JS1600 Review

manufacturer: Ibanez date: 05/24/2011 category: Electric Guitars

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Ibanez: JS1600
It's main purpose is Rock and and the right Rock-sound just jumps out of it! It's a real Rock guitar. But you still can get any kind of sound from it.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.5
 Features: 9.5
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overall: 9.4
JS1600 Reviewed by: Rico010, on february 23, 2011
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 1500

Purchased from: Ibanez Rules

Features: JS1600. The instrument of my dreams for almost 3 month before the buy. Well as always I bought it with some additional tech work. It's in Platinum service level provided by Ibanez Rules. This model was introduced in 2008 and discontinued in 2011. Mine is a new bought which is dated 2010 (factory date). It's a Japan made the Prestige line guitar. Well, personally for me it's a great instrument. But from now on I will try to be as critical as I can. Frets: 22 frets. Size: 6105. They are very comfy. I used to have jumbo ones that are used for Prestige RGs. Here you learn that I had mostly Japan made Prestige RGs. But these 6105 frets are really good. They are thinner but not too thin what makes it to play more comfy and there are more room for your figers between them on the higher frets. What is the bad thing about them? Lack of the information. E.g. on the official page it says JEMs also has these 6105 but it says they are Warmoth what means they are made of Stainless Steel (SS). SS frets are of better quality, they wear slower. But on the page for JS series they say only 6105. Most of the internet (at least what I've found) says they are also Warmoth and SS but I can't figure out. Years of use will show it. Also it would be great to have 24 frets but 24 is featured on the other model numbered JS2400. So we have only 22. Personally for me it's ok. But again you have to work out your technique to gain comfy access to the highest 20-22 frets :) Top: A solid, silver textured top. Very glossy. It's cool by itself but not so much with the unmatched headstock. Body and neck: Body mahogany, the nech is maple. the neck is one-piece which is great. Body - don't know. Tonally mahogany body and maple neck is great and may be the best you can get for most of styles. Finish: It's very good. Quality is good cause it's an Artist Prestige. So no cons here, only pros. Body style: The guitar is a real super strat. The aero foil is very sexy. Bridge: It's a straight Gotoh fixed Bridge with strings through body. Technically it's very simple and looks like most of classic strats but it does the job. Saying this I would note that there several fixed Gotoh bridges that are more modern in design, cause this one is a real classic. Electronics and Controls: It's got two passive medium output humbucker pickups. These are DiMarzio PAF Pro in neck and DiMarzio FRED in bridge. Two push-pull controls - Volum/High pass filter and Tone/hum-to-single mode. And a three-way pickup selector. Tuners: JS1600 got the Locking Tuners which are popular nowadays. At the back of each tuner Ibanez is printed but I believe these are PlanetWaves self-cutting locking auto-trim tuners. Included accessories: The Ibanez Prestige case is included. No other accessories but maintenance tools. // 9

Sound: It's a real Rock guitar. You can get a variety of sounds from it being close from classic Strat to modern or from classic Les Paul to modern and etc. But in every configuration being close to classics the guitar keeps it's unique sound. Being a Rock guitar you can get bluesy and jazzy tones with Single coil split. I even got some funky sounds out of it. For a heavier sound for some modern metal you have to use some optional equipment (amps). For any of classic tones it's great. No noise, ruch and full sound, great balance of high/mid/low and brighter with high pass filter engaged. The sound got that feel of byte with Fred and PAF Pro can do all of acoustics with no need to change your playing style. But note, they are passive and of a medium output what means for getting very distorted sounds you sould use more gain level. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: No flaws on mine though it was adjusted by a professional to some ultra-high degree of quality. But if adjusted correctly this instrument gives you what you want. It's a professional instrument for the professionals. Practically no fret buzz on lowest action possible. I've got some tiny buzz noticeble without plugging on the lowest 3-4 frets if strumed agressively but no noticeble buzz when plugged in. But I will give it a 9 cause 10 means too perfect for me what I haven't seen still and may not see for my entire life. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This guitar is a tank. Being gentle with it will take it for years as all of Ibanez's quality instruments. Backup depends on your taste. I prefer to get a backup if you have a second instrument. You'd never know what would happen but I believe this monster will do it's best and it's my primary guitar in my current setup. Very reliable and made of qulity materials. // 9

Overall Impression: My Opinion: Well it's a pretty straight-forward instrument for hard-worker musicians if you ask me. This is a great guitar and it would be truth that it's one of the best available but only for the purposes it's planned. It does blues and rock the best way. For others it would need some adjustments. You can get tones to close to jazz, fusion, funk, metal, country. But remember, Rock is the style for this guitar. I love it, and i use it as my main and studio guitar. But the color option is not so impressive. I mean, the textured silver is great but the wooden unmatched headstock just does not feel so good. I'd like to have the finish of JS1200. Also you have no trem here. But i bought this guitar because of the fixed Bridge and mahogany body. If you wish a trem and bassword go for a JS100, JS1200 or a JS2400 for 24 frets :) Finally: Pros for me personally Everything Cons for me personally Nothing Pros for public (may be): Mahogany body, fixed bridge, pickups Cons for public (may be): No trem, 22 frets, non-matched headstock For me it's 10 out 10 for current minute, cause it's the best I had. I was searching for a Strat type guitar to get that classic sound but didn't want another guitar for the modern stuff, also wanted a les-paul like sound to get that great beefier tone. This guitar gave the unique tone which can get too close to my tastes and still stay in zone of uniqueness. // 10

