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Ibanez has done it yet again with another addition to the Iron Label family. The RGAIX6FM features a 3pc Nitro Wizard neck made of Maple/Bubinga which gives the guitar a lightning fast feel but still gives superior tone. The Dimarzio Fusion Edge pickups were specifically designed for the Iron Label series which give this guitar a blistering roar with distortion but a beautiful singing voice when clean.
Neck Type: Nitro Wizard 3pc Maple/Bubinga Neck
Body: Flamed Maple top/Mahogany Body
Fretboard: Bound Ebony Fretboard
Fret: Jumbo Frets
Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II bridge
Neck Pickup: Dimarzio Fusion Edge
Bridge Pickup: Dimarzio Fusion Edge
A Solid PerformerBy: Matthew on 14 October 2016The reason behind this purchase was to replace my backup guitar with something cheaper that I could bear being damaged or lost. As I find often the case with the lower-to-mid range Ibanez guitars they play and sound a fair bit better than their dollar value. To quickly cover the looks, the Port Mac images are a little washed out compared to other photos around. In person it looks great with deep dark greys on the flame and reddish hue of the mahogany on the back. The binding is a pure white and only has a couple of little flaws expected with an instrument in this price range. Port Mac do a setup before shipping and deal with any apparent issues. It played well out of the box and only needed some slight adjustments after coming from the northern coastal climate to inland southern NSW. A re-string to my favourite brand also helped. There is no fret buzzing with low action and smooth finishes to the ends of the frets. The first thing apparent with the sound is that these are indeed pickups made for metal. Output level is quite high and I could some decent metal tones in my Marshall JVM410 on the second clean stage with an overdrive pedal. When using high gain you don't need to turn the guitar volume past the half way point to be getting the most out of it. It has a tight low end and the highs are kinda ear piercing. The tone it produces seems to leave room for clarity of notes when chording and there is no muddy vibe. The output translates well into the coil tap. Once engaged there's not as steep a volume loss as I'd noticed in other guitars. The coil tapped tone is also extremely crisp and glassy. My band's other guitarist and I have an ongoing joke about how one of my other Ibanez's "sounds more like a Strat than a Strat". I swapped to this guitar for fun during the last set of a gig and he walked over to me during a song and made that joke about this guitar. The clean high end is apparent in this mode. There are a few small issues with the guitar, but they all fall under the category of mostly irrelevant or easily fixed. The first came when setting up the intonation. The Gibraltar bridge has a fairly long gap from the saddle to the backpiece. The springs aren't particularly tense and don't seem to put any significant pressure on the saddles. When turning the intonation screws the saddle would sometimes stay put and the screws would move out the back of the tailpiece rather than push the saddle. I'd have to push them a little to 'pop' them back in and shift the saddle. This is easily fixed with a stronger spring and/or some lube in the tailpiece holes. The second thing is that the strings sat on the nut fairly high. Fretting on the first fret needed more pressure than it should have. Again an easy fix by having a set of nut files and deepening the slots. The final issue doesn't appear to be an actual problem but something I'm not used to and I'm unsure if this is how it is intended. The truss rod doesn't feel like it has any grip when turning. It still works completely normal, but it feels like no pressure is needed when turning the hex key. I'm used to a bit of firmness when turning. As long as it works fine it's not something I consider a real concern. This guitar I would easily suggest as a first serious metal guitar for someone moving out of the beginning rig stag. However, my cover band is classic Aus rock and it does clean up nicely with the coil tap for that Strat sound, then switch to humbuckers with a touch of overdrive to be able to cover the gamut of sounds needed.