Ibanez S series discussion

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  1. chopeth

    chopeth SS.org Regular

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    I also think the S are far better than the RGs. I love my 520ex, a pure metal machine, and even though I hold a couple of customs, I feel it's a huge quality for the price everytime I go back to my sabre. Most comfortable guitar line ever.
     
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    Major love for the S. The first quality guitar I ever bought was a 2004 S1620FB. Have had it over 10 years and it's still my go-to. Have owned Suhr, Mayones, Jackson USA, and while those brands do surpass it in build quality, there is just something special about the S.

    Recently picked up a minty FGM100 in desert sun yellow which is also quite amazing.
     
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    Bownze Keeping it weird

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    Thanks for this info. I was definitely wondering what previous model years had to offer.
     
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    zeropoint SS.org Regular

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    I've got an SIX27-FDBG (iron label, but a 7 string S with mahogany body and bubinga veneer top with a blank ebony fretboard) - It plays sooooooo damn well, I just can't get along with the blank fretboard though, since I'm a fretboard gawker. It just doesn't work for my brain. I've looked at lots of "more standard" S models since buying that one, but life keeps getting in the way and I keep buying other non-guitar stuff.

    TLDR: light weight, slim profile, great playability. No real complaints.
     
  5. Sleazy_D

    Sleazy_D SS.org Regular

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    Funny that I’m seeing this thread, I just dipped my toes in the water of S land, I liked it so much that I bought two more. Iron labels but they feel just fine to me. Super comfy
     
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    pahulkster SS.org Regular

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    I've been thinking about ordering a SIX6FDFM. Very different to anything I have. I saw one at Sam Ash but it was way up on the wall and nobody was around. I want a standard bridge, and the Prestige model is like $1000 more.
     
  7. Science_Penguin

    Science_Penguin SS.org Regular

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    The Iron Label S models are probably the better options available in that series right now. Not super expensive, but still well-put-together, and the stock pickups are pretty decent. Plus, I dunno why, but I've been digging the look of ebony fretboards lately. I'll likely be picking one up when I get the chance.

    Only thing, if you plan to get the hardtail models, you're gonna want to find somewhere to try them out first to make sure you like the feel... Without the the trem adding some weight, those things are lighter than air! I actually had trouble getting used to it.
     
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    The iron labels feel better than any jap esp that I own, to me. It’s bewildering for sure.
     

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    seahawk29 SS.org Regular

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    I had an old 90s RG for years but the S series always felt great when I played them in guitar shops. These days I think I prefer the look too. The late 90s-early 2000s S MIJ Prestige guitars are fantastic and can be had for fairly cheap on eBay, Reverb, etc. Also the ones with the "Custom Made" inlay at the 21st fret are cool too. Think they were late 80s-early 90s. Definitely worth checking out. The Prestige MIJ Ibanezes of those eras are imo far superior to the ones made these days.
     
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    Mine is one of those, a blue one from 1993.
     
  11. Wolfhorsky

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    As an current/past owner of few RGs, S and JPM i must say that there is some mojo with the S line. I mean the tone. I think the body’s shape conributes to the meaty yet focused sound. Regarding ergonomics i tend to like RGs more. I know know. The ergo issue with S line for me is the lack of a proper arm bevel. I got a belly :lol: and while the S’es body is nice and close to my belly, it somewhat sticks out. The lack of the deep forearm cut is noticable for me. With RG/JPM i have no issue. The best shape would be RG shape with lens shape like S and with deep forearm cutaway. BTW i modified the body of my S. That „mahog” is very light both in weight and color. It is also very soft and porous. A nightmare to work with. It is not the proper mahogany i that know.
     
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    Jacksonluvr636 SS.org Regular

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    S series are killer guitars.

    I would not hesitate to buy one if I were you but I would prefer a used 92' 540s or 93' S540 or something from that era.

    I bought a 2011(ish) S series and there was no comparison. The older models are hands down significantly better IMO plus you can find them used for $500 or less in good shape.

    I have grown away from Ibanez and that old Wizard neck but it is still a killer guitar.
     
  13. Mike

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    I just hate the jack placement on them
     
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    Glades Down in the Everglades

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    You hate the way they look?

    Because practically speaking that is the most functional location for a jack. Almost the same as a Strat, but with a more forgiving angle. You can play them in any position sitting down and the jack will never interfere with your leg. Also standing the angle is perfect for a straight jack not to pull out.
     
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    Mike The Traveler

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    Functionally I just don't like it. I own an S5528LW and the jack position is annoying to plug and unplug cables. I use all g&h/switchcraft style connectors and you can only get your fingertips on the bottom half inch of the connector when pulling out (giggidy). This wouldn't normally be a bother, but every barrell jack I've ever used, including ibanez stock ones are tight fitting as all hell in conjunction with my plugs. Bottom placed jacks (i.e. most single cuts and super straps) allow the connector to kind of spin and rotate a little bit with you as you move, but with the S in body jack, that same movement can get a little hindered turning left and right (obviously depending on where the amp is in relation to you) as a good 3-4inches of cable runs straight across the body unless you tuck it through your strap, which an old man like me doesn't feel like doing everytime I just feel like picking up the guitar and wankin around.

    Anal? Yes, but idc, I'm picky and that's my 2 cents worth of experience with it. Never solved any problem I ever had with a right angle connector and a bottom mounted jack.
     

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