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overall: 9.6
JS1600 Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 24, 2011
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Features: "You get what you pay for" is not always true. Often you can find quality amplifiers, guitars and effect pedals at prices well below top-end manufacturers; sometimes you pay for the name. At a street price of approximately $2000 with the case, and released in 2010, the Ibanez JS2400 is a 24-fret work of ART co-developed with Joe Satriani, and is worth every penny. I have played and owned other Ibanez guitars, including the Surfing with the Alien 20th Anniversary Edition (basic model); that guitar has a street price of about $1200, and the differences in playability and tonal expression between the two are apparent. With a maple JS Prestige bolt-on neck and rosewood fingerboard, moving quick on the JS2400, whether sweeping or performing scalar runs, is far more effortless than with other guitars in its price-range. There is a sense of fluidity with this guitar. The small neck (20mm at the 1st fret and 22.3mm at the 12th) may have something to do with it, together with my smallish hands and fingers (I have tried Vai's GEM models, and its larger neck to accommodate Vai's long fingers resulted in more struggled playing on my part). The curve of the neck also has an influence on the ease of play, as string bending not only is easier than with the other quality guitars in my collection, but you can achieve higher notes while bending as a result. The finish on the neck is worth talking about: the silk-like lacquer does not make the neck "sticky" as the hand sweats, unlike heavy, glossy lacquer found on other guitars. This allows the player to maintain speed and technique without having to fight the "stick". The basswood body allows for a very rich and somewhat mellow tone, although the harmonics and squeals that can emanate from the guitar are some of the best and easiest to achieve. What make the body special, in terms of appearance and comfort, are the many contours and rounded edges that fit the guitarist like a glove. Further, the lower horn of the body is cut in such a way as to allow excellent clearance of the fretting hand; it's easy to work high up on the neck without any obstruction. The JS2400 sports a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge, with knife-edge-like pivot surfaces for near-zero friction and locking studs to help maintain tuning stability. Also, the fine-tuners are angled back to prevent any picking-hand contact and possible de-tuning. Most importantly, although this is a floating Bridge system, I have found it takes a lot of whammy usage for this guitar to go out of tune. The neck pickup is a DiMarzio Pro Track ceramic humbucker that sports twin blades to prevent problems associated with string-alignment dropouts. It is a narrow humbucker, which means it can be placed right up against the base of the neck for best tone, as opposed to the larger humbuckers that shift down on the body. It gives a nice "throaty" tone and offers a great blues sound. And yet, when adjusting the tone knob around the halfway position, the pinch-harmonics ring out clearly. I use this pickup frequently as it does not sound overly dark or muddy, but very rich. The Bridge pickup is an Alnico DiMarzio Mo' Joe Humbucker that is powerful (more so than the Fred pickup he used on older model guitars), yet maintains its clarity of dynamics and definition. It does not have a crass sound to it, like other pickups designed for the rock genre. Rather, even when put through plenty of distortion and overdrive, this pickup rings clear as if it is a super-charged Strat pickup. // 10

Sound: This guitar is very quiet. I push it through an Egnatoer Rebel-30 amp and Orange 12-inch Vintage 30 speaker cabinet, along with various effects (Vox Wah, Whammy, Line 6 Pod X3 Live, and several Eventide effects). The tone possibilities are vast, as you can Switch between neck and bridge, or both neck and Bridge pickups. Nothing unusual there. But you also can pop the volume button (via a coil tap switch) to split the Bridge pickup for a thinner tone, thus giving two more tonal variations as you use it on its own or in combination with the neck pickup. And then, as you fine-tune the tone knob, the subtleties become apparent and diverse. The volume control electronics also is of fine workmanship; as the volume is lowered you do not lose very much, if any gain or distortion. This is important if adjusting volume of the guitar to match the volume of the band, from a slightly quieter rhythm to a more searing lead. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: There is nothing I would change on this guitar and its only fault with some buyers may be the color choice or that such a great guitar does not have a more striking paint-job. However, color and finish is a personal preference, and even the clean white offers a classy vibe to match the JS2400's persona. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Not many guitars allow such variation as to be used from jazz to hard rock, but this guitar pulls it off. From Vintage to modern tones, the pickup combination with the basswood body and the design of the neck make it possible. And with a very stable floating bridge, you have to really abuse the whammy bar to go out of tune. // 10

Overall Impression: My music tastes and compositions vary, from softer blues and jazz, to harder metal (e.g., Pantera) work. Although I have several guitars, and I may use them interchangeably, I rely on the JS2400 regularly. It never lets me down. If this were stolen, it would be replaced immediately. // 10

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