Ibanez S Series

Guitar

Made by Ibanez

URL http://www.ibanez.com
Description red, quilted maple locking tremlo
Posted By Jeff Fowler (39)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 4/4/2004, Timothy Zinn (68) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the money, this is a decent guitar. I would most likely look at other options if it were stolen.
Price: $599.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music 123
Features:
I purchased this S470DXQM in May of 2003. I had always been a Fender fanatic prior to that. The flatter wizard neck took a little getting used to but I do like it. The finish is really sweet, charcoal brown. The body is tappered around the edges. The ZR tremlo stays in tune very well. Sweet S style fretmarkers. I'm not 100% happy with the tonal possibilities. Volume tends to be all or nothing, can't seem to gradually back off. All in all, for the money, I'm pretty happy with this guitar. I just ordered the new JS1200CA and will submit a review once I get it. I'm upgrading to the JS for the tonal options.
Playability:
If you've never played on the flatter style necks, it takes a little getting used to, but I'm comfortable with it now. I'm not sure the neck style has made any difference in my abilities.
Sound Quality:
The pickup combination HSH gives pretty good tonal variation. The volume and tone controls aren't the greatest.
Durability:
On 1/22/2003, Chris Hall (46) posted:
Overall Rating:
It was a good deal. the one i want is a les paul $3500 Yes i would buy it again My favorite aspect is the reaction and the crunch. The bad its hard to cool it down to play something clean.
Price: $250.00
Where Obtained: friend
Features:
Made in the u.s very nice puple metallic finish. Bridge humbucker, two single coils. double cut away body.
Playability:
Yes, rock -n- roll easy to move around the neck wizard 1 neck, Has great reaction and metal grinding tones fffform low to high. The only flaw is the strap screws are wollered out.
Sound Quality:
I use a crate amp and a marshall jackhammer for distortion and overdrive. I like blues ,but mainly i play rock Id rather play it on stage because its got a pure sound to it and it gets the adrenaline pumping.
Durability:
It plays really good through climate changes. the truss rod has never been fooled with.Everythings nice besides the strap locks. I wouldnt play it too much in live performances
On 6/27/2002, Darryl Maurice (25) posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar plays and looks like a charm. If only the body's wood could be a little tougher and more durable, this axe would be perfect in every respect.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1300.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music Store
Features:
A beautiful, modern, 22 fret, 6 string guitar that is very playable with tons of sustain and punch. It has a mahogany body with a walnut flat finish. The neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard. The neck also has bubinga backing for added stability and durability. The pickups (one neck humbucker, one bridge humbucker) are stock V-series with a 5-way switch along with a volume and tone knob. The guitar features a floating Floyd Rose "Edge" tremolo system that always stays in tune (better than some fixed bridge guitars).
Playability:
The action is roughly 1.5mm along a very flat, Wizard neck. No detectable flaws yet.
Sound Quality:
The sound is very full and warm. Lots of bass for any occasion. The volume knob is very versatile in that many different textures can be attained just by turning the volume up or down. The guitar is used for rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, etc. The pickups are very quiet as well.
Durability:
The wood on the body of this guitar (mahogany) is very soft and therefore, delicate. Since the guitar comes with no pickguards, I had to apply a transparent one to avoid scratching the finish of the guitar. The neck seems to be holding up well so far after months of daily playing.
On 11/15/2001, Brian Mcfarland (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
When i bought this, i wasn't actually shopping for guitars. A friend of mine new i want to play an ibanez s-series just because i wanted to see if they were as good as a lot of people say the are. It was so i bought it. How could it be better? i don't think it could be for the price. if you have more money than me though, look at the top of the line S-series. The playabilty is the best part. I'd say the color is the worst part. It almost looks pink in some lighting. A lot of chicks think it's pretty though.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $380.00
Where Obtained: Hauer Music
Features:
Ibaznez S-370 Korean made, 22? frets, mohogany body, maple neck, jumbo frets, H/S/H pu configuration. Wizzard II neck, floating tremelo, flat red finish.
Playability:
I bought this guitar for it's playability. I still need to do some fine tuning to get a slight buzz out of the low E string, but the action is nice and low. The jumbo frets and thin neck are great for speed. You can just touch the strings to hold them down without really applying any force. excelent for tapping. It's not to great for bending, but that's why it has a floating trem. It's nice and light too, so it's comfortable to hold even during long shows.
Sound Quality:
It does great for distorted tones. pickups are pretty hot for active pickups. There's not much noise except on the single coil, but that's a given. The pickups are a little muddy, but for stock pickups on a $450 guitar, they're pretty good. much better than epiphones ever thought of being. I might wire a coil tap on it just to make it more versitile.
Durability:
