Ibanez Electric Guitars

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Ibanez has been making guitars since the 1950s, and its electric guitars come in a variety of gorgeous, innovative models that will not only give you a wide selection to peruse but also capture your imagination. Ibanez's has many head-turning models. Take a look to see if any of these amazing axes suit your style.

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Ibanez Artcore Hollow Body

The Artcore Hollow Body brings together the warm, sweet tones of a vintage jazz-box and the powerful hollow body presence of a rock guitar, and combines it all with its ACH1 and ACH2 humbuckers to create legendary tone and remarkable sustain. Jazz, rock, blues, and country guitarists who have enough skill to play soulful, resonating solos especially love this guitar. It costs about $400.

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Ibanez Artcore Semi-Hollow

An ART1 bridge complete with a Quick-Change III tailpiece is just one of the features on this beautiful instrument. With its smooth Super 58 custom pickups, this elegant semi-hollow guitar is especially good for jazz guitarists who know their way around a fretboard. It costs about $1,000.

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Ibanez Iceman Guitar

Some of the notable features on the Iceman include a strung-through body design and Dimarzio D-activator pickups. It costs about $700. It is a beloved guitar among diehard fans of '70s and '80s rock. Its unusual shape, as if carved out of ice, and its Rosewood fingerboard and pearl block inlays make it one of Ibanez's most eye-catching models.

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Steve Vai Signature JEM777

Steve Vai is one of the world's greatest living guitarists. If you're looking for an unusual guitar that captures Vai's sound and shines with creativity and oddity, look no farther than Steve Vai's Signature JEM777 model that comes in colors like desert yellow with hot pink pickups and yellow, pink, and green inlays made to look like 3-D shapes. It also has a hand-grip carved into the wood of the body so you can carry your axe around in true Steve Vai style. It runs about $3,500, so it's more appropriate for the advanced guitar player or the serious collector.

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NDM Series Noodles Signature

If you're a fan of The Offspring's Southern California punk sound, you will likely be a fan of this guitar, which is the signature design made for The Offspring guitarist known as Noodles. Inspired by the original TV body shape of the Talman, this guitar has a basswood body, sunburst finish, and a slim profile maple neck. It runs about $500, and its affordable cost makes it a decent choice for all skill levels who want a unique Ibanez.

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Paul Stanley Signature PS

"God made rock and roll for us," as KISS sings, and Ibanez made the Signature PS for Paul Stanley, the famous rock legend from KISS. The Paul Stanley model is arguably the most eye-catching design Ibanez has created. It uses the Iceman for inspiration, then adds wild looking finishes, such as this Silver Sparkle guitar with a mirror finish pickguard. It costs about $900, which isn't bad for something made for KISS. (And if you want to see something especially stunning, take a look at Ibanez's cracked mirror finish it created for Paul Stanley's line.)

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RG Prestige

While Paul Stanley's models might be some of Ibanez's flashiest looking guitars, the RG Prestige is described as the crown jewel of Ibanez and its most dedicated, exquisite example of artisan Japanese luthiery. It has a Mahogany body, a Silky Oak top, a Birdseye Maple fret board, and Ibanez's amazing "Maple/Walnut Super Wizard High-Performance neck," as they describe it. All of those fancy terms mean one thing: the neck is practically indestructible, but it also looks beautiful. It runs for about $1,500.

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Ibanez S - 520

The mesmerizing Blackberry Sunburst finish is usually the first thing that turns the heads of musicians when they see this stunner of a guitar. The Ibanez S Series S520 features not only a work-of-art finish, but also a rosewood fingerboard, jumbo frets with a slim, comfortable neck and a juicy tone and sustain that splashes tonal color everywhere as you play, thanks to its Quantum pickups and 5-way switch. It costs about $500, a remarkably affordable price for such a quality series.

