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Ibanez S470DXQM Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez S470DXQM brings a luxurious quilted maple top to one of the world's most dangerous electric guitars. Maple Wizard II neck, mahogany body, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Your grandma won't go anywhere near this quilt.

The Ibanez S470DXQM brings a luxurious quilted maple top to one of the world's most dangerous electric guitars. Maple Wizard II neck, mahogany body, 22 jumbo frets, bound rosewood fretboard, special ZR tremolo, and the unbelievably versatile HSH Infinity pickup set.

FEATURES
  • Maple Wizard II neck
  • Mahogany body w/quilted maple top
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Zero Point tremolo
  • HSH Infinity pickup configuration
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4.8

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very fast guitar

I've had this guitar for 5 years now and it still play awesome. Very very fast guitar. I love the neck and the tremolo system on this guitar. The only bad thing is...Read complete review

I've had this guitar for 5 years now and it still play awesome. Very very fast guitar. I love the neck and the tremolo system on this guitar. The only bad thing is that the pickups are not the greatest; they're kinda weak. I had to replace the original pickups with a set of EMG 81/85 active pickups. The combination of the fast neck and awesome tremolo along with the EMGs makes it a killer guitar. I'm not a big fan of Ibanez necks for their lower model guitars like the RG models, but the S model necks and tremolo system are super slick.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its ok

FeaturesFeatures were great. The hardware is top of the line and suprised me by finding them on a low priced guitar. The bridge is 100000X better than any floyd rose. You can flip...Read complete review

FeaturesFeatures were great. The hardware is top of the line and suprised me by finding them on a low priced guitar. The bridge is 100000X better than any floyd rose. You can flip the guitar over, turn a knob, and adjust the bridge right then and there. QualityThe quality was what tore me away from buying this guitar. No matter how much i adjusted the bridge, it did not make a drastic difference in the play. Because of this, the guitar played terribly and the rest of the astounding features crumbled before my eyes and made me not want it. The guitar also has a very light and thing distortion.ValueFor the accessories it has at such a low price makes it a decent, affordable guitar.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very fast guitar

By Y3K Musicman

from Minneapolis, MN

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I've had this guitar for 5 years now and it still play awesome. Very very fast guitar. I love the neck and the tremolo system on this guitar. The only bad thing is that the pickups are not the greatest; they're kinda weak. I had to replace the original pickups with a set of EMG 81/85 active pickups. The combination of the fast neck and awesome tremolo along with the EMGs makes it a killer guitar. I'm not a big fan of Ibanez necks for their lower model guitars like the RG models, but the S model necks and tremolo system are super slick.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow 2

By Jack-YBPSV

from Michigan

his guitar is worth a lot more than you pay for it here! This guitar looks and feels great. I feel it compares to other guitars selling for twice the price. I have a couple other floating tremolo's one is a ?real? Floyd Rose. The ZR tremolo blows my Floyd away! Its so much easier to setup and adjust, it feels great, and it really stays in tune!! This guitar has a great sound and good sustain. As you click through the pick up setting you find a wide range of sounds. I normally change out stock pickups, but I don?t see a need with this set. I think this guitar is an outstanding value for the price. I did need to tweak the action, the truss was set to .013 all were very small adjustments. It came with D'Addario XL 009-042. I really love this guitar!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great deal

By Billder

from West Bend, WI

I picked up the S470DXQM a few weeks ago and have already used it heavily in two shows, so I figure I can review it fairly now. I was a bit hesitant based on the somewhat low price compared to the high-end Ibanez, and the fact that it's got the Infinity pickups. I have to say that I'm really happy with this guitar. The pickups have a nice balance of gain and tone, with no uncontrolable feedback. The bridge has a really nice design and I love the quick spring tension adjustment. Plus....for whatever reason, I forgot to tighten the lock-nut after restringing the guitar right before a 3 hour set...and after some heavy trem use including Eruption, the guitar held tune the whole night, without locking down the nut. Amazing! Highly-recommended.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Trading My Axes in for Sabers

By Shane-UItaI

from Tulsa OK

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Ibanez S470DXQM Surprised Me! This is a very beautiful very player friendly instrument.The only thing I would change about it is the 22 fret neck, which Ibanez has done in the 2010 models.The neck is super fast with just the right amount of fret bite. I traded my 98 Japan made RG470 strait up for this guitar and I got a much better guitar out of the deal.The ZR trem is a dream come true. Opaque bends on a floating system unbelievable! String flutter is easy by banging the bar. Heavy picking won't work however. Abuse will not detune this guitar.I will sell all of my old F ser# RG's and buy the new S models with the ZR trems, they are that good.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NOT A LES PAUL

