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Ibanez RGA32 Electric Guitar

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Manufacturer: Ibanez / Type: Electric Guitar

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      06.06.2012 22:26
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      I had been playing guitar for around 3 years. It wasn't until I decided on an upgrade and purchased the RGA32 that I developed a deep, magical and wonderful connection with my guitar (sad as it may seem!). Instead of just playing and writing songs, I soon felt like I could fully express myself.

      -Neck-
      The neck is one of the most playable necks I've come across. It's thin, allowing you to do awkward chords and large stretches with ease, and playing something such as an American Fender after seems like a huge effort. It's made of maple, and feels really good. If you want to play slowly and melodically, it will let you feel each note carefully. If you want to go as quickly as possible, the neck will happily let you shred to your heart's content.

      It's easy to get from one end of the fretboard to the other, and there's plenty of ground to cover if you make use of all 24 frets. I personally love having 2 full octaves available on each string, as it makes sense from a music theory point of view. There were plenty of times I wished I had 24 with my previous guitar (an OLP Axis), and now I always miss the extra frets when I use someone else's guitar. It's always better to have too many than too few!

      -Body-
      The arched top increases playability. It nicely supports my right arm if I want it to, and stays out the way if not. The dimensions always seem perfect, regardless of whether it is fingerpicked or a plectrum is used, whether stood up or sat down.

      There is a double cutaway, which makes it easier to reach the higher frets. I would have preferred it if the bottom cutaway went slightly further down, but as the neck pickup physically touches the bottom of the fretboard I don't think it'd be possible to cut much further.

      -Pickups and Sound-
      Lately, I've been travelling down the never-ending path of searching for the perfect tone. I still use the stock pickups, which are made by Ibanez. There is a CAP-LZ10 in the neck, and a CAP-LZ20 in the bridge. Most guitar nerds (no offence intended, I consider it a compliment) swap the pickups when they get an Ibanez, but I find these can produce a decent tone... at least, until my ears improve and I become nerdier! Both are active, so you'll need to put a pair of AA batteries in to power them for the high output. The batteries last for months and months, so there's no need to worry about the extra cost of batteries. It's just recommended to take spares if you're going gigging!

      -Bridge-
      The Gibraltar Standard fixed bridge is simple, and works as it should. Unfortunately, there's no hole for a tremolo arm / whammy bar / whatever you wish to call it, so if you find it necessary you'll have to either look elsewhere or invest in a whammy pedal. I've developed a habit of resting the side of my picking hand on the bridge when fingerpicking, as it's completely flat and comfortable.

      -Pots and Pickup Selector-
      There are two pots: one for volume, and one for tone. After using them for a few years, both sound 'scratchy' when turned, so don't expect to be able to get away with never cleaning them. The pickup selector is a 3 way switch, as you'd get in most guitars with 2 pickups. There's nothing special about it, but there doesn't need to be!

      -Reliability-
      Any guitar of mine can expect the occasional collision with the floor in my band's practice room which has no stands. It's always survived these completely unscathed, and usually stays in tune. After nearly 3 years, my trusty Ibanez still looks new. I did have an issue once with the output suddenly being quieter, but a little bit of re-assembling fixed that. Some frets have worn down a bit from my frequent and intense use, which gives a bit of buzz. This can be fixed with fret levelling, but it's not particularly cheap.

      -Appearance-
      Looks are of course opinion, but I've received many compliments on the RGA32's looks from people who normally take no interest in guitars. Most have a natural finish, showing off the beautiful mahogany body, and I think this is my favourite to look at. Mine has a white finish, as you can see in my profile photo and the Dooyoo photo. There is also titanium grey and black available if you're willing to search a bit further.

      -Price-
      Mine was £320 from my local music shop a few years ago. They're now available at £269 online, which is a brilliant price. The only guitars I've found that I prefer to this are made by PRS, and are upwards of £500. I've played plenty of other brands around the £1000 mark, and none were as playable as this.

      As I'd recommend with any guitar, make sure you play plenty before you make your purchase. I was extremely impressed with this and would highly recommend it, but guitar preferences are a very personal thing.

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