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Guitarists in the market for an axe with a license to rock need look no further than the Yamaha RGX620Z and RGX820Z electrics. Making their debut at Summer NAMM 2002, these new entries feature contemporary body designs, progressive curves, and hot finishes. The new line delivers a powerful sound with versatile--yet tough--electronics, making them the ideal weapon for the progressive musician and today's heavier music styles.

The RGX620Z (MSRP $799) features an Alder body cut to give a sculpted 3-dimensional appearance, a thin, 25.5" bolt-on Maple neck and smooth 22-fret Rosewood fingerboard. Electronics include Alnico V humbucking pickups, a signature Yamaha tremolo and 3-position toggle switch.

"Today's harder-edged music calls for instruments that not only have the appropriate look and sound, but that will also stand up to a lot of hard use," states David Bergstrom, director of marketing, Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division. "The new RGX models will do just that, and more. They're made to rock."

The RGX820Z (MSRP $1,299) features an Alder body with a fast 25.5" Maple bolt-on neck, and 24-fret Rosewood fingerboard. In the electronics department, the RGX820Z "turns it up" with a combination of powerful Seymour Duncan 59 (neck) and JB (bridge) magnetic humbucking bridge pickups, plus a Piezo bridge pickup which can simulate the sound of an acoustic steel string guitar. Dual outputs and a blend knob allow the signal from the magnetic and Piezo pickups to be routed to separate amplifiers, or layered for a combination electric/acoustic sound. A 3-position toggle switch and signature Yamaha tremolo complete the circuitry.

"With the RGX820Z, players have a unique choice of tapping the acoustic sounds, the full shred humbucker sounds, or both," states Gary Cook, product manager, Yamaha Guitars. "With this line, you're ready for anything."

Translucent pickup bezels, black tuners and a choice of Amberburst, Deep Blueburst and Trans Dark Red finishes complete the look of both RGX models, which are targeted for September delivery.

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