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    One of the most wicked-looking Ibanez guitars ever made.

    The Ibanez XPT700 is a neck-thru constructed guitar that just screams metal from the first moment you see it. With a deep double-cutaways, 4-fin body shape and beveled edges, it's also comfortable to play. Chameleon finishes change colors with the light.

    Two DiMarzio U.S.A made pickups provide tons of clear, powerful tone, and an Edge III bridge combined with a locking nut gives you killer dive bombing without the intonation hassles.

    Sharktooth inlays and top-shelf hardware complete the look.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • Maple/walnut 5-ply neck
    • Wizard II thru-neck
    • Bound rosewood fingerboard
    • 24 jumbo frets
    • 25.5" scale
    • Reverse sharktooth inlays
    • Edge III tremolo bridge
    • U.S.A.-made DiMarzio D Activator humbuckers

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    XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Scale/Length: 648mm/25.5"
    • Width at nut: 43mm
    • Width last fret: 56mm
    • Thickness 1st Fret: 19mm
    • Thickness 12th Fret: 21mm
    • Radius: 400mm (15.7")
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    IbanezXPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 105 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A lot more than I expected

    While I was looking for a new guitar for playing metal stuff, I fell in love with this guitar only by the look. After reading some reviews I finally decided to go to my...Read complete review

    While I was looking for a new guitar for playing metal stuff, I fell in love with this guitar only by the look. After reading some reviews I finally decided to go to my local ibanez retailer to try it by myself. I was really amazed by the neck of the guitar. I've never been a shredder and didn't really wanted to but with this guitar, I can't play it without shredding. Sweeping have always been hard for me but on this guitar I'm getting better and better rapidly. I really like the neck, really fast and easy access even to 24th fret, the finish is crazy, the pick ups are a lot better than I expected. DiMarzio did a nice job on these pick ups. I wasn't expecting too much of passive pick ups even if they said they made it to sound like active ones, but the sound coming out of these monsters is nothing but awesome. I never used neck pick up on my other guitars but on this one, the neck pick up sounds so nice that I'm playing a lot with it. Nothing much to say about the Ibanez Edge III tremolo, I heard it is nothing like an Original Floyd Rose Bridge but I really like it. The tone control is sharp but the volume one isn't perfect, it adjust the volume little, it's almost only affecting the tone of the sound. The neck is a bit heavy so it tends to be unbalanced but it's not that much of a problem. The reverse Ibanez headstock and sharktooth inlays are just completely crazy. That guitar is really made for metal and do justice to that kind of music. From technical death metal to heavy metal, passing by melodic death metal, this guitar sounds amazing. Finally, the shape is just awesome as hell. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a real metal guitar. If something happens to mine (broken, stolen), I would definetly buy another one =)

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    a mistake

    while this guitar might look like a BAMF, don't be surprised if you are severely disappointed with this guitar. like most of the other reviewers say it is MAJORLY neck heavy. Like to...Read complete review

    while this guitar might look like a BAMF, don't be surprised if you are severely disappointed with this guitar. like most of the other reviewers say it is MAJORLY neck heavy. Like to the point where you want to smash it. If you plan on doing any dimebag or steve vai style whammy tricks the edge 3 is just going to let you down. it can't stay tune to save your life if you're doing squeels or wild choppy stuff. The hardware is pretty cheap ( the paint virtually rubs off the tremolo after a few hours of playing time, the machineheads and pickup switch continuously go loose as does the output jack. While the iridescent finish seems cool at first it's actually pretty ugly and cheap ( the sparkles make it look like a tranny's eye shadow and it chips like nobody's business.) Also, the case is a monster, it's big,heavy and CHEAP. The hinges and locks are made of cheap dollar store metal, the inside has no rigidity and the handle is made of PLASTIC. So when you're lugging this BEHEMOTH around all you can feel is the plastic ripping into your hand! I was somewhat impressed with the dimarzio's though. I wanted this guitar the second I saw it in an issue of guitar world. Having total tunnel vision I bought the guitar without trying out any others. I regret that decision all the time. After about a month I gave up on the guitar and sold it on craigslist for half of what I paid for it. My advice: Do not buy this guitar. If you want a good metal guitar try and get a korean made ESP. Hope this helps.