By HairBandRocker

from Dover, OH

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This is my first Ibanez guitar and I have to say I like it over all, BUT!!!! I've played mostly Les Pauls for more then 30 years, and the way I pic I'm having trouble hitting the volume knob on this Ibanez. I'm constantly turning the volume down by accident. This guitar screams and I have no problem with its quality or sound and it's so light compared to a Les Paul. But if you've been playing Les Pauls for awhile like me, you might want to lock down the volume knob so you don't lose your sustain. This IS a great guitar!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun, but not great

By J blues

from FL

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I was looking for a new (3rd) electric guitar and wanted something versatile,unique and not overlly priced.I have an Ibanez accoustic/electric that I am really happy with so I checked this out. I was looking at the Japan model but after much debate could not spend that much and went with the Indonesia made one. I looked at all types of makes and models can kept coming back to this one and bought it.First the cool/nice stuff: The body shape, stlye and finish is just plain sexy. It is very light and very thin and the maple top is a beauty. I purchased the bright blue and it is not as "bright" as the picture but nice. Ibanez always does a nice job with the mother or pearl inlays and headstock. The color of the metal trim and tunners is a nice dark nickel finish. If you like loud....this guitar is "loud" and alomost too much for my tastes compared to my Strat and Les Paul on the same settings so I am still playing with it to get the desired combination for quality and not quantity of sound. It has lots of ways to make physical adjustmets to the set up but did not require any so far. The action seems to be fine and the combination H-S-H pickups give lots of versatility with plenty of sustain. It appears to have good quality strings that come stock.Now the the not so nice stuff:Quality control and finishing touches were off quite a bit here. The neck was plain dirty with some black dust on it out of the box (needs clean and wax all over). The rosewood fret board was screaming for some lemon oil and looked 110% better afterwards. The neck also could have used some additional sanding on all inside corners + a little more clear coating. When compared to my other 2 electrics this neck came in last. Ibanez should have spent just a few bucks on some better metal trim design around the pickups as it does not cover well + (the middle pickup has none at all and you can see the red and white wires.) Instead, they have some "cheesy" looking black cloth electric tape around the pickups that is clearly visble ( sticks up )and really takes away from the class if the instument. The output jack for the amp has no metal piece at all ( like a strat) and had just black paint with some poly build up around it. The jack is also designed at a poor angle and really hard to unplug without grabbing the cord itself (instead of the the metal end).If some of these things are of no concern and you just want really cool looking and loud its definitely for you. If the total overall workmanship, quality and details are of concern check this out at the store first before buying.I would bet the Japan made one does not have these quality issues but its twice the price.Hope this helps

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

S470

By Gepetto

from Philadelphia PA

It is a great guitar the wizard II neck is absolutely perfect along with thin body its a great guitar for shredding. The pickups are pretty good and the H/S/H is a great combonation for the guitar. Its also great for harmonics and the wammy bar and the bridge work great together. Best guitar I've ever bought.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Versatile Shredding Machine

By Shreddy-52plb

from Texas

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I recently ordered and recived this guitar, and it's hands down the best guitar in it's price range I've played. The Ibanez S series guitars put the "Super" in Superstrat. This guitar very comfortable due to it's slim, sleek contouring. It rests on your body very easily, and has a way more cozy feel than a lot of the "blockier" superstrats out. This makes for a great ease of playing. The Wizard 2 neck is top notch. It's slim, and fast; everything you've come to expect from an Ibanez neck. It also has a nice ammount of curve, so it rests comfotably in your hand with out feeling too flat. I have the Red Viking finish on mine, and it looks insanely nice. If you think it looks good on this site, wait until you see it in person. The quilt maple looks downright killer. The Ibanez ZR trem is amazing. It has a lot of innovative features the save it from the inconviences of a lot of other double locking tremolos out, and it won't give in to whammy abuse either. You can abuse it like crazy and it stays in tune for ages. The S series is hailed as versatile and this axe screams versatility. The H/S/H/ pick up configuration mixed with the fat tone of the Mahogany body can dish out any sound you want, from smooth airy Jazz, to brutal Metal. This guitar is light and comfortable while still keeping amazing tone. It's very slim, about 2/3 the thickness of my rg, and will give you that awesome mahogany tone with out weighing you down. If you're looking at getting this guitar, I'd reccomend it with out a second thought. It works for any style and is a blast to play.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Low price... Great Guitar

