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Nearly six decades of guitar-building have made Ibanez one of the most recognized names in the music industry. Not only have Ibanez solid body electric guitars graced the stage with guitarists like Dexter Holland of The Offspring and Robert Westerholt of Within Temptation, they've also been custom-built into signature models like Paul Gilbert's FRM250 and the Joe Satriani JS100. Standard and signature alike, Ibanez guitars are some of the most-played axes in the world. Ibanez first entered the scene in 1957, just as the electric guitar was really beginning to take off. Through the '60s and '70s, their original designs helped to set the standard for the axes we play today. One of the most important contributions that Ibanez made was the introduction of the first commercially available 7 and 8-string guitars, and they're still at the top of the playing field when it comes to extended-range instruments.
The genre with the biggest Ibanez presence is definitely heavy metal, which they dominate through guitars like the Iron Label models. These are made for metal exclusively, blending a thin, high-speed neck with weighty metal tone. If your style is more to the tune of classic rock or pop, you might start with the vintage-styled AR320 instead. Maybe you'd like to take advantage of Ibanez's mastery of extended-range guitars? Check out the 12-string Artist Series AR3212, 8-string Prestige RG2228 or 7-string S7421 for starters.
Ibanez is renowned for their signature models as well as their extended-range guitars, and if you want to experience both, you'll definitely have to look at the M80M Meshuggah Signature. This 8-string guitar was designed in close collaboration with Morten Hagstrom and Fredrik Thordendal to deliver incredible power and playability. For a traditional 6-string signature, you can't miss the Steve Vai JEM77FP2. The only thing better than this signature guitar's look is its legendary-caliber sound.
There are dozens of guitars for you to choose from in the Ibanez lineup. With so many options, there's no doubt that you'll find the perfect solid body electric guitar for you. Take your time and think about what you want in your dream axe. Once you've got an idea of what you'd like, all that's left is to pick out the Ibanez guitar that delivers it.