Around this time, Ibanez started going through a change with their Ibanez S series. Instead of the normally equipped Edge trems, they now have a special trem called a ZR trem. The S-1670 is a Japanese made Prestige S series guitar that features a mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, a unique center inlay, a ZR trem, HSH configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.
The biggest difference about this guitar compared to the other Ibanez S series is that it comes equipped with the ZR tremolo. I'm pretty sure this was the first year they introduced it, although I could be wrong. The Ibanez ZR tremolo doesn't use the standard knife edges that the other popular tremolos do. Instead, it takes a page out of Vigier's OFRs and uses a ball bearing system. This means that it's super smooth when whammying. As with all other Prestige guitars, the fretwork and playability of this guitar is top notch.
Since the guitar is made out of mahogany with a flame maple top, it sounds huge, despite its small body. The biggest problem with these guitars is that the pickups suck. However, once you replace those, you're good to go. I like using the Air Norton in the neck, a True Velvet in the middle and something like an Evo 2 in the bridge. When you put an Air Norton in the neck, the neck position becomes super fat and absolutely sings for lead tones. The Evo 2 in the bridge helps accentuate the natural frequencies of mahogany along with giving the guitar some amazing harmonics. The five way switch on this guitar also helps make this thing more versatile as you have parallel and split options to choose from.
Despite this having the newer ZR tremolo, it's still a great guitar. Some people don't like the Ibanez ZR trems, but most people tend to approve of them. I enjoy them quite a bit as the smoothness feels wonderful. It's from here on out that Ibanez started using bridges other than an Edge, so if you're looking for one of those older bridges, check out the Pre-2003 Ibanez S series.
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ChristopheC's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Luxury Japanese model.
Coprs Mahogany Flamed Maple top (it is impossible to say whether this is just a sheet or a more consistent thickness ... I look for the first solution, however).
Channel 22 frets with very fine treatment Prestige.
Micro QM1, QM2 and QM1S Ibanez.
ZR tremolo bearing.
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 5-way switch.
Fittings "brown" metal.
Apart from the neck 24 frets, this is precisely what I wanted (I was waiting to buy because I did not like the gold hardware from the previous version!)
on the other hand, upon delivery, the guitar was not set at all!
There is a small gap between the handle and one of the horns on qques mm ... ;-(((
The handle is great! We must of course love the profile but I Ibanez, it's totally my thing now!
It is a shredder not handle riffeur!
I left Jackson with a handle that I loved ... the difference is huge. Now I can not give me the handle of Jackson when I replay. ;-O
Touch with the Prestige is excellent treatment of the first grip.
The access is very good at acute thanks to the profile of the heel.
I find the form super nice.
Despite the delicacy of the body, however much we feel the weight of mahogany! This guitar is heavy! In return, the sound and the sustain is round!
I found this guitar very versatile in its pickups with Ibanez but the installation of a PAF Pro and a Tone Zone has made an instrument even better!
I use it for any style without any pb.
My having 3 years and buy a replacement if I could not use it ... Ibanez has long perpetuated the model in this form of course.
I found the report excellent quality / price (I paid € 1,260 a time).
In a takeover, but I would check in every detail the settings and finish the model because I was a little disappointed with this one!