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Best Ibanez Guitars for Metal and shredding

Updated on July 13, 2014
metal for you!
metal for you!

Ibanez Guitars are best for Metal Music

Finding reviews of nothing is tough when you have the internet. If you are a guitarist and you are looking for a new metal axe, for those brutal riffs, throttling shreds and soulful solos, you landed on a very good hub. I know there are a lot of guitars in market promising you that they provide the best of tones and long lasting hardware, and lots of tuning stability. Having used a lot of guitars, I have roughly gained ideas about brands and their guitars of low and high ends.

If you are looking for a metal guitar, keep reading this hub.

Say yes to metal and shred

Shredding is an art. If you are aware, guitarists who shred, keep the neck of the guitars thinner so they can move up and down the neck faster. According to me, there are a lot of guitars promise that they have the best feature that aids to shred. Ibanez produces premium guitars perfect for shredding. Other brands, such as Schecter, Jackson, Kramer, Carvin, Dean, ESP also make amazing shred-machines.

Here is a list of guitars perfect for metal and shredding from Ibanez.


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The GIO : Ibanez GRG270
The GIO : Ibanez GRG270

Ibanez GRG270

As I said in the beginning of the hub, Ibanez is considered as the top class of guitars in shredding. They actually provide necks which are very much suitable for shredding solos. Shredding is not the only thing Ibanez is famous for they also provide amazing hardware quality among the pro end series.

You do not have to be filthy rich if you want to own a GIO series. This Ibanez series of guitars was built for the ones having a low budget. Presenting the Ibanez GRG270, one of the best guitars of the GIO series.

It comes with maple neck, as usual Ibanez’s classic basswood body, Rosewood fretboard which is carved with “dot-inlays”, Edge III Locking Tremolo and passive stock pickups from Ibanez. I have used this guitar, and if you are low on budget and looking for guitar for metal, this is the choice for you. This guitar has amazing clean tones too. A little con being the edge III bridge which goes out of tune when used too extensively.

GIO again : Ibanez GRGR121EX
GIO again : Ibanez GRGR121EX

Ibanez GRGR121EX

Well, if you do not like floating tremolos, Ibanez has a solution for this too. They have manufactured the GRGR121EX, for fixed bridged persons.

There are not much difference in the specifications on the basics of both the GIO models, this guitar has metal covered pickups which provide amazing tones and locking tuners, so forget about going out of tune. I have tried this guitar at music store in my locality, with a good amp, you can create amazing sound with this axe. A custom GRG maple neck specially crafted for the guitar, again the basswood body and rosewood fretboards. Black hardware also casts stunning looks to the guitar. These guitars are affordable too. You can later change the pickups into EMGs or DiMarzios, no guitar can come into competition then.

RG for you : Ibanez RG920QMZ
RG for you : Ibanez RG920QMZ

Ibanez RG920QMZ

Coming to guitars of little high ends, Ibanez gifts you the RG series. As Ibanez states that the RG series guitars are the most “distinctive” guitars in the market. Moreover they have served the metal industry for three decades now, providing perfect tonality and sound quality.

RG920QMZ is a premium series guitar from the Japan based brand. Where do I start with features, they never seem to end. The guitar has a five piece neck which is clustered together in layers of Maple and Walnut in turns making the neck tough. This is amazing engineering since the necks will not bend due to varying weather conditions. It moves away from the body specs and gives a quilted maple top with American basswood body, also provides you jumbo frets and rosewood board with dot inlays at the lower strings. The guitars comes handy with DiMarzio pickups specially designed for the RG series guitars which provides amazing tones and fits any genre.

Ibanez RG721RW
Ibanez RG721RW

Ibanez RG721RW

RG721RW is a guitar I have played. One of my friends own it. He is a fixed bridge guy and does not really like floating bridges. The guitar does not differ much in specifications other than the pickups and bridge. The guitars come with stock pick ups with by Ibanez and are in now way less than the DiMarzios. Although DiMarzios provide more crunch and clarity in tones. These guitars come cheap in the RG series models, are worth the money.

Ibanez RG927QMZ
Ibanez RG927QMZ

Ibanez RG927QMZ

If you are a seven string person, then Ibanez gifts you RG927QMZ. A seven stringed shredding axe so designed that it can just dominate any guitar in the market. This guitar too, does not have much of a difference to the other RG series guitars, a seven string floating tremolo system and seven string pickups. The guitar gives you, pickups designed specially for the Ibanez model by Larry DiMarzio suited for that extra string to provide immense brutality to your riffs and rhythm sections. A Edge Zero II 7 string bridge is present for your extensive whammy abuse without any change in tune. Just one word for it. Amazing!

Final verdict

So the Ibanez series of guitars just perfect for metal and shredding is listed above. Reviewing about these guitars would be an insult to the machines itself. If you have cash in hand, blindly go for the RG series models, they are a class apart and are the best suited guitars for metal unless you get a signature series for yourself, just kidding. If you are a little low on budget, try the GIO series guitars. As again I suggest for guitars, feel the guitar, play it, if you find it suitable then only choose the guitar, this is just an overview of the guitars and suggestion. After all, you are going to play, not me, its better if you try each of these models and then chose the one which suits you perfectly.

If you are looking for acoustic guitars at low budgets, you might as well take a look at this.

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      BubbaLuv68 2 months ago

      Hi, I am in Australia. I imported an Ibanez around 1989-1990. I think it was in the RG series, but not sure. It had a unique cut out area on the head, just under the logo, that was bare wood. I think it also had the carry handle like the Steve Vai model. It was a deep black/blue - to aqua green burst on front side. I do have a picture of me playing it if that helps, but you can't see a model number. I t was stolen about 3 years after I bought it, and I have never seen the model again since. I would love to know the exact model if you can help.

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