Ibanez S1670FM
Ibanez S1670FM

S1670FM, Chitarra Corpo tipo Stratocaster from Ibanez in the S Prestige series.

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Hatsubai 18/05/2011

Ibanez S1670FM : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"ZR Tremolo introduced"

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Around this time, Ibanez started going through a change with their Ibanez S series. Instead of the normally equipped Edge trems, they now have a special trem called a ZR trem. The S-1670 is a Japanese made Prestige S series guitar that features a mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, a unique center inlay, a ZR trem, HSH configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.


The biggest difference about this guitar compared to the other Ibanez S series is that it comes equipped with the ZR tremolo. I'm pretty sure this was the first year they introduced it, although I could be wrong. The Ibanez ZR tremolo doesn't use the standard knife edges that the other popular tremolos do. Instead, it takes a page out of Vigier's OFRs and uses a ball bearing system. This means that it's super smooth when whammying. As with all other Prestige guitars, the fretwork and playability of this guitar is top notch.


Since the guitar is made out of mahogany with a flame maple top, it sounds huge, despite its small body. The biggest problem with these guitars is that the pickups suck. However, once you replace those, you're good to go. I like using the Air Norton in the neck, a True Velvet in the middle and something like an Evo 2 in the bridge. When you put an Air Norton in the neck, the neck position becomes super fat and absolutely sings for lead tones. The Evo 2 in the bridge helps accentuate the natural frequencies of mahogany along with giving the guitar some amazing harmonics. The five way switch on this guitar also helps make this thing more versatile as you have parallel and split options to choose from.


Despite this having the newer ZR tremolo, it's still a great guitar. Some people don't like the Ibanez ZR trems, but most people tend to approve of them. I enjoy them quite a bit as the smoothness feels wonderful. It's from here on out that Ibanez started using bridges other than an Edge, so if you're looking for one of those older bridges, check out the Pre-2003 Ibanez S series.