This is a guitar that not many people know about in the Ibanez line up, and it's mostly because it only lived for about a year before being discontinued. The guitar was based off of the Telecaster design more than the Strat design, but it was still part of the Roadstar Pro series. The guitar features a modified Telecaster design mahogany body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and 22 jumbo frets, dot inlays, original Edge tremolo, two humbuckers, a wooden pickguard, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.
The first thing I should mention about this guitar is the neck. This actually has the Ultra neck which is about 2mm thicker than the normal Wizard neck. The extra meat gives your hand something to grab onto vs the Wizard which kinda leaves a slight gap because it's so thin. The fretwork itself is still the same on these models in that it's decent, but Ibanez is doing better than before thanks to the Prestige line up. The body is a little more ergonomic than a normal Telecaster body, which I found to be cool. The tremolo on this is also the best tremolo ever made, and Ibanez still offers it to this day on special guitars.
The pickups are this guitar's biggest killer. The bridge pickup in this is kinda flat sounding overall, and I find it doesn't really fit the mahgoany wood that it's put in. It's almost like it was made for basswood instead. Under gain, it lacks the clarity that I look for. Under cleans, it's just a bit dull. The neck is very similar in that it lacks dynamics. If you ever get one of these, I recommend replacing the pickups with something else. DiMarzio and Duncan both have some great, affordable pickups that will really bring this thing to life. They also don't cost an arm and a leg like some of the more boutique pickups out there.
While the looks are kinda odd, it's still a solid guitar. It's too bad that these are hard to find as I think more people today would be willing to play them than before. If you ever get one, pay attention to any possible neck cracks as it's pretty common with the way the locking nuts are mounted on these guitars. Too many people crank down on the nuts and cause the neck to crack. Also, if you get one, swap out the pickups for something better sounding.
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Tophe2014's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- In which country she does doing? Made in the USA in Bensalem Pennsylvania plant in 1988, producing 60 limitea.
- How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration?
22 frets, 2 humbuckers IBZ / USA
- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
- What are the rglages (volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?
Volume, Tone slecteur 3 position
- What type of race?
Channel "540" near the Wizard or sleeves saber.
Wooden plate with transparent white paint, superb finish.
The pots should be black or ringos without abalone pearl.
- Is the handle enjoyable? more comfortable than RG
- The access to acute (desti- nations most recently freight) is it easy?
hmmm, that's not an RG, but it's still better than the fender.
- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
the shape is superb, much worked a telecaster, weight is comsquent mahogany.
- Gets it easy to sound good ...?
- Appropriate your style of music?
- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?
A little while loan, much like a Les Paul, but slightly more slamming like a Fender, short balanced if we take references, the IBZ / USA, are "PAF" so with the combination is hot, and it sounds clear without pronleme hot, very good for jazz, and fat with distortion, the clarit is much more presents if the microphone is split (ca depends mod the).
The sustain is superb with this guitar.
- What are you sonorits prfrez, you dtestez?
- How long have you use it?
I have 4 years to 97, 2001, with enregists.
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
the +: sound quality general, look
the -: difficille find
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
No, this is the very first electric guitar I had in hands where it does not belong to me, and nothing has beat this guitar a PRS custom.
- How do you report qualitprix?
Yeah, ca dpand at what price it is found, the happy posseseur of which pay between 600 and 800 because it has made a deal. 1500 would be slightly pushed price but little widely be justified given the available number (60), if the state is top, and without rust hardcase original.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
Yes ..... and not because I look for another because I do not and in solid-body, it's great and original, it takes me all costs, I ebay.de seen on a 700/800 Euros but with a micro chang and color was different so short, I want a black and white because that's what I had.