Ibanez Blazer 21
Ibanez Blazer 21

Blazer 21, STC-Shaped Guitar from Ibanez in the Blazer series.

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heads on fire 11/25/2011

Ibanez Blazer 21 : heads on fire's user review

« Best non-Strat Strat there is for under a grand. »

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Made in Japan
Strat-style guitar with different cosmetic stylings
Alder or Ash body
Maple neck
21 frets
3 single coil pickups with no visible pole pieces
Knife-edge and fulcrum based vintage-style tremolo system
1 volume, 1 tone, 1 5 way switch
V-shaped strap buttons for strap stability


This is basically Ibanez's 1980s entry into making a Strat-style guitar with (then) modern styling. It is configured like a Strat, plays like a Strat, feels like a Strat, and sounds like a Strat. The bridge system vibrato works like a Strat. For all intents and purposes, this is basically a Stratocaster. The think is, the headstock and body shape are different enough to make the guitar a distinctive entry into the electric instrument world.

I made the dreadful mistake of selling mine a few years ago. I loved this guitar, and I actually liked this guitar better than many Fender American Strat guitars I've played. The worksmanship on the axe is excellent, and it plays very well.


This guitar nails any Strat-type tone imaginable: Hendrix, SRV, Clapton, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson...the list could go on for days. But, being as how this is virtually the same guitar as a good Strat, those same capabilities apply. The versatility is such that it can handle blues, classic rock, jazz, country, metal, reggae, and anything in between. The pickups are especially good - I'd honestly swap a set of these pickups out on my current Fender Strat if I had them.


For the price, this guitar is unstoppable. I've seen them going for as little as $200, up to around $500 on the used market. Even at $500, this guitar is a fantastic instrument, and I'd recommend to any Strat lover to check it out if they can find it.