SMG REVIEW: Ibanez RGA72TQME Electric Guitar

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


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.


  • 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:

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