NGD: Ibanez RGIXL7

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  1. Aewrik

    Aewrik SS.org Regular

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    I got rid of my RG2228A a couple of months ago, but really missed playing 27". I ordered the guitar online with a delivery date on July 7, then August 20, then August 5. Last week I received a notification the package had been sent, and the package was delivered last friday.
    The box had been opened when I received my supposedly new guitar; the guitar was not in factory tuning, but it didn't seem to be set up (higher string height than Ibanez standard, truss rod seems loose, but I haven't fastened it yet). There are scratches on the truss rod cover, though, and marks from a wall hanger, so I'm guessing it's been on display in the store.

    Enough of that:
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    Isn't it a good looking fellow? I was seriously worried about the tiger veneer from the product pictures, but in person and in normal light it looks just fine, and the holographic effect/depth is minimal. Would've been great to not have the flame pattern, but this looks just fine. The finish is very hard, but I haven't put that to the test of course. The fret board looks like a tight grained rosewood, rather than Ebony. It'll look amazing when oiled, I'm sure. The guitar weights every bit as much as my old RG2228A with basswood body, probably a little more.

    The ash body resonates very nicely when playing. The pickups are very low-end heavy, and the neck pickup is a bit muddy when playing clean, but that could be the strings. The pickups sound great with heavy distortion, and I especially enjoy playing with split coils and the volume "at noon" - very nice punch and articulation.

    I saw the Eytschpi42 video and wondered if maybe the RGIXL7 get second sorting pickups, but I think these pickups sound just fine, and will probably sound even better with 9-12-16-24-32-42-52 Elixir strings. The booming could go away if I switch to lighter gauge strings, which is what I used on my 8 string with D Activators. I was contemplating on ordering a pair of Illuminators to go with the guitar, but I'll keep these pickups for now.

    The Gibraltar bridge feels great, almost like resting on an Edge tremolo.

    Want to know anything else? Ask!

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    To the sad bits... or well, the neck. The body looks fine from what I can tell.

    Was this neck even built with this guitar in mind? There are no shims - it's mounted directly against the body
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    The head stock finish is not even, and the top looks almost like someone put super glue over a ding or something:
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    The fret board is just not well polished at all. It looks like someone did one rough pass with a file on the sides and that was "good enough" for QC (why bother at all?):
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    There was not a lot of effort put into protecting the wood when fretting the guitar (both grooves from the pliers, scratches on the fret board and glue residue):
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    Finally, the head stock veneer is cracked/has swelled:
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    Is all this okay and their quality standard for Iron Label guitars, or should I contact the store? On a cheaper guitar I wouldn't mind, but I did pay over €900 for it.

    The guitar plays well, and they're all just aesthetic issues and I can fix all that "need" fixing by myself, but should I be happy with this quality at this price, or try to get the neck replaced?
     
  2. Leviathus

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    Other than the minor little smudge at the tip of the headstock the neck looks perfectly fine to me.

    Cool axe! HNGD!
     
  3. MaxAidingAres

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    I wouldn’t be mad with these “issues” as they are cosmetic. Other guitars in this price point will have similar flaws. Like paint bleed (binding) scratches or knicks around the fret ends. I feel like at these prices they are geared more towards features rather than fit and finish and overall quality of craftsmanship. I’d say if you can get a partial refund do that. If not just enjoy it and move on. No one but you will notice the flaws.
     
  4. Aewrik

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    Yeah, it plays like an old friend, and it feels great even though it isn't setup 100% yet (the strings are probably twice as high as they should be). I think with .009 strings it'll feel just like my old RG2228A. The neck profile is quite similar, I just don't have an eighth string to reach for.

    I'll see if they can offer a partial reimbursement to sponsor a visit to the local luthier, but I'm keeping the guitar either way. I guess I was just worrying about the warts and blemishes couples need to live with ; )
     
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    Congrats!
     
  6. MYGFH

    MYGFH Music your GF hates

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    Wow, congrats!
     
  7. Ari_VD

    Ari_VD genius wannabe

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    HNGD sir, ur guitar is a porn :agreed:
     
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  9. Aewrik

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    So I've gotten the guitar PLEK'd and played a bit.

    The booming sound is much less prominent with 9-12-16-24-32-42-52 elixir strings, and it still plays great - better now, of course, with proper string height. The pick transients ("chirp") sound great now too.

    The Fusion Edge pickups are kind of close to D Activators. A little more fuzzy (in a bad way). They're also a little bit scooped compared to the D Activator. They've got great response however, and they really drive the signal. At full volume they really saturate (in a good way - the floaty, thick and defined punch I'm looking for), but they're also really articulate at low volumes.
    I'm more happy with the bridge pickup, than the neck pickup. In neck position the lower strings become muddy and transients disappear. Using both mics gives the low end more definition, but scoops the sound and makes the highs cut a bit too much. Fixable with EQ, of course.

    The controls sit just right, and using the coil split switch is effortless.

    I love playing this guitar, but I don't think it's "an individual" like my prestige guitars. It plays like my prestiges, but feels more like a tool than an instrument. And that's fine!

    One thing I usually do when I buy stuff is consider if there's anything I would replace and at this point - except for the cosmetic issues on neck - I am not wanting. This is a really solid guitar.

    For me, this guitar isn't creatively inspiring right now, but it has mojo, feels great, sounds great and I feel completely able to play whatever fixed bridge music I want.
     

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