It stays in tune really well. the only adjustments that have to be made are when you change string gauge. The paint is very durable. It dents easily, but that's because it's a soft wood. Nothing is falling apart, but i've only had it for about 2 or 3 months.
On 4/15/2001, Shawn Bunting (142) posted:
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I was looking at the S-series for a while. I picked up the Ibanez 2000 catalog at the S470qstr was the prettiest darn one in book, so I bought it. I was looking at the S470vk as well. But for an extra $75 I got a transparent finish, a quilted top, binding on the neck, and a cooler color. I would but this guitar again if I had the moeny if it got stolen. This guitar could be perfect if it didnt have the fret buzz and the hardware finish rubbing off. Favorite aspect of the axe is the body shape and overall design. Ibanez is by far the most innovative company out there. The worst aspect which I am sure is just a careless factory mistake is the dead spot on that fret. Other than that, what a great piece of work!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $733.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Attinas music in Fayetteville
Features:
Made in Japan. Maple neck. Mahogany body with quilted sapele top. 22 frets with 6 strings. One volume, one tone, and a 5-way blade switch. H/S/H pickup configuration. Pickups are passive. Ibanez AH series pickups. Finish is transparent red over a quilted top. Body is a double cutaway with a very slim contour. Equipped with a Lo-Trs 2 Floyd Rose tremelo. Equipped with Gotoh tuners.
Playability:
Low action with light gauge strings is very obtainable. But with heavier gauges such as .011's, the action tends to raise a little. Nothing major at all though. The neck has a slightly larger radius than most of Ibanez's necks. This allows for comfortable chording. The speed of the neck superb and smooth as a babies rear. Compared to other guitar at this price range, it definitely competes. Although, when I bought mine, I had it professionally set-up to my specifations (strings, action, and innotation), when I took it home I found that there was a dead spot (soundless place on fret) at the 5th fret of the second string. The repair man at the store I bought it from removed the warranty tag from the headstock during the set-up so go figure. It still plays like a dream, you just have to press harder at the 5th fret, 2nd string. Other than the dead spot, no problems at all.
Sound Quality:
I am a metalhead so I use mostly high-gain electronics and fully driven amps with this axe. The pickups have a very full, rich sound with more definition than any other pickup (except for a few brands). This guitar is very versatile, it really doesnt matter whast music you like to play, you can play this guitar. The extremely thin body lacks a little sustain, but the mahogany wood picks it up a little bit. Great rich tone. This guitar, sounds-wise and appearance-wise is superior to 4 out of 5 of the other guitars I own. I am considering absolutely no mods for this axe. This guitar is so quiet you would not believe it. Even the middle single coil at high gain does make the slightest hum. More so a stage guitar, I would say. This thing is so pretty, you dont want to ding it or scratch. I wash my hands before I pick mine up.
Durability:
Very reliable, no scratchy pots and no noise. It only needs to be tweaked at string changes. Floyd Roses take forever to set up, but when they are set, you cant get that guitar out of tune at all. There is a problem with Ibanez's chrome black finish on the hardware. It semms that whereever your hand brush up against constantly, the dark transparant black rubs off the chrome. On my bridge saddles, the transparant black has rubbed of the top 3 saddles and the volume knob's finish is rubbing off as well. This may be because of the oil on your hands but I dont know. There are no problems with climate adjustment.
On 3/19/2001, Steve posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at guitars from Yamaha, Fender, Jackson, and Ibanez. I chose this one for the great feel (thin), nice weight, and low price. I would buy it again.
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Brighton Music Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Features:
I believe these are made in Korea. Mine is the S370 in Deep Violet Flat color. It has: a humbucker at the bridge, another at the neck, a single coil in the middle, a 5-position pickup selector, Floyd Rose licensed locking tremolo system, rosewood fingerboard, one volume and one tone control. The body is a double cutaway (Strat-shaped) but this baby is unbelievably THIN! The neck is also very thin, and yet the guitar has a nice weight to it. It would be nice if it were available in more than two colors. (Some of the 2001 Ibanez guitars have a beautiful red flame-top..)
Playability:
This guitar plays amazingly well. The action is nice and low, but not so low as to cause problems. It is definitely the most playable guitar that I've ever owned. (And I've owned a handful over the years)
Sound Quality:
The sound of this guitar is warm.. amazing for such a thin body! I've been using it with a Digitech RP2000 effects modeling system, then into a Peavey 120/120 power amp.
Durability:
I've only had this axe for a few days, so it would be premature to make statements about durability. However, it seems to be very well made, and I would expect it hold hold up as well as other guitars from Ibanez.
On 3/20/2000, Jeff Fowler (39) posted:
Overall Rating:
it rules
Model Year: 2000
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: daddys junky music portsmith
Features:
Playability:
low action
Sound Quality:
very much like a les paul
Durability: