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Thread: NGD: Ibanez S1XXVFYE

  1. #1

    Join Date: Jan 2009
    Location: Victoria, AU
    ME: Parker Fly Deluxe

    iTrader: 0

    NGD: Ibanez S1XXVFYE


    Took pics in different lights, to show how different it looks when light sources change. It's a hard colour to photograph, but that's the same with any bright colour. I'd like to first state that this is the only one of these I have played, so I cannot address the reported issues regarding inconsistencies/quality control. I haven't had the chance to play many other new Indonesian guitars recently, but judging it against the Indo guitars I have owned in the past and currently own, this one is definitely the most consistent across all aspects of finish, playability, sound, etc.

    Cut to the chase, already:
    I bought this locally for AUD$790, down from a retail of AUD$999. I'll list the good and bad things I noticed.

    - The AANJ isn't as rounded as others I've played and owned, as you can probably see in the pic.
    - The back of the neck felt rougher than what you'd expect the satin/matte finish to feel like, definitely giving it a cheaper feeling. Totally fixed with fine steel wool.
    - The fretwork was far better than I'd expected, and the main reason why I left the shop with the guitar. Apart from some very minor fret level issues in the first few frets when action is extremely low, all the higher frets are totally fine and playability is great.
    - Due to not having ANY prior experience with a ZR trem, I was open minded. I knew its capabilities, but hadn't personally used one. It's an interesting system, and works well enough on this particular model. I'll consider myself able to comment further after I've changed the strings, and adjusted the intonation.
    - The DR neon strings are pieces of absolute shit. I cannot wait to change them out.
    - The pickups, as expected are filth. But considering that, the guitar sounds pretty good. Which is a good indication of how it'll sound with some (probably) DiMarzios in there. Super Distortion is replacing the bridge, might even get a mini humbucker/rails in the middle single position, and still haven't decided on the neck replacement.

    I think this guitar is tremendous value, based on what other options we have in Australia in the same price bracket. I know it's not really meant to be a high quality guitar, but it's a great guitar to start modding. Once I restring it, oil the fretboard, buff the frets and end up replacing the pickups, I am confident that it'll be that little bit more comfortable.

  2. #2

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Wellington, New Zealand
    ME: J.Craft RG2820
    Rig: RM100 > K412T

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    You need some EMGs in that thing, dude.
    "That RD is one ugly fucking guitar, and I made the CrabClaw!" - Elysian

  3. #3

    Join Date: May 2010
    Location: Portland, OR
    ME: Les Paul
    MA: Les Paul
    MB: Les Paul
    Rig: Mini Rec

    iTrader: 10 (100%)

    DR Neons ARE shit.

    Congrats, looks pimp!
    Making metal every night and day.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Jan 2012
    Location: The WA

    iTrader: 0

    My eyes!

    I love it, those strings are perfect

  5. #5

    Join Date: Jan 2011
    Location: Seattle, Wa
    ME: Carvin H2T
    Rig: Fryette SIG X

    iTrader: 0


    That is a sharp guitar. I'm interested in how well it pimps out

  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: JP6 / Carvin CS4
    MA: Martin DC-1E
    Rig: Axe-Fx II XL

    iTrader: 34 (100%)

  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Cambridge, UK
    ME: Les Paul
    MB: Buttery Biscuit
    Rig: Mesa/Sunn

    iTrader: 4 (100%)

    Needs pink pickups.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Jan 2009
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    ME: WarmothTele/SE245
    MA: Seagull S12+
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass V
    Rig: Egnater Renegade 65

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    That is sexy It's a shame those strings suck, since they look so incredibly awesome on there

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