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The GRGM21L is a left-handed RG series compact solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2011. It is produced in China as part of the entry-level GIO line.

The GRGM21L features a solid wood body (see specs for specific species) bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret fingerboard with sharktooth position markers. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups and a fixed bridge.

In mid-2017 a new fretboard material, treated New Zealand pine, replaced rosewood.[1] For 2018 the bridge was identified as the F106. For 2019 the fretboard material was changed to Jatoba, the body was once again basswood and the 3-way lever pickup selector was replaced with a 5-way.

Like its right-handed counterpart, the GRGM21, the GRGM21L features a smaller body and a 22.2 inch scale length neck instead of the more standard 24¾" to 25½" scale.

Specifications

Specifications for GRGM21L
Year(s) produced: 2011–2020
Sold in: Europe 2018 / North & South America and Oceania 2011–2018 / USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Black Night (BKN) / Jewel Blue (JB) 2013–2015
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2011–2012: Basswood
2013–2018: Poplar
2019–2020: Basswood
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
2011–2017: Fixed bridge
2018–2020: F106 fixed
Pickguard:
Black
Knob style:
Plastic top hat
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
GRGM
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
564mm/ 22.2"
Fingerboard material:
2011–2017: Rosewood
2017–2018: Treated New Zealand pine
2019–2020: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
Sharktooth
Frets:
24 / medium
Nut:
Black plastic (41mm)
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
2011–2014: Ibanez PSND2 (H)
2015–2020: Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Neck pickup:
2011–2014: Ibanez PSND1 (H)
2015–2020: Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Controls:
2011–2018: Master volume / master tone / 3-way lever
2019: Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
Jewel Blue
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching diagram (2011–2018)
Controls VT3L lefty
Control layout (2011–2018)
HH 5-way single-split
Pickup switching diagram (2019–2020)
Controls VT5 lefty
Control layout (2019–2020)
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  • 2011 USA catalog
  • 2013 USA catalog
  • 2014 USA catalog
  • 2015 USA catalog

Sources

  1. GRGM21L product page, Ibanez USA (website), archived from the original December 2017
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