Build and features
The RG2228 is a member of the exclusive Japanese-made Prestige Series and features a neck of standard baritone scale at 686mm (27-inches). It’s constructed from a five-piece sandwich comprising maple and wenge: a tropical tonewood not too far removed from ebony. It’s been left unfinished.
As this is a Wizard neck, it’s very thin - just 20mm depth at the first fret - which helps counteract the unavoidably hefty width - 54mm at the nut. Uniquely, the guitar sports a locking nut, complete with four plates rather than the more familiar three, and the Edge-III bridge bristles with an octet of fine tuners.
It’s also worth emphasising that the guitar is factory tuned half a step further down, running from F to Eb, low to high, and is strung with a 0.009-0.065 set. Why the locking nut? We’re not entirely sure, other than negating a well cut nut for tuning stability and maintaining the Ibanez ‘norm’.