GRX70 review by Ibanez

logo Ultimate Guitar
  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (123 votes)
Ibanez: GRX70

Purchased from: Guitar Base

Sound — 9
My style is metal/thrash but I sometimes dabble into a bit of Led Zep and Oasis alongside classics such as The Beatles. My loop is made up of DigiTech Deathmetal distortion and a DigiTech Turbo Flanger and this is all fed through the clean setting on a Carlsbro GLX100 with the great little 'crunch' button on which really ups your palm mutes. It can be very noisy but picks up every vibration though the pickups and has a smooth tone, though it can be noisy it can also make a bright clean tone.

Overall Impression — 8
This is a perfect match for me even if it was my first guitar as I have been playing for over 2 years now and haven't done any grades but can play all Slipknot and most Trivium if you wish to judge me like that. If I could have any guitar I would have the Ibanez Mick Thomson singture as it is just equal to a mantalist trapped inside a guitar. Love it. I love the feel of this guitar and I now know that by a fact Flying V's by Stagg are terrible.

Reliability & Durability — 7
I have used it a lot of times and when the volume is up the sound of the guitar is rich as is it on a lower volume. Its downfall are the crappy strap button the have ruined one of my straps to I now have those little plastic things that lock your strap in place to stop it falling off/killing my strap. None of the finish has scratched so it seems hard as Diamond to me.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
All of my guitar was set up perectly and with a strap, practice amp, picks and case which most of now have been replaced due to the amp only being 15w. For the price it is a very good guitar for the tag value. Very nice.

Features — 8
It is a japanese made guitar with quite a thin neck which is good for my styles of guitar. I have the black version which, in my opinion, is much a better looker than the white version. Even if the brigde is weak it usually holds it's own but will sometimes struggle. It has a pickup set of humbucker-single-humbucker which will be great for metal/punk/heavier stuff but if you Switch to clean it will still be efficient but is not as suited.

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The GRX neck is great (I love all Ibanez gutars for that) but the pickups are really terrible. One guy wrote he plays metal on these - I don't want to hear how that sounds. After changing pickups to sth better GRX proves to be a relatively versatile and reliable instrument. Wouldn't use it as a main guitar on a gig, but works fine as a back-up.
    I own this guitar. Good one for starting. I'm satisfied with it but Pickups are definately the weakest point.
    Hehe first time I used it it fell off my shoulders - the strap was crappy - and it's still like new
    First time I played my guitar- this one - it fell off my shoulders into the ground - crappy strap - and it's still like new
    I like this guitwiddle good starter guitar.. although the pickups kinda suck.
    Bought it used for 100$ with changed pickups..INF1 and INF2. Best bargain of my life. It sounds great with my Vox da5.