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Ibanez GRG121DX Electric Guitar - Walnut Flat

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GRG121DXWNF

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Ibanez builds guitars for all levels of players - from beginners to the most demanding masters of the instrument. Subject to many of the same rigorous inspection standards and warranty coverage as other Ibanez guitars, GIO guitars offer the best sound, style, and playability of anything in their class. This principled approach has not only put better guitars in the hands of new players - it's been responsible for launching numerous new musical careers around the world.

The GRG121DX begins with the iconic Ibanez RG series body, constructed of Poplar (Okoume for WNF finish). It's then fitted with a Maple GRG neck sporting a Purpleheart fretboard, jumbo frets, and Sharktooth inlays. The F106 is a type of simple hardtail bridge for beginners. Electronics include two IBZ-6 (H) pickups with a 5-way selector switch for a variety of tonal options, right at your fingertips.

Specs
neck type: GRGMaple neck
top/back/body: Okoume
fretboard: Bound Purpleheart fretboard/White Sharktooth inlay
fret: Jumbo frets
number of frets: 24
bridge: F106 bridge
string space: 10.5mm
neck pickup: IBZ-6 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
bridge pickup: IBZ-6 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
string gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
hardware colour: Black

Ibanez RGR121DX Walnut2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBelleville, Ontario
The guitar offers much for the price. Out of the box, it plays very well with a very low action for fast runs. The pickups are good as they are though, a bridge pickup upgrade might add to an already very good sound. The tuners after a few days still hold well. There are no major problems with the instrument. However, be warned. As one reviewer already mentioned, the walnut finish isn't as transparent as the ones viewed online. Mine is very dark, almost a brown-black and depending on lighting, it sometimes looks like a black guitar. On the other hand, for roughly $300, one can't complain since the instrument's playability offers so much for the price. I already own 2 Gibson LP's and I still enjoy very much this affordable Ibanez. It's ideal for simply playing out without having to worry about waking on its own and never seen again. It offers many potential for upgrades a guitar tinkerer would enjoy. I could see it with Grover gold machine heads and bridge; perhaps gold volume and tone controls and an EMG 4 passive humbucker in the bridge position. All in all, its a great instrument for a beginner or a season player needing a backup. I highly recommend it.
Posted by D. StGuinefort on Nov 29, 2020
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Good overall3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Pembina Hwy.), Manitoba
Bought this two weeks ago. Shipped fast and happy overall. It’s a very good guitar for the money. The good: plays decent and sounds awesome! Handles D and C standard like a beast. The fret ends are better then expected. Not to heavy, but not too light. The bad: the neck on mine wasn’t sanded very well, its pretty rough. Also, the volume pot is stiff. This guitar has no volume control on it, it’s either off or on. The nut appears to be poorly cut, but I haven’t had any tuning issues. But a little polishing and it’ll be perfect. The fret lengths have not been polished.
Posted by Bryce on Sep 20, 2020
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One month of love2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
The first thing that got my attention was the color, it is a dark brown/ wine red pretty cool, but the magic is when you try it.. neck it is smooth and thin, frets are awesome. For the pick ups, I prefer the neck one, the bridge is ok, but the neck makes me want to do some cool lead guitar and get lost in the sustain. Got this guitar one month ago from my wife and I love it, specially for the price. This guitar actually makes me want to play more, so that is good.
Posted by Alex on Jul 4, 2020
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A f#%$ing bargain!!4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCourtenay, British Columbia
Very impressed with this axe. I used to own a $700 non-Gio Ibanez SAS32EX which didn't feel or sound as good as this thing. Super fast neck with very low action right out of the box. This thing (almost) feels as good as a proper $1000+ Ibanez Prestige with a Wizard neck. I really can't over-emphasize how good the setup on this guitar was right out of the box. I almost always tinker with a new guitar, but this thing needed no adjustment whatsoever. For $300, you might expect the kind of fret job that you wouldn't dare bring home to your mother - not the case. Frets are completely flush with the side of the fretboard, and aren't going to need any dressing. Guitar has good intonation right out of the box. I'm a big fan of playing with the side of my palm resting on the bridge, and its way more comfortable to play on this than on the spiky, stabby bridge on my Tele. This thing sounds goooood. If I heard it sight unseen, I'd think it was a much pricier guitar. Humbuckers sound beefy, and it cleans up really nice with the pickups split in positions 2 & 4. I love how Ibanez seems to have a hard-on for coil splitting. Even if you only use it once a month, why not have the option to play on single coils when you get the tickle? And in this case, its not exactly like you're paying a premium for the feature. A few cons: - The finish on my example doesn't look nearly as interesting or "premium" as the picture on the Long & McQuade site. In the photo, you can really see the grain of the wood on the body, and it looks like they've only applied a few thin coats of lacquer over the wood. On mine, it looks like Ibanez saw that beautiful Mahogany body and thought, nah, we'll paint it brown and just leave the tiniest bit of the wood grain poking through. It looks homogenous and bland. I can see myself re-finishing this guitar in the future. This is the only reason i'm not giving it 5's across the board. - I keep bashing my hand into the top knob, mostly when hammering chords. Kind of annoying, but I've adjusted for the most part. Definitely more of a subjective con. On the flip side, it's convenient having the volume knob nearby for adjustments on the fly. I'm assuming this is was the idea when Ibanez stuck the knob where they did. One word of caution for the prospective buyer - a review from "theguitarjunky.com" claims that this has a conventional 3 way pickup selector, but that's not the case. It's a 5 way with full-beans humbuckers in position 1, 3, and 5, and coil splitting in 2 & 4 (I.E it deactivates one of the coils on the humbuckers). Perhaps it was a review for an older version of the guitar without coil splitting. Anyways, be sure to look up the mapping for the 5 position switch on the Ibanez website before buying because it's a bit unintuitive. To sum it all up, I've been playing for 14 or so years and have owned a plethora of guitars ranging from from awful to wonderful, and this is the best bang-for-buck electric Guitar I've played or owned with the exception of the Squier Classic vibe range (although prices have hiked quite a bit in the past few years). I should also mention that although I've never played one, I've heard nothing but praise for the Yamaha Pacifica range, and those can be had for even cheaper than these, so definitely check them out if you're here chasing your first electric guitar. I hate to issue the generic "If you have a pulse and play guitars, you'll love it!!" recommendation, but seriously; this is a solid HH 6 string for beginners and more advanced players alike. I got it because I didn't own an HH 6 string, and this thing is filling its nice nicely. I love this guitar.
Posted by Jordan on May 15, 2020
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Great guitar1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
I bought this today and so far super happy with it Some youtubers have complained the pickups suck but I like them just fine! They’re pretty good to my ear The only thing I am wondering is why mine is not walnut, it’s more of a dark cherry brown and almost black. Mine needed some setup too, action was a little higher than I prefer. Still, awesome sounding and looking guitar!
Posted by ML on Apr 28, 2020
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