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Ibanez Iron Label Fanned Fret Electric Guitar
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The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing i...Read More
The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing it for both speed and strength. Whether you favor a hardtail (fixed) bridge or our industry-leading locking tremolo system, the RG is a precision instrument.
Equalized tension helps to create a more "alive", open tone. But the design also improves player comfort. The slant of the fanned frets ergonomically coordinates with the way a player's hand angles as it moves up and down the neck, facilitating quick, comfortable playing action.
The Mono-Rail bridge delivers the ultimate in string-to-string isolation, meaning that each string vibrates optimally without be affected by the others.
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Tone
- String Through Body
- Lack of Cosmetic Options
- Poor factory setup
- Rock Concerts
Comments about Ibanez Iron Label Fanned Fret Electric Guitar:
I have been playing metal/rock guitar now for over 17 years. These days, I mainly record for my own enjoyment, but have played in several bands/projects and own a wide variety of instruments and hardware. Some items I own that I feel are relevant to this review and justify my evaluation are: Ibanez M8M (Meshuggah Signature), Ibanez RG2228 Prestige, and an Ibanez RG7421. The idea of a fanned fret instrument has become increasingly appealing to me the more I play extended range instruments due to the fact that they seem harder to find an adequate balance of string tension and playability. I typically down tune most of my instruments at least a half step from pitch, and compensate by using a larger string gauge. Often, this results in a disproportionate feel between the bass and treble strings and tends to eliminate a bit of the desirable spongy tones one can get from a sharp attack on an open string or a big chord. This instrument makes up for that wonderfully. There is absolutely no awkwardness or learning curve adjusting to the fanned fret positioning. Whether you're playing chords or single note runs, the design of this fingerboard makes it beyond easy to adapt and find welcome comfort to any playing style. Compared to the M8M or the RG2228, this instrument really doesn't exhibit an overly large feel or clunkiness. The fingerboard is well dressed and cosmetically fantastic compared to many import model guitars I've seen. The frets are level, and there is no evidence of sloppy work. The neck is what one would come to expect from Ibanez: thin and fast. The through body string setup is much preferred, as it lends itself to better resonance and fast changes. The EMGs perform well, and offer a semi organic tone, though I would prefer passive Seymour Duncans. The monorail bridge is attractive and easy to intonate. Recommendations for change would be maple fretboard and neck through options. Overall, this instrument is an excellent value for the money.