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For the RGA42FM introduced in 2017, see RGA42FM.
RGA42FM BBB 2011
RGA42FM Bright Blue Burst (2011) (more images) Red copyright sprite

The RGA42FM is an RGA series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2009. It was one of the first non-Prestige RGA models along with the RGA42 and RGA32.

The RGA42FM features a mahogany body with an arched flamed maple top bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include dual covered Ibanez active humbucking pickups and a hard-tail bridge. A special feature is the active EQ switch which activates a mid-cut.

For 2011, the body shape was updated with deeper scoop cuts on the horns. In addition a new set of pickups was introduced and the Wizard II neck was replaced by the Wizard III.

The RGA42 is a similar model without the exotic wood top. A similar model with a tremolo was introduced as the RGA42TFMZ in 2011.

The RGA42FM was discontinued after 2012. A new model with the same name was introduced for 2017.

Specifications

Specifications for RGA42FM (2009–2012)
Model name: RGA42FM (2009–2012)
Year(s) produced: 2009–2012
Sold in: Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Bright Blue Burst (BBB) 2009, 2011 / Transparent Gray Burst (TGB) / Transparent Red Sunburst (TRB)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ flamed maple top w/ binding
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Gibraltar Standard fixed
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
2009–2010: Wizard II
2011–2012: Wizard III
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Black plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
2009–2010: Ibanez LoZ3-B active
2011–2012: Ibanez CAP-LZ20 active
Neck pickup:
2009–2010: Ibanez LoZ3-N active
2011–2012: Ibanez CAP-LZ10 active
Controls:
Master volume / 3-way lever / Active EQ toggle
Battery:
2 x AA
String gauge (factory):
.010–.046

Active EQ

Active EQ Toggle

The RGA42FM features Active EQ controlled with the on/ off toggle switch. This EQ allows a bass/treble boost while cutting mid frequencies.

Images

Additional finishes/ details
RGA42FM BBB
Bright Blue Burst (2009)
RGA42FM TGB
Transparent Gray Burst (2009)
RGA42FM TGB 2011
Transparent Gray Burst (2011)
RGA42FM TRB
Transparent Red Sunburst (2009)
RGA42FM TRB 2011
Transparent Red Sunburst (2011)
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching diagram
Controls V3 ActiveEQ
Control layout

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