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Rating and Reviews: Ibanez RG450DXB Guitar

The Wizard III maple neck, STD-DL locking tremolo, and triple Quantum humbucker action make this axe a shredder's delight.

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"Great axe, veritable metal machine" submitted January 12, 2016

By Shawn Reese in Cleveland, OH
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Musical Background: 40 years mostly guitar electric, some acoustic. a little keys. Pro briefly in the 80's, lol! lived guitar hero, went home.
Music Style: Classic rock, rock, metal, progressive, blues, a little jazz, love it all. I play just about any kind of guitar music.
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Sound: Good quality, better than I expected. Ibanez has been making RGs for many year's and they know what they're doing. You can hear this actual guitar stock on soundcloud, I made this recording with it on Jan 8th, 2016: https://soundcloud.com/shwan-dereese/1-8-16-metal-ib Feature: The wizard neck is great, it happens to be one piece quartersawn. Ibanez originally got away from one piece because they would warp, but they weren't quartersawn. Then Ibanez discovered that they could make a durable one piece wizard if they used quartersawn maple for strength (one piece refers to the length below the headstock, it's actually a two-piece.) #1 least useful is the third trem spring, it came out when I set it up, don't need it. #2 is the middle pup, definitely going to be replaced some day, as it's weak and not a good tone. I think it's Alnico V, and I usually prefer Alnico V pups, but this one sounds like a lemon. nuff said. Ease of Use: It's easy to get great metal sounds with a high gain amp or distortion box and amp. It's close to pitiful for clean and classic rock IMO, but all you have to do is put in a more versatile set of pups. I think most people expect that when buying this model. I didn't like the quantums at first, but they are growing on me, because I intended this for metal, and they are really good for metal. Quality: It's well made and looks great. I've never been a fan of white axes, but I really like the looks of this one. I'm getting some cheap high output replacement pups, with black and white coil covers to match the guitar, and think they'll be fine. I have a Duncan for the neck, and will compare the performance of the cheap high output bridge pup i'm getting with the Quantum. If el cheapo sounds crappo, i'll just put the quantum back in. Value: I firmly believe this guitar is a better value than practically all guitars in it's price range, probably just a few exceptions out there. I would go so far as to say this is one one of the best values dollar for dollar in a new metal axe... If you want a great metal axe on a budget get this, and build on it with pups etc. if you need to. But out of the box, and post setup, you'll be shredding away... it's a fun axe too! Manufacturer Support: I did email them a few days ago about their pickup wiring, and they haven't responded. I also scoured their website and even authorized dealers, my guess is they aren' t in busines to provide support for their cheaper line products. I don't blame them, the guitar is a good value. The Wow Factor: It looks great, sounds killer, feels good. It's fast and gets the job done. Overall: I got this axe because I had played a friend's RG some years ago and always wanted one. This has Quantum pickups, and the other's I had played previously had INF, which I liked. Quantum pickups are surprising in that they are not high output, but that is the very reason they don't "mush out" at high gain. I'm going to try other pups, but for metal only, these are indeed good pups, with good articulation. The standard DL trem is pretty good, doesn't seem to have the range of other RG trem bridges, but is solid and stays in tune. The setup took a long time, toook me about 8 hours, then after sitting overnight, I readjusted it. Took so long because i set it up for drop C and had to redo the intonation, and changed the strings. Once done I have been very satisfied with the the results. This axe is worth the money. It's a metal axe. If you want to do classic rock and other stuff, you must change the pups because I don't think Quantums sound good for classic rock or clean. So get it, just use the manual for set up instructions, take your time so you don't screw it up, or have it set up at your local shop. Action is great, very fast, you'll be happy with it.
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"Great value!" submitted May 27, 2014

By Jim S in Manassas, VA
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Musical Background: 30+ year player both pro and amateur
Music Style: Metal, classic rock, blues.
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Overall: Hard to beat for the price. Fast action speed neck and the pickup configuration makes it easy to create a bunch of different tones.
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"Ibanez RG 450 DXB" submitted February 28, 2016

By charles s in jackson, GA
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Musical Background: I play guitar, drums, off and on my whole life
Music Style: Old school rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Christian... A
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Overall: I want to say that I love this Guitar, It is everything i expected and more.. it was very fast shipping and it is exactly as the description ... I think this is going to be my favorite guitar ever... Time will tell ,..gonna buy some more and matter of a fact gonna supply and build the whole band.. Now that I have found zZounds.. Thanks guys You Are The Best.... And double thanks for the approval on the pay as you play plan.... You guys will sure make a lot of dreams come true with that option... Peace Out... and Rock On !!
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"awesome..." submitted March 19, 2014

By Deloris C in Colbert, OK
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Musical Background: just learning
Music Style: Rock...all the way
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Overall: I'm just learning to play so I didn't want something for which I had to take out a loan but I also didn't want to settle for something at the very bottom end of the price spectrum either. The Ibanez RG450DXB 's sale price of 399 and some change fit the bill nicely. After a few minor tweeks by my oh-so-much-more-guitar-savvy brother, which took about an hour, we were both very pleased with the sounds that were coming from this beauty. It's a beautiful instrument, ( I bought the white) with a sound that rings like a bell. I don't have those long, guitar-playing fingers I wish I had but the guitar is still very easy for me to handle and use. I can't speak of manufacturer support as I have only had the guitar about a month. I'm going to give a 2-star rating because, it seems, I have to put something. That rating should NOT reflect upon that support though...I simply have not had to deal with them in any capacity as yet. ( I hope I don't have to) I am, however, very please with the zZounds experience. I placed my order and they shipped that very day. I received the guitar 3 days later. Very cool. Could I have done better??? Probably...but I definitely could have done a lot worse. Overall, I'm very pleased with the purchase.
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