NAMM 2015 – Ibanez Solidbody Guitar News for 2015

Exotic wood, retro style and affordability

While I had the impression that in the past few years, Ibanez almost overran the market with a huge numbers of new guitars and basses (plus swapping in and out different colors), 2015 seems to be more focused on keeping the good ones and adding what has been requested from a lot of players.

 

Ibanez ARZIR28 Iron Label

If you love a more classical body shape for your extended range instrument, here’s one for you. The Ibanez ARZIR28 8-string features a 27″ baritone scale for proper string tension and the classic singlecut design with an arched top. The factory tuning might be interesting as well, as the guitar is tuned between F (lowest string) to D#.

Ibanez ARZIR28-BK Black (click to enlarge)

Ibanez ARZIR28-BK Black (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • ARZ 5-piece, set-in Mahogany/Walnut neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & acryl/abalone block inlays
  • 24 medium frets
  • 2x EMG 808 humbucker
  • 27″ scale (686mm)
  • 2x Volume, Master Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez Full Tune II bridge
  • Factory tuning: 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#. 8F
  • Approximate price: 899€

Ibanez UV71P Universe

Ibanez releases the second Premium Series Universe model in 2015. The UV71P comes with the classic white high-gloss finish and super cool acrylic/abalone pyramid inlays. The guitar also features the original DiMarzio Blaze pickup set and an Edge-Zero II tremolo.

Ibanez UV71P Universe White (click to enlarge)

Ibanez UV71P Universe White (click to enlarge)

  • American Basswood body
  • Wizard-7 5-piece Maple/Walnut neck w/KTS Titanium Reinforcement
  • Rosewood fretboard w/disappearing pyramid inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • 2x DiMarzio Blaze humbucker (neck & bridge), 1x DiMarzio Blaze singlecoil (middle)
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way pickup switch
  • Edge-Zero II-7 tremolo
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1249€

Ibanez SIX27FDBG Iron Label

Ibanez’ Iron Label series continues to increase the amount of fans, mostly in the heavier music environment. After the 6-string version was a huge success in 2014, Ibanez releases the SIX27FDBG for 2015 with basically similar specs, including the nicely figured Bubinga top.

Ibanez SIX27FDBG-NT Natural (click to enlarge)

Ibanez SIX27FDBG-NT Natural (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Bubinga top w/abalone binding
  • Nitro Wizard-7 3-piece maple/bubinga neck
  • Ebony fretboard w/binding
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 2x DiMarzio PAF humbucker
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way pickup switch
  • Gibraltar Standard II-7 bridge
  • Gold hardware
  • Approximate price: 879€

Ibanez RG927WZCZ Premium 7-String

Back to the good old natural finish! Ibanez continues to add guitars with exotic woods to the catalog, as this seems to become more and more popular within the guitar community. The RG927WZCZ features a Ziricote top with a flat natural finish, DiMarzio humbuckers and other Premium Series features.

Ibanez RG927WZCZ-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RG927WZCZ-NTF Natural Flat (click to enlarge)

  • American basswood body
  • Ziricote top
  • Wizard-7 5-piece maple/bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & offset dot inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • 2x DiMarzio IBZ-7 humbucker
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way pickup switch
  • Edge-Zero II-7 tremolo w/ZPS3Fe
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 999€

Ibanez RG970WQMZ Premium Blazing Dust

You want the full range of exotic woods for your RG? The RG970WQMZ could be your perfect match. It comes with a beautiful “sunbursted” Quilted Maple top and a 5-piece Wizard Wenge/Bubinga neck. Just like the exotic 7-string, it also features DiMarzio pickups and Premium Ibanez hardware.

Ibanez RG970WQMZ-BDK Blazing Dust (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RG970WQMZ-BDK Blazing Dust (click to enlarge)

  • American Basswood body
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Wizard 5-piece Wenge/Bubinga neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & offset dot inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • 2x DiMarzio IBZ humbucker (neck & bridge), 1x DiMarzio IBZ singlecoil (middle)
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way pickup switch
  • Edge-Zero II tremolo w/ZPS3Fe
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 949€

Ibanez RC1320 Prestige & RC720 Premium Roadcore Series

Apparently, Ibanez’ retro-style Roadcore series became more popular than expected. That’s why Ibanez releases two additional guitars for 2015, a Japanese-built version with Seymour Duncan pickups and high-end features and the Premium series, Rosewood-topped RC720 with Ibanez Core-Tone humbuckers.

Ibanez RC1320-DBS Dark Brown Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RC1320-DBS Dark Brown Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • RC Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/acryl block inlays
  • 22 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Seymour Duncan humbuckers (1x ’59 Model neck, 1x JB Model bridge)
  • Master Volume, Master Tone (push/pull coilsplit), 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez Tight-Tune bridge
  • Bone nut
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock tuners
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1199€
Ibanez RC720-CNF Charcoal Brown Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RC720-CNF Charcoal Brown Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Rosewood top
  • RC 3-piece Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 22 medium frets w/Premium Fret Edge Treatment
  • 2x Ibanez Core-Tone humbucker
  • Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez Tight-Tune bridge
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 679€

Ibanez FR365 Tri Fade Burst

Continuing the retro talk, the FR365 is Ibanez’ answer to all players who were hoping for a more traditional approach within the FR series. Plus, for the price of around 400€ this transparent-bursted FR365 is a band for the buck.

Ibanez FR365-TFB Tri Fade Burst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez FR365-TFB Tri Fade Burst (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Wizard III Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Ibanez Core-Tone pickups
  • Fixed bridge
  • Gold hardware
  • Approximate price: 429€

Ibanez RG421EX & RG421EXL Black Flat

Ibanez Guitars always delivered well-crafted instruments in the entry-level area and for a lot of models they didn’t forget that there’s a good amount of lefthanded players out there. The RG421 models look and sound like Metal! Ibanez developed a new series of pickups named “Quantum”, which deliver clarity and definition with a good chuck of output level.

Ibanez RG421EX-BKF Black Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RG421EX-BKF Black Flat (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • Wizard III Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & dot inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Ibanez Quantum humbuckers
  • Fixed bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Approximate price: 319€
Ibanez RG421EXL-BKF Black Flat Lefthand (click to enlarge)

Ibanez RG421EXL-BKF Black Flat Lefthand (click to enlarge)

 

Ibanez 2015 GRG121 Models

To round up the solidbody guitar line-up for 2015, let’s look at 3 new entry-level guitars which will be added to the GRG series. The GRG121SP catches attention with a special “Panther” pickguard, while the GRG121DX models are designed to please the modern, heavy-minded guitar player, as it features a sharper look and Ibanez’ IBZ6 humbuckers.

Ibanez GRG121DX-BKF Black Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez GRG121DX-BKF Black Flat (click to enlarge)

Ibanez GRG121DX-SLS Starlight Blue Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez GRG121DX-SLS Starlight Blue Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Mahogany body
  • GRG Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & Sharktooth inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Ibanez IBZ6 humbuckers
  • Fixed bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Approximate price: 199€
Ibanez GRG121SP-BKN Black Night (click to enlarge)

Ibanez GRG121SP-BKN Black Night (click to enlarge)

  • Poplar body
  • GRG Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/dot inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Ibanez Infinity humbuckers
  • Fixed bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Approximate price: 199€

 

If you want to know out all details about Ibanez’ 2015 Signature guitars, check my previous post.

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