The Ibanez GSA60 Electric Guitar in Black Knight finish is a fantastic model for players who are looking for a model that plays like a dream. The carefully crafted body borrows from Ibanez’s revered S Series of models to ensure as comfortable as playing feel as one could ever hope to find, which is backed up by a fantastic set of pickups, and a responsive tremolo system. At this price, you'll be blown away by just how awesome this model is.
Smooth playing experience
The body is crafted from agathis, a lightweight and tonally neutral tonewood that delivers a consistently smooth output. As previously stated, the incredibly slender contoured profile has been borrowed from the S Series of guitars, and is perfectly proportioned, sculpted and weighted to make it a heavenly model. The deep double-cutaway shape ensures that nothing gets in the way of your fretting hand as you explore the upper reaches of the neck. The black knight finish gives this particular model an understated yet clearly ‘metal-inspired’ edge.
Slender Neck Profile
Fitted to the body is a slim and super-fast-playing single-piece maple neck. Gliding along this beauty feels effortless thanks to the SA neck profile, which accommodates all players with minimum fuss. Married to the neck is a sublime rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22 medium-sized frets that are adorned with dot position inlays. Performing choppy power chords, elaborate arpeggios, deft legato – whatever your heart desires -, is a joy across the beautiful maple/rosewood pairing.
Powerful Versatile Pickup Selection
The Ibanez GSA60 was created to be as tonally versatile as you could want. Whatever style of music you choose to play – hard rock, metal, jazz, funk, fusion -, the GSA60 is fitted with a trio of Ibanez Powersound pickups that have been carefully selected to offer you a vast tonal universe to explore. Two single-coils take up residence in the neck and middle positions, offering fat and chunky outputs with a little sizzle, whilst the humbucker in the bridge offers a tighter, smoother output that is great for performing searing solos with.
The pick-up selector switch gives you access to a brilliant system that allows you to select from a choice of 5 different pickup combinations. Whether you're seeking a fat mid to low-end rumble for some emphatic chugging, tight mid-range rhythm chops, or searing upper mid to high frequency wailing, you can do it all!
Whatever your level of ability may be, all guitarists will agree that the superb Ibanez GSA60 Electric Guitar with Black Knight finish is one of the most delightful guitars to perform with.
Manufacturer Ibanez Model GSA60-BKS Electric Guitar Body Material Agathis Neck Material 1-piece Maple Neck Profile GSA Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration HSS Bridge Tremolo No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays White Dot Active/Passive Passive Bridge SAT 10 Pickups Neck/Middle: PSNDS (S) Bridge: PSND2 (H) Controls Master Volume Master Tone Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Centre Pickups Position 3. Centre Pickup Position 4. Neck and Centre Pickups Position 5. Neck Pickup Finish Black Knight
This was my second guitar and I would say it's great for beginners that are getting the hang of it. A definite must-buy.
The pickups aren't too noisy which is a big plus, a lot of low-end guitars have incredibly noisy pickups when you're not playing so you could consider taking this guitar on stage for a few early gigs.
My one problem with it is the tremolo arm. For starters it can really knock the guitar out of tune if used more than a tiny bit. I also don't think it should be a feature on a beginners guitar as although fine for things like strumming, if you're trying to learn how to do things which require a rooted hand position, you find yourself inadvertently putting pressure on the tremolo arm and therefore putting it into effect where it is not needed or wanted.
I would say this guitar was made for playing Hard Rock and Metal as that is where it holds up best; getting some nice tones out of a distorted amplifier.
If you to play Hard Rock or Metal and are looking for a first guitar, I would look at purchasing an Ibanez but perhaps not one with a Tremolo arm, if its more Indie Rock you're going for, a fender would be a much better bet!
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