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    3.0

    Cheap Imitation

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    Honestly, I have never been a big fan of Ibanez, and the Xiphos was no exeption. First of all it is a blatant rip-off of the Jackson Warrior, which in my opinion are far superios to Ibanez and comes across as a cheap imitation with lame pickups and cheap Floyd Rose system. My friend owned one of these and while I must admit, the Chameleon finish is awesome, that's reall the only thing that sets this apart in the axe heard. This guitar is also rather expensiveand would not pay more than 500 for it new. Ibanez to me have always felt really ridgid when playing, and the tone weak. If you were to get this guitar I would suggest swapping the pickups with an active EMG set or some Duncans to beef up the sound, but personally I would suggest the Jackson Warriors, they are identical to the Xiphos and have a much stronger sound and nice playability, but if you're really hell-bent on Ibanez then by all means purchase this guitar.
    The Floyd Rose system is always a plus, and The Chameleon finish is pretty wicked!
    Decent at best, my friend owned one and the neck broke rather easily.
    This guitar retails for almost twice what it is worth.

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    5.0

    SImpley Amazing!!!

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar a little over two years ago and I have to say this guitar makes me feel like a god when i play it. The only reason I gave it an overall 9 was due to the fact that one of the strap hooks is terribley placed (the pilot hole). I moved it so that the neck side wouldn't lean all the way to my knees when did stand up playing. I have the black model and it doesn't have the tremello bar like the one on here but it is esentially the exact same guitar so my review does stand relevent. The finish on these babies are astounding, I love that it changes colors in different light. The deactivators are great pickups as well, they're definately some of the best stock pickups you can ask for because they are made to sound like an active (9v battery powered) pickup but they're passives so you don't have a battery to worry about. I did recently change my bridge to a Seymour Duncan AHB-2 pickup because you just can't beat those pups when it comes to extreme heavy metal (in my opinion). I am in love with this guitar it is like a child to me, I will warn you though it is a little awkward getting used to due to it's odd shape, but just take the time to adapt and I promise you will love it. I recomend that you play in a classical position when sitting down with it so that you don't limit your finger extentions on sweeps and long stretches. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy this guitar as much as I do!

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    4.0

    One problem

    By PerlmanLegend992

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    I absolutely love this axe. The finish is spectacular, the DiMarzio pickups are mind blowing, its got a nice flat wide neck, quite professional looking and sounding. except for one thing, the Edge III tremelo system. This is the worst floyd rose bridge I have ever come across, and all my friends that tried it had the same thing to say about it. You can't do any kirk hammet or dimebag darrel techniques with it, you can hardly pull a nice divebomb with it. If you are looking to buy this guitar, do it, it's wonderful, but I suggest you replace the bridge.

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    3.0

    Its OK

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    I bought this about two years ago, and i kinda regret it. The thing is useless when you play standing up. The neck wants to drag the ground, the wieght is so terribly distributed that it would be a workout in itself to play with it live or even standing up. Another issue was the pickups. They suck in my opinion. Way to trebely, absolutely no punch at all, junk if you ask me. Although ive had heard some nice sounding dimarzios before these are just trash to me. I replaced them with emgs and it made a huge difference. Another issue is the finish on the hardware. It looks cool when you first get it but once it gets any oil from your hands on it, it gets blemeshed and corrodes and looks like poop for the remainder of the time you have them on your guitar regardless if you polish them or not. Another issue is the neck. Its thin but too thin you need a little bit to grab onto and this has nothing. The thing also goes out of tune easily. The postives are it looks cool and sounds pretty good once you put emgs in it. Would a buy another one? hell no. your best bet if your interested in this guitar is to try it out for yourself. I made an impulse buy which i should of known better is the most idiotic thing you can do regarding instruments.

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    5.0

    Ibanez XPT700 - a great guitar with one drawback

    By BaptistofFire

    from Portland, CT

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    I purchased the 2009 model of this guitar, so Ive been playing this guitar for two years now. I am very happy with this guitar. The dimarzio d'activator pickups are excellent in my opinion. both the bridge and neck pickups allow you to dial in brutal metal tones. with the bridge pickup playing pinch harmonics is a snap, and i can dial in a sweet clean tone with the neck pickup. The neck is very fast and comfortable. I was hesitant because its a painted neck that my hands wouldn't "glide" over it as easily as a non painted neck but its not a problem at all. Neck through construction is a big plus... Most neck through guitars cost much more than the $700 I paid for this guitar, and i can reach the highest notes of this guitar with ease. The paint job is really cool, Ive gotten a lot of compliments on it. My only gripe about this guitar is the edge tremelo. Its a pain in the neck to set up, but I am able to set it up and make it work great for crazy dive bombs and it wont go out of tune, it just takes a lot of tweaking. If it wasnt for the edge tremelo, I would give this baby straight 5 stars across the board. I dont plan on ever getting rid of this guitar but i may eventually swap out the edge tremelo for an original floyd rose. If Ibanez came out with a version of this guitar that had an original floyd rose instead of the edge that would be the perfect guitar in my opinion

