Herman Li spent over two years working with Ibanez to design his signature EGEN8 electric guitar. The result? The fantastical elements of Li's playing style and the all-around dragon-slaying epic-ness of DragonForce are forged into the ultimate utility of this axe. A thin, lightweight mahogany body provides comfort and resounding timbre to your playing, and the Wizard III three-piece maple neck is fast and comfortable with jumbo frets that are scalloped towards the top for easier bending and tapping. The custom combination of coil-splitting DiMarzio pickups really gets the best tone out of this baby. Feel the vigor of DragonForce's might with this impressive tool of tone.
Here what Herman Li has to say about the Ibanez E-Gen:
Thin Mahogany Body and Lightning-Fast Wizard III NeckYour Ibanez EGEN8's mahogany body is comfortably curvy and thin, so you get the dark and rich tone of a heavy wood without the extra weight. This baby also sports a three-piece maple Wizard III neck -- an astoundingly playable appendage with amazing action and a comfortable feel. Li added scalloped frets from the 21st to the 24th frets to make bending, vibratos, and fret tapping easy and uninterrupted.
Custom Combination of DiMarzio Humbucker/Single-Coil PickupsYou're not likely to find this combination of pickups on any other guitar. A Vintage 7 humbucker for the neck gives you a warm tone for rhythm that can brighten a bit when you want. The Single 1 for the middle utilizes Alnico 5 pole pieces and a high output to cut through, and your Vintage 8 bridge humbucker has a great lead sound that can also get warm and full.
Coil-Split for Nine Pickup Combination SettingsYour push/pull volume pot, used with your five-way selector switch, gives you nine different pickup combinations. With your switch pushed down -- neck (humbucker), neck (single-coil closer to middle) and middle, middle alone, middle and bridge (single-coil closer to middle), and bridge (humbucker). With your switch pulled -- neck (single-coil closer to neck), neck (single-coil closer to neck) and middle, neck (single-coil closer to middle) and bridge (single-coil closer to middle), middle and bridge (single single-coil closer to middle), and bridge (single-coil closer to middle). Clearly, with the Ibanez EGEN8, you have a lot of options.
Li's Scalloped Hand Grip on EGEN8's HornHerman Li had the exact shape of his left-hand's fingers grooved into your EGEN8's upper horn. So, when you grab it to shoulder this baby, or if you hold it for one-handed right hand taps or whammy bar dives, you'll feel Li's impression to remind you that you're playing a signature axe that has Herman Li's unique personal touch and approval.
Edge III Bridge for Whammy UseThe Edge III bridge on this baby has a impressively smooth spring system that allows it to bounce slightly when you push and release your whammy bar. You consistently get a smooth and relaxed feel with every bend. If you use the locking system at the nut, you'll hardly ever have to worry about intonation no matter how high you bend your strings or how low you dive your whammy bar.
Herman Li's SignatureHerman Li wanted to be sure that this guitar was designed as perfectly as possible. He wanted this axe to be the one he used on tour for months at a time, as it is, without any modifications or changes once it leaves the shelf. That means you're using the same exact guitar Li uses in a professional setting over extended periods of time. And if you're going for that DragonForce sound -- this is the very guitar that's capable of creating it!
Features:- Thin, lightweight mahogany body
- Three-piece Wizard III maple neck
- DiMarzio Vintage 7 neck, Single 1 middle, and Vintage 8 bridge pickups
- Lower profile for Single 1 middle pickup to avoid picking interference
- Coil-splitting volume pot, five-way selector switch for nine pickup settings
- One volume and tone knob
- Scalloped frets -- 21st to 24th -- to reduce unnecessary finger-board contact
- Rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets
- Deeper cut in lower horn for easier higher fret access
- Herman Li's impression in upper horn
- Secure and flexible Edge III bridge
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- Neck Type: Wizard III 3pc Maple neck
- Body: Flamed Maple top/Mahogany body
- Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/Abalone oval inlay
- Fret: Jumbo frets
- Bridge: Edge III bridge (Herman Li Special)
- Neck Pickup: V7 (H) neck pu (Passive/Ceramic)
- Middle Pickup: S1 (S) mid pu (Passive/Alnico)
- Bridge Pickup: V8 (H) bridge pu (Passive/Alnico)
- Hardware Color: Gold
- Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
- Platinum Blonde
- Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Ibanez Non-New Product Warranty Information
Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses have a 1-year warranty on NEW instruments only for the ORIGINAL purchaser with a Sales Receipt. All used products are not under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-669-8262
Product DescriptionWhen DragonForce guitarist Herman Li wanted a guitar that could handle his otherworldly technique and musicality, both he and Ibanez knew it would take time to get everything just right. It took three years. But they did get it right. The Ibanez E-Gen is played by Li exactly as it is, live on stage, in the studio, right off the shelf without any modifications.
Features- EGEN 24-fret neck
- Mahogany body with flamed maple top
- EGEN18TVF features calloped frets on higher (21st-24th) frets
- Special upper horn grip and deeper lower cutaway
- Low-profile middle pickup for extreme picking
- 5-way EGEN pickup switching system
- Gold hardware
The Edge III bridge/tremolo design provides even more stability and strength under the most demanding playing conditions. Now in gold hardware for Herman's EGEN8! The EGEN8 pickup force is ready and able for a wide range of sound and attack: V7 (H) neck, S1 (S) mid, and V8 (H) bridge. EGEN8 also features a rosewood fretboard and special oval inlays. The special scalloped hand grip on the top horn of the EGEN8 is modeled from Herman's actual right hand!