Ibanez RGA742FM 7 String Electric Guitar

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Ibanez RGA742FM 7 String Electric Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 30+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The RGA742FM is a fixed-bridge, dual humbucker guitar with a Mahogany body, an arched Flamed Maple top, Maple neck and Jatoba fingerboard.

On paper the specifications may be simple but the way Ibanez chose to construct the guitar is given more attention.

Having a satin finish on the neck and body gives it an upmarket, almost boutique look.

The fixed bridge is of Ibanez standard fare and the pickups are updated versions of the Ibanez Quantum pickups.

Specifications

  • Body: Mahogany with Flamed Maple top
  • Finish: Dragon Eye Burst ( Satin Urethane )
  • Bridge: Fixed Bridge
  • Pickups:Quantum Humbucker (Neck and Bridge)
  • Neck: Maple ( Wizard II-7 )
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fingerboard: Jatoba
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.75"
  • Frets: 24 Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.889"
  • Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone
  • Pickup Selector: 5-way blade pickup switch

Pros

Many were amazed at the finish and construction of the RGA742FM. Users noted that the finish quality feels more like an upmarket guitar than what they thought would be in the price range. The 5 position switch for various coil split sounds was also praised.

Cons

Frets needed polishing. Requires a setup to get it playing well. Pickups too hot for some cleaner playing styles.

Overall

If you want a great value guitar that you can enjoy stock or for future modding, the RGA742FM is a great example of being better than the sum of its parts.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 7 String Guitars.

(Video review is in Hungarian but gives you an idea of the tones)

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