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11-15-2014 07:36 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
I like my Xiphos well enough, after sanding down the neck and swapping the trem to an OFR(which needed some slight dremeling).

The deal with the "newer" version is that the bevels look a lot better, the heel is better contoured, and they trimmed down the back of the top horn, making the 24th easy to reach.

If I could go back and do it over though, I would buy a bolt-on version and swap the neck for a MIJ one. It's okay, but not up to the standards my oldschool RGs or Charvels set. Also sanding down the neck, while making it play a lot better for me personally, did something to the cheap binding they use, I might have to replace it down the road or something.
Could always just order a custom neck also
11-15-2014 02:08 AM
toshiro
Re: Xiphos quality

I like my Xiphos well enough, after sanding down the neck and swapping the trem to an OFR(which needed some slight dremeling).

The deal with the "newer" version is that the bevels look a lot better, the heel is better contoured, and they trimmed down the back of the top horn, making the 24th easy to reach.

If I could go back and do it over though, I would buy a bolt-on version and swap the neck for a MIJ one. It's okay, but not up to the standards my oldschool RGs or Charvels set. Also sanding down the neck, while making it play a lot better for me personally, did something to the cheap binding they use, I might have to replace it down the road or something.
11-13-2014 01:48 PM
Chewy5150
Re: Xiphos quality

I currently use an XPT700 and have for quite a few years now. Its a great guitar and the 27 frets make the access to the 24th the easiest I've played on any other funky odd shaped guitar and I've owned quite a few including the 24 fret Xiphos lol. I've actually used the 27th fret for recorded harmonies when I was tracking my bands EP. I will say they are notorious for neck dive while standing unless you switch where you put the strap buttons or just loop your strap in your pants belt :P

Just block or replace the Edge III and its a great guitar. Its also got my favorite pup configuration with is HS
10-05-2014 01:47 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
Definitely a very cool guitar, but everyone I've ever heard talk about it said it's super hard to reach the 20th and 21st frets. Not a deal breaker for me because I suck at soloing anyway.........
That's where tapping comes in handy
10-05-2014 01:44 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by MatiasTolkki View Post
Sounds like Ibanez really went in on the cheap on the odd-shaped guitars. The old MIJs are REALLY nice but it's harder than heck to find an MIJ iceman and recently most destroyers I've found only have a single bridge pup
The one you really want to find is the '86 DT351 or DT555. They came with the "sure bet" trem system which means Original edge (first year), top-lok, and an Ibanez back stop.
10-05-2014 01:44 PM
llvulcanravenll
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
Definitely a very cool guitar, but everyone I've ever heard talk about it said it's super hard to reach the 20th and 21st frets. Not a deal breaker for me because I suck at soloing anyway.........
Doesn't really bother me to much. That's probably because I have long fingers though haha.. I see it though has no aanj. My problem is that it's frets
10-05-2014 01:36 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by llvulcanravenll View Post
Hey if your looking for a awesome odd shaped Ibanez check out the xv500, I'll post a pic later of mine later if you want.
Definitely a very cool guitar, but everyone I've ever heard talk about it said it's super hard to reach the 20th and 21st frets. Not a deal breaker for me because I suck at soloing anyway.........
10-05-2014 01:31 PM
llvulcanravenll
Re: Xiphos quality

Hey if your looking for a awesome odd shaped Ibanez check out the xv500, I'll post a pic later of mine later if you want.
10-05-2014 12:52 PM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by RGTFanatic View Post
I played the XPT's cousin. The DTT700 destroyer. I went in really wanting to like it but left with the same impression that GuitarBizarre did........ everything was "almost there" but nothing stood out as being good quality. I had an MIK RGT that was done a LOT better than the DTT was........ I didn't buy it.
Sounds like Ibanez really went in on the cheap on the odd-shaped guitars. The old MIJs are REALLY nice but it's harder than heck to find an MIJ iceman and recently most destroyers I've found only have a single bridge pup
10-05-2014 12:29 PM
RGTFanatic
Re: Xiphos quality

I played the XPT's cousin. The DTT700 destroyer. I went in really wanting to like it but left with the same impression that GuitarBizarre did........ everything was "almost there" but nothing stood out as being good quality. I had an MIK RGT that was done a LOT better than the DTT was........ I didn't buy it.
10-05-2014 11:51 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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Originally Posted by jono View Post
Yeah I'm fairly sure it drops in perfectly.
Hmmm, that's a REALLY cheap upgrade for me. Gotoh FRs cost maybe 160 USD over here, so if I was to buy a Xiphos, having a direct drop replacement Gotoh FR would be perfect.
10-05-2014 11:48 AM
jono
Re: Xiphos quality

Yeah I'm fairly sure it drops in perfectly.
10-05-2014 11:31 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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I think the most common was the Gotoh Floyd Rose version that was found on Suhrs at the time.
Was it a direct drop replacement?
10-05-2014 11:21 AM
jono
Re: Xiphos quality

I think the most common was the Gotoh Floyd Rose version that was found on Suhrs at the time.
10-05-2014 09:50 AM
MatiasTolkki
Re: Xiphos quality

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They were very popular a few years back on some other sites once the bridge had been upgraded.

The later models with the heavier body cuts are supposed to be 'better', not sure why...

I fancy one but haven't seen the right model at the right price in the right finish yet.
Replacing Edge 3 with Edge pro (iirc that was the direct drop upgrade)?
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