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Ibanez launches 15 eye-catching new RG models for 2021

Ibanez RG Series
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NAMM 2021 isn't taking place in the physical realm this year, but you'll find all the hottest January gear launches in our guide to the biggest guitar, amp and pedal releases of 2021 so far.

In production for over three decades, Ibanez's RG Series is arguably the cornerstone of its product line. And for 2021, the Japanese guitar giant has added a vast selection of new models to the range.

Nine new electric guitars join the basic RG Series, two models join the sculpted-top RGA Series and the drop-tune-optimized RGD line receives four riff-ready new models.

A number of the new guitars boast Fishman Fluence humbuckers, while the RGD lineup features an array of head-turning new finishes.

These models join three new additions to the AZ series and fresh signature guitars for Paul Gilbert, Paul Waggoner and Martin Miller in the company's 2021 lineup.

Without further ado, let's take a dive into the spec sheets of these sleek new axes – you can find more info at Ibanez.com.

RG Series

RG5320C

Ibanez RG5320C

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  • Neck type: Super Wizard HP / 5pc Maple/Wenge neck
  • Top/back/body: African Mahogany body
  • Fretboard: Bound Macassar Ebony fretboard / Off-set Mother of Pearl dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Stainless Steel frets / Prestige fret edge treatment
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Lo-Pro Edge bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Air Norton™ (H) neck pickup (Passive/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® The Tone Zone® (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Alnico)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL120
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
  • Nut: Locking nut
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Controls: Volume and tone knobs, three-way selector switch

RG5170B

Ibanez RG5170B-BK

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  • Neck type: Super Wizard HP / 5pc Maple/Wenge neck
  • Top/back/body: Basswood body
  • Fretboard: Bound Macassar Ebony fretboard / Off-set Mother of Pearl dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Stainless Steel frets / Prestige fret edge treatment
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Lo-Pro Edge bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm 
  • Neck pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico (H) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Middle pickup: Fishman® Fluence Single Width Ceramic (S) middle pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic (H) bridge pickup(Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL120
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
  • Nut: Locking nut
  • Hardware color: Gold (Black knobs)
  • Controls: Volume and tone knobs, Fishman Fluence voicing switch, five-way selector switch

RG5121

Ibanez RG5121-BCF

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  • Neck type: Super Wizard HP / 5pc Maple/Wenge neck
  • Top/back/body: African Mahogany body
  • Fretboard: Bound Macassar Ebony fretboard / Off-set Mother of Pearl dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Stainless Steel frets/Prestige fret edge treatment
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker (H) neck pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker (H) bridge pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 
  • Nut: Graph Tech® BLACK TUSQ XL® nut
  • Hardware color: Cosmo black
  • Controls: Volume and tone knobs, Fishman Fluence voicing switch, three-way selector switch

RG752AHM

Ibanez RG752AHM-RPB

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  • Neck type: Wizard-7 / 5pc Maple/Wenge neck
  • Top/back/body: Ash body
  • Fretboard: Bound Birdseye Maple / Black dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Bridge: Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® PAF® 7 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® PAF® 7 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E, 7B
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054
  • Hardware color: Cosmo black
  • Controls: Volume and tone knobs, five-way selector switch

RG652AHMFX

Ibanez RG652AHMFX-RPB

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  • Neck type: Super Wizard HP / 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
  • Top/back/body: Ash body
  • Fretboard: Bound Birdseye Maple / Black dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Air Norton™ (H) neck pickup (Passive/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® The Tone Zone® (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Alnico)
  • Factory tuning: 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
  • Nut: Graph Tech® nut 
  • Hardware color: Cosmo black
  • Controls: Volume and tone knobs, five-way selector switch

RG6PKAG

Ibanez RG6PKAG

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  • Neck type: Wizard / 11pc Maple/Walnut/Bubinga neck
  • Top/back/body: Koa top / African Mahogany body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard / Mother of Pearl dot inlay
  • Fret: Jescar EVO Gold frets / Premium fret edge treatment
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Edge bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: EMG® SA (S) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Middle pickup: EMG® SA (S) middle pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: EMG® 81(H) bridge pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
  • Nut: Locking nut
  • Hardware color: Gold

