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Old 03-02-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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NGD: Ibanez RGA32, mmm!

Finally got this today - it should have come last Tuesday, but DV247 were .... (for the first time in my experience, it has to be said) and it took 3 phone calls from me for them to actually get off their arses and call the warehouse to get this sent out. No apology, no explanation... I've ordered ....loads from them before but will avoid doing so from now on. Anyway, whinge out of the way, onto the pics!



A box. On a bed.



Contents of said box.



Ooo! A ....ty lead and some allen keys, yay.



Oo. Even better looking than I thought it was going to be.









Absolutely loving the Gibraltar bridge so far - very comfortable, and attractive to boot. Have yet to set it up, so no idea how easy to intonate it will be, but it looks straightforward enough!



I like shiny things.



Again. Shiny.



The action's quite nice out of the box, could be a touch lower though.















Absolutely love the grain on this and the oil finish.



The body's actually a 3-piece, but it's all but impossible to tell from looking at the front of the guitar - you can just make out one of the joints here.

Initial impressions are very good indeed - first time I hit a chord on this whilst unplugged, I actually found myself making audible noises of delectation, haha. Everyone seems to say it in NGD threads, but the sustain on this is just ridiculous! It's not something I've ever experienced before when playing a guitar for the first time, and this rings out for days on end.

Pickups, as expected, are pretty cack. The clean tones are fairly horrendous, the distorted tones passable but only just. I've recorded some quick comparison clips for those who might be interested:

http://www.crepusculum.co.uk/ibz-lz-heavy.mp3
http://www.crepusculum.co.uk/tonezone-heavy.mp3
http://www.crepusculum.co.uk/ibz-lz-cleanlead.mp3
http://www.crepusculum.co.uk/hotrails-cleanlead.mp3

#1 is the RGA32 in bridge position.
#2 is exactly the same piece and settings, but with the Dimarzio Tone Zone in the bridge of my Kramer Nightswan II.
#3 is the RGA32 in neck position.
#4 is exactly the same piece and settings, but with the Dimarzio Hot Rails in the neck of my Kramer Nightswan II.

Both guitars are mahogany-bodied and maple-necked, so it should be a reasonably fair comparison! I was expecting not to like the pickups, and at the price I got it for I'm not too disappointed, because I'm planning to swap them out for some Dimarzios or BKPs when I can afford to.

For an Indo guitar, the fretwork's pretty damn good - a few slightly sharp edges, but nothing I can't sort out.

All in all, exceedingly happy with this purchase! I needed a backup guitar with a fixed bridge for live use, and once I've swapped the pups out this will be an extremely competent beast. Now if you'll excuse me I shall return to playing it.

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Old 03-02-2010, 02:40 PM   #2
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That is one nice guitar.
That bridge is massive too.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:42 PM   #3
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Awesome, can't be beat for the money

What happened to Jeff? Funny how he dropped off the radar now that the entire Western world disagrees with his right wing bull.....
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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I have played the black, they are KILLER values. Awesome guitar man!!!
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:25 PM   #6
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hahah, holy crap! i did not expect that! it looks great!

i love RGAs

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Old 03-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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looks great, I really like the color and the look of the wood
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #8
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That guitar is absolutely beautiful; I'm in love it. In fact, because of this thread I'm seriously pondering about getting one for myself. Thanks for making me want to spend money
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #9
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I own one of these too and i have to say for the price it is incredible! Congratulations dude \M/

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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I have the regular RG version of this guitar, i might consider getting one of these to have the pair of mahogony beasts
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:03 PM   #11
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Looks nice.

So you're the one behind Crepusculum? I found a folder of mp3s in my downloads folder that I listened to the other day and was wondering how the hell I got it. It's good stuff!
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:29 PM   #12
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epic. i didn't know they made these in RGA form. :

sounds pretty good too.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:31 PM   #13
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that bridge works when you play fast????

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:59 PM   #14
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Awesome guitars for the price, certainly would get one as my next 6er.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #15
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Looks nice.

So you're the one behind Crepusculum? I found a folder of mp3s in my downloads folder that I listened to the other day and was wondering how the hell I got it. It's good stuff!
Thanks man! Yeah, I am indeed.

Thanks to everyone else too - been playing this all night, and apart from the fact that my Nightswan has pretty much made me realise I've found the perfect neck profile for my tastes, I'm absolutely stunned at quite how much it offers for the price. Cannot wait to get some better pickups installed to properly do it justice!
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:55 PM   #16
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for a sec i thought that that was an RG321mh

i've tried a few RGA32s and i gotta say, all 5 of them were back breakingly heavy!
how heavy is this?

the RGA32s i tried had flamed veneer on top.

"Welcome tooo this placeee, I show you everyyyythannnggggggg

Like here is our beverage bar, we have everything from everclear to hard whiskey to make the pain go away, over there is the friend zone, and in this corner we have computers for massive amounts of porn to counteract the lack of ...... that you will be experiencing! Enjoy your stay! And remember! Once you leave the singles club, don't forget your friends!
Unlike" -DoomJazz
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:02 PM   #17
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:< kinda sucks that the oil finished RGA32s are only available in the UK.

I need to replace my RG321MH and this looks like a prime candidate, but i'd have to settle for the icky flat silver or black.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:07 PM   #18
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:< kinda sucks that the oil finished RGA32s are only available in the UK.

I need to replace my RG321MH and this looks like a prime candidate, but i'd have to settle for the icky flat silver or black.

why not order a body from ebay?

"Welcome tooo this placeee, I show you everyyyythannnggggggg

Like here is our beverage bar, we have everything from everclear to hard whiskey to make the pain go away, over there is the friend zone, and in this corner we have computers for massive amounts of porn to counteract the lack of ...... that you will be experiencing! Enjoy your stay! And remember! Once you leave the singles club, don't forget your friends!
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:00 PM   #19
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why not order a body from ebay?

Didn't think of that

*brofist*
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #20
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Nice!
Congrats Fred!
I hope u post some vids with this when u get the time.
Great job wit the picstory and soundclips
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:30 AM   #22
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i've tried a few RGA32s and i gotta say, all 5 of them were back breakingly heavy!
how heavy is this?
Couldn't give you any sort of figure, but it's definitely not back-breaking! First thing I noticed when I picked up the box from the post office was how light it was, haha. I'd say it's about the same as my Kramer, or possibly slightly less.

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Nice!
Congrats Fred!
I hope u post some vids with this when u get the time.
Great job wit the picstory and soundclips
Thanks Avi! Definitely will do a vid at some point - only thing is I've yet to admit to the folks that I bought this, haha. I sense some unamused expressions when I go home for easter...
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:32 AM   #23
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...... i think i need one. i presume the neck is comfortable and fast?
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:53 AM   #24
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The Ibanez logo on your case looks like it soiled itself.

Nice guitar though!
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:06 PM   #25
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Very nice.

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