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Ibanez J-Custom

Ibanez JCRG8570Z

User reviews on Ibanez J-Custom products

Flashy but expensive (Ibanez - JCRG-Metal1)

By Hatsubai, 10/08/2011
The Ibanez J-Custom line almost always has mahogany bodied guitars. For some reason, they decided to use a basswood body with this model. I'm not sure if it had to do with the way the paint was applied or what, but I wasn't exactly the biggest fan of this as it kinda took away what the J-Custom guitars were known for -- mahogany bodies. The guitar has a basswood body with a maple neck, an ebony fretboard with 24 jumbo frets, offset dot inlays, a pickguard, a Lo Pro Edge trem, HSH configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.

UTILIZATION

This is the same as every other J-Custom in that it's perfect in every way. The finish on this is absolutely sick, and it really stands out. Playing on it feels kinda weird, and it looks like it came out of an alien movie. The fretwork on this is absolutely dead perfect. The frets themselves were perfectly level, and I got some sick action with the thing. On top of that, the ends were balled. That means that it doesn't hurt your hand at all while moving up and down the neck. It's almost as if you're being massaged every time you play it. The neck joint on this makes it super easy to get to the higher frets, too. No need for neck-thru nonsense with this guitar.

SOUNDS

The guitar sounds great, but I couldn't help but think it would sound better with a mahogany body. A Tone Zone is installed in the bridge position. If you've ever heard the Paul Gilbert sounds during his Laney days, you've most likely heard this pickup. It's very direct and has tons of bass + mids. However, it can be a bit too hot at times, so it's best to back it off a little bit. That'll help give you some clarity. The Blue Velvet in the middle splits awesome with the neck and bridge to give you those great blues and funk lines. It also delivers some of the sickest clean tones out there. The Air Norton in the neck is one ridiculous pickup as it gives you some really warm and fat lead tones.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is just as good as any other J-Custom out there. However, I really wish it were made out of mahogany instead of basswood. I can get an extremely similar tone with an RG550 and the same pickup configuration. Basically, the main reason to buy this guitar is for the finish and fretwork more than anything else.
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More reserved J-Custom (Ibanez - JCRG1680)

By Hatsubai, 12/09/2011
Most J-Customs are known to have super gaudy vine inlays, and while I love the vine inlays, there are times when I think that they would look a lot better with a more conservative look. This was Ibanez's attempt at helping make the guitar a bit less showy. The guitar has a mahogany body with a flame maple top, a maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 24 frets, offset dot inlays, an Ibanez Edge Pro tremolo, HSH configuration, all access neck joint, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.

UTILIZATION

First off, the frets are AMAZING on this guitar. The guitar really couldn't be any more perfect in terms of fretwork when it came to the edges. They're rounded and balled, so they're super comfortable when moving up and down the neck. They were also perfectly level, so you could get any action you wanted without any issues of fretting out due to low frets. The flame top on this looked amazing, and it really stood out. I also liked the reserved offset dot inlays going on with this model. It gave it some class and helped differentiate itself from the normal vine inlays J-Customs.

SOUNDS

The guitar had a more unique combination to it when compared to other J-Customs out there. It had a Steve's Special in the bridge, Blue Velvet in the middle and PAF Pro in the neck. The Steve's Special is a more scooped pickup, and given that mahogany is actually a fairly mid heavy wood, it worked quite nicely. It was clean sounding, had the right amount of compression and gave some great split tones with the Blue Velvet. The PAF Pro in the neck was also very clean and clear sounding. It worked great in mahogany as the mids helped thicken this pickup up and give it some extra grunt that it normally doesn't have.

