Ibanez, builders of quality electric, acoustic and bass guitars and effects have long held a reputation for fantastic build quality, attention to detail and great setup. Originally Ibanez crafted tributes to other brands' popular models, but once it began to manufacture models like the none-more-rock Ibanez RG or the virtuoso player’s best friend the Ibanez JEM, it wasn’t long before fans of rock, metal and fusion in particular were sporting Ibanez on their decidedly pointy headstocks.
It would be wrong to assume that Ibanez electric guitars are all in the vein of those shred-fest, Floyd-Rose offerings, the outrageously-angled Ibanez Iceman or brutal Destroyer. They’re also fiercely popular with the jazz guitar fraternity (including George Benson, no less!), who have very much taken to the archtop decadence of Ibanez Artcore guitars and precision of the Ibanez Soundgear bass guitars.
Ibanez effects pedals are some of the most desirable fx pedals around, helped by the fact that the Ibanez TubeScreamer overdrive pedal can be found at the feet of countless bluesmen, rockers and metal electric guitarists alike, its transparent boost and overdrive effects making an appearance on any number of world-beating albums.
Those who are looking for precision and punch on a budget will likely find the Ibanez Gio series of modestly-priced guitars a perfect solution. This Ibanez beginners' range offers quality components, searing tone and great playability all complimented with recognisable double-cutaway Ibanez horns at a beginner’s level of affordability, which will doubtless pave the way for a lifetime’s relationship with Ibanez Guitars.