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#1
What is it with shredders playing Ibanez?

I really don't see anything special in most of the Ibanez guitars.

Sure, Yngwie and Beck play Fenders but Vai, Satriani, Gilbert...i mean, are they seeing something in these guitars that i'm not?
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#2
Petrucci plays mostly Music Mans right now, but i s'pose that's beside the point. They've got uber- thin necks, 24 frets, and the high- end ones come with Dimarzios, which are pretty articulate and bright pickups for the most part.

That, and Ibanez gives endorsement deals to shredders to help prepetuate the image that you need an Ibanez in order to shred.
#3
The action on my JEM is 0.9 MM on the 12th fret.

THAT's why they're considered shred guitars. That, and my guitar has the best neck I've ever felt
#4
Thin Necks, 24 fret.
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#6
Well, my ESP has a pretty nice neck, 24 frets, and the most agressive pickups i've ever heard...

Oh, and it was 500 dollars.

Really the only thing i see that i would want for my current guitar that happens to be on most Ibanez guitars is the bridge...and the tremolo bar.
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#7
Most Japanese guitars (ESP, Ibanez) are made for shredders to cater to the market over there.

Japanese guitarists usually play shred (except those visual-kei guys who just want something that looks cool) so it makes sense.
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are they seeing something in these guitars that i'm not?


Yeah; they're seeing guitars that they like and you don't, next stupid question?
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Ibanez has the most comfortable necks out of any of the major guitar companies in my opinion. Never liked any of the Jacksons or ESP LTDs I've played... so I'd assume that has a lot to do with it.

Though with Vai.. I believe the story goes... Ibanez was the only company that would build the exact guitar he wanted with the monkey grip and all that... so...
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Yeah; they're seeing guitars that they like and you don't, next stupid question?



Wow, i'm not really gonna venture as to what is up your ass. But whatever it is...good job getting it up there that far?
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#14
Ibanez are Ubercool thats why!
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#15
thin necks, 24 frets, naturally low action, decent trems, good pickups
whats not to like?

to make a strat a shred guitar you reeli need to change out the pickups
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#16
If you notice, a lot of the more talented shredders (Big IMO here, I love Satch and the like too) e.g. Gutrie Govan, Robert Marcello, all use Suhr.
#18
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The action on my JEM is 0.9 MM on the 12th fret.

THAT's why they're considered shred guitars. That, and my guitar has the best neck I've ever felt

Action can be that low on ANY guitar, so that isnt a valid reason.
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play a jem or satriani model and you'll see why :P

I did, and i must say: there's nothing special about them.
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I did, and i must say: there's nothing special about them.

+1 JEM's are the most overrated piece of crap ever. I hate how they play, feel and look. They look really nice on the internet but terribly tacky IRL. Before I played one they were one of my favourite guitars but now I can't stand them.

It was the JEM 7V, not the crappy JEM 555
#21
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What is it with shredders playing Ibanez?

I really don't see anything special in most of the Ibanez guitars.

Sure, Yngwie and Beck play Fenders but Vai, Satriani, Gilbert...i mean, are they seeing something in these guitars that i'm not?

Says the guy who says 'Hell yeah!' to Line 6 Spiders.
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+1. They sound terrible - and that's from owning one.

But on topic, I love my Ibanez, it's a great guitar for its price, and there were really no alternatives I know of around its price (A mahogany with maple top HSH superstrat, only 22 frets, with a top quality trem, a body and colour (antique burst FTW) that doesn't look metal and can be used for all styles, low action, nice frets, GREAT neck, great feel, and still a light guitar). All it needs are new pickups and it'll be a dream guitar.
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#23
Just that the thin, wide neck profile suits soloing. That's the only real reason. Obviously you can shred on any guitar in the world, but the neck just kind of suits the style a bit. Generally the action is very low too on them out of the box, so that's another reason. Alot of them come with Floyd's which is alot of shredders use and they come with nice pickups.

