Thinking of buying a RG321.

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  1. Char2000

    Char2000 SS.org Regular

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    I'm a six string type of guy, anyone know anything about the 321? How's the pickups and the neck? I generally like Ibanez's guitars but no music store near me have any in stock :/ Anyway can you recommend any PUPS for them, I'm into a Periphery (Surprise on this forum!) and Tessarect like sound.
     
  2. Azathoth43

    Azathoth43 ל ו ו י י ת ן

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    I got one for my step son for christmas and played around on it for a bit. I was shocked at how nice it is. The neck is way better than I thought it would be, if you like thin necks. Of course the pickups are where these low priced Ibbys fail, and this one is no different.
     
  3. Char2000

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    Can you recommend any pick ups?
     
  4. kamello

    kamello DESU METARU!

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    ye old Petrucci Set?
    if you want to stay away from that trend, I had great results with the Duncan Distortion (seriously overlooked pickup here) and I heard amazing demos with the DiMarzio X2N, if you have the $$$, the BKP Painkiller sounds awesome on Mahoganny (I don't know if Misha uses it somewhere though, I know he is a fan of the Coldsweat, Aftermath, and Black Hawk pups)


    but as we always say here, fucking d*ent is in the technique, I made a Goldtop with Alnico ll soapbars djent through my POD (gonna try to record a Demo of that soon :lol: )




    the RG 321 is an awesome bang for the buck, im seriously considering to buy it, tune it to Drop Fu# and make it the ultimate chugging machine
     
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    id say sd blackouts some of the best actives ive ever used, as a matter of fact the only actives i like
     
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    I have an RG321MH in Weathered Black. It's a very thin finish, not very durable, but it keeps the natural tone of the mahogany. It still has the factory pickups; I never liked the INFs, I always thought that these are way too harsh, but I only had them in basswood. In mahogany, they sound a bit muddy at high volume, but they have plenty of attack and clarity at low volume. I think that if you're recording with an amp simulator, a Pod or something like that, you could actually like it; for gigging, you'd probably want to replace them anyway.

    As for the guitar itself: it's a cheap, Indo-made Ibby. (Earlier 321s like mine were made in Korea, but the majority is MII.) Simple as a Tele, so it's easy to like it. The neck is flat, thin, typical Ibanez neck, if you've ever seen a guitar with a Wizard II neck, you'll be familiar with it. Don't forget that it's one of the cheapest RGs ever produced, but it's still decent, it can be useful as a workhorse guitar. It keeps tuning pretty well without any locking tuners or replaced nut. Attack and sustain are just awesome.

    Here is mine:

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    More pics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n48ccvljjcfhe2d/9-Be6STHjQ

    I bought it 2-3 months ago. Before that, I was desperate to find a Jackson DKMGT/DXMGT, but these are hard to get in Europe, so I bought this Ibby instead. Then our fellow ss.org member Corpsegrinder88 was nice enough to sell me a DKMGT, so the RG321 has to go now. I still like it, it's a great player for the price.
     
  7. Evil Weasel

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    I also have one. No experience with the stock pickups as the pickups were swapped to EMG's before I got it but it's a solid backup guitar. I've owned many Ibanez guitars but the only regular one I keep has a super wizard prestige neck so the neck on the RG321 is chunkier and a bit rounder feeling. It's pretty comfy by normal standards, but personally I prefer the super slim prestige necks.

    I'm selling my RG321 too but only because I have 2 higher spec 6's that I prefer. Other than that it's a solid guitar and I'd be happy to keep it but I just can't justify owning it (and I don't like EMG's!)

    One issue though - the pickup rings and bridge tarnish very easily. For one to have hardware that hasn't been oxidised it probably hasn't been played much at all! Case in point...
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  8. Char2000

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    What's your selling price? Keep in mind I'm in the US so shipping may cost an arm for me.
     
  9. Evil Weasel

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    It is up in the for sale section here but honestly with the price of shipping it wouldn't be worth your while. Have a look at US ebay. A couple up there for $200-$250 buy it now depending on what colour you want. It's also easier to do a straight passive-passive swap if you don't want any actives.
     
  10. Char2000

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    I also have no Idea how to replace pickups, I take it to a luthier for that? How long does that take?
     
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    Get one, got mine and a Duncan Distortion for about 200€ and tonewise it's cool, still have kinda high action, but that's something a will just change. The neck is much ballsier than my RGA312's neck, but hey thats what you pay to get a 1300€ Prestige.
    Check out the vid:
     

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