Review: Ibanez RGD2120z Prestige

Ibanez RGD2120z review

This Ibanez RGD2120z Prestige in cobweb silver metallic finish is my second guitar ever! I’ve owned it since 2012. This model wasn’t produced anymore at that time already and I had a hard time finding one. After I saw Ola Englund’s demo video on the DAR FBM100, I absolutely had to own this guitar. It looked like it was made of stone and I fell in love with the unique RGD shape of the body. So my parents drove me to Paris, where I had found via internet one last model in stock. I had practically no idea about guitars, I played it, I liked it and I bought it for 900,-€. Let’s take a look at the specs:

Model: RGD2120z CSM

Construction method: bolt-on neck

Scale length: 26,5”

Body: basswood

Neck: 5-piece maple w/ 2 walnut stripes (titanium reinforcement)

Finish: Cobweb Silver Metallic

Fingerboard: rosewood

Bridge: Edge Zero tremolo system

Tuners:  Gotoh

Frets: 24 frets

Pickups: Ibanez V7 Custom neck and V8 bridge

Controls: 1 volume, 3-way mini toggle

Feel:

Despite the tremolo system and the heavy metal backplates, this Ibanez isn’t really heavy. The Wizard neck is nicely thin and comfortable. I think the build quality is just as amazing as any other Prestige Ibanez instrument. The finish on this model is very unique, it’s has a rough surface which underlines this instrument’s aggressive character very well.

Sound:

I’m still amazed by the aggressiveness and power of the Ibanez stock pickups. I don’t feel like I would swap them since they are really tight and clear with a lot of bite and crunch. I played many tunings on this guitar already, from Drop G# over Drop A# to Drop C and it always sounded huge. I noticed that the guitar really is at home in the lower tunings due to the baritone scale of 26,5”, the pickups support this very well. Now the most amazing feature on this guitar is the Edge Zero tremolo system. It takes a little longer if you change strings because you have to find the right amount between string and spring tension (especially when putting a different set of strings for a new tuning). Once it is set up properly though, nothing can get this guitar out of tune. You can make divebombs until the strings wobble completely loose above the fretboard – it still stays in tune.

Verdict:

Although I’m not that into 6-string anymore, it is always lots of fun jamming on this Prestige Ibanez. For fans of low tunings without the need of a 7th string, this is pretty much perfect. It’s also a pretty unique guitar, which I think will hold its value. For me, it has much personal value and I’m never going to sell it!