Ibanez GRG170DX GIO RG Style Black Night
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|Top Material Type||Bass Wood|
|Back Material Type||Rosewood, Basswood|
|Neck Material Type||Maple|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tremolo|
|Number of Strings||6|
About this item
- Frets: Medium frets
- Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
- NeckPU: PSND1 neck pu BridgePU: PSNDS mid pu MiddlePU: PSND2 bridge pu
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You deserve better. That?s why, whether you?re a beginner, on a budget, or a working stiff looking for a good backup axe, you shouldn?t settle for some famous name?s second line guitar that isn?t good enough for them to put their famous name on. Ibanez GRG and GRX guitars feature the same warranty and set-up standards as our most expensive instruments. Which explains why we proudly put the name "Ibanez? (not "by Ibanez?) on the headstock.
Neck: GRG neck
Body: Basswood body
Frets: Medium frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Bridge: FAT 10 bridge
NeckPU: PSND1 neck pu
BridgePU: PSNDS mid pu
MiddlePU: PSND2 bridge pu
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Thank you so much it was wrapped perfectly and with so much care I am 13 years old and I will buy items off of you in the future if anybody does not like how you do it they are nuts. Hahns Im Dustins mother you wrapped with such care and thank you for the extra amp that was so kind of you to include in just this order with the guitar... We will tell our friends that you are 100% POSSITIVE! everything sounds great and in really great conditon
thanks Debby and Dustin Ryan
It made a GREAT beginner's guitar, but as I continue to improve my skills I'm starting to feel the need for a better one.
The construction is decent, there was a lot of leftover dust inside the cavities in the body from whatever machined the holes.
The neck feels good, and it's pretty easy to play. The medium frets are nice but I prefer jumbos. The entire fretboard is actually quite nice, rosewood I believe, and still hardly shows any wear - I play several hours a day.
As for the pickups... I'm still using the stock powersounds, which for the most part are junk, I only use the bridge humbuckers because they're the only ones that really sound good. The neck and center pickups are muddy and leave a lot to be desired as far as output and sound quality. My neck pickups are also loose and vibrate when playing.
The Trem bridge on this... to say the least, is garbage. I'm pretty sure the saddles are starting to rattle, if you use the trem, expect it to go out of tune very easily. The entire bridge construction just seems cheap and not very strong(I think it may be starting to bend too). However you cant expect much out of a trem bridge at this price range.
I've also been plagued by fret buzz since day 1 with this guitar, I've had it worked on once before and it still didn't completely go away, and is now coming back (Which should never happen so soon after being fixed). I've managed to adjust it to minimize the buzz myself and its not that audible unless you're really listening for it coming out of an amp.
The output jack comes loose really easily, I've had to take it apart and re-tighten it several times for it to even send a signal to the amp.
Now that my complaints are out of the way, this thing shreds HARD, the bridge pickups are HOT for passives, and you can really lay down some awesome metal riffs. I couldn't have been happier with it as a first guitar, and I intend on keeping it forever, but I've started looking for something of higher quality with a better bridge and pickups. You can play pretty much anything you like on this which is a plus, and the Ibanez tuners are actually pretty good.
Another note: If you get the gloss black body - it's incredibly hard to keep clean.
Overall it's a decent guitar, but it's perfect for beginners, and you really cant beat what you get at this price, hence my 4/5 stars. Expect a moderate amount of maintainence and adjusting to keep it sounding and looking good.
Right out of the box, the strings already feel "setup" and low to the fretboard. I like that I didn't have to buy the guitar and spend another $50 to get it adjusted. The neck is made of smooth but very durable wood. It does have a very rounded feel to it, but you get used to it.
The sound is smooth and the strings don't chatter like on very cheap entry guitars. I've had it for over 4 years and haven't had anything go bad on it. I'd recommend this to anyone who intends on growing old with their starter guitar.
After playing "The Black Knight", my mind was made up. It's tone is great, the pickups are solid but most of all, I got this for fast action on the fretboard. It's so easy to play and great for soloing and lead work.
It worked perfectly for my gig and I would recommend it to anyone. One of the best guitar's you can get for the price.
I'd suggest an entry level Stratocaster instead. Since it's simple to tune and easy to find familiar sounds, you'll be more encouraged to practice. There's just too much about this guitar that gets in the way of kicking ass.
Top reviews from other countries
I ordered a brand new guitar not an old one so do send a brand new guitar this time or I'll have to take different (legal) actions
at time of writing, 28 years, I have got and/or have used Fender Stratocasters, Telecasters & Gibson Les Pauls; Strats being my main guitars. For Emma, my wife, she has fairly small hands and fingers and struggled with a thick or rounded neck. The Ibanez has a pretty flat Wizard II neck, very suitable for those with smaller hands.
In other news, It's well finished Black colour, has a Humbucker/Single Coil/Humbucker set up for quite a variety of sounds, and is well set up with, I believe, a set of 9's gauge strings. The action is low/Medium and it feels good in the hands. The tremolo works really well too....from gentle wobbles to cool harmonic divebombs..
The pickups? They sound great at Hi Gain, high volumes, and they clean up quite well too. On pure clean settings they have a nice snap to them too.
So......onwards with guitar lessons for my wife......and she loves it!
Great value for money..
Amazing value for money.
The thinner neck is very smooth and fast so if you are looking to rock out this is a great entry to mid level guitar.
The pots and 5 way switch have great placement and feel nice to the touch.
I have had this guitar a few weeks now and have given it some hammer. It will stay in tune when using the tremolo for excessive dive bombing and the like (with in reason).
The range is great and the 5 way switch over the 5 pickups offers great versatility.
I have it direct into a Marshall MG30CFX amp and it feels like they were made for each other.
Well done Ibanez.
Don't be afraid of these less expensive Indonesian made guitars they are not at all bad and for a beginner they will be a very good buy.
Most of your guitar hero's would have loved something this good as their first guitar.
As for the aesthetics well just look at it
I could go on and on
Scratches on the fret.
No tamper proof packing, the box is simply out together with a cello tape.
Volume and tone POD are not aligned to the body, one is raised and other is depressed which makes it difficult to turn after a point.