The beauty of refinement rarely exists in this world unnoticed. Unfortunately the spotlight on refinement makes us miss out one of the more interesting and curious aspects of life: the unrefined, raw beauty and its power. The Ibanez S770PB takes the basics of the unrefined beauty and, after applying a little bit of gloss, puts them up on the stage. Let us take a closer look and let me explain to you why this guitar is definitely one of the best on the market.
Let us start with the design of the guitar, which is the aspect of a guitar that you notice first. The guitar has a very interesting design. The basics are taken from a strat design, which has influenced the guitar world ever since the first stratocaster guitar ever came out. The double cutaway allows easy access to the neck of the guitar. The design is incredibly comfortable and very pleasing to the eye. Yet what sets this guitar apart is the coloring, or, the absence of it. The top of the guitar is made of burl, which has an interesting grain and results in a beautiful guitar. Definitely an eye catcher that you cannot refuse looking at.
The body of the guitar is made out of mahogany. This hardwood is notorious for many things, the most popular of these aspects being its effect on tone. Mahogany provides the guitar with low tone resonance that might feel unparalleled to many guitar players. The warmth of the guitar is highly emphasized and the basstones are lovely. The hardwood is also well known for how sturdy it is, allowing the guitar to withstand most damage without ever denting. The only problem with the guitar might be the fact that it is slightly on the heavy side because of the mahogany in the body.
The neck of the guitar is made of maple. This hardwood is known to be extremely sturdy and thus a great material for making guitar necks. The strength of this wood allows it to withstand most abuse without much trouble. The neck of the guitar is AANJ, which is basically a bolt on neck, yet it does not feel out of place here, with the bolting being well done and the alignment of the neck being impeccable. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of bound rosewood.
The bridge of the guitar is the Edge Zero II Tremolo. This bridge does a great job at keeping your strings stable, with the added bonus of the rise providing for some great action. The tremolo bar of the guitar is just the little cherry on top of this delicious bridge.
The nut of the guitar is a little unconventional, having a barless top lock instead of the traditional bar. This allows the guitar’s strings to remain buzz free, as well as retain their harmony in a superior manner compared to most nuts. The only problem is that the restringing of the guitar is a little more complicated.
The tuning machine of the guitar is rather nice, with the guitar not having any tuning stability issues that I could rant about. You might have to retune the guitar after several hours of non stop tremolo bar abuse, but mostly the guitar will stay in tune for a long time.
The guitar is gifted with an amazing combination of Humbucker, Single Coil, Humbucker pickups. The neck of the guitar has a Quantum ceramic passive humbucker, the bridge has the Quantime single coil alnico and the middle Quantum ceramic passive humbucker. This allows the guitar some flexibility in terms of sound, while also retaining a respectful amount of power, as well as an incredible range of sound.
The guitar has a simple controls setup, with two knobs for volume and tone and a lever to control the pickup configurations.
The sound of the guitar is one of the most enamoring on the market. The guitar has a great range of ability in regards to what it is able to play. Whether you are looking for a smooth, twangy sound to charm the hearts out of your fans, or a thrashing, powerful soul scratching sound to get them moving, this guitar has it. A great range indeed.
This is one of my favorite guitars on the market. It combines great looks with great sound, granting it great power. So be responsible with it!