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The Ibanez RGR321EX is a new model from 2007 and is part of the Ibanez' fixed bridge series. It has a stylish glossy black finish, basswood body and passive EMG designed pickups. It has a tone knob, a volume knob and a 5-way pick-up selector. Simple and beautiful.
I was not expecting much from the passive stock pickups, but they did actually sound decent for being passive ones. The guitar is capable of producing a variety of tones, from thick and meaty Metal rhythm guitar to bright acoustic tones. It's also notable that there is hardly any noise. However, if you compare the pickups to active EMGs or Seymour Duncans, the stock ones on this guitar will sound weak in comarison.
The Wizard II neck has 24 frets, is thin and made of smooth wood. The guitar is extremely comfortable to play, and the fretboard has a nice feel to it. When I received the guitar, it was perfectly set up, with low action (the strings hovering close to the frets). The fixed bridge ensures the guitar doesn't go out of tune, even after intense riffing.
I used to use the guitar for recording of Rock, Metal and Acoustic material. It sounded all right, but I wasn't never quite satisfied. I upgraded the stock pickups to active Seymour Duncan Blackouts, which gave me some very nice clean sounds and a better rhythm sound. This was a huge improvement, but I was not satisfied until I got a guitar 4-5 times the price of this one. I then got more clarity and definition in my sound.
The price seems to range from £200 to £250. I managed to get mine for £170 (B stock, had been used for demonstration). It's a great entry level guitar that offers value for money. If you want to use a guitar for serious recordings, you should spend 4-5 times the amount (or more). However, as an entry level instrument, this is great!