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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ibanez SV-470 BK

Does anyone own one?Opinions please.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 03:05 AM
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

I have a '92 SV470 in transparent red, and it is my all around favorite player (out of the 15 or so Ibanez guitars I own or have owned). It has a deeper "viper" neck profile rather than the thin wizard found on the other S and RG series guitars. This is much more comfortable to me. The sound is very warm and musical - it has a much less metallic sound quality than the locking edge trem models. The TZ bridge works great - I set it up to float off the body about 1/8" and I have no tuning problems at all, and much less warble than a floyd style bridge. I love the pickups. The Ibanez V2 has become my favorite, and I've tried a lot of PUs. They are very smooth and rich, but they have a lot more clarity than most overwound humbuckers. The middle pickup is not my favorite - it mixes well with the hums but it has a really strong magnetic field, which causes some chainsaw side effects when set too close to the strings. This could be remedied. This is a great guitar if you are looking for something modern yet traditional. I play fusion and classic rock and this guitar gets me closest to the harmonically rich, smooth singing sound that I'm after. Very much in the style of Frank Gambale or early Scott Henderson.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

thanks for the info.I can get the black one with the gold hardware in decent shape with OHSC for $475.00.Think its a fair deal?

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:28 PM
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

The SV470 had an $899 list in '93. Probably a $699 street price. I think $475 is fair for one in good shape, that you could play before buying. But you could do better if you were willing to comb **** for a while. I scored mine for $199 - it was badly labeled and photographed. These guitars are so uncommon that there is a lot of variation in price. I've seen a lot of them go unsold on **** with asking prices around 400-500. Strangely, the inferior SV420, which is made in Korea always gets snapped up for $300-400. Nicer looking I guess.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:44 PM
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

I've got an S470FM in transparent teal that I'm considering selling if you're interested. I paid $340 for it, I'd be willing to let it go for the same. Excellent guitar, set up incredibly well, the Lo-TRS II is stable (I don't hammer on this guitar very hard, but it's never had tuning or stability problems). PM if you're interested. The guitar is here in FL, so I guess... $340 + shipping.

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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

Hi Fuze,
I also have an SV470. Mine is the natural oiled finish (OL). Actually, it's also for sale as I have too many Ibanez guitars. I agree that the Viper neck and TZ trem is a great combo. Definitely one of the better non-locking trem options from Ibanez.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 03:04 AM
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

My mom bought me a Korean 1995 SV470BK in 1996. I lived with the stock pickups until last year. Then I went G.A.S. crazy and upgraded it by slapping a PAF Pro (neck), IBZ/USA C1 (middle), and Tone Zone (bridge) in it It sounds much nicer now!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2007, 01:25 PM
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Re: Ibanez SV-470 BK

Hi Mitch,

I have had an SV470 transparent red for around 7 years (been playing for more than 25). It's a great guitar - but as Fuze said - not one that is widley recognised or valued. I did look to sell mine a few years ago but honestly could not find a better guitar to replace it for under £1000 (I am in the UK - you can probably convert that to $1000 as we see a big like for like price difference).

The guitar has a great acoustic resonance and a wide range of tones. I repaced the Ibanez pups for SD JB, Quater Pound and Jazz (bridge, mid, neck). Sounds fantastic. I wouldn't get rid of this guitar now - it's too good to replace easily and very vestatile.


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