Ibanez recently decided to bring back the Iceman, and they released it with a reversed headstock, as well as 24 frets. It's similar to the older ones, but I find that it kinda lacks the mojo the older ones had. The guitar features a mahogany body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, sharkfin inlays, a hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.
This model is pretty good considering the other Iceman iterations that have occurred. The first thing you'll notice is that the guitar has a reverse headstock, and this actually creates a slightly different tension on the low strings. It has a very cool vibe. The inlays are nicely done, and there weren't any heavy fillers that I noticed. The fretwork is pretty good, although I've seen better from this factory. It was definitely workable. The nut was cut correctly, so there was no issues with tuning stability or anything like that. All in all, a pretty decent guitar overall.
The guitar had some stock Ibanez pickups installed in it, and you could tell they weren't really meant for this guitar. They had a lot of low end, but they lacked the clarity that I was looking for. This is pretty much the same with every other Ibanez pickup out there. They all seem to be very bland and forgettable. I would recommend you replace it with something of high quality from the DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan lineup. That would be one of the best upgrades for this guitar. Don't forget to replace the pots and switches as well as they're fairly low quality.
The guitar is pretty good, and given the features that it comes with and what you can get it for on the used market, it's a pretty good buy. That said, you'll probably want to play a few before buying it. Besides the actually odd shape, there can be some inconsistencies with the fretwork and nut. On top of that, the pickups suck in this, so you'll want to replace those.
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pierrot1244's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Not know where it was made. But hey, I'm not sectarian .. The handle is quite round and resembles that of Les Paul. Not suitable to shred too but very nice and not too distracting (I'm used to flatter sleeves (various Ibanez RG), yet).
The handle is nice and comfortable, makes you want to hit power chords. In terms of ergonomics, it should condemn the guy who decided to position Strap for crimes against humanity. They are completely useless and strap detaches continuously. I've moved (one under the nose of the body, the second at the back of the neck, as the SG and Les Paul) and then nickel. In addition, the balance of the guitar I did not like the center of balance is shifted toward the handle. Ties displaced is perfect: it stands as a Les Paul and this is what I love. Access to acute is okay.
The guitar is typical "metal" or heavy rock fat and hairy. The pickups are not terrible but with a little skill, we manage to get it right. on the other hand, it is necessary to play with the volume of output. I play on High-gain amps and despite the noise-suppressor, Mr Larsen invites continuously without warning. I'll change the pickups in a relatively short time but am not yet decided on my choice. on the other hand, this machine has incredible sustain. The mahogany and neck-through, no doubt. The touches you and it resonates to infinity (or almost). I play with a very high pull (at least 13-56) and low stand strong. But as I play metal primary good and fast hardcore, which suits me enough.
I bought it used (250,-EUR) on a favorite (I always loved the mouth of the beast) but without the intention of making my main instrument. And since I, I left my other guitars, much better theory (SG, RG and RG Prestige 7 strings), in their flight cases. This guitar is not the best, most comfortable, the mics are pretty "blah", it is very heavy and yet ... She has something more elusive (and I can not define - )) ... A charming ... special say. For the mouth and it has everything I just mentioned, 700, - eur are ... well ... acceptable despite the fact that the microphones must be replaced (and thus increase the price of 200, - EUR). I have paid 250, - so we can say that the value is great. With experience, I would do this choice 1000 times! Even 700-neurosciences.
Guitar made in Indonesia.
Features: - Mahogany Body
- Channel crossing Wizard2, 5 piece maple / walnut
- Jumbo frets
- Gibraltar Custom Bridge
- Pickups: 2 humbuckers Dimarzio D Activator neck and bridge
- 1 volume control, 1 tone control and a selector
micro 3 positions
The handle is nice, less flat than a RG, but it's still easy to play, with good access to acute.
I personally had a problem when I got this guitar and others have probably also encountered this problem:
The handle was poorly resolved (the curve was too steep, so the strings were too high, affecting the comfort of the game).
A good setting has arranged things, now I take great pleasure in playing the guitar, but it's a shame to receive a guitar as set incorrectly, especially when the seller is an idiot who does not want to make the setting free because according to him "it is normal that the handle is bent."
