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01-08-2006 09:50 PM
Steve_N
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

That's what I was thinking as well....and I'm leaning to an HSS or HSH.
The RG370DXEB has HSH pups and it's dirt cheap for the deal I can get on it.

Thanks for ideas and insight....I've decided to get a new RG370DX in Electric Blue for $299 CAD....can't beat that price....

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01-08-2006 08:08 PM
pawel
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

Well, since I'd think you should cover as much ground with two guitars as possible I would suggest you get a guitar with a tremolo and some single coils. (HSS, SSS, or HSH pickup config). Or maybe a 7-string if you're into these things.

Good choice on the Godin, they are good instruments for the money, and their high end models and the exotic mulitacs are amazing. I'd love a three-voice LG and a Glissentar some day.
01-08-2006 05:52 PM
Steve_N
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

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Originally Posted by pawel
I think the SA guitars are a nice choice. You get a strat-like guitar, but with a humbucker in the bridge for the chunkier sounds. It's also very upgrade-able IMO (better pickups, a Wilkinson bridge, a graphite nut, locking tuners), so you can make it better as you go along.

I think guitars with floyds are a bit of a pain, unless you have more than one, or a fixed bridge guitar at hand. Do you have any other guitars at the moment?

As for the pickup configuration, it really depends. It's all about the neck pickup: if you want the strat single coil tone, a HSS/SSS guitar would be essential. If you want to get traditional jazzy sounds, a humbucker in the neck position is a good idea.
I currently have a Godin Detour in the silver colour which has a fixed bridge, double humbuckers, with just tone/volume and a 3 way switch. http://www.godinguitars.com/godindetourp.htm
01-08-2006 05:05 PM
ScottB
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

The SZ520 and SZ320 are great fixed bridge guitars for the money as well. The 520 has a set neck with dual Duncan/ Ibanez pickups.
01-08-2006 12:38 PM
pawel
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

I think the SA guitars are a nice choice. You get a strat-like guitar, but with a humbucker in the bridge for the chunkier sounds. It's also very upgrade-able IMO (better pickups, a Wilkinson bridge, a graphite nut, locking tuners), so you can make it better as you go along.

I think guitars with floyds are a bit of a pain, unless you have more than one, or a fixed bridge guitar at hand. Do you have any other guitars at the moment?

As for the pickup configuration, it really depends. It's all about the neck pickup: if you want the strat single coil tone, a HSS/SSS guitar would be essential. If you want to get traditional jazzy sounds, a humbucker in the neck position is a good idea.
01-08-2006 11:19 AM
rguser
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve_N
Here's the SA260FMTG I saw.....any thoughts?

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/produc...FM_TG_a_e.html

I tried it out at Long & McQuade and it's very nice. I may be leaning to something like that that has a lighter body...or the semi-hollowbody units I listed already.
thanks, and I like it, too. actually more than our sa220 since I like HSS better than HH with 22 frets. a true neck single coil on a 22 fret guitar is my fav tone.
my concern about SA and S470 is if they really have a maple top or just a pretty maple veneer. how thick is it?
01-08-2006 10:19 AM
lyconxero
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

Yeah...we don't get that model here in the states but it basically looks like our SA220. The floating bridge doesn't impact the tone or versatility of your guitar so much as the sustain and overall feel. If you've never used one then you're in for some rough times until you learn. Personally, I would suggest playing some guitars with floating trems and seeing if you like having that big piece of hardware on your guitar. If you're never really going to use it, then there's no point in getting it. But if you're leaning towards the SA then you should be alright. I actually think that it has a floating trem on it as well, but I don't think it locks. The guitar looks very sexy, though, with the matching headstock.
01-08-2006 03:35 AM
Steve_N
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

Here's the SA260FMTG I saw.....any thoughts?

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/produc...FM_TG_a_e.html

I tried it out at Long & McQuade and it's very nice. I may be leaning to something like that that has a lighter body...or the semi-hollowbody units I listed already.
01-08-2006 02:54 AM
rguser
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

ibanez offers more models in that range, like AX and Ar series if you want something more les-paulish. among the models you mentioned, I would go with the SA. I don't see an sa260 anywhere so I hope you meant either 220 or 160, both are very good choices for a versatile guitar.
01-08-2006 02:44 AM
Steve_N
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

Thanks for the advice...

One question has been on my mind though in regards to the floating bridge vs fixed bridge vs thru body. What of these would provide the most versatility? Also aside from the setup issues with the flating bridge is it a given that it is purely for heavy distortion type tones or can one get a nice clean tone with it like I want for blues.
01-08-2006 02:03 AM
lyconxero
Re: Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

A lot of people will agree that the H-S-H pickup config is one of the most versatile configurations on the market today. Personally, I'm more a fan of dual humbuckers with a 5 way switch and a coil tap, but to each their own. I own an RG370DX and it rocks. The trem could be a little better, but I don't even use it. I found that if you DON'T use the trem but still lock it down that it'll stay in tune almost forever. But if you don't want the hassle of a floating bridge, I would suggest one of the SA series guitars that you have listed or maybe an RG321. Aside from needing a pickup change, the SA series guitars that I've played recently were quite impressive.
01-07-2006 07:52 PM
Steve_N
Newbie needs advice. Which Ibanez to demo/buy?

I'm looking for some advice on some Ibanez guitars to consider in the $300-500 pricerange. Looking for something with all around performance for Rock, Blues, Punk, etc. Here's what I can get from dealers in my area or Canadian online dealers.

GRG170DX - $259-$265CAD
SA160 - $415CAD
RG350EX - $479CAD
RG370DX - $299CAD
RG7321 - $479CAD
AWD82 - $399CAD
SA260FMTG - $443CAD

Also is there any specific pickup style I shold consider? I've been leaning towards triple pickups. Am I in the right direction here?

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