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Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar  

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The Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar is crafted with a mahogany body that delivers a warm tone. With a sleek top arch the S420 is a highly playable guitar...Read More

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Minimal eye candy and a weathered finish for that subtle, menacing vibe.

The Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar is crafted with a mahogany body that delivers a warm tone. With a sleek top arch the S420 is a highly playable guitar that feels luxurious.

The S420 guitar's 3-piece bolt-on maple neck has the fast Ibanez Wizard II neck profile and is dressed with 24 jumbo frets for increased expressiveness. A Zero Resistance (ZR) double-locking ball-bearing bridge offers smooth and stable tremolo action.

The guitar's Ibanez INF humbucking pickups boast a versatile tonal array. With a weathered black finish, black hardware, and an unadorned fingerboard, the Ibanez S420 has a subtle, menacing vibe.

Infinity humbucking pickups
The versatile and responsive INF1 pickup installed in the neck position has a ceramic magnet for warm classic tone and added output. The humbucking INF2 bridge pickup features an enhanced midrange output. Its Alnico-V magnet enhances individual string clarity and excellent dynamics.

Zero Point tremolo system
The unique Ibanez Zero Point system stabilizes the bridge and insures tuning stability by consistently returning the tremolo to the center point (or zero point). In addition to the usual tremolo springs, the Zero Point System features 2 additional springs, which ensure the bridge's return to the center point. Quickly adjust the Zero Point system by hand—there's no need for a hex wrench. The Ibanez S420 guitar's ZR tremolo system employs ballol-bearings for smooth, precise, and friction-free action.

Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • S Series model
  • Solidbody double-cutaway style
  • Mahogany body
  • Weathered black finish with matching headstock
  • 3-piece bolt-on maple neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Wizard II neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 15.75" radius
  • 1.69" nut width
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Offset dot inlays on the 12th fret
  • Infinity 2 bridge humbucking pickup
  • Infinity 1 neck humbucking pickup
  • Master volume and tone knobs
  • 5-way blade pickup selector
  • Die-cast locking tuners
  • Zero resistance (ZR) Double-locking tremolo bridge
  • Cosmo black hardware
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

S420 Electric Guitar

  • Wizard II Neck Dimensions:
  • Scale/Length: 25-1/2"/648 mm
  • Fretboard Radius: 15.75"/400 mm
  • Width at Nut: 1.69"/43 mm
  • Width Last Fret: 2.20"/56 mm
  • Thickness 1st Fret: 0.74"/19 mm
  • Thickness 12th Fret: 0.82"/21 mm
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IbanezS420 Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BBsun burst

      By Jason

      from Rockport ME

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Hard First Trem

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

      I got this in black berry sunburst about 3 years ago at a local music store. I could barely see this guitar from the front of the store when I walked in but it caught my eye almost immediately. the finish is just stunning. Then I played it...
      the neck is thin, and the gloss doesn't slow you very much. The pickups are amazing for stock pickups! The trem is amazing (once I figured it out).This was only my second guitar, and my first (and only) guitar with a trem, so of course I messed it up and had to have it readjusted once or twice... but, I got the hang of changing strings, ect eventually, but that was an issue of me not have used a trem before, not the guitar. The hardware are a dark chrome, that like gold Finnish, will ware to chrome if you touch it too much, but i like the worn look so i don't mind. its tied with my gibson les paul jr special humbucker for my favoret guitar...

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredibly versatile

      By The Steadys

      from FTC, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Metal
        • Rock

        Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

        I picked up a new S420 nearly a year ago and have found it to be an incredibly versatile guitar. I've been playing for 20 years and am manily recording in a home studio these days. I love the variety of clean tones this guitar provides...from smooth and jazzy to funky and quacky. Another thing I really like is the body shape/thickness/contour...the guitar just disappears when you put it on...it almost becomes part of you which makes it super comfortable and easy to play. As with all Ibanez guitars that I've owned and played, the playability and craftsmanship is incredible, especially for the price. I play everything on my S420; blues, jazz, funk, rock, metal, etc., and it works pretty well for all of it. I really like the tremolo system and the neck is also perfect for my tastes. Mine is the red sunburst color and the pictures you see don't do it justice; it's beautiful in person. My only complaints would be that the bridge pickup is a little too hot to get a cood clean tone out of but that's not a real big deal...this is sold as a rock/metal guitar afterall, and the tremolo action is a little stiff for my preference even with the setting all the way soft but that is also not a big deal and I'm used to it now. I own 10 other guitars beside this one and lately this is the only one I want to play if that gives you any indication of how much I like mine.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Folks we have a winner!!!

