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Are Ibanez guitars really that good !!!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by bftfender, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Beachbum

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    Thanks. If I didn't have 3 Teles already I'd be looking at those Michael Kelly's as well. They've got some very cool stuff out these days.
     
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    I just recently bought an '82 AM50 in near mint condition. For those unfamiliar, it's essentially a 339 sized semi...except the introduction of the 339 was decades away.
    This guitar is incredible. Perfect construction, very light weight, great neck...and the Super 58's are probably the best PAF style pups I've ever played. I understand now why people rave about them. I've had it a few weeks now and it's definitely become one of my two or three "never part with" guitars.
    These AM50's and 205's are a phenomenal under the radar vintage buy...and generally extremely affordable. A lot of Ibanez's fall into that category. If you're a player, not strictly a collector, you can spend under $2000 and get a vintage Ibanez that will be better made than just about any Gibson or Fender made in the 70's or 80's.

    I also have a 2016 Scofield JSM10, the MiC version. I have to say the JSM10's honestly hold their own nicely against Ibanez's "Golden Age" era. The MIC version of the Super 58's aren't bad...in fact the neck pickup is fantastic. Believe it or not...the rounded fret ends on the MIC Ibanez puts EVERY guitar I've ever owned to shame. I have replaced the tuners with Gotoh's. The stock are OK and do what they're supposed to, but I got a set of Gotoh 21:1's for $50.

    While '82 AM50 is better than the JSM10...price wise is currently about the same price or even slightly less expensive than a brand new JSM10. They aren't easy to find, but generally run a little south or north of $1K. If you're looking at a Gibson 339...the AM50 is honestly better than the 339's I tried.
    So...at long last to the OP's question...yes IMO Ibanez's are that good. Nothing will ever take the place of my Tele's and Strat's...but for every other style of guitar I generally buy Ibanez.
     
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  3. bumnote

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    That is a beautiful guitar!
     
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    these old Ibanezes are in the same as today pro class guitars made in indonesia (thinking of yahama sg or esp guitars)
     
  5. Beachbum

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    Thanks and back at ya. You don't often come across vintage AM's as pristine as the one you've got. Nice find.
     
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    You simply can't go wrong with an Ibanez (guitar OR bass). Love my Ibbys.
     
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    The one thing Ibanez guitars have going for them is consistency. You can pick up any JEM or JS, or any other model and it will look, feel, and play just as good as any other.

    They’re like the Honda of guitars. Well made, reliable, and plenty of nice features...but not all that exciting.

    The copies from the 70's however, are among the finest electric guitars ever produced.
     
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    Dunno...I love playing my Ibanez more than I ever liked any other electric guitar.....and I have had a few of them....
     
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    Do you think that applies to the GIO models too? If it does, I wonder how the cost is kept down with GIO's? I've heard the pickups in GIO's aren't very good. They sure are a lot of cheap used GIO's available.
     
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    I’ve never played one, but GIOs are Ibby’s Chinese/Indo made budget line. Most of the time the overall workmanship with guitars like these is fairly decent, but they’ll skimp on things like hardware, electronics, and little construction details to cut cost. Upgrades are easy though.
     
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    I've had two MIC Artists and liked both, but have kept the LESS expensive model. The 720's neck just seemed too big for my small hands at the time. It was a beautiful and well made guitar, but I sold it to someone who loves it. I picked up this AR220 recently for a song, and have fallen in love with it. People complain about the ACH pickups (made by Artec model LPC210, Bridge 16.9k Ceramic, Neck 8.4k Ceramic) , but I think that's because Ibanez also puts them in the jazz guitars, and they're more of a distortion pickup. Took it to jam night recently and got compliments on my tone from both drummer and bassist. Pretty much nailed the Judas Priest "Grinder" guitar tone. I'm planning to put an A3 in the neck pickup and see if it can get close to a Super 58 sound. Cannot overstate how cool the Tri-Sound switching is. Just love all the sounds that come out of this guitar. And although they're probably made in the same factory, this neck seems more comfy to me. I think there might be slight differences, because the neck on the 720 was the smooth heel, maple construction type, and this one is the stepped heel (still great high fret access) and mahogany construction. But I believe that is what gives this guitar it's fat tone. All that said, both were fabulous guitars, one just fit me better.

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    My 1st electric was an Ibanez RG470. Now, I have an Indonesian RG 7 string, RG Prestige 8 string and a Korean SZ Prestige neck thru.

    These are mid to higher end so they're definitely very well made. The Indonesian RG Premium shocked me with how good it is. Smooth rounded fret ends, 11 piece neck. Flawless construction.

    But I've owned some budget models too. RG 370, 470, SA260. These were all great guitars too. The SA was my main guitar for 15 years. Never failed once.

    Ibanez guitars have always been player's guitars regardless of price range.


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    I have many guitars in my herd, and i own 9 Ibanez guitars. I'm partial to Ibanez Guitars, they are awesome, simply awesome. I can't say enough about Ibbys..

    The 70s and 80s Japan made Ibanez's are the best quality in my opinion. If you can find an affordable 80s Ibanez Roadstar 2, go for it, your gonna just love it. I have 2 Roadstars as well as several other Japanese Ibbys, a Talman a 59er LP copy, and an RG570 Japan. FWIW, The Korean Ibanez made guitars are slightly lower in quality than the Japs. I do have several Korean Ibbys, but they are still very decent. The Roadstar 2 has a really nice neck, which has similiar specs to a Stratocaster. A great playing guitar. Pickups are awesome too in the Roadstar 2s.

    Here are my baby's!

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    Judging from some of the top-shelf players who play Ibanez, and all the raves about them, they've got to be doing something very right with guitars!

    I've always been such a Fender/Gibson fan that somehow I just never quite "gelled" with the looks of most of their solid-bodies, and always thought of them more as guitars for shredder/metal styles, which is definitely not my genre of interest.

    I do have one Ibanez that I'm impressed with - which is a 6-string guitar/bass crossover. Plays great and is a really cool bass-tuned guitar quite suited to a guitar player.

    Guitars from Asia have more than equalled American-made instruments - but the American brands still have that cache that just won't quit!

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    Every time I play this instrument, it inspires me to come up with sounds and compositions I doubt I would have arrived at with my regular guitars.

    This thread is prompting me to take a fresh look at the Ibanez line up again, to see what's there that might appeal to me. I know, already, that I would love some of the Art-series semi-hollow body guitars.

    ALSO, in that style, and made in South Korea, I have a D'Angelico Excel SS hollow-body guitar that I actually prefer over my Gibsons! In fact, I've pretty much lost interest in Gibson guitars. (That will never happen, for me, with Fenders, though.) I could sell my three Gibsons and not miss them at all.

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    THIS is truly the Golden Age for us, as guitarists... the choices we have available are vast and incredible.
     
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    Hey DHart you should check out An Ibanez Artcore AS73 Korean. There inexpensive and play and sound awesome. I purchased mine with a hs case few months back for $260.
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  18. DHart

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    ray... you have been on QUITE a tear, for a guy who I thought was planning to keep at just a couple of guitars. ;) That said, I'm glad to hear that you're thoroughly exercising your ability to enjoy a nice variety of guitars. :)
     
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    Looks great, Possum! :)
     
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    here in Europe Ibanezes are much cheaper than in the US,. Hence we played a lot of them. I owned many and conclude they are looking good but have no soul, no character, no personality. This is the difference to Gibsons, Fenders, Gretsches, ...
    Since I'm grown older I became rich enough to buy American guitars. Therefore I recommend to learn, get an good job, earn much money, buy American guitars!
     
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