This RGD320 review is written by new DV247 blog teamster Ryan Saunders – look out for more from Ryan in the near future.
Ibanez’s latest offering is the new RGD series, which marks for me what is a welcome return into the world of extended scale lengths. Previously, Ibanez have offered the Mike Mushok and the ‘XL’ range of RG’s but these have been out of production for a while now, so it’s great to see Ibanez filling that gap in their lineup, and right from the outset it’s fair to say that at the very least this is a great-looking guitar to jump back in with.
Ibanez offers the RGD in a few particular flavours – you have the Prestige range, which comes in a six-string and seven-string for those wanting to use the extended scale length for a sonic game of limbo (how low can you go), and the Standard series, which I shall be reviewing here today, in particular the rather alluring silverburst version of the RGD320.
At first glance it appears to be your regular Ibanez RG, but then you notice that the bevels on the edge of the body give it a really cool streamlined look – it also looks not too dissimilar to a certain former endorsee’s current guitar. Upon picking it up, I’ll admit that I didn’t notice the extended scale at first until I tried – emphasis on tried – to bash out some Necrophagist riffs and realised that these stretches were slightly harder than before. That being the case, then, you might be wondering what the actual advantage of plumping for the longer scale actually is.
Well in a nutshell, the extended scale length will provide you with a much tighter sound for your rhythm playing due to the extra tension on the strings, which also makes this guitar great for down-tuning and blasting out some head-crushing death metal.
But don’t think that that’s all the guitar is good for – oh no. Ibanez has a heritage in shred and this guitar – in this case coupled with a Peavey 6505+ – has a fantastic lead tone that you wouldn’t normally associate with extended scale lengths. That’s probably in part due to the guitar not being a true baritone but in fact having a 26.5″ scale length, which means that the RGD takes the best from both worlds. It’ll let you play brutal riffs down the bottom and then effortlessly jump up the neck to wield some face-melting shred licks to boot.
Overall, the RGD320 offers a chance to get yourself a great playing and great looking guitar – something that Ibanez has always done well – for an affordable price, so if you’re looking at dabbling in the world of extended-range guitars, you can’t go wrong with the Ibanez RGD320, or in fact the series as a whole.