XPT700 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (309 votes)
Ibanez: XPT700
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Sound — 10
I am primarily a metal player, although I do like to play classic rock and love to do some blues soloing here and there. Obviously, the Xiphos was created as a metal guitar, and in this area it definitely delivers. At first I was a bit disappointed at the lack of true active pickups, but as soon as I tried playing a few quick death metal riffs I could tell that Ibanez had accomplished incredible things with these passive pickups. Every note rings out loud and clear and the bottom string does not drown out any other strings. The same goes for soloing: every note is articulate and defined, and no notes will become drowned out. Chug-a-chug patterns sound great on this guitar as well. The Edge III locking trem allows for even more tonal capabilites, so metal guitarists everywhere can divebomb away and also hit those notes that lie somewhat above the 24th fret. I am running this through a solid state Crate 2X12", which is an amp that has some pretty satisfying distorion, especially for a solid state. I can only imagine what the Xiphos would sound like when plugged into a Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier, or a Diezel or Krank half stack. But I just barely got a job, so give me a break. It sounds impressive enough through my combo amp. I also have a Korg Toneworks multi-effect processor, and the Xiphos plays nice with this as well. Altogether I believe that this guitar's sound will satisfy any metal player.

Overall Impression — 10
For a metalhead like me, this guitar is great. The kind of palm muting techniques involved in several types of metal don't become muddy and incoherent as on some other guitars. And don't get me wrong. Just because it's good for metal doesn't mean everything else sounds awful on this guitar. YYZ by Rush and Moby Dick by Zeppelin don't sound have bad on the Xiphos either. I've been playing for a year and seven months now, with about six years of background as a keyboard player prior to my picking up a guitar. I also own a Gibson Faded SG that I'm planning on using just for a more classic rock kind of guitar while I use the Xiphos for death metal kind of stuff. While I was searching for my new metal guitar, I also tested out several Schecters that didn't incredibly impress me, and some ESPs that played just as nicely as the Xiphos. I decided to go with the Xiphos, however, based on the overall look of the guitar, and the great deal for a guitar of it's caliber. If my Xiphos were stolen, I would be angry, but you couldn't really blame the guy who stole it. I mean, hell, it's a nice looking guitar. And yes, I would go buy a new one. This guitar has everything I want, and I couldn't really ask for anything more, because that would just be getting greedy.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This is a very solid guitar, and I would definitely take it to a gig to show off to the crowd. It would be a shame to keep a guitar like this hidden away exclusively in the studio, never to see the light of day. Take it out and awe the crowd. I wouldn't even go to a gig without a backup, but that's just me. I don't see anything going wrong with this guitar anytime soon, but sometimes things just break. As far as the finish goes, I haven't played it long enough to be able to say if the finish will wear off, but I can confidently say that the guitar will stay together and play just as well day after day.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Let me get the one negative aspect of the factory setup out of the way early so I can blather on about how great this guitar is for the remainder of this review. The strap buttons on the body are in a very awkward place right out of the factory, and as a result, the guitar is going to fit oddly when you throw it on. If you are any good with using an electric drill, this is no problem, since the strap button issue can easily be fixed by moving the right button further up towards the neck. This will bring the neck up farther and make for a much more comfertable playing experience. I rated the Xiphos an 8 in this category just because the odd fitting of the guitar initially worried the hell out of me until I sat down and figured out the problem. Besides that, I can find nothing to complain about. The action is nice and low so the guitar plays very fast, but the action wasn't lowered to the point of string buzz. The trem bar adjustments might be in an unusual location for some people. Pry up the bridge using the trem bar and you'll notice a little set screw that adjusts how freely the arm rotates, and another screw in the back of the guitar will adjust the bar height. The finish is perfect, the frets are all in order, and all around some great workmanship went into making this guitar.