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    2.0

    a mistake

    By Layne Staley

    from Vancouver, B,C,

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    while this guitar might look like a BAMF, don't be surprised if you are severely disappointed with this guitar. like most of the other reviewers say it is MAJORLY neck heavy. Like to the point where you want to smash it. If you plan on doing any dimebag or steve vai style whammy tricks the edge 3 is just going to let you down. it can't stay tune to save your life if you're doing squeels or wild choppy stuff. The hardware is pretty cheap ( the paint virtually rubs off the tremolo after a few hours of playing time, the machineheads and pickup switch continuously go loose as does the output jack. While the iridescent finish seems cool at first it's actually pretty ugly and cheap ( the sparkles make it look like a tranny's eye shadow and it chips like nobody's business.) Also, the case is a monster, it's big,heavy and CHEAP. The hinges and locks are made of cheap dollar store metal, the inside has no rigidity and the handle is made of PLASTIC. So when you're lugging this BEHEMOTH around all you can feel is the plastic ripping into your hand! I was somewhat impressed with the dimarzio's though. I wanted this guitar the second I saw it in an issue of guitar world. Having total tunnel vision I bought the guitar without trying out any others. I regret that decision all the time. After about a month I gave up on the guitar and sold it on craigslist for half of what I paid for it. My advice: Do not buy this guitar. If you want a good metal guitar try and get a korean made ESP. Hope this helps.

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    5.0

    Perfection

    By DZ87

    from Lawton, OK

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    This guitar has everything. The new models for this year must have new strap pin locations that are more like the common modification people were making to solve the balance issue. The neck doesn't really dive down on mine, it sits nicely sitting down. It's very light weight, the reverse head stock is sick on it. I hear a lot of complaints about the edge iii not staying in tune. If you do buy this guitar I will tell you that i can dive bomb on mine and pull on it all day and stay in perfect tune, but the bridge is built differently than a floyd rose. the shape of it looks like it's on an angle when the knife edges (which are not visible) are parallel to the body. so for this to stay in tune you need to find that center of tension, which will look like your bridge is diving down slightly, it's not diving down though, that's just how it looks. Other than that the edge iii is very versatile and customizable. The tone on this guitar is killer, even it's cleans are surprisingly pristine. These dimarzio pickups are excellent, i prefer passive pickups on any guitar with a floating bridge, and these sound just as good as an emg set in my opinion. Perfect guitar for any kind of metal, my only recommendation is watching a youtube video on setting up the edge iii and googling some pictures of how it should sit before complaining about it going out of tune.

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    5.0

    holy crap - amazing guitar

    By shredmayhem500

    from louisianna

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    alright, ive had this guitar for about 4 years and it has NEVER not surprised me when i pick it up and play it. with the 24 frets, extremely low action (compairable with most paul reed smith guitars) the great sustain, and the all worthy ibanez tremelo, this guitar is a monster. you could'nt possibly get any better for the price. i play mostly lead and trust me it can handle anything you throw at it dude. the cool lookin paint job gets alot of people right when i take it out the case haha. oh and if you have any friends that are music illiterate, dont let them touch this guitar if you get it because my frind somehow chipped the long top back cuttaway but not bad but still its a chip and i like perfection...

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    5.0

    One of the best guitars ever made

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    I've owned my second hand xiphos now for about 3 months and it has done nothing but impress me every time I pick it up. It's feel is comparable to a USA Jackson Soloist as far as neck and tone goes. I've played just about every high end ibanez/shred guitar in the book and this xiphos is at the top of the list. The pickups are great and the action is second to none. Many people talk about how the the edge 3 is garbage and won't stay in tune, that's simply because their guitars are set up incorrectly. I set mine up and it has never gone out of tune, not even budged with the same strings on in 3 months. While this guitar is purpose built for metal, it shines in many styles for people who are just looking for an incredible playing and sounding guitar, and don't forget, it has to be the coolest looking guitar since the 80's with the chameleon red paint.

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    5.0

    Makes me feel like a metal god!

    By Hyd

    from California

    Comments about Ibanez XPT700 Xiphos Electric Guitar:

    The Xiphos 700 is an incredible guitar that naturally puts out a crisp metal sound ideal for not only playing metal but even giving your favorite rock songs a heavier more hardcore sound. The very moment I picked up this guitar and played, I knew I had to have it. It plays so easily that even after a couple weeks straight of not picking up any of my guitars, I felt like I had instantly improved.Sure you can tweak effects and distortion on any guitar and get them to sound relatively the same but going from my Custom to this Ibanez has been an eye-opener. I play metal like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Michael Schenker, even some tolerable thrash metal with my Custom and thought I sounded pretty good... Until I got this Ibanez, I hadn't a clue how good I could REALLY sound.Everything is perfect with this guitar. It LOOKS amazing (my dad has the Blue Chameleon...I went for the White "Lightning!"), SOUNDS amazing, PLAYS amazing, and for the price you just can't get any better, truly.

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