Submitted February 28, 2019 by Joe W in Conway, AR
"Another great Ibanez..."
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Upon opening the case I amazed a the beauty of this instrument. The flame isn't perfectly bookmatched but stunning as it is. I've owned all ranges of Ibanez guitars, except J Custom, and the fit and finish is more like a JP Prestige than a regular or Premium... it's literally perfect. I'm very particular about my guitars and I went over everything, all the frets, binding etc... were perfect. There was a smudge on the bridge and one of the tuners but a polishing cloth and it was all cleaned up - hey that tells me someone actually touched it during inspection.In regards to sound it's very mellow clean, the tone knobs are very sensitive. As I haven't opened it up I don't know what pots they are using but it definitely doesn't seem like the small cheap ones. The pickups are much better than expected. They aren't as dark as a Classic 57 but not at bright as a Burstbucker... with a clean tone bass notes are full and ring out rather than being muddy. In regards to being a PAF clone these hit the nail on the head IMHO.Jazz type clean tones are simply amazing... this is why I purchased the guitar and I couldn't be happier. What I wasn't expecting was how good it would sound for classic rock, it's definitely more than a Jazz box.The setup, mine was inspected in Sept, was perfect. All I've done at this point is tune it up. In my opinion the neck is similar to a 58 Les Paul, it's not a thin "wizard" type neck. The radius is about 12" so it's similar to a LP / 335, however the action is about as low as most Prestige RGs with no buzz at all. This actually feels a little odd almost. In my experience I've seen few LPs / 335s that can get the action this low. I have my LPs setup to Gibson spec and it's not a major difference but it's definitely not this low, kudos to Ibanez on the tolerance levels, color me impressed. Please note that I mean odd as different rather than bad, play ability is fantastic, just a little different than what I expected.Inlay in the headstock, the binding, the inlays etc... a very impressive. This looks and feels like a much more expensive instrument.Finally the tri-sound. I purchased this rather than other models specifically for that switch. I'm often playing a lot of clean rhythms lately, very Jazzy, but need to switch to a fuller lead tone quickly. I have achieved that with the parallel option on my RG 652 AHM (with the volume rolled off a little), going from position 4 to 5. The tri-sound switch is exactly what I wanted, I don't have to change any setting, one click and I have a little extra body for clean leads then can switch back to rhythm when needed.I believe Ibanez uses multiple factories for this model. I have heard some made in China but mine is from Indonesia. From all the other reviews I have read I don't think it matters but I did want to note it in the review.
Simi professional, 35 plus years
Rock, Metal, Praise and Jazz
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