Welcome to a deep dive into the 2024 Ibanez lineup, brought to you by Guitar World Australia. As guitar enthusiasts, we are always excited to explore the new frontiers of guitar technology and design. This year, Ibanez has truly raised the bar, offering a variety of innovations that promise to excite both long-time fans and new players alike.
Ibanez's New Pedalboard Innovations
Celebrating the Tube Screamer's Legacy: This year marks the 45th anniversary of the iconic TS808 Tube Screamer. To celebrate, Ibanez has released a limited-edition Tube Screamer version in a dazzling Sapphire Blue housing. This isn't just about looks; the pedal boasts the original JRC4558D chip and analog circuitry, ensuring that the classic, much-loved overdrive sound remains intact.
Expanding the Pentatone Series: The Pentatone pedal collection, first introduced in January 2023, sees two new additions - the PTEQ and PTGate. The PTEQ, or Pentatone Equalizer, offers extensive control with five sliders and frequency control knobs, allowing for an impressive range of sound sculpting. The PTGate, a noise gate pedal, includes a Threshold Mode switch and four I/Os for flexible rig integration.
Ibanez's Electric Guitar Innovations
AZ Premium Family: A Blend of Aesthetics and Functionality: The AZ Premium range showcases a blend of new finishes and technological enhancements. The AZ24P1QM, a highlight of this series, features an HSS configuration with Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups and the innovative dyna-MIX9 switching system. The guitar's aesthetic appeal is matched by its functional prowess, making it a versatile choice for various playing styles.
The RG and S Series: Classic Designs with Modern Twists: The RG series, a staple in the Ibanez lineup, receives significant upgrades in both aesthetics and functionality. The introduction of direct-mount pickups and Edge-Zero II tremolos in the RG Standard range is a game-changer, offering enhanced playability and tonal variety. The RG GIOs, with their double-locking tremolos, open up new possibilities for expressive playing.
The S series, known for its sleek design, introduces the S1070PBZ model. This guitar stands out with its 11-piece neck and multi-layered top, offering a rich and complex tonal palette. Its Charcoal Black Burst finish adds to its allure, making it a visually stunning piece.
A Closer Look at Individual Models
RG421, RG421EX, and RG421S: These models, representing the RG Standard range, come in a variety of finishes including Mahogany Oil, Prussian Blue Metallic, and Sea Shore Matte. Each guitar is equipped with Quantum humbuckers, a meranti body, Wizard III maple neck, and an F106 hardtail bridge, promising both comfort and quality in performance.
The RG470DX and RG7420EX: These models showcase the Edge-Zero II tremolo bridges. The RG470DX, available in Tokyo Midnight, Sea Foam Green Matte, and Red Eclipse Burst with a poplar burl top, features an HSH Quantum configuration. The RG7420EX, in Black Flat finish, comes with an HH Quantum pickup layout, catering to players seeking a powerful and versatile sound.
The S1070PBZ: A Unique Masterpiece: This model is a testament to Ibanez's craftsmanship, featuring a combination of poplar burl, walnut, curly maple, and panga panga atop a mahogany body. The guitar's unique wood blend, coupled with its Charcoal Black Burst finish and DiMarzio HSH configuration, makes it a standout model in terms of both looks and sound.
Acoustic and Ukulele Offerings:
Ibanez also brings new sounds to the acoustic realm with instruments like the AAM54OPN and the AAM50CEOPN, perfect for players who appreciate the natural resonance of open-pore wood. For those who prefer a more striking visual and auditory experience, the AE100DBF in Dark Tide Blue offers a unique aesthetic. And for ukulele enthusiasts, the AUC14OVL brings the quality of Ibanez craftsmanship to the ukulele world.
What do you think of the Ibanez 2024 Guitars?
The 2024 Ibanez lineup is a vibrant mix of tradition and innovation. Guitar World Australia is proud to present these instruments, each crafted with the player in mind. Whether you're a professional musician or a hobbyist, the new Ibanez collection offers something for everyone. We invite you to explore these incredible instruments, experience their unique features, and find the perfect addition to your musical arsenal.