Saturday March 24, 2012

The Ibanez Body

Ibanez Body

Basswood Ibanez Body


The RG Super-Strat body is a asymmetrical shape that balances beautifully with the extended 24-fret neck.  The accentuated pointed horns and cutaway allows effortless access to all of the upper regions of the fretboard.  While a standard Stratocaster has contoured curves all around the body,  the Ibanez body is a thick slab of basswood that’s mostly flat.  The shoulder rest and the upper back are sculpted for comfort. The 1.8 inches (4.5cm) thick Ibanez body provides a sense of mass. The body is very well balanced and it’s comfortable to play even when you’re sitting down.

Ibanez Body Horns

Ibanez Body Horns

Ibanez Body Back

Ibanez Body Back

Three cavities are routed at the rear. Removing the plastic cover plates reveals easy access to the electronics of the recessed output jack, pickups and tremolo hardware. There is no pickguard on this RG.  So if your playing style relies on Pete Townsend windmill technique you may want to look at a RG1451 which keeps the H-S-H configuration but with a pickguard.

Sonically, due to its basswood Ibanez body, sharp highs are lessened and the low end is softened. Incidentally Joe Satriani chooses basswood on all his JS Signature series guitars and so does EVH. The thick Ibanez wood body prevents the overall tone from becoming excessively bright and sparkly, keeping that midrange tight and smooth.  As you’d expect from a basswood guitar you also get rich sustain.

If you ever felt the need to hear the difference in ‘tonewoods’ check this site out:  basswood versus adler. Guitar blogger James Bisset has swapped out the parts of a guitar and A/B tests a basswood and then alder body.  I'm actually surprised that I prefered the basswood after hearing the difference!

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