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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-31-2020, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez 2021 Range

As it's past midnight in Japan already, Ibanez seem to have updated their website which now sports the new lineup of gear for the new year.

https://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/detai...118171450.html

My initial impressions:

Obviously, owing to the situation we're all in, it's all smaller-scale than it might've been. There seem to be heaps of basses though.

Some of the colours being offered are pretty nice, like the trans purple 6 and 7 string RG, flip-flop Axion RG, and the black RGD with the bursted bevel. Kinda dig the HSS mahogany RG too (in spite of the EMGs), has a strong Reb Beach vibe.

For me, the most interesting thing is the 7 string AZs (Prestige only). I think there's been a long-empty niche in the market for a 7 string with a non-locking trem, passive moderate output pups (incl. single coils). Till now, the only company I've been aware of that offered something like this as part of their regular range is Vola and ESP. But c'mon, Ibanez, black only for the HSS model? I know 7s never sell in the same volumes as 6s, but I think it's nice to see this option. I guess Ibanez is looking to the newer crops of players who play proggy/melodic/chordal type stuff who might want to venture beyond a 6.

What do you folks think of the offerings?
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-31-2020, 07:30 PM
 
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That purple RG752AHM is calling me.
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Or RG6PKAG.

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That purple RG752AHM is calling me.
It's probably my favorite of the new offerings. The 7 string AZ's are nice too.
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I wish they did the Royal Plum Burst in a trem 6 also. That's the nicest color they've done in some time, or maybe I'm just partial to it.
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I was always interested in the RG5170 in black and gold until I saw the red pearl (maybe tortoiseshell?) binding, I’d assumed (hoped) they’d got rid of it from the grey one last year.

As such the koa premium model is the one that has my interest now with its Reb Beach stylisation.
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Why did I assume everybody would be screaming at the $2000 Premium?
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The S model with HSS and a fixed bridge is tempting. (SEW761FM)
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I am surprised that at the moment Paul Gilbert has 3 signature micro guitars.
They probably sell very well.
( I hope that Vai would not dare to realise Micro UVMC or JEMLNG )
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Agree about the trans purple burst, very nice with the ash body and maple fretboard.

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I was always interested in the RG5170 in black and gold until I saw the red pearl (maybe tortoiseshell?) binding, I’d assumed (hoped) they’d got rid of it from the grey one last year.
Yeah. When I saw that one my fist thought was they should've done black/red pinstripe binding, like on some of the old Roadstars.

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Yeah. When I saw that one my fist thought was they should've done black/red pinstripe binding, like on some of the old Roadstars.

I can’t help but think that the red binding would make it look like some early 2000s Schecter Nu Metal machine.

I was hoping for a Prestige RG570 with a modern twist, but Ibanez have just gone a step too far in the wrong direction again.

The $2000 Koa Premium is where it’s at this year, simply because they’ve got all of the features we like (Edge trem, good pickups and nowadays, fancy name-brand frets!!!) but nothing extraneous to spoil the show.

All the stuff we like, with none of the stuff we don’t. It’s a simple, winning formula.

Steve Vai could learn a thing or two from that magic spell
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I am glad that Ibanez finally put EMG in non signature guitars.
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This is gorgeous, may well move on my Jem70VSFG to make way for it. Of course itís a virtual copy of the Suhr Reb Beach, but thatís not a bad thing - at least half the price of a similarly specíd Suhr. Iíd have preferred if it was 22 rather than 24 frets, but hey itís Ibanez...
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This is gorgeous, may well move on my Jem70VSFG to make way for it. Of course itís a virtual copy of the Suhr Reb Beach, but thatís not a bad thing - at least half the price of a similarly specíd Suhr. Iíd have preferred if it was 22 rather than 24 frets, but hey itís Ibanez...
Actually Suhr is copy of Reb's Ibanez.
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Actually Suhr is copy of Reb's Ibanez.
The Voyager? Can you imagine a Suhr with that huge cutout?!
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