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So I tried an Ibanez guitar.....

Tremonti

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So I tried an Ibanez guitar.....and really really loved it. It was a Prestige RG66 or something. Did not open up to look, but looks to have had a Fernandes Sustainer pickup in neck with mini toggle for harmonics. I am a guitar tech on the side and did not think about getting info on this until after client picked up. Side note: I cannot believe that I may prefer super thin necks(don't tell ALL my other guitars with '59 roundback contours).

Question: What model am I referring to? I cannot find this online and must be going about this wrong. Thanks!
 

MisterE

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I wasn't very fond of the thin necks either when they came out. But over the years, I collected guitars with all kinds of neck profiles and also a couple of Ibanez thingies. The first being a UV777BK sevenstring. Now I got my hands on a 90th HAM model and I really like it.
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jon

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Almost all my favorite necks are ibanez (or warmoth), and I have almost 100 guitars!

Super playable, well done necks with great fretwork and finishes too. Plus if you're into shredding well they're about the fastest necks you will come across - which is why so many shredders love 'em!

I also LOVE warmoth necks, best in the business!
 

RevDrucifer

Power User
I thought for years that my JEM neck was perfect for me until I got an Ibanez SZ, which has a more C-shaped neck that's thicker, but not nearly as wide. There's stuff I can do on the C-shaped neck that I can't do as well on the JEM, mainly the Jimi-like chord sliding, especially if my thumb is involved. I've got decent-sized hands, it's just that the JEM neck is so damn wide. It's also thicker than a Wizard neck, I think they're most comparable to a Wizard III neck. I've got a Wizard III on an old RG470 and it's almost identical to the JEM.

There's also that feeling that comes along with playing a different guitar that's really different from what you're used to, sometimes it's that "Whoa! What have I been missing?" and sometimes it's "Oh wow, I cannot do this" (Yngwie Strats were like that for me until the last year and now I'm considering a light-scalloped neck down the road) and sometimes it's in the middle, "There's stuff I can do on this that I can't do on that and I really love them both."
 
Even though I don’t own one, I’ve tried a few Ibanez and hold them in high regards. They are very well crafted instrument and not very experience across the range.

I have recommended them to a few of my friends who were starting to learn playing a guitar. They naturally were gravitating towards the brand pull of a les Paul or fender as their first guitar. I know 2 people who, once they tried the Ibanez, bought it over a similarly priced fender.
 

Dave Merrill

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This is 100% just me, but while some Ibanez guitars look great on paper, when I've tried them they felt soul-less to me, for lack of a better word. Well made, sensible features (except the monkey grip). Maybe I don't care for their pickups maybe?
 

RevDrucifer

Power User
This is 100% just me, but while some Ibanez guitars look great on paper, when I've tried them they felt soul-less to me, for lack of a better word. Well made, sensible features (except the monkey grip). Maybe I don't care for their pickups maybe?

You'd be surprised how many times I've used that monkey grip in reasonable situations!
 

Muad'zin

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I like their thin necks, as I can't stand fat necks. And the Ibanez Edge Lo Pro is my favorite floyd rose trem. I have two of them on my guitars and will install a third one. . Its just that visually I can't stomach Ibanez guitars. So they are not for me. Other then that there is nothing wrong with them.
 

Dave Merrill

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I like their thin necks, as I can't stand fat necks. And the Ibanez Edge Lo Pro is my favorite floyd rose trem. I have two of them on my guitars and will install a third one. . Its just that visually I can't stomach Ibanez guitars. So they are not for me. Other then that there is nothing wrong with them.
Yeah, not a fan. For me it's the mostly flat tops with very little rounding at the edges. It's like a plank with guitar hardware, cheapest and least graceful design possible.
 
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unix-guy

Legend!
So I tried an Ibanez guitar.....and really really loved it. It was a Prestige RG66 or something. Did not open up to look, but looks to have had a Fernandes Sustainer pickup in neck with mini toggle for harmonics. I am a guitar tech on the side and did not think about getting info on this until after client picked up. Side note: I cannot believe that I may prefer super thin necks(don't tell ALL my other guitars with '59 roundback contours).