By lilythstone

from Ohio

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I own 2 ibanez basses an ibanez day tripper and 2 s- series 6-string electrics and 1 ibanez PRESTIGE. My point. I like ibanez and have played quite a few guitars. The only other guitars that I play on a regular basis are(not my Clapton sig. or les P or even my PRS) my Parker Deluxe and My Steinberger (not my Clapton sig. or les P or even my PRS). I'm throwing names around for a reason. This little guitar is a big hell raiser. The trem is smooth (no extra play), easy on the wrist. The pick-ups or not thin sounding... maybe that was that poor guys amp. The Pickups are mean and meaty and in the 4th position produce a nice Petrucci-esque lead tone. The gadgets in the back are not as clever as the steinberger's acheivements, but there is nothing majorlly wrong w/ the trem adjustments. Don't mess with it unless you have a clue as to how a trem. works, though. The trick is to get the guitar slightly off e but in tune with itself(hi or lo) and bring it , the bridge, with all 6 strings to pitch. Maybe I'm bias, but I continually spend my $$$ on Ibanez for some reason and it's not their fret markers. If you have the money.... buy it. Like I said, I go Parker Deluxe and my back up is an Ibanez.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet!

By lowrider83

from Austin, MN

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I have not owned an Ibanez since the early 80's. No clue why I stayed away so long, but I am glad to be back! I picked up the '07 version in Blue Moon Burst just last week, and really haven't put it down since. The '07's have Infinity pickups instead of Powersounds. I won't be changing them any time soon. Warm, but not overly hot, with excellent clarity and definition. This is not a one-trick shredder at all, it's covering our entire range of songs easily by just switching between pickups and adjusting the volume. Build quality is typical Ibanez, outstanding. The S body is very comfortable, and quite light considering the mahogany/maple construction. The finish is gorgeous, a real head turner. The ZR trem is simply amazing! While not being the easiest to learn, it does its job beautifully, returning to pitch every time. This axe is like getting a Ferrari for the price of a Kia, simply amazing! I'll be back for more!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Necrophage666

By Slipknothatecrew666

from North Carolina

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When I first saw this I was a bit skeptical but when I played it I was amazed.The ZR trem. stays in tune great through the greastest divebombs and the PU's arent that bad either.Overall, maybe put in some locking tuners and better pickups but other than that, go for it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jason G- J&R Studio

By J&R Studio

from Anchorage AK

I bought this guitar about 6 months ago after reading some reviews from gearslutz.com and a few other places. This guitar SHREDS!!!!!!! You cant buy a better suited guitar for metal for the price. The neck is FAST and the Zr Trem is awsome. It'll take you a while the first time you restring it to get everything working how you want it, but after you get it right, its way faster and easier than the double locking Floyd Rose. Never Goes Out Of Tune. Dive bombs to supper high squeels.....will stay in tune. The ONLY bad thing I have to say is that the neck pickup is not so great. But you dont buy this guitar if you want a les paul sounding smooth. Its for Metal Heads who want to SHRED. WORTH EVERY CENT!!!!!!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, Great price

By ghero314

from Toronto, Ontario

First of all, the S470 has a great feel. Its body is extremely thin around the edges, but is much thicker around the pickups, for a stronger tone. My favourite thing about it is probably the neck, which is a little thicker than some ibanez's, but is still thinner than most other guitars out there. The pickups are extremely versitile, and can give some authentic gibson tones as well as thinner single coil, fenderish sounds. The tremolo system is also great. Ive never had to tune it since I got it a few weeks ago, and i use the whammy bar alot. Its also much easier to change the strings on than most floyd rose systems. To give you an idea, a local guitar store only charged $15 to get it set up and the strings changed, when they usually charge $50 for locking systems. also a great looking guitar. I have a korean made version, and im sure the japanese made ones are even better. I gave it a 4 in quality only because the bridge was made with some cheapper metals, and have heared some stories of parts wearing out, but im sure ibanez will replace them. And for the price, it is definetly worth it. I would prefer this over many guitars worth $1000. Overall a great guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Newest and Favorite Electric Guitar

By Metalhead3113

from Portland, OR

I bought this guitar about a year ago and it is by far my favorite electric. The Zero Point tremolo system is something I had never seen before. It is absolutely an amazing system, dive bombs and overall tremolo usage is very easy with this system. The neck has a great shape and is easy to traverse. The guitar in general is light and very comfortable to play and is great for both rhythm and lead players. This is a perfect guitar for the Metal and Rock guitarist.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

S470DXQM RED VIKING

By Xx DBENC xX-F_HYQ

from Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Just got mine on April 6 07. Everything I was hoping for. Wizard II neck is so fast I think I am already a better guitarist. I cant believe what I've been missing. A lot of people complain about the Infinity pickups not being so hot but I was pleasantly surprised. They output as good if not better then my EMG-HZ I have in what was my primary guitar. Maybe not the best comparison but I see no need to change the pickups. They are very versatile and the ZR tremolo is a dream come true. If your looking for a do-it-all guitar this is the one for you. Fit and finish is a perfect 10 and it weighs next to nothing. Do not hesitate to get this AX. Now that I've played the S series body I don't think I could play anything else!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ibanez S479DXQM

By Ibanez for life man.

from Iowa.

