SZ320 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (240 votes)
Ibanez: SZ320

Price paid: € 470

Purchased from: Local guitar shop

Sound — 9
The stock pickups don't sound great, but they passed my hearing test. You can play a lot of styles with this guitar, from death metal to jazz and back, it's that versatile. I play it through my Roland Cube 15 in my bedroom and it sounds fine, if I had a tube-amp it would probably sound orgasmic.

Overall Impression — 9
This is my second guitar, and I don't feel like I need another one ever again! It's so versatile and reliable it could last a life time. My other guitar is collecting dust on my wall because I only play this one. If it were stolen, I would probably buy it again because it's a great price for what you get. If you need a versatile, reliable and good-sounding guitar, go for this one.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar is very reliable. I don't gig with it but I think it could handle it easy. I dropped it by accident one time (the strap got loose) and there was no scratch on it or anything wrong. The finish does not wear of easily, I played it with my belt and there was a streak of my belt but no scratch, I could just wipe it of.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The factory set-up was good, but the action was a bit low. I raised it myself but I like a bit higher action than Standard. The pickups were fine to, I didn't have to adjust them. Everything was good on this guitar, except for the volume pots. The volume didn't really increased when I turned the volume knobs. I had to replace them and now it's fine.

Features — 9
This guitar, an Ibanez SZ320ex in white, was made in 2007 in Korea. It's a solid body guitar, made of mahogany. The neck feels great and gives you 22 frets with beautiful little abalone dots. It has a Gibraltar fixed bridge and Duncan designed humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. You can switch between the two with a 3 way Switch. You have 2 volume controls and 1 master tone.

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