Yamaha has expanded their line of electric guitars with the recently release RGX-A2, a modern and elegant guitar. I've always wondered why guitar designers don't make more radical changes; there are just too many Strat clones and Les Paul wannabe's, all shockingly similar. The RGX-A2 is not as extreme a design as, say, a 70's era Steinberger, but it does bring something new to the party: a superbly light weight design. The RGX-A2 clocks in at around 5 1/2 pounds, on par with a Parker Fly, at a fraction of the price. The key to Yamaha's design is that it's got a light weight core sandwiched between hardwood surfaces. Yamaha calls it "AIR" standing for "Alternative Internal Resonance" and they can be forgiven for the cheesy acronym.
The guitar also features dual Alnico humbucker pickups, cylindrical barrel tuners, and cool LED die-cast knobs. The guitar comes in white and aircraft grey finish. The guitar lists for $799 with a street price for around $500. Musician's Friend has been offering it with a free Yamaha MagicStomp stereo effects pedal, which is a heckuva good deal.