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Ibanez SA160QM (Ibanez - SA160QM [2001-2005])

By MGR/Cantrell, 17/05/2004
Bought it at the Lindberg Music Shop, Munich (Germany) and it costed EUR400,00 (this corresponds to USD450 or so). Taxation is a bit heavier over here, so it's probably cheaper elsewhere. Also, at least in Germany, you can get a good discount (10 or more per cent) at music stores (you get even more discount if you end up buying the guitar case and a tuner, for example). I acquired it because, after a five year pause, I wanted to start playing again - so, to celebrate this I wanted to make myself a nice present.

I originally wanted to buy something else, something more Les Paul-ish. I used to play a Strat, and - after the mentioned pause - I thought this is a good opportunity to try out something else. While shopping, I was trying out different Epiphones, which do really sound nice. Then, just for a comparison I took the next best 'strat-ish' guitar around, which happened to be this one. It was immediate love...

Maybe thess are the reasons:

The fretboard is longer and broader than the typical 'Les Paul' (22 medium frets). For my style of play, my fingers and such, this was the best fit. The 'feel' of the neck is as smooth as it can be (Maple Neck Material, Mahogany w/Quilted Maple top Body, Rosewood Finger Board).

It has a 5-way switch and a tone-knob (chrome-coloured), which allows for a wide and finely tunable range of sounds. (more specs: 2 single coils - mid and neck, and one humbucker at bridge)

It's incredibly light and the design is beatiful.

The price is absolutely fair.

Last but not least, the case (an optional, which I strongly encourage buying) is cast-on the guitar and is also robust and comaprably thin.

The tremolo bar does have its obvious disadvantages: a) If you use it too much, or like an animal, the guitar will detune. b) Bending and simultaneous playing another string is a problem to a certain extent. But then again, to me, this is of minor importance.

The design is very soft, you cannot use it making badass metal poses without looking ridiculous. Not that this is important to me, but if you're playing badass metal, you'd probably buy something that *looks* better.

The neck is *glued* to the body, this gives the entire guitar more resonance, a warmer sound.

Knobs and switches don't make that cracking sound - at least not right away.

Replacing strings is easy. All innards of the guitar are easily accessible and it all looks terribly easy to maintain.

A beatiful and versatile guitar. Buy it. (I don't give it a 5 just in case a miracle happens and I find an even better one.)

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Ibanez SA 160 (Ibanez - SA160)

By MGR/Javier V, 08/06/2004
I bought it in a local big music shop. I paid over 350 dollars for it. I bought this guitar because was my very first guitar, it looked good and It wasn't that expensive as others guitars.

It sounds perfect, it's very confortable to play, specially the neck. Sounds great with overdrive or distortion!, It's not very heavy.
The thing I like the most about this guitar is the value: this electric guitar is a *cheap guitar, and it has a very good quality. Not like other cheap guitars that are like a kind of toys.

The only thing I don't like about this guitar is that classic Ibanez's headstock.

Maple wood, 3 pick ups, 5 positions switch, two controlls: volume and tone.

If you want a good quality guitar for a good price buy this guitar because it has a very good value.

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Ibanez SA160QM (Ibanez - SA160QM [2001-2005])

By MGR/Anonymous, 25/06/2004
Gamlins music

smooth and fast neck, the humbucker sounds very nice with plenty of distortion. Many sounds can be achieved with this guitar.

The middle pick-up sounds too muddy but the neck and bridge pick-ups sound great.

Made in Korea

• SA neck
• Quilted Maple top/Mahogany body
• Large frets
• SAT 30 bridge
• AS2 (S) neck pu
• AS2 (S) mid pu
• AH4 (H) bridge pu

Very good quality for the price looks and sounds great. ideal for gigging

This is one of the best guitars I have owned and for the money it's incredible! I have owned around 10 guitars now and I like this one the best. Right now I also own a Ibanez RG 320FM. This guitar blows my expectations away. A real steal for the money. I urge all serious players to own this beauty. A very versitile axe.

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Ibanez SA160 (Ibanez - SA160)

By MGR/rodrigo mu, 11/07/2004
i bought my sa160 at guitar center for exactly 350 bucks...I because that is the money i could spend and i didnt see another guitar for the same price that had the great looks this guitar has....

what i love about this guitar is the slim body, it makes it so light you bearly feel it while playing, not like my friends guitars that are all heavy and leave your shoulders hurting..i also like the hard rock tone from the humbucker, and it has pretty good clean stays in tune even after bending notes like slash, and u dont have to tune it for at least 2 weeks, if you play daily....there is no better guitar for the price of this one...

only problem ive had with the unit is that the volume knob is kinda messed gotta turn it all the way right and then slightly to the left to get sound, but besides that it is perfect..flawless..rockin

the construction is pretty tight...the finish is perfect, it has no imperfections, and the wood is remarkably has a good build and it has resisted a few hits without showin it....the sound is can play hard rock and good clean its a guitar for the intermediate player that needs a bit of both worlds...of course we're talkin about a 350 dollar guitar

bottom line, this guitar is a good all around guitar for playin hard rock or blues..even ballads..well built, good quality and nice finish....

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