        By Vajra

        from Vermont USA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

          A fine, fine instrument. And for 500 bucks you cannot go wrong. One of the best vibrato system I have ever played period. Unreal how it stays in tune and I use it a lot for various subtleties as well as more in your face stuff. This axe has a very wide range of possible playing applications for all kinds of styles.Great for an eclectic colorist who uses a wide variey of tones and effects in their playing. I don't know how this would be as a straight metal guitar, but it may work fine there too. Needed minor tweaking with the frets, action, and vibrato but any set up guy can do that fairly cheap. I have the Blackberry Sunburst and it is STUNNING. Lightweight, plays like butter. Might want to switch out pick ups but the stock ones are fine too. Can't say enough about how pleased I am with this axe. I string this with the Ernie Ball Cobalt strings, that I also think the world of, and it plays like a dream. You want this!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best. Guitar.

          By RShirk24

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              Without a doubt one of the best guitars I've ever played. It's light and has one of the fastest necks. When setup properly this thing holds a tune like no other. I dowtune a good bit and this holds it like a charm. The stock pickups aren't bad, but certainly would bring out more of the guitar if upgraded. I can't recommend the S Series enough.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gary Ramey

              By Gary Ramey

              from west virginia

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              The customer service was excellent with the purchase of my guitar (my purchase was over the phone.) The delivery was also speedy and recieved within the promised time.My purchase was an Ibanez S420 with the new ZR Tremelo, something new that I had been wanting to try. I am a committed Ibanez fan to start with and had shopped around for the best price (I knew what I was going buy before hand) and Musicians Friend beat the competition by as much as 85.00 dollars. I feel the quality of the product met all of my expectations including the price. The guitar plays, sounds, and feels great and I would recommend Musicians Friend to anyone shopping for instruments, sound equipment, etc. My next purchase and all my guitars will be with you.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Another Winner.

              By Robjob

              from Wyoming

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              This is my 3rd Ibanez guitar. The Blackberry finish is amazing. Wasn't a fan of the flat black. I had to go through and tighten the locking nut and adjust the springs for the Trem, but after that I havent had a single issue. Pickups are ok at best, not a lot of output, pretty flat EQ response. The Bridge is amazing, the ZP2 system can be removed in under 30 seconds. It does stiffen the bridge. Wonderful trem unit, allow it to break in though and it gets better. The Mahogany body is very pleasant sounding, deep thick chords good high end, good mids and great lows. The neck is amazing. Flat, thin, and fast. I up sized my strings to 9-48's and had no issues with the bridge at all, no intonation issues or height, nothing. An amazing guitar for the money. Which is why I keep coming back to Ibanez. Another Happy customer.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Another S Series that kills.

              By MarkS315-cLPBA

              from Central New York

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar about 2 or 3 months ago after playing it twice at a local store. So needless to say it's a great instrument especially for the bang for the buck. The craftsmanship is great. It's honestly the next best thing if you cannot afford a Prestiege. The IBZ pickups are not that band sounding at all honestly and could hold you over until you got replacements. The S Series are always great and reliable. The ZR bridge is amazing. I strongly reccommend buying this guitar, you wont be dissapointed.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not raving...but...

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is KILLER.I played one of these in blackberry,for about 5 minutes,and I was sold.I've wanted an S5470 for 2 years now,but thanks to Ibanezs constant price jumps,thats out of the question for a while,but don't think this is a cheap substitute,this beast blew me away,between the crazy comfy neck (thin,FLAT radius,huge (24 :D)frets),amazing thin body (the whole guitar weighs like 6 pounds) that resonates so well,beautiful finish,absolutely genius tremolo (and I'm a solid bridge kinda guy),and unbelievable pickups,I'm a die hard DiMarzio player,so they'll eventually get popped out,but honesty,unlike most cheaper guitars,its not even necessary.Clean,both pickups are articulate and smooth,but with LOTS of distortion,they're still super defined,and the bridge nails harmonics ALL DAY.I would recommend this guitar to almost everyone.Its an unbeatable deal,and one of the best guitars I have ever played.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              no need for a girlfriend

              By mini-musician

              from southeast louisiana

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              I ordered this guitar a week before christmas as a little present to myself. I always have played Ibanez, so i did my homework just to make sure i wouldn't sell this one right after i bought it like i did my old RG. I got the blackberry sunburst and let me tell you, the picture on the site does no justice to the finish on this guitar. The Wizard II neck is fast and very comfortable to play, especially since i have smaller hands. Stock pick-ups are ok, but i will eventually put some DiMarzio's in this baby. The ZR tremolo is simply amazing. It blows a Floyd Rose out of any category. The body is super thin which makes the guitar super light and great for the stage. Get this guitar. I promise you will not have any regrets!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LOVE IT

              Comments about Ibanez S420 Electric Guitar:

              My local guitar shop is an ibanez dealer so I've played an unthinkable amount of ibanez's. I walked in and saw this thing sitting on a stand and the sunburst finish caught my eye instantly. The craftsmanship is amazing. I picked the guitar up and plugged it in. I instantly was in love right from the first riff I played. For the stock pickups. They are not bad at all. However I'm a dedicated duncan player so I'll probably switch em out. I love the trem system. Literally AMAZING. The neck is very very smooth. Yes I did make the purchase on this guitar. You absolutely cannot beat how awesome this guitar is. 500 dollars?!?! BUY THIS GUITAR NOW!

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