Ibanez GAX70

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description It's a cheap,handy guitar great for musicians that want great sound but are on a cheap budget.
Posted By Jose Espaillat (8)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 5/21/2003, Joel Chavez (1561) posted:
Overall Rating:
-I looked at several Gibson Les Pauls and this one and I chose this one because I like its tone a whole more than than the LPs Yes, I would buy this guitar again if something happened to it, in fact im planning on getting insured especially since i started upgrading it. Personally, I think this guitar could afford to have a heavier body but then again i like heavy guitars so I could be wrong, lol. A single peice bridge would also be nice :D. I love this guitars feel and tone. it really delivers for the money.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $164.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center in Covina
Features:
This guitar is simply amazing...for the price i havent seen anything better out there. the pickups have a lot of tone and power and its just great :D. -Assembled in Indonesia(parts made in US) -Neck/Fretboard: Maple/Indian Rosewood -Frets:22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Plated Steel -6 String -2 volume, 2 tone, 3 way pickup selector(bridge, both, neck) -Passive electronics -1 DiMarzio DP159 Evo(bridge) and 1 stock Powersound(HXH) -Black -Double cutaway with diamond cut -Full Tune II bridge and tail piece -Non-locking stock
Playability:
-I have the action I want but ive never measured it -Its fast and and a little small for me but it is very easy to play leads(which is what I enjoy doing the most) Open chords are a little difficult to play standing up do to the size of my hands compared to the neck but not much -It plays better than a lot of guitars ive played(almost as well as some PRS guitars) -The volume and tone pots come loose if they are turned to hard in either direction but other than that there are no flaws
Sound Quality:
I use one of two amps depending on the situation to push a 1x15 150 watt Sunn PA(Fender): -Fender Frontman 15(15 watts) -Randall Rb 125ES(120 watts) I own/use a digitech RP100 I play metal, rock, a little blues and alternative rock with some other stuff mixed in and this guitar does a great job at all of them...it just depends on what your amp is set at :D The sound is very really hot and dark now that I've added the DiMarzio Evo. Its still a lot of its presence though so it is pretty clear, it really depends on how oyu listen to it. with the upgraded pickup, id say its quite a bite more musical, more tone overall than before. As far as mods, I already upgraded the bridge p/u and am considering popping a DiMarzio Breed into the neck postion so will see how much I can hot rod this baby :D. Its not noisy at all except the switch makes a little noise when your playing but you cant really notice it unless your listeing for it. It works well for either stage or studio but it seems to excel in live situations.
Durability:
This guitar is extremely reliable. I've been playing live with my band for about 5-6 months with this guitar and it hasnt once even so much as faltered in its preformance. I very rarely ever have to adjust anything on it. Everything on this guitar is holding up very well considering how much abuse i put it through. Other than tuning it not much adjustment is needed when the climate changes.
On 12/28/2002, Charles W. Carsten (349) posted:
Overall Rating:
I didn't choose it, my dad gave it to me as a 15th birthday present. I would definitely buy it again, it has a very nice feel. This is my favorite guitar, and I would be very sad to leave it.
Price: $189.00
Where Obtained: Music store
Features:
Transparent red, H/H Inexpensive, great sound, good fixed bridge electric, excellent for most types of playing.
Playability:
Came with medium-low action, but i raised it, One design flaw: the jack is a piece of crap, i had to keep fiddling with the end of the cable until sound came out, until i bought a new one
Sound Quality:
Very full sound, i've played it on a fender twin, a fender princeton chorus, peavey xm4, and a crappy little hohner with a leslie speaker, and for some strange reason, it sounds best on the hohner
Durability:
I have never had to adjust the trussrod after two years with it, except for when i changed the action on it. I think this is due to the fact that the bridge is fixed, though. The bridge pickup sometimes fades out, but I think this is due to the fact that I used to play at football games in all kinds of weather. The machine heads are crap, replace them.
On 7/2/2002, Justin Shank (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
This one i got because of the price. and i like it.however i wish i got a different color sometimes.. if i lost this one, i'd just save up for a Fender Stratocaster because i love those. This guitar is a great guitar to start with, i think, and especially if your po' like me, its the best for its price.
Price: $185.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend Magazine
Features:
Made in Indonesia, 25 frets, H/H pickups, transparent red finsish, double cutaway, standard bridge..2 tone controls, 2 volume controls
Playability:
The action is alright, really nice for chords, and rhythym stuff, i dont know how to spell rythym, the neck is nice, it's a bit teeny. It's not as good as a Strat..man.
