Submitted August 7, 2018 by Lawrence Breiden in Green Lane, PA
"Very Versatile Guitar"
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I used to work in the music retail business for many years and back then the general impression, rightly or wrongly deserved, of the lower priced Ibanez guitars (i.e. under a grand, non-Prestige, non-premium) was that they looked shreddy and played fast with the wizard necks but the stock Ibanez pickups left a lot to be desired. Even still they were a good value for the money as a lot of owners just swapped out the pickups and still came out ahead money-wise. Well folks, I'm here to tell you that these new proprietary Quantum pickups are a game changer. Lots of clarity and character, both clean and distorted. They work well for both Rhythm and Lead. No need to swap them out, unless you have a particular pickup model that you are addicted to. These will hold their own with any of my other guitars (Charvels, PRS's, Gibsons). The Wizard III neck is comfortable and fast. The jumbo frets are nicely finished. The trem is very stable. The combination of the ash body and maple neck and fretboard really make this a bright sounding guitar, which may not be to some people's liking but suits me just fine. 5 position selector switch offers a variety of tonal possibilities, but you won't really get that Strat "quack" in positions 2 and 4. Mine is the Blue Moon Burst model and between the highly figured see through ash top, the natural sides and back, the maple neck and black chrome hardware it looks very unique and incredibly killer! This one is fast becoming my main guitar. Definitely a Rock and Metal machine, but in a pinch you could get away with just about anything with this axe. This one is fast becoming my main guitar. I love it.
Rock, Metal, Blues, Country
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