Ibanez has announced a large number of new electric guitar models for 2012 to add to its aleady bulging catalogue. From the new JEM to the new George Benson, there’s a guitar to tempt everyone who loves the marque. There’s also a new bridge design for the RG Series – the Tight-End R – which is claimed to improve the transfer of string vibration and stabilize tuning. Notable are the very reasonably priced ART, SA and GRG models and at the other end of the scale, the new George Benson Signature model with upgraded spec.
Ibanez Premium Range
The JEM70V features a 5-piece Titanium reinforced Wizard maple/walnut neck, American basswood body, jumbo frets, Edge bridge and DiMarzio Evolution pickups. Available in Sea Foam Green.
The S920E has the same neck as the JEM but without the fretboard inlay. The new guitar features an African mahogany body, jumbo frets, a ZRII bridge w/ZPS3 and EMG 60 and 81 pick-ups. Available in Black.
The RG821 features a Titanium reinforced maple/walnut neck, an American basswood body and the new Tight-End R bridge, as well as CAP-VM1 and CAP-VM2 pick-ups. Available in Black.
Ibanez Prestige Range
Also equipped with the Tight-End R bridge, the RG3521 features a 5-piece maple/walnut neck, basswood body, jumbo frets, DiMarzio Air Norton and Tone Zone pick-ups and Cosmo Black hardware. Available in Galaxy Black.
The new RG2620ZE has a Wizard HP maple/walnut neck, a basswood body, jumbo frets, Edge-Zero bridge w/ZPS3 and EMG 60 and 81 pick-ups. Hardware is Cosmo Black and the guitar is available in Black.
The new RGD421 features a 3-piece Wizard III maple neck with a basswood body, jumbo frets, Gibraltar standard bridge, CAP-VK1 and CAP-VK2 pick-ups and black hardware. Available in Black Flat.
The mid-price S570DXQM features a 3-piece Wizard III maple neck, a quilted maple top over a mahogany body, jumbo frets, Cosmo Black hardware and a ZR bridge w/ZPS2 as well as INF 1 and 2 humbuckers and a INFS1 single-coil in the mid position. Available in Bright Blue Burst.
New SA Series “SA Reborn”
The new SA series gets a curved arched top and a thinner body for comfort and playability. The SA360QM has a 3-piece SA maple neck, a quilted maple top over a mahogany body, Abalone bindings, medium frets, chrome hardware and a SAT Pro II bridge. Pick-ups include AHS1 and AHS2 single coils and a TDB1 humbucker. Available in Savlia Red Burst or Cornflower Blue Burst.
This affordable ART200 single-cutaway features a flamed maple top over a mahogany body, mahogany neck, medium frets, Gibraltar III bridge and a Quik Change III tailpiece. The model comes equipped with ACH1-S and ACH2-S humbuckers and chrome hardware and is available in Violin Sunburst and Transparent Black.
The super-affordable GRG140 comes equipped with a GRG neck, mahogany body, medium frets, a FAT10 bridge and two STDS single-coils and an STDH2 humbucker. All hardware is chrome, including the die-cast machine heads and the model is available in Sunburst or Black Night.
The new AFJ85 arch-top features a 3-piece Artcore mahogany set neck, a spruce top and flamed maple back and sides and ART-W wooden bridge and VT06 tailpiece. All hardware is gold and the model is equipped with Sure Grip knobs and ACH1 and ACH2 humbuckers. Available in Vintage Sunburst.
George Benson Signature
The new LGB300 George Benson Signature features a florentine cutaway, 3-piece LGB maple set neck, spruce top and maple back and sides. Updates include a wider neck and Gotoh machine heads. The bridge is fashioned from ebony, all hardware is gold and the model is equipped with Super 58 humbuckers. Available in Vintage Yellow Sunburst.