Sound Quality:
I use an Ibananez 25 watt amp, it comes out nice. Really nice if your looking for heavy metal tone w/ overdrive. But I prefer blues and all that stuff. Generally the guitar is a machine and tunes and plays like one.. but not human enough for my tastes.
Durability:
Really reliable, played 3 years no problems, . never had to adjust anythign except the action, just to mess around with it.
On 6/6/2002, Jonathan Buyno (132) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very good guitar if your on a budget or a begginner. But again for the price paid i think i got my moneys worth.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $189.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local music store
Features:
Probably made in some foriegn land? 22 lg frets. 6-string. volume control w/ bridge and neck control knobs. 3-way selector swicth, bridge, bridge and neck, and neck. 2 humbuckers(stock). Butterscotch finish. Double cutway body. non-locking tuners. For the price not bad.
Playability:
Its playability is alright but it does have it flaws. When i first started playing i noticed that the neck wants to fall to the floor and just stay level with the ground. It takes sometime to get use to it. I find the height of the stings were to high when i first got it but fixed that. Its a pretty easy playing guitar.
Sound Quality:
I have just been playing with a crate 15r little practice amp. I like the bridge pickup, but the neck can be muddy at times. Im sure new pickups would fix that. I play many styles and it does great with all styles. I have just encountered a bad case of feedback a week ago, and its not going away. I changed my strings and now it feedbacks like crazy, gotta go back to the store.
Durability:
Hmmmmm. The strap buttons. Get some strap locks, because the strap has a tendencie to fall out of the button. And both screws came out the other day, fixed though now. My friend broke my volume control knob, but dont really know how. it doesnt seem real solid, overall knobs and swicthes. It stays in tune really well.
On 7/7/2001, Vinny Fisher (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great
Model Year: 1999
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Features:
Very nice finish and it has great tone for a cheap guitar
Playability:
No flaws great playability
Sound Quality:
Execelent
On 7/1/2001, Juli Pennock (178) posted:
Overall Rating:
My price range was under $300, preferably under $200 so I was a bit limited in my choices. I mostly played Danelectros and while they LOOK cool, they weren't totally impressive. Also played a couple Squiers, and while they sound ok, albeit a little heavy metal for my taste, I didn't love the look of them.

This was the best, most affordable guitar I found, a GREAT first electric for this beginner, and from what I've read and my experience playing it, just an all-around good guitar. Nice low action, a quick neck, and not too many effects on it to confuse me! ;) I also find the double cutaway shape very appealing.

HIGHLY recommended, especially if you're on a budget.

If it were stolen I would definitely buy another.
Price: $189.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Made in Indonesia, so says the neck, and inspected by Rahmahd. He did a good job. ;) Others have documented the controls, frets, strings, etc. so I won't. Got a transparent red finish - very gorgeous.
Playability:
I love the skinny neck. Even though I have relatively long fingers, since I'm still such a beginner, this neck makes it easier to reach what I want. I like the low action. This is a very easy guitar to play, IMHO. I don't know if this is a flaw or just normal, but I do have to tune it everytime I pick it up. No big, though.
Sound Quality:
Since I'm a rank amatuer w/NO money, I bought a $30 Danelectro Honeytone Headphone amp (can also play it through my computer speakers) and it sounds just peachy to me. When I get a REAL amp, I'll probably go with a little Crate w/reverb. I CRAVE reverb. I mostly play 'alternative' for lack of a better term. Getting a smidge into Blues, but I've been informed that I'm "horribly white" so it's a struggle ;) Due to being able to turn the pickups on and off the sound is variable, which I like a lot as well.
Durability:
I've had it a little less than a month, so I don't know from durability yet, but it (like my Hondo) is surviving dog drool (I know, EW!) and cat and dog hair very nicely. I do have to tune it everytime I pick it up, don't know if that's normal or not, but it's not a huge hardship.
On 3/20/2001, Chris Oyer (2046) posted:
Overall Rating:
My final 2 choices were this guitar and a grx40. I chose this one because at the time I refused to get a guitar with single coils, but this guitar serves me well.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $170.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Made somewhere out of agitis body and maple neck(?) with rosewood fretboard. 22 frets, medium, 2 tone and 2 volume pots, a 3way toggle switch, 2 humbuckers (powersound 1 and 2) passive, trans red finish, double cutaway bigger body than lp (doesn't fit the lp style cases), and stop tail piece with tunamatic style bridge make this an outstanding guitar for the price.
