Every guitar player, at some point or another, aspires to own one of the top brand-name instruments on the market, whether made by Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Paul Reed Smith or anyone else. In some ways, the guitar one plays becomes an identifying symbol; Stevie Ray Vaughn, for instance, was seldom seen with anything other than a Fender Stratocaster in his hands. Not many people could pick Peter Frampton out of a lineup today, but they know he played a Gibson Les Paul. Read more
2011 may well be remembered by guitar and amp aficionados as the Year of the Micro. On top of the list of big things that come in small packages is the EVH 5150 III Micro, a tube-driven head that delivers smashing power to your favorite cabinet (or, better yet, Eddie Van Halen’s favorite cabinet). Hauling your amp from home to the bar, or from home to the studio, and back again has never been easier. It has also never sounded so good. Read more
I have to admit right from the start that metal has never been my medium of choice; I prefer trem-bar bends in short bursts, not big bombs, and I like distortion to sound like distortion, not explosions. Read more
Ibanez Guitars introduces more new products every-year it seems, and the majority of them are becoming more and more affordable guitar models. This presents buyers with quite a challenge when trying to narrow down their choices, but as far as I’m concerned, the Ibanez S Series S320 is one of the best models Ibanez offers with an online price around $350 bones. Read more
Ibanez Guitars — The Ibanez RG321E electric guitar features a 3-piece maple bolt-on neck with the fast and thin Ibanez wizard II profile and a mahogany body that produces extra punch, warmth, power, chunk, and incredible sustain. The bound rosewood fingerboard has 24 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays. All hardware is black-chrome, including die-cast tuners and a fixed Gibraltar Standard bridge. The RG Fixed series brings you the world’s premier metal ax-with the simplicity and sustain of a Gibraltar fixed bridge. Not only does the Gibraltar bridge give your more sonic sustain, but also features a low-profile design that offers maximum playing comfort while you pump out those blazing licks. Read more
The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700XH has an extreme look and an even more extreme tone. 27 frets, ripping-fast Wizard II neck and Dimarzio pickups are just a few of its shred-friendly features, with Mahogany Body – Wizard II Neck-Thru Neck includes Dimarzio Pickups – Edge III Bridge – Green Shadow Flat Finish. The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700XH makes guitar gods of mere mortals. Read more
Since 1986 the masters at Ibanez hit their stride with the RG body style, and have been leaving a trail of wannabe guitar carcass road kill on the highway of rock ever since. I remember seeing my friends with their RG550 models and saying to myself “one day, I’ll own one too”. Fast forward 23 years to find that Ibanez has not rested on its past success. They have also been smart enough to start making budget guitars, starting with the EX series, almost from day two. This is part of what has brought undying loyalty and a fan base some rock stars, and other guitar makers, could only dream to achieve. Read more
Joe Satriani announces his all-new Chickenfoot JS1000 guitar on Twitter. As being a former owner of one of the most rarest Joe Satriani’s guitars Ibanez JS2PRM Chromeboy (only 60 made), I get especially excited about Joe‘s guitars.
Pictured is Joe’s all-new one-of-a-kind Chickenfoot Ibanez JS1000. Look at how nice it is with the Chickenfoot logo stamped on it’s white JS1000 body, just looks yummy to play! Joe is an active Twitter lately, which is really cool… you can follow him too by going to twitter.com/chickenfootjoe
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Ibanez Electronics has proudly extended its amplification arsenal, this time in the professional bass amp category. During winter NAMM 2009, Ibanez demonstrated their all-new Promethean Pro bass amp with the help of bassist Rufus Philpot (Planet X, Down to the Bone). Read more
When you consider that Ibanez has produced more than a thousand guitar models, it’s no surprise that the company delivers high quality instruments at an affordable price. The sound, look and performance of Ibanez’s Arondite and Art series are as sleek as they are reliable. Since recent years, it’s difficult to compete with “Made in China” Ibanez guitar’s from both the quality and price standpoint. Their quality control is phenomenal.
Our review model is a sleek black Arondite ADC-120:
String-thru construction, a mahogany set-in neck, attractive-eye-catching star position inlays, Ibanez bar pole piece style humbucker pickups, and a Gibraltar III bridge. The electronics include a 3 way Switch, a volume and a tone control, dual humbuckers. Overall I would give this a 9 for the simplicity and sleek looks. It’s a very clean and practical guitar. // 8
Playing through a Marshall 8100 Valvestate and a Mesa Boogie Recto 2×12 cab, and jamming out some classic rock, rock and hard rock, the tone is articulate and punchy yet articulate. The neck humbucker carries a melodious rhythm/lead, however, I do find the pickups a bit trebly, so you’ll want to adjust the amp’s EQ accordingly. If you play heavy metal, this guitar can also pull that off with ease. // 7
Action, Fit & Finish:
Set up was spot on. The action and intonation is perfect, all it needed was to be tuned up after it arrived. The pickups were good to go, while not the hottest thing I’ve played, for a $299 brand new guitar, they’re exceptionally well. Overall the fit and finish is really nice. If you played this guitar before seeing the price tag, you would easily mistake it for being a much more expensive model. I was impressed with the finish and sound from this guitar, the low price tag makes it even better. // 8
Reliability & Durability:
I only had the review model for a couple days, but I have not discovered any serious issues as of yet. The one area that could use a little attention is the tuners, a better set tuners would make this guitar great to outstanding. Due to the simplicity of the design, less bells and whistles, I would think there isn’t much to go wrong with this guitar. Reliability & durability would seem excellent if it had better tuners. // 8
The Arondite ADC-120 is very versatile instrument with it‘s lightweight and slim-shaped neck. Personally, I’m more of a rock / rhythm player, however, my buddy who is an absolute shred monster was suitably impressed with the playability of this guitar as well. As stated above, it’s easy to confuse this guitar as a much more expensive instrument than the price tag says. // 9
The End Line
The Ibanez’s Arondite series guitars compare favorably with guitars costing two, three and even four times as much. They offer such an incredible value that they’ll make you forget the recession. In fact, most of the Arondite models sell for street prices that will leave you with change from your economic stimulus check.
- The body is uniquely in-between a Les Paul and an Explorer
- Strings-thru-body with 3D-adjustable [Gibraltar III ] bridge
- Thin-style (60’s) mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and star Mother-of-Pearl / Abalone inlays
- Made in China
- 22 frets
- Laminated top
- 3-way-pickup selector switch; 1 volume control; 1 tone control
- Two passive alnico humbuckers with bar magnets