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Rating and Reviews: Ibanez RG471AH Guitar

With powerful INF pickups, a fast and thin Wizard neck, and the Gibraltar Standard Bridge, this guitar is made to be a studio and stage performer.

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"Great guitar, if you have the right expectations." submitted October 11, 2012

By Jason D in Charlotte, NC
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Musical Background: 24 years playing guitar and bass. Some recording and engineering work. Some gigging.
Music Style: Guitar-oriented: Hard rock, Metal, Progressive, Blues, Blues/Jazz Fusion.
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Sound: With stock electronics you would find it versatile thanks to Ibanez's 5-way H/S/H wiring. Acoustically (not plugged into an amp) it sounds loud and bright, although be careful with the truss-rod adjustment as mine will rattle in its channel unless you tweak it a little. Feature: I love the heavy string-thru-body hard-tail bridge, the Wizard III neck, bound rosewood fretboard w/sharkstooth inlays, tilt-back headstock, all-access neck joint, and the clever truss rod cover that allows you to adjust the rod without removing the cover. Ease of Use: Stock Ibanez pickups are just ok. They usually lack definition and character.Out of the box, the neck needed shimming and then it played very well, until I discovered the low 18th fret and other fret problems. Quality: Cosmetically it's beautiful. Acoustically it sounds great. Beware the neck fret leveling. Value: It is definitely as good or better than anything else you'll find in this price range for this application. Manufacturer Support: N/A The Wow Factor: New in the box it was gorgeous. I love the cozmo black hardware and dome knobs. With my replacement nickle-covered humbuckers and a chromed single coil cover, it looks simply amazing.My ratings reflect the fact that the guitar will probably need some additional attention to reach its full potential. Overall: I'm a huge Ibanez RG-style fan from the late 80s and I own several.I bought this instrument from the desire to own an Ibanez RG with a natural Southern Ash finish, string-through-body hard-tail bridge, and H/S/H electronics. I love that it has the Wizard III neck which has the same dimensions as my JEM neck, which I consider my favorite neck in my guitar collection.I knew before I ordered this that I was going to replace all the electronics (with a pair of DiMarzio EJ Custom Humbuckers and a True Velvet single-coil, with push/pull pots for series/parallel switching on the humbuckers). (This is important): I was already resigned to the probability that it would need some fretwork. It's rare to get an instrument at just about any price range these days with perfect fretwork.The guitar came, it was beautiful and light and acoustically sound. On that criteria, I decided it was a keeper.On examination, though, I discovered that It needed fret leveling and dressing from about the 14th fret up (it had a rise so bad that all notes at the 17th fret choked and died) but my luthier handled that and now it plays like a dream. I installed all the new electronics and it sounds fantastic.Overall I spent $400 for the instrument and another $270 in pickups, pickup covers, and fret leveling/dressing, and now it sounds and plays like an instrument that would cost much much more. I'm absolutely in love with it and don't regret a penny I spent. You might find that odd, but it's one way to get what you want without paying for something custom-built from a custom shop or boutique. Even better if you can design and install your own electronics and know a good luthier who charges reasonable prices (or can do that work yourself as well).All that said, if you were planning to buy this instrument as-is and not change anything, beware the fretwork. A buddy of mine bought this same instrument and it had the same poor fret-leveling above the 15th fret, and his too needed a luthier's attention. As I said before, it's pretty common these days for new guitars to need some attention to the frets; but both instruments had the same problem areas where the fretwork was not level and the polishing was not finished.The stock pickups are fine but nothing to write home about.Acoustically, the instrument is loud and sustains well, and I think it's gorgeous.
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"An exxxtremely satisfied customer for life!!!" submitted September 1, 2011

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Musical Background: Hobbyist/semi-pro
Music Style: rock, jazz, classical, funk & progressive
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Sound: The Rg471 blew away all of my expectations. I'm using a Line 6 Spider 3 mostly on the Enter Sandman Channel. I blocked the back of the amp with a plank of wood & this setup is awesome. Roll the bass treble & mid back to 1:00 o'clock, play around with the drive, channel and master knobs and you can basically nail Petrucci's LTE and Scenes from A Memory 2 sound (at least to my ears). Extremely expressive guitar. Feature: The Gibralter bridge is very stable for a fixed bridge and the tuners have a tight feel making string bending easy without feeling like the whole guitar is gonna go out of tune. The Wizard neck with the Sharktooth inlays looks really cool. everything about the guitar is top notch. Ease of Use: Judge for yourself. As I said before this guitar is awesome. You can get just about any tone out of it Quality: Has the look and feel and sound of a pro instrument. I stands toe to toe with my higher end guitars. Built strong like bull. Kicks like mule. Value: I think its grossly undervalued. Could easily price higher against other higher end guitars. Manufacturer Support: I ordered it right before Hurricane Irene. It showed up in a day & a half. Without question Ibanez & ZZounds focuses on only top quality everything, especially delivery. I had a tech question that I sent them right after the hurricane & they replied very quickly. I would definitely order again from you guys. The Wow Factor: its sexy Overall: I fit were lost or stolen i would be pissed. I would buy 2 more of them. I hope to in the future. Prepare to push your musical goals to new heights.
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