Rick Hanes: ShredGuy Series [Gio Mirage Review]

Hi friends! It's April 9, 12:30 in the morning, and I find myself in a Miami apartment facing what seems to be the end of an amazing time on the road. Touring the States, Canada, and Mexico, was an amazing experience. Tonight I sit down to share my personal experience using Rick Hanes guitars as both my main and backup guitars for this whole tour (Olympic White and Glossy Green.)

Before mentioning specs and all that good stuff we guitar nerds always want to know, I have to mention all the devastating road abuse these guitars went through on a daily basis.
  1. Warm weather 
  2. Cold weather (below 0 degree temperatures)
  3. No hardshell case, only Rockstone Gigbags
  4. Having venues with no temperature control and playing live with the outdoor temperature. 
(Note: The Olympic White never needed a string change.)

Needless to say, these points would scare the living hell out of quite a few of us. Lets mention specs now.

  • Body: Top Maple and Mahogany Back
  • Neck: Maple
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Fretwire: Stewmac Wide Jumbo Frets
  • Number of Frets: 24
  • Scale Lengths: 25-1/2"
  • Pickups: Duncan Designed HB 102 Bridge and Duncan Designed HB 102 Neck
  • Bridge: Original Floyd Rose 1000 Series
  • Tuners: Original Grover Mini Rotomatics 205 BC 6
  • Knobs: 1 Volume + 1 Tone
  • Switch: 3 Way Switch
  • Strings: D'Addario EKXL110
  • Construction Type: Bolt on
  • Headstock Angle: 14 degrees
  • Finishes: Green Candy Glossy

Color wise I have both green and white, both are beautiful, but the most shocking thing about the body is how ergonomic it is while maintaining a very common super strat type shape.  The body is fairly smaller than an Ibanez RG body (just to help you understand.) Lower fret access is insanely comfortable and effortless. The guitar's beveled right hand rest is the key secret of its perfect comfort.


I would say the neck feels as if an Ibanez and a Fender had a night of fun, and 9 months later this neck was the outcome. It is a very comfortable neck, it's very smooth and resonant. It maintains evenness from the headstock to the neck joint.


Usually when you say "Seymour Duncan" you get hyped because you know that's the good stuff, but when you say "Duncan Design" usually a face of dissatisfaction is quick to appear. I'm here to let you guys know that I was so wrong to ever think that Duncan Design pickups might have a lesser quality sound due to better affordability. They are somewhat low gain and at the same time they can handle huge amounts of gain with ease. Very organic and sensitive to dynamics, full and rich; they don't lack a thing.


I have to mention the fact the this is the most efficient working switch I have ever come across. Its efficiency is due to its placement in the body and its angle. I found that when switching it didn't make that horrible click or switch slam that resonates in the body and gets in the way of your music. Its position is so perfect that at times you almost don't even have to move your hand that much to change it. It's a 10 out of 10.

I won't be mentioning the remaining specs because we all know that the hardware and bridge used are of optimal performance. I had no tuning issues on both my guitars, even with the constant temperature changes and old strings.


I would recommend this guitar to any starting musician or any professional guitarist. The quality on these are right on point. It's versatility goes from crushing riffing to sweet leads in a heartbeat. I give this guitar an overall 8 out of 10.

— Gio

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Special thanks to my friends Mark Claytor and Chris Bickley (both Rick Hanes pro artists.)

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