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When an instrument maker has been around for more than a century, you know they've got some serious chops. For Ibanez, one of the secrets to that long-term success has been to stay at the forefront of innovation in the industry. As a result, Ibanez has built up one of the most impressive selections of extended-range guitars that you're likely to find from any manufacturer. Most of the Ibanez guitars you'll find here belong to one of three lineups: the S, RG and RGD series. The best option for you will depend on what you're looking for in your guitar - for example, the RG and RGD instruments are metal-oriented, while the S series are premium rock 'n' roll guitars. RG models are a good choice if you want a versatile and precise guitar. If you're into down-tuning, the RGD is specifically designed for you, using an extended 26.5" scale to meet the responsiveness needed for down-tuning while remaining tight enough for fast soloing. With the S series, you get a smattering of high-end parts for a mahogany guitar that's lightweight, artistically designed and fantastically responsive.
Ibanez offers several versions of each series, from standard models to the distinctive Iron Label guitars. These axes are a must-have for metalheads, designed from the ground-up for heavy metal sounds exclusively. A great example of an Iron Label guitar is the S-series SIR28FD. Putting a metal spin on the rock-loving S lineup, this guitar uses an extended 27" scale neck to give you total control over its 8 strings. The "3D" body shape makes it easy to handle, and it's sporting a matched set of DiMarzio humbucking pickups to push through every ounce of amazing tone - if your amp can handle it!
For a high-end playing experience aimed at all genres, you might also consider the Ibanez Prestige lineup. Just like Iron Label, Prestige encompasses S, RG and RGD guitars. These instruments are all about craftsmanship, made exclusively in the Japanese Ibanez workshops and taking into account the ideas and suggestions of musicians who play their guitars every day. For a sample of what Prestige has to offer, take a look at the RG752 7-string guitar. Its Wizard-7 Prestige neck is made with five pieces of maple and wenge to keep it straight and solid, and sculpted shape makes it comfortable and fast-playing. This guitar features DiMarzio PAF-7s for a sound that can run with the best vintage humbuckers.
When you want to get more out of your guitar, adding a few strings is the way to go. Ibanez can help you get there with this impressive catalog of seven and eight-string extended-range guitars. Don't let the number of strings intimidate you - just like any other guitar, all you need to do is pick out the one with your favorite styling, tonewood and pickups and you'll be rocking out in no time.