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Ibanez Arondite

Ibanez ADC120

User reviews on Ibanez Arondite products

Pretty ugly and not that great (Ibanez - ADC120)

By Hatsubai, 08/08/2011
Ibanez has had a thing for releasing some really ugly guitars lately, and I'm not sure why. I guess they're trying to compete with ESP or something in that aspect. The guitar itself is based off of a quasi-Les Paul style guitar. It has a mahogany body with a maple top, a set mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, some unique inlays, a Gibraltar III bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar itself isn't put together that great. The fretwork on this was pretty bad. There were some low frets that were causing the guitar to fret out in certain areas when bending, even with medium action. The frets themselves weren't totally crowned and needed to be properly polished. To make matters worse, the fret ends were a bit sharp, and you could really feel it while moving up and down the neck. The finish itself on this guitar wasn't too bad, although it started to get a touch sloppy in certain areas. I really like the bridge that's on this, but that's about all I can say when it comes to good things about this guitar. It's a pretty typical guitar that you'd find made in China.

SOUNDS

The guitar didn't sound good at all. I should first mention that this thing weighed a ton for whatever reason. These super heavy guitars generally sound bad, I find. They lack the resonance that the lighter wood tends to have. The bridge pickup in this was pretty bright sounding and high output. It would overdrive a clean channel without much of an issue, and it was a pain trying to dial out the treble that was associated with this thing. The neck was also super bright, and I really hate bright neck tones. I much prefer a fatter, smoother neck tone. To make everything worse, the pickup switch was all the way towards the back of the guitar, and switching on the fly was a huge pain.

OVERALL OPINION

I can't really recommend this guitar. On the one hand, it's a pretty typical MiC guitar, but it's not a good guitar by any means. For the price, you're better off saving your money and buying something used off of eBay. You'll find much better deals that way than buying something like this. I'd probably look at an Agile or something instead. At least they have a nice return policy.
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Bizarre explorer style guitar (Ibanez - ADD120)

By Hatsubai, 08/08/2011
This is yet another guitar in the trio of guitars that Ibanez released in 2007 to help appease those who were looking for a more extreme guitar. The guitar itself is based off of a quasi-Explorer style guitar. It has a mahogany body with a maple top, a set mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, some unique inlays, a Gibraltar III bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

This guitar is pretty bad. The fretwork on this wasn't that great at all, and it's not a true representation of Ibanez's quality. The frets themselves were sharp and needed to be re-leveled. There were some high/low frets that needed to be addressed, and they're especially noticeable once you start lowering the action on these guitars. The nut on this was also causing some tuning issues and should have been recut. The bridge on this isn't too bad, but that's not saying too much considering all that went wrong with building this guitar.

SOUNDS

The pickups in this are pretty hot, and I find they're very bright. Some people might like them, but they're really not that great. It's like they wanted to build some sort of X2N clone that doesn't sound anywhere near as good. The bridge model was bright, and it had lots of output. It's really not good for anything but high gain. The neck pickup was bright, and I'm not a fan of bright neck pickups at all. I do lots of legato, and those brighter neck pickups always sound too stiff and sterile. If you're going to keep this guitar, i recommend doing a pickup swap.

OVERALL OPINION

It's not a high quality guitar, and considering what you get for the price, you're better off spending your money on the used market. You'll get a much better band for your buck. You can get some old school MIJ RGs that absolutely destroy this thing for around $300 to $400 on the used market.
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A destroyer gone all wrong (Ibanez - ADX120)

By Hatsubai, 08/08/2011
This is the last of the three guitars that were part of the Arondite models made in 2007. The guitar itself is based off of a quasi-Destroyer style guitar. It has a mahogany body with a maple top, a set mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, some unique inlays, a Gibraltar III bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

This had the same issue that all the other guitars in this series had. The fretwork just wasn't that good. The frets themselves were not perfectly level, and it was very apparent once you started adjusting the action. The nut on this was also cut poorly and should have been reshaped. Whenever I'd bend, you could feel the string start to snag. It would cause me to go out of tune all the time. A temporary fix is to use some graphite or nut sauce, but that's only a temporary fix. A good luthier should be able to take care of all of these problems. The bridge itself is pretty nice on these models, though.

SOUNDS

The pickups on this guitar are pretty low quality, and it's no real surprise as Ibanez was never known for having great pickups, even in their higher end models. The bridge pickup has lots of output, and it's very bright. It's similar to an X2N but without the dynamics and awesomeness. It can kinda work for overdriven tones, but it lacks clarity. The neck is just way too bright for me, and I find myself reaching for the tone pot to help tame that treble all the time. However, I switch between the neck and bridge often, so I'm constantly fiddling with the knobs. I'd replace these with something else. Probably original Blackouts to help give this some beefiness and hide the original body wood tone.

OVERALL OPINION

This is the last one in the Arondite series guitars. There's a reason why these were sold for such a short time. They're simply not good guitars. You're better off spending your money elsewhere. I recommend surfing eBay for some killer dealers on there. You'll be much further ahead than if you were to buy one of these, even used.
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Ibanez damn good Chinese (Ibanez - ADC120)

By VINCEB77, 05/12/2011
For the technical description, résumé prcdemment t aa well. Chinese-made but good mics VK1 and VK2 are home Ibanez, the hot rails humbuckers with Alnico 5 magnets type. Apparently they are made to the style "Baritone" tuning down. the guitar is heavy, mahogany should not be trs sec ....

UTILIZATION

I like the handle but it is not CHARACTERISTICS highway grades in typical Ibanez. Less easy, but, in the classic.
On mine with extra-light shooting home I can not lower the action of the strings without frisouille mode. So we must see through a beefier pulling and re-adapted to a rglage finally have a lower action that suits me more. Good ergonomics, but heavy equilibrated in play sitting down. Despite the price range and the Chinese-made, the finish is flawless, and does not lment cheap (slecteur, knobs, mechanical ...), Ibanez really well done!

SOUNDS

This guitar I bought it just by the cost over a dmo on CD, order without Prior test. Once Reue, I had to up the height of the microphone (by adding the springs oblivion by small Chinese ...) to find this sound to me as tonn. It is the strong point ( subjective and personal) of these individuals who have a micro grain (a bit dirty & Specifications) which I love. It is by no means confined to the rhythm mtal hairy, I like it as much in style blues, jazz, rock ... silent on BMD it plugs into an all-tube amp RIVERA is falling! On my little Roland cube 20-x, she sang on my Marshall 50 watt, the grain goes a bit less.
For trying the Ibanez rcemment Chinese, I did not find the same quality of finish, and only the RGD 320Z Team mic gave me the same like with bananas If this grain spcial, as neutral and active pickups do not give me cold. BMOL The small, despite the technical choices (set neck, fixed bridge, string through-...) does not sustain the expected level, but I compare with my LAG Roxanne Classic is the ct of this fabulous ... may be a mahogany too young?

OVERALL OPINION

I have 4 years and it always pleases me. His original look, its DCOS the handle abalone, she of the mouth, and sounds a sturdy characters. I 'm expecting an easier handle typical Ibanez, but I do and j'espre amliorer this. hsit a time I sell it and replace it with an ART 120, but not I keep it the, the sound is unique.
The quality-price ratio is excellent, the Chinese prices without consideration.
Although Ibanez jou!
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