Playability:
Action was ok out of the box, but it got even better with a twist of each bridge washer. The neck is excellent for beginner or pro, at least I think. I've only compared to a couple strats and an epiphone les paul, it stands up to them all.
Sound Quality:
Right now it goes straight into a vox pathfinder and does pretty well with blues, rock, hard rock, jazz, and alt. neck p/u is warm, bridge p/u bright. Might consider changing p/u and putting coil split on both. never gigged w/ it but digital and cassette tape recording sound decent.
Durability:
On 3/19/2001, Eric Compton posted:
Overall Rating:
I never liked Ibanez guitars until I came across this one. I have a few Fender guitars and wasn't looking for another guitar, but when I played this one I had to buy it. It's without a doubt the best low priced guitar on the market and I would recommend it to anyone, beginners or someone looking for a solid & true second guitar.
Price: $195.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Chris's Guitar Shop
Features:
This guitar looks like a PRS/Gibson clone. Nice hardware, hot pickups, surprising features usually only found on more expensive guitars.
Playability:
If you can do it on a $2000 Gibson you can do it here. Excellent action!
Sound Quality:
I've found that most people with this guitar play heavy music, but I'm a blues man and am well satisfied.
Durability:
I'm not rough on a guitar so.... I could probably keep a paper guitar in good shape.
On 3/6/2001, Reid Weathers (522) posted:
Overall Rating:
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I recommend this guitar if you're into metal and just starting out. It plays decent anyway you play it but it really suits metal.
Price: $190.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I'm not sure where it was made. I'm not sure what it's made out of. I'm not sure how many frets it has. I do know it has 6 strings. hehe It has two tone and two volume knobs. It also has a pickup selector switch. It has two pickups and they're H/H. It's a double cutaway I think. It has a tune-o-matic bridge.
Playability:
This guitar has perfect action for me, I'd say it's just high enough that it doesn't buzz. The neck is very thin and quick. I think it's a little thin for my preference but I also have really long fingers.
Sound Quality:
Upgrade the pickups and you've got a great metal guitar, it also sounds pretty good played clean though, surprisingly. I play it through a Digitech RP100 and a Crate GX15-R and it sounds pretty good.
Durability:
Everything on the guitar has held up very well except the little black think on the selector switch came off. I tried to use super glue but got a little bit on the guitar. wups
On 1/19/2001, Matt Thurston (19) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great cheap guitar, the problems/annoyances I have are minor, it makes a great starter guitar, or something to drag around as a backup.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $220.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Dorsey Music
Playability:
This is a decent cheap guitar, for $220 I will put up with my annoyances. The neck is smooth and fast. The fretwork is near perfect. I have played a lot of $500-800 Guitars I didnt like as much as this.
Sound Quality:
I play through a small marshall practice amp, or through a Johnson J-Station. Its sounds good clean, no pops/hisses/clicks when adjusting the knobs or switches. The tone controls seem almost useless, I only hear a difference at the extreme ends of the range. I am thinking about upgrading the pickups in the near future because I really like the feel of the guitar
Durability:
Overall its a pretty solid guitar, I think it would survive quite a few good bumps, but am not in a hurry to test that theory. The strap buttons suck, but they all do. Fender Straplocks do not work as a replacement because the screws included with the guitar are too big, and the screws included with the straplocks are too small. The tuners SUCK!! I have to tighten them up about once every 2 months to keep the guitar in tune, once I do it the guitar holds a tune great.
On 12/30/2000, Jarred Deems (10) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great guitar you can see one at either musiciansfriend.com or www.ibanez.com, musicians friend has printable picture and review, ibanez has review and picture of all colors model comes in.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $279.99 (new)
Where Obtained: vickers music store
Features:
Great guitar! silver hardware, full tune II bridge, bridge and neck pickup volume and tone controls, humbucking pickups,22 frets, 2 pickups, 3 way selector (neck, bridge, and both.)
Playability:
Good neck,not too thin or wide, very easy to move on, sound is great.
Sound Quality:
Sounds great no matter how its played (even with out an amp) has good sustain.
Durability:
Holds tune well, i tune before i play everyday and its always perfect.
On 9/17/2000, Jose Espaillat (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's nice,it's real nice.