is ideal for high note playing solos while the neck pickup should be used for power/chords.
Over time, i have used the guitar to create a sound for clean sounding ballads to effect filled reggae. It really can produce any sound you want it to, just a little playing around with the different settings is required.
Recently i had the first ever problem with the guitar where one of the frets produced a buzzing sound instead of a note when played, however, this was easily fixed by someone who knew what the cause was, and no further problems since then.
Overall, a brilliant, reliable, dynamic guitar that i would recommend to beginners to intermediate guitar players of all genres.