OVERALL OPINION

If you ever come across one of these, I recommend buying it immediately. They're price, but they really are worth every penny. The fretwork on these is some of the best in the world, and I'm not exaggerating. It's easily on par with Suhr, Anderson, Tyler and the such. In fact, I generally prefer the J-Custom's fretwork as they tend to be balled which the others aren't. The pickups in this are great, the trem is the best in the world, everything about this guitar is prefect, really.
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iamqman's review (Ibanez - JCRG1712)

By iamqman, 11/10/2011
The Ibanez guitars are very budget friendly and still a great feel and sound at these price points. Ibanez is known to be one of the leaders another overdrive pedal categories but they also are the leaders in the budget friendly guitars pretty active musician and the learning guitar player. Many of their guitars are priced right at the point for someone is searching and learning how to play the electric guitar. Made these guitars still carry a good feeling a good balance to the weight of the instrument and you would expect them to not feel as good as they do. However, this is one of their custom showroom pieces that are master built.

UTILIZATION

Mahogany body
Flamed maple top
5-piece maple/walnut Super Wizard J.custom neck
Rosewood fretboard
24 jumbo frets
J.custom Tree of Life inlays
DiMarzio Air Norton neck humbucker
DiMarzio True Velvet middle single-coil pickup
DiMarzio Tone Zone bridge humbucker
Master volume, tone controls
5-way pickup selector
Edge Zero bridge with ZPS3

SOUNDS


The tone on these guitars are very good with a high gain amplifier to the medium gain amplifier. They don't sound that great to clean setting or bluesy type rock setting. They really thrive when you give them a lot of distortion and a lot again. The action on the guitars are very smooth and easy to play. That's why they're the kind of guitar that many metal and hard rock players turn to because of their comfort ability and easy shredding capabilities. You can solo very well with these guitars because of the comfort ability of the next any action on the frets.

OVERALL OPINION


I highly recommend these guitars anyone is searching for a new professional Ibanez guitar. These are not cheap guitars but they're really good price guitars for the money if you are looking for that professional guitar. You can find them in the use section of eBay or many other online classified sections. They're also available online new as well so there are readily available pretty much anywhere. They have an assortment of colors so there's a lot of options to have as far as the cosmetic paint jobs.
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iamqman's review (Ibanez - JCRG8420ZD)

By iamqman, 11/10/2011
The Ibanez guitars are great guitars for the budgie musician at hand. If you're looking for a very inexpensive but yet pretty well guitar and I'm as is definitely the tricks. They're very good price guitars and they feel very good as well. Many shredding and hard rock guys tend to lean towards these guitars primarily because of their very quick action fret necks. The neck itself is very comfortable and easy to play . Overall there are great guitars for someone he's learning how to play the guitar or just someone you need to nice comfortable shredding guitar.


UTILIZATION


Body material:
African Mahogany with AAA Flamed Maple top and binding
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge Zero tremolo with ZPS3
Hardware color:
Cosmo Black

Neck
Neck type:
2008-2009: Super Wizard
2010: RG J Custom
Neck material:
5-Piece Maple/Walnut
Fingerboard:
Rosewood with Flamed Maple binding
Inlays:
Vine
Frets:
24 / Jumbo

Electronics
PU Config:
HH
Neck PU:
Seymour Duncan Jazz Model (SH-2)
Bridge PU:
Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (TB-14)
Controls:
1 Volume / 1 Tone / 5-Way Lever

SOUNDS

This is not the budgeted Ibanez guitar but rather the custom axes that are better built and higher quality. These guitars come with to humbucker pick ups and nice pearl inlay design. You also have a run-of-the-mill volume control and tone control knobs. You get to pick up selectors well a tremolo system and that's pretty much about it. There's no boost switches or make cuts which is rain kind of push pull knobs of any kind.

These guitar sound fantastic any high gain/ highly saturated type setting. A Mesa Boogie guitar amplifier is perfect for these kind guitars because it produces a nice thick chunky tone which these guitars mix very well with. This is a smooth and fantastic guitar for pretty much any application.

OVERALL OPINION

At new you can find these guitars for right around $3400 which is a bit high for most Ibanez users. However, this is a professionals guitars and the price is aimed at that market. These are fun guitars and have a nice comfortable feel throughout the instrument. I recommend these if you don't want a custom fender or a Suhr guitar.
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