FR1620 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.2 Good
  • Users' score: 6.5 (41 votes)
Ibanez: FR1620

Price paid: $ 830

Purchased from: Hong Kong - Tom Lee

Sound — 8
It doesn't have a lot of output so its not a good guitar for metal. But theres a lot warmness and good mid-range on the neck pickup, has a crunchy distortion and hot clean tone.The bridge pickup goes really muddy with high-distortion but has a bright clean tone. I use it with a Line 6 POD XT processor, Boss DS-2 disstortion , Vox wah pedal with Marshall amps. It can be played in a wide variety of styles but it cant give the right tone of heavy metal, way too low output.

Overall Impression — 7
I've been playing guitar for 5 years and this guitar satisfies my style. It is my first proper electric guitar, I am a Acoustic player and I own a Ibanez AES20BK Acoustic. If this guitar was stolen I would probably buy another one, because with this budget, I can buy a better guitar easily. I love its flawless fretboard and it has a really cool pickguard too. Well just buy a Gibbson instead of this.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The guitar will withstand a live playing, its really reliable and durable. The strap buttons are solid too, but the knobs are weak and it just goes floppy if its turned a little more. The finish looks strong but suprisingly a paper towel can scrath it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The guitar was flawless, but the set-up was awful. The intonation was way off and the action was way too high. I went back to the shop and wanted them to fix it, but they didint. So I went to a luthier and it was fixed for a low price.

Features — 8
The FR1620 is made in Japan. Has a flawless rosewood fretboard with 24 jumbo frets. It has a tele style body which is made from Ash and the neck is made from 5 piece Maple/Walnut. The finish is black, it collects all the dust and gets scrathed easily. Has a "Tight-end" bridge, claims that it increases sustain but the increase isnt really noticable. Has 2 passive CCR humbuckers, they have low-moderate output, which i didn't really like. The guitare has a 5-way selector, 1 volume and 1 tone knob. The tuners are non-locking gotohs and they are perfect. It includes a hardcase but it easily cracks.

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    Honestly, I thought it was a terrible review for a couple of reasons (no offense to the reviewer). For one, pretty much all black glossy guitars will have that problem. Even white ones do but it's not as apparent. You should never judge a guitar by the setup because it varies from player to player. A blues and metal player will look for different things. Plus, the guitar was made all the way in Japan and was sent to Hong Kong. Who knows how long it was in storage for. Then sent to your house where ever that is. That's a lot of changes for a guitar that can change the initial setup. And for the pickups, Ibanez doesn't use good pickups on most of their guitars to keep costs down. Pickups are also personal preference. There is no such thing as a pickup that's perfect for everyone. Most people change stock pickups anyway. It's also called the neoclassic series so maybe the pickups work better for that. Your description does fit the description of a lot of pickups used for neoclassical music. And in terms of guitar cases that come with guitars, Ibanez makes some of the most heavy duty ones. He said the finish was originally flawless, along with the neck. The reviewer also said it's his first proper electric guitar so it should be taken as a grain of salt. The Gibson part at the end shows his inexperience. It's not a bad review. There are some good points like the part that describes the pickups. But the problems you mentioned shouldn't be seen as negatives. It seems like you got the guitar for the wrong reasons. If it's a guitar you wanted, it would be 10s across the board. It's a Prestige fixed bridge Ibanez that's not made of mahogany. I've played a lot of Prestige Ibanezes and sigs and they're all pretty much the same quality, just different specs. It's a great guitar if you have experience and you know what you're looking for. I think once you really start getting into guitar, you'll appreciate it a lot more. The only thing I think that's a legitimate fault are the knobs.
    You brought this in HK and you went to a Luthier, I was wondering, what Luthier, and where, it seems impossible to find one here
    Reviewed by: faiksener, on august 20, 2009 faiksener said that its not metal guitar. but i see ABORTED at live,his guitarist uses this guitar. and here is the video; you see the guitar clearly.
    Linkerman wrote: Damn... The Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom is way cheaper than this Ibanez, is WAY more beautiful, and, judging from this review, has better paintjob, durability and sound. You know the world is messed up when Squiers start to top Ibanez... But that's just me rambling, and what do i know? Meh...
    +1, I think the tele custom trumps this any day, judging by the review!
    This guitar is out of the usual ibanez style, and too expensive.
    This guitar just really doesn't do anything for me. For the look, the features, and the price, this is a piece of junk and I don't see it lasting too long in their arsenal, which sucks because Ibanez actually makes really great instruments in my opinion. You're better off getting an RG series Prestige for that price. But to each their own, it's just my opinion!
    Sorry guys, i made a mistake with the price , the actual price is 1240 $, and i bought it from Hong-Kong
    wow guitars dont have 2 have a whammy bar 2 be good look at a les paul and all whammy bars are alot of hassle
    I like the bridge, but that body just doesn't work with that headstock. They should've put a 3x3 headstock on it.
    The guy just registered 3 days ago and he supposedly lives in Istanbul. That might be why he had to pay $1800 for the guitar and it says he bought it from Hong Kong? Never played the guitar, but you all are freaking out over the price and its my guess that it has to do with where he lives.
    Damn... The Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom is way cheaper than this Ibanez, is WAY more beautiful, and, judging from this review, has better paintjob, durability and sound. You know the world is messed up when Squiers start to top Ibanez... But that's just me rambling, and what do i know? Meh...
    I never thought I'd say this about an Ibanez but... it looks like crap. Looks kinda like a twisted telecaster with a better color.
    i love the body shape, however, judging by the review, it doesn't seem like a very great guitar/worth the price
    I think you got jibbed by that particularly one. And aren't the pickups coil-tapped? I'd disagree about it not being able to play metal -- I think it can, really well. It's often just a matter of using the right amplifiers and EQ settings. This is one of the most underrated Ibanez's on the market.
    1800$? dude, in germany you can get the guitar vor 999, that about a third? I think someone cheated at the price.
    Y wud any1 buy 7.2/10 guitar, especially when its $1,800?!? it looks bad and 4 its price it is bad! If any1 is rich enough 2 waste or spend $1,800 on a guitar, PLZ look around, u will find much better guitars 4 lower price!
    Marshall amp and Gibson recommendation at the end show clearly how competent in reviewing Ibanez the author was...