The RG’s ultra-thin neck does make it the easiest guitar to get to grips with here, especially if you play with your thumb rooted to the centre of the neck. As ever, the ergonomic RG body shape is a pleasure to caress and, as eights do tend to waver in and out of pitch until the strings settle, the fine-tuners here make for a convenient tuning method.
The longer scale also allows for the firmest string tension, which allows hardcore riffing on the low strings to not only be particularly precise but also to have the clearest notes.
Pros: Great neck and performance; excellent build quality.
Cons: The price, to a certain extent, but the guitar is worth it.
Verdict: The Ibanez J-Custom team have produced yet another innovative and eminently playable guitar. We just can’t put it down.