"Come to meet the new era Hammer of Gods"
The RG370DX s a guitar that sounds great, many would say that the pick-ups could be better or should be changed by other brands pick-ups, but truth is that the Infinity pick-ups do their job quite well, noiselessly.
This is a real Metal Machine as said in advertising, if you're into metal, hard rock or any form of rock, I'm pretty sure you'll be satisfied. The RG370DX is totally compatible with these music styles.
I tried the RG370DX first directly into the amp and the sounds it produced were beautiful, then I plug it through a Zoom G1x and it amazed me. Clean notes sound clean and sweet, with the gain atop, or using overdrive or distortion units the sound is dense as a wall.
I've used and hear Dean, Jackson, Steinberg, Fender guitars, some of them with active EMG pick-ups and it seems to me that the RG370DX has nothing to envy them.
The RG370DX came with an User Manual -that explains care, maintenance, and setup of the guitar and its parts, in several languages; a set of Allen wrenches to adjust whatever needs to be adjusted; and a cable.
Obviously, if you don't know how to deal with Ibanez bridges or you're not that experienced with guitars, the manual becomes very useful, but wrenches would be the most.
The least useful thing here is the cable 'cause it is nothing special and it doesn't seem to be high quality.
Features are those listed in ads and in this same website:
Wizard II neck, 25.5 scale neck, 3-piece Maple neck material,
Basswood body, 24 jumbo frets, Bound Rosewood finger board, Edge III bridge, IBZ INF3 (H) Neck PU, IBZ INFS3 (S) Mid PU, IBZ INF4 (H) Bridge PU, Sharktooth inlay, and Black hardware. Tuning machines are the sealed, self-lubricant type. All together these parts really make a great instrument I'd say.
Ease of Use:
The Wizard II neck is a pleasure when playing, and its finishing makes is very smooth and soft. It also has extra-light strings that make it very soft to play.
The flat finger board is ideal for fast playing and in general for all tachniques involved in rock and metal playing.
I have to say that the RG370DX is well constructed, there are not visible defects on it, everything just seems to be well done, the inlays, the polishing of neck and finger board, the insertion of frets is clean, the finishing of the body (I got the Blue Haze) is also well done, no defects on the paint, and the feel is so smooth. Also the Ibanez logo looks terrific on the headstock.
This instrument seems to be done to last (under correct treatment of course).
I'm not sure how well adjusted it came out from the manufacturer, my guitar just took long to reach home (it was bought in Miami and then started an odyssey to get to Venezuela, and to my city) and I think the box stumble a "little" so it was out of tune 'cause one pressure pad was loosen in the box, so it needed some adjustments before I can play it.
Nothing to say here yet.
I agree with other reviewers that say that this guitar worth more than it costs, and it's at the same level of those other guitars I mentioned above.
The Wow Factor:
It is SEXY, just like that. And as with any sexy being out there, you can't fairly say what was or were those features that catch you in first place. It's beautyful, has a sexy curved body, black hardware agaist that metalic blue is mesmerizing, and the shark tooth inlays give it the right attitude. I saw it for the first time in the Ibanez catalog, and now I got it in my hands I realize I made the right choice.
As far as I know and feel, I should say that I'll be satisfied for a long time with this beauty, and if I search for other guitars, it will be just to complete the set, never to substitute this one.
Beside all the aesthetic considerations made before, the position this brand have in the guitar world, the pick-ups arrangement, and the price, were the factors that made me choose the RG370DX.
If this guitar became lost or stolen or destroyed somehow, I'm pretty sure I will try to get another one or if impossible a very similar one.
From the RG370DX I knew what was said in the catalog and what was said by the reviews found in different websites, and most of them considered this guitar a very valuable offer.
I like the most of it, I guess you could notice it from the review; and the least I like about it is just the few finishing option available for the RG370DX, I mean, this blue is great but perhaps I'd liked to have more colors to choose from.