Submitted January 27, 2021 by Wes B. in Kingwood, TX
"Great guitar, with some tweaks"
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I used to have an RG370DXZ with the INF pickups, rosewood fingerboard with the sharktooth inlays, and the "Roadster Orange Metallic" paintjob. It also had the Edge Zero II trem unit, I believe. It was all stock. I ended up letting it go and after kicking myself for a year or so, I decided to find something similar, since that model is discontinued. I decided to give this RG470 a chance. Upon unboxing and initial playing, this guitar did not feel near as good as the older 370. The paintjob was stunning though and this Autumn Fade Metallic is close to the same vibe as the RG370. I knew it wasn't going to be the same guitar but I had hopes. This is a great guitar but stay with me here - The neck on this one felt really "economy" to me. I have a Jackson JS22 that was $200 less than this RG and the neck on that Jackson is fantastic. So I was a little disappointed in the neck. The tuners on this guitar are pretty good though and I don't think I'll need to change them. I prefer the Edge Zero trem unit. It felt a little higher quality than the standard DL on this guitar. That being said, the DL does the job and I actually prefer the longer string set screw at the back end, compared to the smaller hex nut on the EZ. These come stock with 9's which never feel good to me. (I have always used 10's on my guitars for as long as I can remember.) The neck felt more snappy than I expected, and most of my guitars have maple fingerboards so I have a few things to compare to. The sound of the pickups were not very impressive at first either and I was surprised that I found myself getting "Tele" tones out of this RG. Too much snap and high-end coming out of this guitar for my liking. The DL trem was pretty well setup upon arrival though and worked well with the 9 gauge string set. After the initial tuning it stayed in tune really well. But I had to pull those 9's off and put my preferred gauge on. After I put the other strings on everything changed, and for the better! The neck didn't feel so cheap with the 10s on it. It feels a lot better now. The pickups lost much of the "twang" and I got the expected low-end-girth and high-end-sizzle that I was looking for. Of course I had to reset the DL trem but it settled really well and felt a lot better than before. This guitar might have been setup for 9's, and maybe designed for it, but in my opinion - This guitar needs heavier gauge strings in order to become a better instrument. The elements just seem to work better with a little more tension on everything. Now I believe this is a great guitar and I'm glad to have an RG back in the fold. For now, the pickups sound good and everything feels good. The only thing I might change out is the pots. The sweep is not as dynamic as I would like. More linear and less audio taper. That's just a personal gripe though, as they do the job well enough and feel good. All the wiring is solid too. This is a good buy but it may need some tweaks before if feels right, for some players. But hey, if I ever want an RG that can do the Tele tones then I know what to do. Just throw some 9s back on it and you're in business!
20+ years. Gigging, semi-pro
Rock, blues, metal, jazz, pop
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