Ibanez GRG170DX
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Ibanez GRG170DX

GRG170DX, Chitarra Corpo tipo Stratocaster from Ibanez in the GIO RG series.

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King Loudness 14/08/2011

Ibanez GRG170DX : Recensione di King Loudness (content in English)

"Decent beginner's guitar"
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This guitar is a mid level version of the some of the famed Ibanez RG shredders that were very popular in the late eighties and early nineties. It takes that general vibe and provides it in a very simple and affordable package that is well within the reach of any player. True to the specs of the RGs, it features a basswood body, a thin maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 frets, sharktooth inlays, sealed chrome tuners, a non locking Ibanez designed two point tremolo system and an H-S-H pickup configuration (Ibanez Powersound pickups) mated with a set of volume and tone controls plus a 5 way switch for some Stratty single coil tones. They're made overseas in places like India, Indonesia or China depending on the year and factory.

UTILIZATION

This guitar is fairly light and ergonomic. The Ibanez RGs were always known for light weight and this guitar is no exception. It weighs only about 6 or 7 pounds and sits on the body well. Though it doesn't feel nearly as refined as many of the high end Ibanez guitars that I've owned or played, for being a $300 guitar it's not really something I concern myself with. It features great upper fret access as all Ibanez 24 fret guitars do... really excellent. The tremolo unit isn't great at holding tune, but it's also a cheaply manufactured non-locking unit... it can't be expected to hold up that much.

Getting a good tone out of this guitar is not difficult... it is set up just like a modern superstrat (HSH) and it really goes from clean sounds to distorted sounds without much of a hitch. Definitely a solid guitar for many different sounds.

SOUNDS

I've tried this guitar through a few different rigs and I can conclude that it's a decent sounding guitar but still not at the level of many nicer ones. The Ibanez Powersound pickups do a decent job at providing a variety of sounds overall. The humbuckers have a good bass response, with a quiet midrange and a reasonable treble response (though it can be a bit jarring at times). For clean sounds I prefer using positions 2 and 4 on the selector switch because they're closer facsimiles of a nice Fender sound. The tone of the humbuckers works well enough for clean but it is a bit generic/flat sounding without a whole lot of sparkle. The overdrive sounds work when gain is applied but they don't have the greatest articulation for faster rhythms or lead work. However most players using this would be beginners who are just learning their style anyway so that's not really a huge issue.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think this Ibanez GRG170DX isn't a bad little guitar for a beginner to get to know the Ibanez feel. It's well crafted and looks good. The Jewel Blue finish is a real stunner and harkens back to the days of the eighties when guys like Paul Gilbert had similar guitars. The hardware really isn't great on this guitar but for the price I wasn't expecting a whole lot of quality. They're not the most consistent guitar so I recommend that if you can, try a bunch of these to find one, because some are good, some are not.