So I think it was not a coincidence that now Ibanez says "5pc Wizard III Maple / Walnut neck-thru w / KTS ™ TITANIUM Reinforcement" in the features of this guitar, it seems that they made a small correction to the handle.
The mahogany body is large, the guitar is quite heavy, and it tends to take a nosedive when playing standing.
The bridge is quite comfortable is does not affect the playability
Regarding the metal, this guitar style which is intended, it is easily a good sound, the microphones are made for it, even if they are not excellent.
The sound of this guitar are quite my style of play, that is to say the rhythmic rather heavy metal (System of a Down, Deftones, Gojira).
The mahogany body provides good resonance and sustain it a good advantage the bass and low mids.
The Di Marzios are not bad, but they just do the trick. Their output level is quite surprising. However we can blame them for a lack of warmth and precision and are very showy in the treble.
So I changed it to the bridge Seymour Duncan SH4 by which I am very happy because it brings warmth and precision lacking in the guitar and it combines very well with mahogany tones.
Since this change I am quite pleased with the sounds of that instrument that I now use with ultra fx axis.
I use this guitar for 3 years, and after a few mishaps on the handle, that my store took time to settle properly and the bridge pickup which did not suit me I am absolutely satisfied in terms of comfort and sound.
Apart from this concern round the setting is absolutely nickelle finish, this guitar is beautiful (except benchmarks shark teeth that I'm not a fan).
The quality / price is right.
With the experience I have trouble buying this new guitar knowing that there will be a microphone to change, I can be rather orienterai to the occasion.
I particularly recommend changing the bridge pickup Seymour Duncan SH4 not, SH5, SH6 or as the Iceman Daron Malakian.
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Tritt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
What country does she makes? (United States, Japan, Mexico, France ...) How many frets, what kind of micro and their configuration and what type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...) what are the rglages (Volume, Tone s micro drive ...) and what type of race? *
- Regarding the country I did not notice ...
- 24 frets Dimarzio D-Activator Neck and Bridge Fixed bridge Ibanez a volume knob and a button Tone recess the traditional micro slecteur.
- Manche al harmoniously merged with the body of the guitar (no visible screws what) Basically I had bought just for the mouth, what beauty is not so pro trs roll as a, but the rest comes APRS.
The handle is it enjoyable? Access in acute (dernires freight) is it easy? Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)? Do you get good sound easy? * ...
The handle is well without being miraculous, I went from one of my RR3 this one is enjoyable and prcis but the strings are too moves away freight for the shredding, too bad. .. As for cons mtal rhythm and sweeping / tapping is the top.
The shape of the trs particulire This allows one to ACCS Acute impeccable. Accustomed RR leaning all the time, I do not feel when I dsquilibre the door, APRS indeed it must not be perfect to cot l.
It PSE weight even when I do not know where exactly, but it is a bonus book dansun box so you have to have good arms! Frankly a shit I hate boxes (and yeah, I have no car, understand ...)
-1 And -2 for the box to the height of the strings.
Appropriate are your style of music? With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play? What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "fat", .. ..) what are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest? * I play mainly metal. More prcisement the Ensifera pagan metal, Finntroll & co. Rhythm and all the solos. Oh yes it should <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" /> . I play with my amp on distortion UberMetal ENGL Fireball and beam well.
Microphones mounted on the guitar are crap, let it be said, so-called passive assets senss sound like, Yeah ... In the end it's rough, but in fact, the output level is lev. I have to put chang Seymour Duncan Blackouts, and oh my ... gaaaad
I put 4 / 10 because the pickups are bad and that I got, were the ones who make the sound of a guitar.
How long you use it and what is the particular feature you like best and least? Have you tried many other models before acqurir? How do you report qualitprix ? With the exprience, you do again this choice? * ...
- I use it for 8 months, may be more.
- I have a Jackson RR3, but I confess that I rarely touch now that I have the Iceman!
- I may be superficial, but this guitar is so beautiful and so little on rependu scne mtal I'm still overcome with great pride when I go out of my bag =)
- The report is qualitprix honnte.
- Yes I would do is a guitar that suits me.