The Yamaha RGX220DZ Electric Guitar
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  • I found its tone thin and lacking warmth and brightness when played clean using the bridge pickup
  • This is the only setback I found in this guitar and this unfortunately is a problem which made me lose interest in it

    • by 6clix
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      The RGX220DZ is a 24 fret electrical guitar from Yamaha. I was able to test one a few weeks ago when I went looking for a new guitar. I was looking for an electric guitar with 24 frets and double locking tremolo and the Yamaha RGX220DZ had both so it was my first choice. It comes with a soft case or gig bag and has two humbucking pickups. It has two control knobs, one for master volume and another one for master tone and has a 3-position pickup switch.

      The Yamaha RGX220DZ has an alder body and a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. The guitar that I tested was Metallic black and I liked the way it looked.

      The Yamaha RGX220DZ


      has a very thin neck which is good for playing fast and access to the higher frets is very easy. I had no problems playing fast at the higher frets, or at any frets for that matter. The locking tremolo bridge stayed pretty much in tune even when I played lots of dive bombs and bar flutters. I really liked the feel of the neck and body of the Yamaha RGX220DZ and the one that I tested was set-up pretty well. The action was very low but there was no string buzz anywhere on the neck.

      What I didn’t like about the Yamaha RGX220DZ was its tone. I played it through a Roland guitar amplifier and it sounded horrible. I ...


      • switched amps and played it through a 75-watt Line 6 Spider and it sounded better. The humbucking pickups sound okay if played with heavy distortion. This guitar would be a good choice if you play heavy metal since its humbucking pickups sound good when playing heavy riffs.

        I was, however, looking for a guitar with a good versatile tone and the Yamaha RGX220DZ doesn’t have it. I found its tone thin and lacking warmth and brightness when played clean using the bridge pickup. It doesn’t have a single coil pickup so its already not-so-good-sounding tone tends to sound monotonous. This guitar would benefit much if its pickups were replaced with, say, dimarzzio pickups. This is the only setback I found

        in this guitar and this unfortunately is a problem which made me lose interest in it.

        Overall, the Yamaha RGX220DZ would have been a great guitar were it not for its lousy tone. It has all the qualities that I look for in a guitar and it was in fact what I wanted to buy, until I heard its tone. I instead bought a Godin Freeway Classic since it sounds good and it has two humbucking pickups and a single coil pickup in the middle giving it a versatile sound. It doesn’t have double locking tremolo like the Yamaha RGX220DZ and it only has 22 frets but it has the one thing that really matters: good tone so I bought it instead.




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