Ibanez’s RG, which debuted in 1987 as part of the brand’s Roadstar Series, is one of the most well-known Superstrat guitars on the market and is available in a variety of pricing levels. The RG421, today’s featured axe, is a step up from the cheap GIO Series, but at under $300, it’s a steal for the quality on offer. Today, we’ll look at the cheapest ‘true RG’ on the market, and see how it compares to the more costly Ibanez RG450DX.
Before we compare this guitar to the RG450DX, it’s worth noting that it has the same humbuckers as the RG450DX, which sounds fantastic for the price. With passive pickups, you get plenty of power and articulation, as well as a rich, meaty overdriven tone that’s perfect for rock and metal, whether you’re playing power chords or lead lines. Despite the fact that it only has two humbuckers, it delivers some excellent blues and jazz tones — clear and warm when clean.
Blackberry Sunburst RG421 Electric Guitar In the Ibanez range, the RG is the most recognizable and unique guitar. This high-performance machine has been forged over three decades of metal, refining it for both speed and strength. The Wizard III neck shape and mahogany body of this RG421 model provide optimum comfort and speed. It has a rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets for more note bending, as well as twin Ibanez INF pickups with a 5-way switch for a variety of coil combinations and tones. The list of hard-rocking appointments is completed with a fixed bridge and Cosmo black hardware. Maple neck Wizard III The Wizard neck from Ibanez is thin, flat, and fast, yet durable and sturdy, and includes a two-octave 24-fret fretboard for a wide tone range. Pickups that are quantum With crushing mid-range and accurate high-end articulation, the Quantum pickups provide an enhanced bass response for extraordinarily fast tracking of high-speed staccato riffs. The case is available for purchase separately.
We’ve established that the RG421 is a pretty sturdy guitar for around $600 — it will serve both beginners and more experienced musicians well as is, though the solid build and Wizard III neck make it a good candidate for modding as well. It lacks a few features like a center single-coil pickup, pickguard, locking tremolo bridge, and locking nut, as compared to the higher-priced RG450DX, but if you can’t stretch above $300, the RG421 is a seriously good rock and metal guitar.