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Herman Li Signature EGEN Series

When your guitar's color is called Dragon's Blood, you know you have something uniquely ferocious sitting in your hands. Herman Li, one of the lead guitarists for the power metal group DragonForce, had this signature model made for him by Ibanez, and he has praised it as one of the most innovative guitars on the market. The color alone, and what appears to be the marks of dragon teeth in the satin finish body (the teeth marks are actually a hand grip), is proof enough of that. But its other features--the 5-piece maple/walnut EGEN neck, the Edge Zero bridge with Li's preferred strong arm action, a scalloped lower horn for ease of play in the upper frets, and a low profile middle pickup that does not get in the way of your most fiery picking--back Li's claim about this amazing guitar. It is definitely meant for more advanced guitarists or serious collectors, however, with a price tag of around $3,000.

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RG 470

The RG 470 gets us away from heady space and overwhelming firepower of Herman Li's Dragon Blood guitar and goes back to the basics that made Ibanez so successful. The RG series has been Ibanez's classic bread and butter model for years, and it is especially favored by metal guitarists. Its ash body, maple neck, and three Quantum pickups give it crunchy, powerful lows and bright highs as well as a general sharpness that lends itself to heavier playing. There is a reason why Ibanez is seen as the premier choice among metal guitarists, and the RG is one of the primary forces behind that reputation. Its price tag of about $500 also makes it within reach of most metal guitarists.

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Joe Satriani Signature JS 2410

Joe Satriani is one of the most legendary virtuoso musicians to have ever picked up an electric guitar. His signature JS series features lush, sexy colors such as muscle car orange or muscle car red. The guitar's glimmering liquid-like alder body looks as if it's melting or as if it's a teardrop that fell straight from Satriani's Crystal Planet album. Its pickups are DiMarzio handpicked by Satriani and given advanced electronics. This muscle guitar costs about $2,500.

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Apex200 Munky Signature Series 7-String

Munky, the guitarist for metal band Korn, collaborated with Ibanez to create this epic 7-string beast. The DiMarzio Blaze pickup is designed with this guitar in mind and is made to bring out the full frequency profile of the seventh string so it doesn't just get lost in the mix. It has a rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, and alder body, and its Lo-Pro Edge 7 bridge is designed to give the picking hand all the room it needs to shake the earth with crunchy, chugging chords. This premier guitar retails for about $2,600.

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RG Premium

The RG Premium is not Ibanez-the-commercial-manufacturer; it is Ibanez transforming itself into a boutique custom shop and doing its very best handmade artisan craftwork. It comes in stunning colors, such as blue reef gradation and sunset red gradation, which makes the body's finish look as there is a sea of shimmering water or a glowing sunset. It is certainly one of Ibanez's most beautiful models, and it has a gorgeous sound to match: a curly maple top, 11-piece Wizard neck, stainless steel frets, DiMarzio Air Nortons, True Velvets, and Tone Zone pickups all come together to create one of the most memorable guitar sounds to have come out of Ibanez. It costs about $1,400.

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RG Iron Label Multi-Scale 7-String

Ibanez leverages its popularity among metal guitarists with their Iron Label series, which brings sinister but quite cool looking graphics (such as "deep forest burn") into the guitar's design while wiring it to sound as crunchy, loud, and meaty as possible. The RG Iron Label Multi-Scale 7-String has an astonishing trapezoidal multi-scale, fanned fretboard design, which creates individual string tension for more "open and alive" sounds from each string. This gives clarity and bright definition to its heavy, chugging lows, and if you look at it long enough, you might get vertigo. The fanned trapezoidal shifted layout really spins the head when you first see it. This unusual metal behemoth costs about $850.

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MiKro Series

The Ibanez MiKro Series, in this case the GRGM21M GRG model, offers something unique for the beginning guitarist, the young musicians who can't handle a full-size guitar yet, or those who like smaller guitars for travel. Its short 22-inch scale neck and its light weight makes it compact and easy for smaller hands or for taking a guitar on the road. It has Powersound pickups with great punch and clarity and a sturdy maple neck, so it comes with all the quality you'd expect from an Ibanez, but just scaled down. It's also scaled down in price at only $150.

With so many amazing guitar models, Ibanez offers quality and style.

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