The new range of Ibanez 2020 guitars & basses have been revealed – we take a closer look at the new instruments available to pre-order now
The all-new range of Ibanez 2020 guitars and basses have just been announced ahead of NAMM 2020. Here’s a selection of our favourite new models that have caught our eye here at PMT – all of which are available to pre-order now.
Ibanez EHB1005MS-SFM EHB 5-String Multi-scale Bass Sea Foam Green
First up we have the beautifully designed Ibanez EHB1005MS-SFM EHB 5-String Multi-scale Bass in a cool Sea Foam Green.
The first thing you’ll notice is the headless design. Although not for everyone, we think this is an incredible bass guitar that offers a comfortable playing experience and a sound that can lead to some seriously expressive tones.
The benefit of the headless construction and extra carving on the back of the body allows for a well-balanced playing experience whether you’re stood up or sat down.
The lightweight basswood body in conjunction with the Bartolini BH2 pickups in a dual-coil style configuration provides all the resonance and low-end power you need whilst remaining articulate.
A Vari-mid 3-band EQ features a variable mid-frequency control whilst the EQ bypass switch allows you to go passive when you want – a bass guitar for the performers out there!
Ibanez SR1600B-TSF SR Premium Electric Bass Tropical Seafloor
The Ibanez SR1600B-TSF SR Premium Electric Bass is ideal for when you need a roadworthy bass guitar that’ll keep up with the rigours of a touring schedule and won’t break the bank.
The Ibanez SR1600B-TSF SR Premium Electric Bass in Tropical Seafloor is a highlight from the Ibanez 2020 series featuring a mixture of premium tonewoods and superior body design.
The combination of the Poplar Burl top and African Mahogany tonewoods used for the body make for a particularly rich sound whilst retaining a boutique design aesthetic. You have tonal clarity as well as a cool looking bass!
The Atlas-5 pc Panga Panga/Purpleheart neck features KTS Titanium reinforcement rods, so your neck is not only comfortable to play but also rock-solid. The addition of Nordstrand Big Single Pickups and 3-band EQ with selectable bypass switch allow you to create a serious racket when you need to.
Ibanez S671ALB-BCM SAL Axion Label Electric Guitar Blue Chameleon
The metal players out there will love the Ibanez S671ALB-BCM SAL Axion Label Electric Guitar in Blue Chameleon. This thing was designed for the shredders out there and features a host of appointments that the performing guitarists will really appreciate.
The extremely rigid, super-thin and ultra-playable Nitro Wizard 5-piece Panga Panga/Walnut neck is where the guitar really shines. This combination of a thin design with premium tonewoods results in increased sustain as well as improved comfort. The luminescent side dot inlays are ideal for stage performances and come in really handy in low light situations.
You have Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions for that all-important attack and power as well as a Fluence Single Width pickup in the middle position for the articulation and cut you need. A coil tap switch also allows you to change up your sound when you need to.
One of the sleekest guitars from the Ibanez 2020 series, for sure.
Ibanez AZ226-BKF AZ Premium Electric Guitar Black
The Ibanez 2020 series is all about making the playing experience as comfortable as possible. The Ibanez AZ226-BKF AZ Premium Electric Guitar Black features an asymmetrical body shape and a neck heel that allows for unrivalled playability. The ergonomic back contour is comfortable, whether you’re sitting down or performing whilst standing up – you get the same comfortable experience regardless of your position.
One of the best things about this guitar is the Roasted Maple fretboard which is exceptionally comfortable to play, especially when coupled with the smooth-curve fretboard edge design. Again, luminescent side dot position marks have also been installed for an easier view.
You also have a world of tonal options at your fingertips with this guitar. The Seymour Duncan Hyperion Pickups feature an impressive but not overbearing output through Alnico-5 magnets, whilst the Dyna-MIX 9 technology allows you to select from 9 different sound variations.
A guitar for those out there who need a range of sonic options and a comfortable guitar for recording, live performance and practice.
Ibanez RG421MSP-TSP RG Electric Guitar Turquoise Sparkle
We love a new Ibanez RG guitar here at PMT. This iconic and highly respected range of guitars is ubiquitous amongst the live music scene, and it’s easy to see why when you look at the types of pickups and tonewoods on offer here. There’s not a lot these guitars cannot do.
The Ibanez RG421MSP-TSP RG Electric Guitar Turquoise Sparkle features a thin and flat Wizard III Maple neck which is perfect for those who need to move around the neck quickly.
A solid hardtail bridge provides the stability and resonance we need as guitarists and the set of Quantum humbucking pickups with 5 position pickup selector allows us to choose from a range of different sounds.
A simple, yet very versatile guitar that won’t let you down and a highlight from the Ibanez 2020 range.
Ibanez AS73FM-TIF AS Artcore Electric Guitar Transparent Indigo Fade
Whether you’re a Jazz, Blues or Country fan, you’ll find something you love about the Ibanez Artcore range. The Ibanez AS73FM-TIF AS Artcore Electric Guitar Transparent Indigo Fade from the Ibanez 2020 series has caught our eye.
This semi-hollow monster of tone features a Flamed Maple body and sustain block that ensures your tone is resonant but keeps that horrible feedback at bay.
The Ibanez-original Quik Change III tailpiece has been included for the pro-guitarists out there who need to be able to change strings quickly – a great addition that really saves time during restringing.
A set of Classic Elite Humbucking pickups have been included which can be isolated or blended to your liking via the 2 x Volume and 2 x tone pots along with the 3-way toggle switch.
A striking guitar that players of all levels will enjoy and a perfect partner for the discerning musicians out there who are in need of a high-performance option for the stage, the studio and rehearsal at home.
Ibanez AVC11CE-ANS AVC Artwood Vintage Electric Guitar Antique Natural
The Ibanez AVC11CE-ANS AVC Artwood Vintage Electric Guitar Antique Natural is an ideal guitar for those who need a louder, more pronounced sound from their acoustic guitar.
We think this is a highlight from the Ibanez 2020 range as it features Thermo Aged tonewood. This process, otherwise known as torrefaction reduces the amount of water and decomposed resin contained within the wood. This then makes the tonewood light, hard and stable just like a tonewood which has dried over decades resulting in a more 'played-in' sound and feel. It’s like picking up a guitar you’ve owned for years!
This has also been constructed with Thermo Aged Spruce X bracing which provides a wide-open sound that features a more pronounced tone and greater projection overall.
The Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp allows you to plug into an amp, whilst retaining all the feel and tonal qualities of the acoustic guitar.
A beautifully designed guitar that feels older than it is – warm, and full of songs ready to be unleashed.