S470 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (399 votes)
Ibanez: S470

Price paid: $ 651.42

Purchased from: Music Line

Sound — 9
At first when I saw this thin mahogany guitar I had my doubts, but when I plugged this baby in it almost blew the roof of. The neck pickup is perfect for rhytm work although it may be a little too muddy/dark. The single pickup and bridge are one of my favs about this guitar, the single coil is perfect for a bluesy yet spanky kind of tone perfect for ZZ top-like songs. The bridge pickup is perfect for my kind of genre namely everything from Hard rock and hair metal to the extreme intrumental forms (Vai, Petrucci, Satch). The cleans are bright and the distortion created by my Boss MT-2, BD-2 and Roland Cube 30 is just wicked. Overall the sound is perfect for instrumental and progressive music and quiet good to give good old classics more punch to it. The only downside that the combo of single and humbucking pickups doesn't really come ourt that well.

Overall Impression — 9
As said before I mostly play hard rock and hair metal like Whitesnake and Deep Purple. However in my private play I tend to go more to the G3 kind of music and this guitar delivers it perfectly, I can get anything from Satriani to Vai to Petrucci. The pickups are very bright but with a decent amaount of distortion really boosts a solo, it adds something extra to it. To be honest I bought it for the gorgeous looks but I fell in love with it's sound, I also have an Epphone Les Paul Standard and Washburn X16 and this Ibanez S470 is still my main axe. A really reliable, sexy, eye-and earwhopping allround guitar. If it were stolen I would find the bastard who stole it and kill him and his family. Professional quality for a decent price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I used this guitar during 5 gigs, and it has never failed me. It stays in tune throughout an entire gig of 1 hour and delivers a fantastic sound. The hardware seems to be of very good quality, seen ass it is one of the "cheaper" Ibanez guitars. I usd this guitar without a backup and I will continue doing it, it just feels like a pro guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action on this guitar was perfect, I used it at a gig the day after I got it, which I normally never do but it just rocked without even hesitating, the ZR-bridge kept the guitar in tune and still does. The finish is really eye-catching, my S470 is in the Iceblue version and it's just beautiful, just like the special S-inlays. The body is very smooth and light which makes it easy to play, the wizard neck is just magical, your fingers just fly over them.

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    Sergeant Rock
    They cut off the features section on mine for some reason. Mines actually an SV470 but that wasn't one of the choices.
    hey, didn't Bradley Nowell use this guitar? cas i was looking for a good ska guitar.
    will-loves-zep wrote: any ideas how to get hermans natural wood model, it looks amazing?
    its the S prestige
    what is the access to the upper frets like? i mean like the 17th and over...
    ok can we please stop with the herman shit i dont like him and a lot of other ppl dont care either ive been deciding to get this guitar or the RG350 in any colour (yes im english) not sure which guitar to get tho help me yeah thanks
    By the way. for those who hate the wavy inlays. the new 2008 versions have an Oval inlays. check it out on ibanez. my comment bout this guitar is describe in 1 word. Pure-Awesome-shit anyway yes. i'm getting this guitar soon. i tried it out and i have to say the pick up sucks, but i'll replace them eventually. same goes for my EMG RG350 1970 version. =P vintage! so yea. this is a great guitar, great feel. i'll reccomend it to anyone
    ok can we please stop with the herman shit i dont like him and a lot of other ppl dont care either ive been deciding to get this guitar or the RG350 in any colour (yes im english) not sure which guitar to get tho help me yeah thanks
    and yes i agree. stop with the herman. that dude is pro yes we all know but he has his own sig guitar. so crap bout that. not here. anyway carrot if you prefer a heavier feel, more bass action, RG350 is the way to go. as for me i do have a RG350 1970 edition, may be different from now. but i have to say. it is great, but for soloing and so on. it cant beat the S470. Conclusion RG350 - better stock pick ups More bassy Pickguard S470 - Great for soloing Light body ZR tremolo so its all about what you play. and what you prefer
    earlier version used by bradley nowell from sublime...i think anyways lol