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Ibanez S620EXQM Electric Guitar Trans Gray Burst

 
The Ibanez S620EX Electric Guitar has a mahogany body that's thin around the sides for comfort and thick around the pickups for tone. It's topped with a beautiful, quilted maple top great for looks and tone. 3-piece Wizard II neck. Two Ibanez "...


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Sound I have this guitar but in a different finish. I bought it a couple of years ago, but it hasn't gotten a ton of play time. That's not to say I don't like it though. The past year or so I've been using mostly 7 string guitars.

I play mostly rock and metal and this guitar fits right into that sound. However, I think this guitar would be right at home with blues or jazz. The pickups give it a full sound I believe. The reason I bought it was, 1) I liked the paint job, 2) it had a ZR trem on it, and 3) it sounded extremely good.

The bridge pickup is great for rhythms. The neck pickup is a noticeable difference from the bridge. The tone really rounds out, the bottom end fills up, warms up, and very clear. Even with distortion it still retains clarity. Perfect for soloing, even blues. Put the 3 way switch in the middle and you've got both. They're also pretty quiet.

The ZR trem is new for me, which is one of the reasons I bought this guitar. This was my introduction. It's different than an Edge I've ever played. The cool thing about it is when you bend a note it does not affect the tuning of the other strings.

I'm playing through an old Digitech 2101 Limited Edition on several of the factory patches - clean and distorted. That's feeding into an old late 80's Crate 120W combo amp G120CXL. The strings are GHS Boomers 9's.


Action, Fit, & Finish I haven't touched the action from the factory. It's really low, which is where I like it. It came that way. I tweaked the height of the pickups slightly to my liking, but it was pretty much dialed in when I played it at the store. The finish is unbelieveable - typical Ibanez quality.

The binding on the neck looks great. The neck feels really good in your hand, which is a Wizard II. I found no flaws in the manufacturing. The bridge and cavity routs are right where they should be.


Reliability & Durability I don't gig at all, so I can't say how well the finish is going to hold up in that type of environment. However, I do know that Ibanez uses a resin-like finish which is very resilient. It's on all my Ibanez guitars, including some that I've had since the late 80's and they've withstood great.

If I gigged at all and felt the need for a ZR trem I would use this guitar. No need for a backup, but if you're gigging it's always good to have other guitars on hand to create other tones.


Customer Support I've only used the Ibanez forums, which can be a great source of information. As far as real customer support from Ibanez I've never had to deal with them about a problem. I've never had a problem with my guitars.


Liked about it The paint job is awesome! The tone I get out of this guitar is great. I've used it on recordings in the past and will continue to do so.


Didn't like I've not been able to get used to the ZR trem, which won't affect my review. It's the reason I play this only for recordings. I just prefer an Edge or Edge Pro. Also the fact that it's 22 fret doesn't help. I really prefer 24 frets.

I don't care for the non-recessed cavity covers. I think that it looks alot nicer, neater, cleaner and quality if the cavity covers were recessed. This guitar is over $800 and in that price range I would expect some details like this. That's the way they are on the RG's and I've always preferred that. As far as I know all S series guitars have non-recessed cavity covers. I think that it's not too much to ask Ibanez to do that, but there again this is something that doesn't affect the playability or performance of this guitar.

Overall, I can't be too harsh on it. The main thing I have against it is the cavity covers. With the ZR trem being my short coming, great tone and and awesome paint job I would give this a 4.5, but since there isn't a 4.5 I'm going with a 4.


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By courtney2018
Aug 07, 2009
 
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