I got this guitar a few years ago, and it hasn't let me down yet, this is a GREAT guitar.Features-I gave it a 5 because there isn't anything I can think of that this is missing. Five-way switching, Floyd Rose licensed trem, Tone, it's got it all. The neck is amazing! Very easy to play, for people with big hands, or small hands. It's maybe one of the best features on this guitarQuality- I gave it a 4.5, and not a 5 is because some of the nuts around the tuning pegs and the knobs came loose, but that's an easy fix.Value- For this amount of money, it's a steal. You won't regret buying this at all, believe me. It's a wonderful guitarOverall-If you're looking for a good quality guitar, that won't break the bank, this is it. Look no further! This guitar turned me to a faithful Ibanez fan. This is my fourth one, all of which I still have. Buy it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best guitar. ever.

By akustikboy

from Philippines

I got this guitar as a birthday/graduation gift. We shelled out for this one was worth it. I got the S470B with the solid red finish/black binding and it looks METAL. Features wise I absolutely love the ZR trem it is probably the best bridge ever. It's very smooth and does REALLY radical stuff. A nice change from my fender strat copy. Neck is very thin and slick. Jumbo frets make playing a breeze. The sound is suprisingly thick despite its thinness and it reminds me of the Gibson SG (and its 1/4 the price). What I love most about this guitar is it can handle any genre. One minute its screaming metal and afterwards it will sing some beautiful jazz. Some say that the hardware is easy to break though a little maintenance should prevent any mishaps. I suggest putting some antirust/WD40 on the hardware and strings. Overall this guitar is great. Epic is an understatement for this guitar. I compared this with the RG370 DX and I was happy with my choice.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best guitar I own!!

By progfreak45

from Washington

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I came to this guitar after about a year of soul searching for the perfect guitar. I wanted something that had the warm fat humbucker tone of a Les Paul but the clean poppy highs of a Stratocaster. And this guitar delivers both! The body is thin, VERY thin and extremely comfortable. Not to mention that unlike Les Pauls it is also very light yet because its made of mahogany it has that same great tone! Also the neck is wonderful, and extremely fast. But by far the best feature on this guitar is the ZR tremelo!!! If you like the features of a Floyd Rose but you don't want all the down sides that turn so many people off to them then this is perfect. I never have to tune this guitar, once I put this guitar in tune it never goes out (and I am very brutal to the whammy bar!). I know people who have expensive Gibsons and Fenders and they swear by them, but let me tell you this guitar easily overshadows them!I marked features down a bit because the only problem I had with this is the bridge pickup has very little bite to it and weak harmonics. My model is from 2006 and since then they have redone some of the hardware and from what I hear the pickups on the new model are much nicer.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome product

By i_luv_s_guitars_now

from Virginia

I just got this guitar today and I must it is amazing. The neck is super smooth and easy to play on, the body is light and super comfortable to play, and the pickups arent as bad as many people claim. The only downfall is many people say that the zr tremolo's arm socket is really bad qaulity and after testing it myself, I have come to the same conclusion. The bridge itself is amazing, but when your trying to attach the arm to it and make really tight so you can flutter and stuff its just a pain in the butt, it wont hold well and its hard to get it to tighten. Then also the pickups, I dont think, sound too great clean, but I dont really play too much clean so it is no big deal. However, I still think this guitar is worth every penny because it sounds, looks, and plays amazing. Also, I would recommend a case for it because, well, you have to keep your guitars safe for traveling and away from you crazy cats that just go nuts on new guitars.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Baby

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ok, I bought this guitar back in 2003/04 i believe and I have the Natural fade one. I got this guitar after being sick an tired of my crappy Fender Squire that most begginer guitarists get. I've been playing this baby ever since! I really, truley love this guitar! I'm always just blown away by how powerful it can be; live and even at home. I never wanna put this baby down! In fact, I've played it SO much that I have to get the bridge replaced cuz I wore out some of my frets! The only thing I suggest is maybe switching out the pickups, make sure it's set up, the go crazy with it man!

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