Ibanez guitars need little introduction. We all know the story. Japanese instrument manufacturer that makes good guitars goes on to produce a range of super strats in the 1980s. They are very good instruments so they become endorsed by some of the worlds greatest guitar players. Thus a legend is born. But Ibanez are more than just super strats as you will see from our recent write-up of the Ibanez XG300 Glaive. They make exciting guitars that will suit just about any musical taste or genre as well as budget. That is why when we saw the Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar we just wanted to give it a try out and see whether it was any good.
The Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar is in the Ibanez GIO range of guitars. The GIO range was designed by Ibanez to give guitarists the Ibaenz quality and experience at a more affordable price. Ibanez claim that with the GIO series you get a guitar that is not only better than anything in its price range but that the rigorous inspection set-up and warranty is the same as you would expect from a top of the range Ibanez guitar.
What do you get when you buy an Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar?
Looking at the Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar it does look a very nice instrument. Loosely modelled on the Gibson SG it has all the looks and features that you would expect from that style of guitar. The body is cut from a great piece of basswood which is finished with a nice transparent red paint job that really gives the guitar a great look. If you choose the black night colour then the wood used for the body is Agathis.
With the GAX range of guitars Ibanez have specially designed the originally named GAX neck for comfort and speed. On the GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar you have a 22 fret maple neck with a rosewood fretboard which is great to the touch and excellent to play. The bridge is a standard Ibanez fixed bridge which gives you confidence that the tuning stability of the guitar will be good. In terms of build quality, this is pretty good for a budget guitar and Ibanez have certainly delivered a nice looking guitar which is comfortable to hold and excellent to play.
Looking at the electrics the Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar has two humbuckers. There is an Ibanez PSND1 humbucker in the neck position and a PSND2 humbucker in the bridge position. The combination of these two pick-ups gives the Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar a real punchy rock tone which is also incredibly versatile. With a master tone and volume dials and a three way pick-up selector the guitar can handle most musical genres with ease. Whether it is clean blues or jazz or a more heavy rock or metal the Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway is more than equipped to cope.
The Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar is a budget guitar so it must be borne in mind that the design spec is not going to be high end. However, we think that this guitar is a great instrument for novice guitarists. The Ibanez GAX30 TR double cutaway guitar looks good, plays well and sounds even better so we think this should certainly be a guitar worth considering.
Currently the guitar can be purchased through Amazon for a fantastic £149 which represents excellent value for money for a great budget guitar.
|Ibanez GAX30 TR Double Cutaway Guitar|
|Bridge||Ibanez fixed bridge|
|Frets||22 medium frets|
|Fretboard radius||400 mm|
|Nut width||43 mm|
|Scale length||628 mm|
|Bridge pickup||PSND2 Humbucker|
|Neck pickup||PSND1 Humbucker|
|Pickup switching||3 way selector switch|
|Controls||1 master volume and 1 tone|
|Recommended retail price||£179|
|If you love this guitar||Buy it now for £149|