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heads on fire 11/18/2011

Ibanez RG2228 : heads on fire's user review

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Made in Japan.
SPECS
Neck Material: 5pc Maple/ Wenge
Neck Type: Wizard-8 Prestige (27")
Body: Basswood body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: Fixed Edge III-8 bridge
NeckPU: EMG® 808
BridgePU: EMG® 808
HW Color: BK
Finishes: GK


Scale/Length 685.8mm/27"
a: Width at Nut 54mm
b: Width Last Fret 78mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 21.5mm
Radius 430mm
PICKUPS
Bridge Pickup
Name: EMG® 808
Model No: EMG 808
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Alnico
Description: 8-string. Beefy low end and fatter high end.

Neck Pickup
Name: EMG® 808
Model No: EMG 808
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Alnico
Description: 8-string. Beefy low end and fatter high end.


UTILIZATION

This is the easiest-to-play 8 string I've ever used. And best sounding. As an 8 string, one would think the neck is ridiculously big, and hard to get around on. Not the case at all - this guitar plays like a dream. The 27 inch scale gives the strings tightness, but isn't so long it feels like a bass. The thin neck profile and flat radius make all strings and frets within easy reach. That Edge iii fixed bridge with the locks really helps with the tuning stability. And, the axe balances well on the lap or standing up.

SOUNDS

I said it was the best sounding 8-string I've played. I meant it - this thing smokes! The low B and F# strings are very tight, and growl and djent with the best of them. Wait, this is the best of them! The EMG pickups are very nice - I'm usually not a fan of actives, but these are nice. I've heard great things about the X series also, so I'll have to try them out at some point. However, these stock 808s give me just what I'm looking for in a pickup.

OVERALL OPINION

Perfect 10s on an 8 string beastly guitar. I'm not a fan of black instruments usually, as I wear a lot of black clothing and I don't want the guitar to look lost up on stage. Also, I don't want to have everyone think that I'm the scary "all-black" guy. But this black is very nice - Ibanez calls it "Galaxy Grey", but don't fool yourself - it's black. A glossy, metallic black, but a nice black.

The neck, bridge, and pickups on this thing are perfect, and so I give this all 10s. Fantastic instrument.