SMG REVIEW: Ibanez RGA72TQME Electric Guitar

The Ibanez RGA72TQME Electric Guitar is One Bad Mo-Fo!

OUT OF THE BOX

Like most of the upper class Ibanez guitars, it was set up very well with a great feel on the Wizard III neck and great tone to boot. The body has a unique feel, it’s some what heavy but is well balanced so it feels lighter than it is. The EMG pickups are powerful and bright with just the right amount of chunk to them. The neck is extremely fast, perfect for all your shredding needs. It feels similar to some of the Prestige models, which are the mainstay of the Ibanez lines. The set neck allows for effortless playability for those who utilize more extreme techniques. In my opinion the RGA72 really doesn’t need to be set up further, it’s pretty awesome right out of the box.

SPECS

  • Mahogany body with quilted maple top
  • 3-piece maple Wizard III set neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • EMG-85 active neck humbucker
  • EMG-81 active bridge humbucker
  • Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup switch
  • Edge-Zero II tremolo & Zero Point System

The Low Down

This is a bad-ass guitar! I rank it up there with the S-series Prestige models. The RGA is very well put together with quality materials used in building this axe. It is quite a bargain considering what you get for the price. If you are looking for an alternative to the RG series, than this might be the model for you. The mahogany body has a very warm tone, but still screams when on the higher strings. The RGA also has great balance in the EQ department. If you are familiar with EMG pickups, then you know that the EMG 85/81 set is the most purchased set of EMG pickups. This is because they are versatile and powerful. Perfect for Metal, Rock, Blues, Jazz and everything in-between. I would definitely recommend this axe to anyone looking for a rippin’ guitar.

Pros: Mahogany body, Set neck, 24 frets, Great price, EMG pickups, Edge Zero Bridge.

Cons: N/A

Street Price – $700 – $750

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

Join the #1 Guitar Social Network! It’s COOL and it’s FREE! Connect with like minded people. Learn, share and rock!

Like this post? Then you won’t want to miss the other awesome posts we have planned. Subscribe to Share My Guitar and get new posts delivered daily…for FREE!

  • Declan

    Hi, i have an ibanez grg170dx. I’ve had it for about a year and i must say i love it. I love the thin neck and the height of the strings and just generally the way it sits. Now i dont have shedfuls of cash, but a bit of saving up could get some alright stuff. I cant afford the above guitar, so i was wondering, if i was to change the pickps on my current ibanez, which ones would you recommend? I play mostly metal and rock/abit of solo work, and occasionally i lke to TRY and get some blues out of it 😛 Please help, i am very lost xD

  • Paul

    I can’t get used to the idea of not having fret markers on the top of the fret board. I would lose my place on the board too easily. And I don’t like the idea of having to look at the side of the board for a marker. This would take my focus off of my playing.

  • Dan

    Huhhhhhh You had me at ibenez 🙂

Subscribe to SMG Podcasts!
Download the latest show
from iTunes >>>