Ibanez RG7620

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  1. Baum

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    Probably been done before, but I feel like sharing.
    After owning my 7620 for 6 months, I can say that it is a very nice-sounding and -feeling piece of gear. Vampire Kiss finish (pinkish red), 24 frets, dot inlays, DiMarzio New7 pickups, regular neck construction, all access heel, yadda yadda. See jemsite. ;)
    Being "a Jackson-guy", I was pleasantly surprised with the Ibanez's playability and overall feel. It's pretty light and you have to be careful with it, as the finish seems to like chipping, but it's not as though you were holding some kind of toy. My action is not ridiculously low or high, but I experienced some fret buzz when I tried setting it pretty low - a Pro setup should get that sorted. Upper fret access is good on any given string. The playability is excellent, even for someone with girly-hands like me - I half expected the extra string to render playing stuff in the lower registers impossible for me, but quite the opposite. When I switched back to a 6 after playing for extended periods of time, I actually had the feeling that my 6s were missing something. :D
    The Floyd feels rather sturdy, keeps tune nicely and has a good range in either direction, it is a bitch to tune up though. I doubt that it seriously affects the sustain of the guitar in a negative way. They really could've thought of an easier way to adjust the height of the bridge... for the life of me, I couldn't figure out that there was a little screw inside the big screw, and that the big screw was one size larger than your regular guitar allen wrench. Yeah, I'm stupid, feel free to cast stones now. :D
    As far as tone goes, even though everyone has their own perception of what's good and what not, there's one thing you probably don't want on a 7.. a floppy sounding B string. The 7620 doesn't exactly shine here, as it is not as tight-sounding as I would have liked it, but it's not sounding bad either. Amp settings do make a slight difference here, at least to my ears. The pickups themselves are medium/high output ones and I could get some Petrucci-esque tones out of the guitar, through a 5150II even. That might just be my imagination, though. :D
    As far as I'm concerned, for the kind of money they charged for these guitars when they were new one could have expected something better than plastic dot inlays, as well as neck/neck&headstock binding. Those are cosmetic issues, but it's not like I'm asking for an airbrush finish here - it's just a bit too much of the Plain Jane-thing going on for my tastes. :)
    After all, I'm happy with the guitar. It looks great, even though I hate dot inlays (and plastic ones to boot...), sounds alright and most of all plays very well. After 6 months I assume I don't just like it because I spend a considerable amount of money for it (450$+shipping, including a JEM?UV?-case), but because it is a quality instrument indeed. Sorry for wasting your time&bandwidth, here's the only pic of it I could find right now to make up for it. I'll make better ones soon, I promise. :D

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    is it just me or does that look like an rg7420 magenta crush. in anycase beautiful, mine has nick and scratches that are colored in with sharpies :shred: it will bring years of happiness.
    and about the pickups, change the bitches i hate them they sound like anus, it may be just me but they just had such a dark non treble, high bass sound.
     
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    TheReal7 Mr. Melody Contributor

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    I was thinking the same thing...but look close the the bridge...looks like a double edge bridge... my 7420 is a cheapo floyd bridge.
     
  4. Baum

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    The trem block says "Ibanez EDGE". :)
    The pickups are so-so, I like the sound through my 5150. I don't have the money to buy new ones right now, nor do I know which I should buy. But I guess I can ask here for suggestions. :D
     
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    great guitar if i do say so myself
     
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    Great guitar ! One of my faves . Mine gave me six years of trouble-free happiness before I decided she needed an 'extreme makeover'. All of the VK you see in that pic will soon be replaced by tung-oiled mahogany sweetness (on mine , not his ;)). :hbang:
     
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    Its a 7620, notice the pickup mounts are triangle and the bridge is a lopro.

    BTW, just so you know,the little screw inside the big screw on the trem posts, is so once you get it at the right height, you can 'lock' it in, so it is more stable. It wont oval out the holes inthe wood like some standard floyds are known to.
     
  8. Baum

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    I didn't mean to doubt it's usefulness, stupid little me just didn't get it. :)
    I like the trem. Very low profile, good range and it keeps tune very well. I find Schallers/OFRs to be a little more "responsive", though - easier to control, I don't know how to describe it exactly.
     
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    It's a question of what you're used to - the first time I played an edge, after a couple years on a Strat, I thought it was inmpossible to control, you couldn't touch the bar without sending the bridge into motion. Now I'm pretty comfortable on my Lo-Pro 7.

    I'm wondering if that isn't a VK, though - I know there was a limited run of Red Wine 7620's done for, I believe, Guitar Center, and while I've only seen one in person, that looks a little closer to what you have. It's subtle, but VK has more of a burgundy/gold sort of vibe, while the RW is definitely cooler in color.

    Have you pulled the neck? I'm not 100% sure, but I believe mine's stamped RG7-620VK in the neck pocket, and this would be an easy way to confirm.

    -D
     
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    yea, i think the VKs look a little more pinkish in the photos.
     
  11. Baum

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    It definitely has a burgundy vibe going on, and whatever it is - I like it. :)
    Seeing as I'll have to restring it soon anyway, I might take a look at the neck pocket then. Anything I should be careful with, or is it just a little screwing action?
     
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    Well, it's pretty straightforward, but just be aware that the screws are in two different lengths - the first two are noticeably shorter than the last two. Keep that in mind and you should be ok. :)

    -D
     
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    Never come across this system before, being a Jackson man with only one screw to worry about - is there anything I should be aware of before trying to adjust the trem on mine? (when it finally arrives in a week's time)
     
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    the bar isn't a screw on like other licenced floyds, its pop in. i hope this is what you mean, other than that, if you know how to set up a floyd style bridge its pretty much the same...
     
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    the 7620 has always been my favorite guitar, good buy and unlike most of the lower end dimarzios on most of the rgs, i actually thought the sound on these were perfect. thats probly just the korn freak in me, i like a little bit of mud. good buy though.
     
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    its always nice to see a rg7620.
     
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    Hi all! I'd say it's neither Magenta Crush or Vampire's Kiss (the 2 colours in my avatar) ... so maybe it is Wine Red!
    Peace
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    :rofl:

    J-P, you've finally solved the four year mystery. The world can turn once again.
     
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    nice axe. i love mine as well. yours is in way better condition though. mine's been rode hard and put up wet.

    ahhhhh. i fell victim to a necro thread. didn't even realize. :wallbash:
     
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    I've got one in Royal Blue (pretty much the most common, i think)...beautifully playable guitar, sweet neck, the bridge keeps it nicely in tune...not too big a fan of the pick-ups though...very bass heavy and flabby...though that may be the scale-length of the guitar or the string being used for the low-B.

    I am thinking of replacing the pickups? anyone modded out their 7620's? any ideas? looking for something versatile but that sounds good for high-gain shredding as well as full of life for clean playing...
     

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