Features — 9
Let me start off by noting that this is one beautiful guitar, and one would be inclined to buy it just from looking at the finish alone. The guitar comes in two finishes: Red Chameleon and Blue Chameleon, both of which change colors depending on the viewing angle. I personally bought the Red Chameleon, which changes from a deep green to dark red as you rotate the guitar. This guitar is an all-out metal guitar, so it has all the features any metal player could expect: neck-through, an Edge III locking tremolo, 24 frets, a maple/walnut neck, and a mahogany body shaped somewhat like a cross between a Jackson Warrior and a Dean Razorback. As far as electronics go, the guitar's two humbuckers are passive but were specially designed by Dimarzio to reproduce the sound of an active pickup. One volume knob and one tone knob, along with a three way Switch, control the pickups. Ibanez also recently started throwing in the case along with the guitar price, making this guitar a great deal.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ExplorerFreak
    Shinozoku wrote: ooder the cow wrote: i may purchase one of these, muhammed's endorsement was all that it needed to be sold to me. however if i do get 1 i will swap the edge III for a OFR, because apparantly they fit in the place of the edge perfectly, no altering needed, and the edge III reputation is less then pleasing. Actually, I hear that you can't put a Floyd in the place of an Ibanez trem. I would look into the matter more and probably get an Ibanez Edge Pro, the same trem on the Jem and JS guitars.
    Wrong, the Edge III is a direct swap for an OFR. One Way Ticket (a member on the forums) did so.
    Chad11491
    sweet jesus i've been GAS'ing over one of those, lol, congratulations on the guitar man, they look and sound incredible
    Hexagram
    ever since i have seen Muhammed Suicmez using one, i was instantly hooked as to it reliability and tone. Unfortunately, as much as i love the body shape, my style of playing would not always revolve around the "metalish" look it portrays, but don't put it past me picking one of these up
    TheBlessed Dead
    I've been looking at getting one of these and think I definately will once i have the cash. It seems like an outstanding guitar especially for the price.
    Shor-T Zero
    Jeez, I really want one of these...but I heard the Edge III tremelo is bad in some other reviews and on the boards here. So is it improved here? if it is, sweet. If not, I'll replace it. But hell, this is a bad ass guitar.
    blucoldchlisalt
    Absolutely Amazing guitar. I just bought it recently and it's waaay batter than I had imagined. It looks awesome but plays even better. The Dimarzios have great sound, the neck plays like butter and the actions is so low, that the strings are basically touching the frets, but there's no buzz. Very comfortable to sit and play with as well as stand. It's all around a great buy. I recommend it.
    ooder the cow
    i may purchase one of these, muhammed's endorsement was all that it needed to be sold to me. however if i do get 1 i will swap the edge III for a OFR, because apparantly they fit in the place of the edge perfectly, no altering needed, and the edge III reputation is less then pleasing.
    Paddles
    I'd have to give it a fair try as apparently Muhammed uses a custom model whereas these are production-line guitars, but as has been said his endorsement means a hell of a lot.
    Shinozoku
    ooder the cow wrote: i may purchase one of these, muhammed's endorsement was all that it needed to be sold to me. however if i do get 1 i will swap the edge III for a OFR, because apparantly they fit in the place of the edge perfectly, no altering needed, and the edge III reputation is less then pleasing.
    Actually, I hear that you can't put a Floyd in the place of an Ibanez trem. I would look into the matter more and probably get an Ibanez Edge Pro, the same trem on the Jem and JS guitars.
    Dithindious
    Now if this tar had a ZR trem it would be perfect, would have made sense as well that or an edge pro seems more fiting for a guitar of this caliber!!
    clapton1969
    When I first saw it, I thought it looked a bit odd, but definitely nice. I was never sure how well it would play though, but now I know it sounds as good as it looks I'm gonna have to try one out for myself.
    Coil_Tapped
    i do really enjoy these. Ibanez really outdid themselves with this design. I'll take it over a DB MX or a Jackson Warrior anyday. If you want an X-shaped guitar, look for this one. Plus, it's easy on your ribs when you sit down for a very long time!
    DougC84
    if you don't like the edge iii, put in an edge ii pro in it. i just did routing for an edge ii in my rg350dx, and i'm quite happy with it. i don't like the ofr's for some reason, so i'd recommend finding an edge ii on ebay. it'll probably be cheaper anyway. at least they aren't putting a lo-trs on it.