The Yamaha RGX121Z electric guitar is from the RGX and RGZ range of guitars and are manufactured in Taiwan by the Yamaha Corporation. The RGX range are a great example of the superstrat genre with all the features you would expect from this style of guitar.
Yamaha Corporation, A Japanese multinational has its fingers in a lot of pies manufacturing everything from motorbikes to semi-conductors. They are also heavily involved in producing high quality musical instruments releasing their first guitars in 1942.
The RGX and RGZ range of guitars was first launched in 1987 with the RGX line being given a re-vamp in 2003. The RGX and RGZ range are famously endorsed by Blues Saraceno and Ty Tabor from Kings X who designed his namesake RGX-TT in 2000.
So what does the RGX121Z have to offer?
First thing to say is that this guitar, as you would expect from a Yamaha, is very well put together and looks a more expensive instrument than it actually is. Retailing for around £230 you get a lot of guitar for your money. Based on the RGXA2 this model provides a little bit more hardware opening up the appeal of the RGX range to a wider audience. The guitar is extremely light, body is Basswood and shows off some very sleek curves making it a very comfortable instrument to play. The Yamaha RGX121Z has two nice deep curves allowing easy access to the upper frets which is always a good thing if you want to shred on the higher frets. The bolt on neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard and is fitted with 22 frets. In terms of hardware the RGX121Z is fitted with a vintage tremolo, which is reasonable stable allowing some restrained whammy bar antics. The pickups are 2 humbuckers, in the neck and bridge positions, and a single coil in the middle position. The pickup selection is through a 5 position lever switch and you have a master volume and a single tone control.
Plugged in the guitar plays well and sounds as good as it looks. The combination of pickups gives you the opportunity to really push the instrument to the limits and it is obvious from both the styling and hardware that the guitar is aimed more at the heavy end of the musical spectrum. However, this is an extremely versatile instrument, so don’t dismiss it if you are not a heavy rocker. The pickup array allows huge variety and tonal range giving you just about all you would want, sound wise from a guitar.
In summary this is a good looking and well put together guitar. Yamaha have managed to produce a versatile guitar which would appeal to both the novice and the more advanced guitarist. As an entry level guitar it could be argued that the price tag is perhaps at the top end of the scale but we think that the RGX121Z is well worth the little extra money.