IBANEZ RG Prestige RG 2620 QM
The Ibanez RG2620QM is an RG series Prestigeelectric guitar mode issued in 2003 and 2004. Features include a mahogany body with quilted maple top, an Ultra neck, DiMarzio IBZ pickups and an Edge Pro tremolo. Instead of the standard 5-way lever, the RG2620QM has a 3-way toggle switch for pickup selection.
Ibanez RG Prestige RG2820ZD
The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing it for both speed and strength. Whether you favor a hardtail (fixed) bridge or our industry-leading locking tremolo system, the RG is a precision instrument.
This guitar features a humbucker in the bridge position and this is where we find the first pleasant surprise.
Described as a True Duo pickup, the design incorporates not two but a trio of coils to allow for the provision of a genuine stacked single-coil-size humbucker.
It’s the row of flat polepieces rather than the hex screws that acts in this fashion and, as the spec includes both a standard five-way plus a push/pull pot on the volume control, there are more sounds available here than you may first expect.
With the switch in position one you have a standard humbucker; pull up on the pot and the solo’d stacked single-coil humbucker is ready to go.
In position two the middle pickup is combined, in parallel, with however you’ve set the bridge unit; position three allows the middle to be solo’d. Positions four and five are middle and neck, and solo’d neck respectively. It’s certainly impressive.
The curved nature of the front face of the SA is attractively mirrored by the ergonomic chrome pickup surround, and the slick jack input is a hangover from the early Sabre days.
By the way, if you use a lead with right-angled jacks, most won’t fit in here without the non-recommended use of a hammer: forewarned, as they say.
As ever with designs from this end of the market, the merest inclusion of any sort of abalone or mother-of-pearl adds extra dollops of perceived quality to a guitar and, if done as well as here, we have no problem with the practice. The cap of genuine flamed maple is nicely bound in both white and abalone too.
There is a small belly contour to the rear of the mahogany body and the edges have been nicely rounded off to continue the streamlined vibe: weighing in at under 2.5 kilos it’s thin too, measuring a mere 31mm thick by the end strap pin.
Although Ibanez re-established its contemporary name as a maker of hotrod rock guitars in the eighties, thanks in part to the wonders of the Edge double-locking whammy, it’s a more staid pivot vibrato here, specfically the SAT Pro bridge.
Doffing its hat at the low-mass Wilkinson design, this design offers locking saddles that disallow any horizontal movement, added to string stability.
With the bar pushed all the way down, the strings become just about 90 per cent slack and, thanks to a graphite nut and some serious levels of string stretching, tuning stability is… well, we’ll get to that.
The set maple neck comprises of three pieces for enhanced sustain, tone and stability and ends in the classic Ibby headstock, complete with Schaller M6-a-like tuners.
This is a more substantial neck than the bend-in-the-wind feel of those old FGM models and offers medium frets and a rosewood ‘board adorned with small abalone inlays alongside a wide yet comfy shallow ‘D’-shape.