Ibanez RG631ALF

Ibanez RG631ALF

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  • Neck type: Nitro Wizard / 5pc Panga Panga/Walnut neck
  • Top/back/body: Nyatoh body
  • Fretboard: Macassar Ebony fretboard/White Step off-set dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Sub Zero treated frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico (H) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic (H) bridge pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
  • Nut: Plastic nut
  • Hardware color: Black

RG80F

Ibanez RG80F

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  • Neck type: Wizard II-8 / 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
  • Top/back/body: Meranti body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard/White dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: F108 bridge
  • String space: 10.5mm
  • Neck pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico-8 (H) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic-8 (H) bridge pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1D#,2A#,3F#,4C#,5G#,6D#,7A#,8F
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL120-7+.065
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054/.065
  • Nut: Plastic nut
  • Hardware color: Gold

RG320EXZ

Ibanez RG320EXZ

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  • Neck type: Wizard III Maple neck
  • Top/back/body: Meranti body
  • Fretboard: Bound Jatoba fretboard / White dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Edge-Zero II w/ZPS3Fe bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: Quantum (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: Quantum (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL120
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
  • Nut: Locking nut
  • Hardware color: Black

RGA Series

RGA42HPT

Ibanez RGA42HPT

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  • Neck type: Wizard III Roasted Maple neck
  • Top/back/body: Nyatoh body
  • Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard / Off-set white dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Double Locking tremolo bridge
  • String space: 10.5mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL120
  • String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
  • Nut: Locking nut
  • Hardware color: Gold

RGA42HP

Ibanez RGA42HP

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  • Neck type: Wizard III Roasted Maple neck
  • Top/back/body: Nyatoh body
  • Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard / Off-set white dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: F106 bridge
  • String space: 10.5mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
  • Hardware color: Gold

RGD Series

RGDR4427FX

Ibanez RGDR4427FX

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  • Neck type: Wizard-7 / 5pc Maple/Wenge neck w/KTS™ TITANIUM rods
  • Top/back/body: Richlite top/Ash body
  • Fretboard: Bound Macassar Ebony fretboard / Off-set Luminlay dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets/Prestige fret edge treatment
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Mono-rail bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge 7 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® Fusion Edge 7 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1D,2A,3F,4C,5G,6D,7A
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110-7
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059
  • Nut: Graph Tech® BLACK TUSQ XL® nut
  • Hardware color: Black

RGD61ALA

Ibanez RGD61ALA

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  • Neck type: Nitro Wizard 5pc Panga Panga/Walnut neck
  • Top/back/body: Ash body
  • Fretboard: Macassar Ebony fretboardWhite Step off-set dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Sub Zero treated frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Mono-rail bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico (H) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman® Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic (H) bridge pickup (Active/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1D,2A,3F,4C,5G,6D
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
  • Nut: Plastic nut
  • Hardware color: Black

RGD71ALPA

Ibanez RGD71ALPA

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  • Neck type: Nitro Wizard-7 / 5pc Panga Panga/Walnut neck
  • Top/back/body: Poplar Burl top/Layered Ash & Nyatoh body
  • Fretboard: Macassar Ebony fretboard/White Step off-set dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo Sub Zero treated frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Mono-rail bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: Bare Knuckle Aftermath-7 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Alnico)
  • Bridge pickup: Bare Knuckle Aftermath-7 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1D,2A,3F,4C,5G,6D,7A
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110-7
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059
  • Nut: Plastic nut
  • Hardware color: Black

RGD7521PB

Ibanez RGD7521PB

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  • Neck type: Wizard II-7 Roasted Maple neck
  • Top/back/body: Poplar Burl top / Nyatoh body
  • Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard/White dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II-7 bridge
  • String space: 10.8mm
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® PAF® 7 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® PAF® 7 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Factory tuning: 1D,2A,3F,4C,5G,6D,7A
  • Strings: D'Addario® EXL110-7
  • String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059
  • Nut: Plastic nut
  • Hardware color: Black

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