RGX A2

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RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:38 pm

I am looking for any experiences which anyone can feed back to me on the "quirky" RGX A2. I like the look of it. But does it play and sound well?

I think you have more than one Peter (Buzzard). So your thoughts on it as a player would be welcome.

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SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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RGX A2

Unread post by Buzzard » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:01 pm

The RGX-A2 is produced in Taiwan and Indonesia, well built, up to Yamaha standard.

First I got the white one ......... the 2007 SuperStrat "Ipod guitar"
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It's my absolutely lightest solid body guitar, 2.7 kilos, comfortable to sit or stand with, still quite well balanced.

I LOVE the design, and the choice of materials, but not everyone does.
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008 to 011's can be used, i think thicker gauge strings might bend/warp the softwood body, or twist the bolt on neck. (i use 009's)

Grover type barrel tuners and the aluminium bridge parts are simple but working well.
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Output jack is located rather high, keeping the cable and plug well out of harms way when sitting down.
Some RGX-A2 models were equipped with a USB and a headphone plug, for recording and practice.
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Controls are a single volume control and a 3-way pickup selector switch.
Being a gadget geek, I think the built in pickup indicator light is SO COOL, not everyone does.
The 9 volt battery is only to feed the led lights, the guitar works fine without it, the pickups are passive.
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The soapbar pickups have a fairly high output, but it's my hardest guitar to match up with a distortion pedal, not everything works well with it.

The real pain is the truss rod adjuster, located under a small plastic cover at the base of the neck, just above the neck pickup.
Once the cover has been removed from under the strings, you need a shortened hex key to adjust the truss rod, standard key won't fit, too long.

Not my best sounding guitar, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the design and looks, that's why I got the white RBX4-A2 bass too.
The RGX-A2 guitar is also available in black, and a smaller number in red and blue too. Still lookin for the BLUE. :D
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More RGX-A2 on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6132186FE1DA927C

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Peter
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:57 am

Peter
Once again thanks for that wide ranging critique. It is very useful.

I like the interesting variations such as the barrel tuners, leds and modern crisp lines. But I was concerned that the build quality might be compromised so thanks for alleviating that fear. Your tone is positive throughout so that is encouraging.

So I will look for a well priced version in as good condition as possible. Probably white.

Thanks

Dd
Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:18 pm

Finally, at last, after all this time I got a suitable low mileage white RGX A2. It arrived on Friday and is almost unmarked and seems to be hardly played.
I was expecting some sort of novelty guitar with limited appeal after acquaintance. I was wrong. This is a superb, capable, versatile guitar which plays very easily. The pickups are really sparky with great tone and variation depending on touch and style. I am impressed. It has been hard to put it down.

Agood clean later with new 9s fitted it is playing and looking perfect.

I still need to consider a full set up. The high E string saddle is right hard down and I feel it could be lower even though the action is 1.1mm which is perfectly reasonable. The low E is at 1.75mm but could also be lower. So I need to take the neck off and shim it to give me some more scope for bridge adjustment. I may straighten the neck as well. The relief is 0.25 which is for me a bit too much. But the frets are perfect all over the neck which is good news for a standard guitar.

I know already this will join my other Yamahas as a loved keeper.

Dd

PS I should add it is a 2005 Taiwan built model.
Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:20 pm

Update on the RGX A2. I had time today to do a full set up on it. I took the neck off which made straightening the neck much easier. It was at the factory setting but with a wee tweak of the truss rod it is now a bit straighter at 0.15 mm of relief. I shimmed the neck with a small piece of plastic card which meant I had scope to lower the action which is now below 1 mm on the high E and 1.25 mm on the low E. The fretwork is perfect so it plays like a dream.

One recurring issue is that the top three strings G, B, E do not hold tune for long under string bending duress. But I have found that with light strings before. I lubed the nut and bridge when I restrung it. I will let it settle for a few days then see where we are.

The tone of this guitar is great. I will do some clips when I get the house to myself.

Dd
Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:54 pm

Daviedawg wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:20 pm
One recurring issue is that the top three strings G, B, E do not hold tune for long under string bending duress. But I have found that with light strings before.
Cheers Davie, you finally found one- :)

The tuners are Yamahas version of Grover barrel tuners.
If you tighten the philips screw at the end of the barrel, you get more tension on the tuners.
That might help keeping in tune a little better.

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Peter
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:24 pm

Thanks Peter. I will try that.

Dd
Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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Re: RGX A2

Unread post by Daviedawg » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:57 pm

As promised I have put a clip of some noodling on the A2 in the user music forum.

Dd
Yamahas:
SF500 Sunburst three colour Aug 1978
FZ1000 Black Sharkfin offset vee July 1986
SC400 red transparent 1982
YSG T1 in Trans Red July 1988 or 1989
RGX A2 White July 2005
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