Question: What model am I referring to? I cannot find this online and must be going about this wrong. Thanks!
Hmmm... Some of the JS models have a Sustainer in them.

Not aware of any RG with one but that doesn't mean much.

You can check here:

https://www.ibanez.com/na/products/model/rg/
 

Piing

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This is 100% just me, but while some Ibanez guitars look great on paper, when I've tried them they felt soul-less to me, for lack of a better word. Well made, sensible features (except the monkey grip). Maybe I don't care for their pickups maybe?

Some guitars are soul-less, even the most expensive. I guess it depends on each particular piece of wood

My #1 guitar since 1994 has been a RG550LTD. I have played hundreds of gigs with it. I have swapped pickups multiple times since then; my favourites: Dimarzio Gravity Storm and Suhr Doug Aldrich.

I have owned more expensive Ibanez, like a S5570Q, J-Custom RG8550MZ or a Joe Satriani JS2450, but they didn't had any added value over my old RG550LTD. Perhaps they were soul-less or maybe their soul was not a match for me, so I've sold them all and returned to the RG.

I don't know if all the RG550LTD are built like mine or if I have been fortunate to get a lucky piece of wood with mojo and duende.

RG550LTD.jpg


Even though I am happy with the RG550LTD I still wanted to have a JEM, so last week I got a JEM7V. I am happy with this purchase. The comparison is not like day and night. I could have survived with the RG550LTD, but I love the feel of a new guitar. Both have an special vibe and unbeatable playability.

RG550-LTD-JEM7-V.jpg
 

Karl Houseknecht

Power User
This is 100% just me, but while some Ibanez guitars look great on paper, when I've tried them they felt soul-less to me, for lack of a better word. Well made, sensible features (except the monkey grip). Maybe I don't care for their pickups maybe?

I've felt the same way. My first Ibanez was a 1985 RG440 with the duck bill head stock. Japanese made. I had that thing for close to 20 years. Great neck, played great, good tone, solid tuning. Tried many of the newer ones and just couldn't bond with them. Most were a pain to set up, fretwork was bad, unless you went the Prestige route. Hardware finish would flake off after a while. They got cheap when they moved most of the build out of Japan. They seem to cater to the shredders now so they don't make a guitar that I'd buy. They're dead to me now. :D
 

RevDrucifer

Power User
The only models shipped out of Ibanez with a Sustainer were the JS’s and a Japan-only release of the JEM7VWH. I haven’t even seen someone import the JEM with a Sustainer as of yet. I would have to assume the Sustainer in the OP is aftermarket.
 

Robboman

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I'm old, I started playing in the late 80's and wanted to learn to shred on an Ibanez SO bad like Satriani and Vai. I learned on acoustic, then my first electric was a used Kramer Baretta. After much lusting I finally I got my own Ibanez and soon realized my hand can't even deal with that super thin neck. Nothing at all like my Kramer which was also a shreddy type thing.
 

mr_fender

Axe-Master
I always want to like Ibanez electrics, but the super thin necks just don't agree with my hands for extended playing. I feel like their basswood bodies give them a certain characteristic resonance. They almost always have good fretwork on them though.
 

unix-guy

Legend!
I always want to like Ibanez electrics, but the super thin necks just don't agree with my hands for extended playing. I feel like their basswood bodies give them a certain characteristic resonance. They almost always have good fretwork on them though.
There are plenty of Ibanez guitars that are not basswood. Most of mine are mahogany.
 

unix-guy

Legend!
I've felt the same way. My first Ibanez was a 1985 RG440 with the duck bill head stock. Japanese made. I had that thing for close to 20 years. Great neck, played great, good tone, solid tuning. Tried many of the newer ones and just couldn't bond with them. Most were a pain to set up, fretwork was bad, unless you went the Prestige route. Hardware finish would flake off after a while. They got cheap when they moved most of the build out of Japan. They seem to cater to the shredders now so they don't make a guitar that I'd buy. They're dead to me now. :D
The Japanese era is definitely the golden age.
 
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