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Ibanez Herman Li EGEN18 Signature Electric Guitar Trans Violet Flat

The Ibanez Herman Li Signature EGEN18TVF is an electric guitar that sounds as wicked as it looks. The Herman Li Signature guitar has a mahogany body with a flamed maple top and a 5-piece maple/walnut EGEN neck. The Edge-Zero bridge has a stronger ...

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Sound Took me a while to get this guitar for testing, but I could not go without it. Bear in mind I only had it for 2 days, then (sadly) had to give it back.
Test setup was the guitar plugged into an AxeFX into a FRFR monitor. So I had lots of amps and setups I could test this axe.
From the start I was nearly overwhelmed with the possibilities. 5 Way switch with push and pull pots etc. you can get LOTS of combinations with single coil and humbucker modes.
The pickups complement the guitar very well and even though the body is very thin and light compared to my Les Paul you can get really thick mahagony sounds out of it.
But I started off by trying to put it in "Fender" Mode for some Deep Purple. Smoke on the Water Solo played awesome and you could easily dial in an authentic sound with it. So we get even more conservative and down for some Albert Collins style bluesy sounds. Again you can hit it on the spot, of course not as brutally twangy as a real Telecaster, but a really nice cool blues sound.
Now it is a double cutaway mahagony thing, so dial in my AC/DC amp setup and go for some Angus... I was thunderstruck. The sound was awesome. I could play authentic AC/DC with a modern guitar, sounding on spot. Really fascinating.
But hey Herman plays shred, so dial in some more shreddish amp settings and really get into it. Again very nice, you can even get some quite Vai'ish or Satch'isch sounds if you like. Always the guitar builds upon its own character though, so you can get there sound wise, but keep the guitars own character in tact.
And now of course the ultimate gain settings. Again this guitar shines with really thick tone and a lot of fundament. Sadly I was not allowed to change the strings for a drop tuning, but I can imagine it will do very well, when dropped down.
The only thing I was not so keen about on the guitar was the trem. While I am not that Edge Zero hater, I just feel more comfortable with the Edge Pro or Lo-Pro. Trem works well though.

Action, Fit, & Finish Mine came already custom setup, so cannot comment on factory setup. The finish of the guitar was as perfect as can be expected for the price tag.

Reliability & Durability No long time playing with it, but it looked really well built.

Customer Support Erupean Support is very nice and helpful.

Liked about it + VVVVVVVersatile
+ Nice feel of neck and body
+ Pickups

Didn't like - Price tag
- Trem

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By Tank
Dec 28, 2009
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Sound The Guitar is really versatile, many people associate it to shred since is Herman Li sig model. But there's more that meets the eye for this beast.
I use it with Elixir 0.10 string gauge, in Drop D tuning. Usually I play Metal/Hard Rock with it, mixing Heavy riffing with some clean passages, and soloing.
The pickups are Herman Li sigs, they have a 5 way switch with push/pull volume pot for coil split. This means beside the humbucker sound the guitar has, you can also explore a single coil sound, giving 10 diferent pickup combinations.
I play my guitars through an Engl Invader or a Powerball (which are High Gain amps), a Zakk Wylde Overdrive,Zakk wylde crybaby, Mxr Evh Phaser and flanger.
The guitar growls with the bridge humbucker, it has a sound full of body, with mids to cut and sustain well, the neck humbucker is not so fat has a dimarzio Evolution neck picukup, but is fattier then a dimarzio Paf Pro. This comparison is important to me, because I usally play cleans with this pickup or solo with it in higher frets, so its imperative that it fits for both functions, and dimarzio just made it perfect.
About the Mid Single Coil, and don't have much to add because I rarelly use it, not because I don't like the single coil sound, i actually love it, but this guitar has coil split in the neck and bridge pickups.
When I Coil split and my humbuckers work has single coil, it's almost like I have guitar with a stratocaster sound with an Ibanez neck.
Both Single coils have more attack and twang, making the guitar perfect for richie kotzen, clapton and that type of sound.
Another thing this guitar is really, really perfect for is jazz. If you put the neck humbucker pickup and roll back the tone knob, you get instantly the perfect jazz tone. Although I'm not a jazz player, I found myself quite often playing some jazz licks for fun, because it just sounds like pat metheny (of course without the effects) or John Scofield, simply amazing.
When playing clean, I usually use the neck or mix the neck and mid pickup. With the Humbucker, I get a mellow, pretty and fat tone. When mixing with single coil, it cuts a bit the bass and gives more attack to the sound.

Action, Fit, & Finish My guitar came from factory with a high action for me. I usually play with it quite low, but thats my taste.
I didn't notice any flaws. The pickups looked ok, but I lowered them a bit to raise the sustain of the guitar.
The guitar had no flaws that I noticed in the finish.

Reliability & Durability I usually record and gig alot in my country, When I play live I take 3 guitars, Ibanez Egen, Ibanez Pgm and a Yamaha acoustic guitar.
When I play with the Egen, before starting the gig I tune it, and I don't look ever again to the tuner until next reheasel or gig. You may think I'm crazy but after beating the whammy bar like crazy, being under hot lights and sweating all over the fretboard, finish the gig and look to the tuner and see the guitar in tune, it just gives me that confidence.
I would definitely gig without backup, altough I use the PGM for a standard tuning musics it may also work has backup if necessary, but it was never used for that purpose.
The guitar altough being thin, looks like it will last forever.

Customer Support I have nothing to add, I never had problems with the guitar.

Liked about it 1) This guitar is like a swiss knife of guitars, you can play whatever you want with it and sound great.
2) The Ibanez Zero Edge Tremolo is Amazing, it makes tuning and playing with the whammy bar perfect. ( I have an Ibanez Jem 7v, with Edge Pro Tremolo and I can say that I prefer Zero Edge any day.)
3) The neck of this guitar is the best I played with, I have an Ibanez PGM, RG550, Jem 7v, K-7, and I also tried other diferent brands and models, I never felt so confortable playing with other kind of neck.

Didn't like The only thing I would like Ibanez to make it different, would be the wheel that tights the springs in the tremolo.
I would change it for screws, because sometimes it gets hard to tight them. The tension is so high that it really hard to rotate it with your thumb.
The price could also drop, I payed 2,400 Euros (3,540.44 USD) for mine, i know its expensive and it was best guitar i bought, but i think a fair price would be between 2000 and 2200 Euros

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Oct 08, 2009
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