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Ibanez RG120 Review

Updated on September 2, 2011

A great beginner guitar

The Ibanez RG120 is great for anyone new to guitar and maybe for even some intermediates. This is my first guitar I got and have to say the quality is much better than I had expected. The one I got cost me 200$ plus tax of course. I got it at guitar center. This guitar should be bought instead of those cheap 100$ guitars which are of very low quality and are not worth it.


24 fret board

Laminated top

2 pick ups

3 way switch for changing pick ups

A volume and tone knob switches

The guitar itself is easy to sit down and play with. A lot of those V shaped guitars are a pain to sit down and play with cause you can not rest them on your lap and play. This shape is the basic shape without those worries. The guitar comes in a few colors, but there are not crazy fancy designed available for it. The pick ups for this guitar though are pretty damn good. You might not expect this from a 200$ guitar. (What I paid) It has a neck and a bridge pick up. The birdge pick up is pretty decent, but the neck pick up is where I think it truly shines. It picks up hammer ons and finger tapping quite well. I am using a 30 watt amp and it picks up the sound pretty well. I have played it on a 120 watt amp and the tapping is VERY good. It picks up tapping better on the lower strings, but still is not to bad on the riffing strings. It may depend on what equipment you are using.

This model also comes with a whammy bar.(or a vibrato bar this is not a Floyd rose). Its easy to take off and put on. The guitar stays in tune fairly well, but not quite as well as some more expensive guitars do. Using the whammy bar to much may put it out of tune a little so be careful using it.

The guitar has two knob switches. One is the volume and the other is the tone knob. The tone knob mainly sounds the best when turned the whole way in one of the directions.The quality seems to be a bit reduced in my experience when turned to far one way. It has a three way switch of course for changing pick ups. You can set it to a mid switch to go 50% of both. I would recommend using the right one though whether your soloing or doing riffs. It just sounds much better. Of course with most guitars using the correct pick up does except in this guitar its even more recommended.

Red Model
Red Model

Overall Quality

The quality of this guitar is quite good. It's a guitar that will stand the test of time quite well.  This is of course as long as you do not abuse it. The finish stays on very well. As for sound like mentioned it has great pick ups for the price.  I mean they are not the best in the world, but still are quite good especially for a beginner. In my opinion, the neck pickup is the better of the two. This guitar will be great for anyone who wants to play rock and metal. Its mainly for rock, but can serve its purpose for playing metal as well.

The sound of this guitar may depend on other factors beside the pick ups. If you are using really cheap equipment the sound quality will be hindered. A 30 watt amp should be fine with this guitar. Using larger amps makes this guitar sound astounding for the price paid for it. Not the best BUT definitely not the worst. This guitar is great for a beginner and not to bad for a mid range player either.

This guitar may not have any fancy designs and its not a Floyd rose, but its quality is good. I think this is the main reason why its cheaper. It has the basic guitar shape and has only basic colors, but makes up for the cosmetic appearance with decent sound.

On a scale of 10:

SOUND - 8.0






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