Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: IBANEZ 2013 (who has the inside scoop)
The full descriptions and dimensions I was wondering about for USA market are finally up on the site.
The Artcores I was most concerned about seemed to have redone their necks to a slightly slimmer dimension though nowhere near the slim necks of S and RG guitars and what Ibanez is famous for. Far more Artcore models now have the more versatile alnico 58s (a little better for rock than less dynamic, ceramic ACH pickups, but smoother way better for jazz) and that's a good thing but they were traded out for cheaper block inlays instead of the fancier abalone inlays that were commonplace at that price point in 2012. If you could hang with the slightly fatter neck of a 2012 Arctore 90s series which had the nicer inlays, the best option would have been to buy that but then put in Ibanez 58 pups later on. If you want the abalone neck inlays AND the 58s, then the option is the higher end Arstar series.
For metal, the Iron Label stuff is totally bare bones and workable. Black and white are simple and there's no flamed maple to get hung up about. I like a simple, hard rock machine like these and their cool features like fat back neck stripe bubinga wood and kill switch are pretty much something only the player knows about in what is otherwise very generic looking guitar. I may go for one of these to balance out the more visual guitars I have right now and $600 or $700 street seems amazing.
The wenge/bubinga neck on the Tosin Abasi is just amazing and I hope Ibby incorporates that with 6 and 7 string models more. I wish the whole guitar was natural and not just the back but otherwise a masterpiece.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 01-25-2013 at 01:41 PM.