But at the end of the day, it's down to what you like. If you can't play what you want on an Ibanez, don't buy one ^-^
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#24
personal preference... i like ibanez necks alot and i have a bass and guitar from them, i also like one of the esp's feel i forget which it is... but it feels good in my hands
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Ibanez has the most comfortable necks out of any of the major guitar companies in my opinion. Never liked any of the Jacksons or ESP LTDs I've played... so I'd assume that has a lot to do with it.

Though with Vai.. I believe the story goes... Ibanez was the only company that would build the exact guitar he wanted with the monkey grip and all that... so...


Ibanez has some comfortable necks, but after I bought my SG and my Dean Timecapsule Cadillac, I don't think I'll ever want to play anything else.
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#26
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Don't bash Line 6's...they're perfect little amps for a casual player with a skimpy price range. Plus, my spider III coupled with the Viper sounds better than any professional setup i've heard so far.


...with the exception of Peter Frampton's setup.


...but i attribute that to his magical powers and such.
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#28
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Don't bash Line 6's...they're perfect little amps for a casual player with a skimpy price range. Plus, my spider III coupled with the Viper sounds better than any professional setup i've heard so far.


...with the exception of Peter Frampton's setup.


...but i attribute that to his magical powers and such.




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Yes, unfortunately, haha.
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#30
i mean each to his own and all.... bu seriously lol


and ibanez are used mainly by shredders because of thier thin necks, trems and light wieght

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#31
Well, bear in mind, i've been playing guitar for 2-3 years, and haven't had the time nor the money to try out any other setups...but i really haven't heard anything phenomenally better. I've heard cleaner sounds, and i've heard amps that put out an insane amount of treble...but i'm more-than-content with my setup, really.

And i think this forum...like most other forums is just another penis-showing competition that i'd rather not get into, but seriously...for the point i'm at with respect to making music, my setup is fantastic.
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#32
no offense mate, just a joke,

i use the dreaded MG250DFX with EMG 81/60 combo, the most despised rig on here

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#33
I've heard good things about the 81/60 combo...what does it offer that the 81/85 doesn't?
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#34
i dunno, i've never used the 85,

but the 60 in the neck, wow, personally i love the clean tone i can get when i fiddle with my eq and a tiny bit of reverb/chorus, er the distortion is too bassy for real rythym playing, but for leads its perfect, articulate and smooth, but if i fiddle with the mids i can get a great scooped tone.

the 81 is just awesome, i love it, for thrash metal/hardcore its brilliant. but i am thinking of replacing it with a bare knuckle...

the only thing i'm not too sure about is that they are really compressed sounding sometiems but if you fiddle with your stuff you can get some really versatile sounds, the only flaw in my setup is my mp, but like you, for now, its perfect

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#35
Lowest action, paired with the flat neck allows for extra precision. And no the action can be that low on any guitar. To have the best action the neck height, and bridge saddle height, and all the frets along it must be the same. A reason for which the cheaper Squires or first acts can never have such perfect action. Another reason is their body sustains rather well for the price. I would say best woodwork for the price.
#36
Just, you know, a wild guess.... could they perhaps play them because they, er, like the guitars? No, that can't possibly be it, I mean, it's MADNESS....

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...with the exception of Peter Frampton's setup.


...but i attribute that to his magical powers and such.


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Just, you know, a wild guess.... could they perhaps play them because they, er, like the guitars? No, that can't possibly be it, I mean, it's MADNESS....


Nah, I tried that, apparently the only thing that can cause common sense is something stuck up your arse...
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#38
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my spider III coupled with the Viper sounds better than any professional setup i've heard so far.


Oh dear. Do you live in a hole by any chance?


I love Ibanez, and the DiMarzio affiliation thing is a plus for the shredders I guess. There's not much to it other than they are good guitars, and mostly sit in between ESP (very metal) and Fender (not metal, or 'different' metal) in terms of looks and tone...
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#39
ibanez is amazing. i have a cheap model and my speed practicaly doubled on it. they play like a dream! i cant wait to get my seven string from them!
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#40
that's like somone asking you what's so special about ESP's. no offesnse, they're great guitars as well.

you can shred with any guitar you want. it's all about personal preference. i like Ibanez because they feel and sound great i'm sure that's what Vai, Satriani, Gilbert all think too.
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