The Ibanez Sabre (S) series of guitars are the real workhorse of the Ibanez range, but that is perhaps underplaying the quality of these great guitars. Pitched perhaps as a mid range guitar the Ibanez S570 is a great example of the build quality of the S series range and a great instrument for the guitarist looking to trade up to a more expensive guitar.
The Ibanez S range of guitars was introduced in 1987, about the same time as the RG range. Produced by Hoshino Gakki the S series guitars were known for their sleek contoured bodies and unfinished maple necks. The neck was the slimmest on the market at the time being only 17 mm thick at the first fret. This gave the guitar an incredibly fast playing neck which, combined with the light contoured body, made this an extremely comfortable guitar to play and the instrument of choice for speed demons.
Since 1987 the S series has continued to evolve, driven by ever more demanding guitarists looking to innovate. The Ibanez S570 is the latest incarnation of the S series and it really does offer a lot of guitar for your money.
The Ibanez S570 still has a beautifully contoured mahogany body that originally made the S series so famous. Don’t be fooled by the size of the guitar, although small it packs quite a punch with the mahogany body giving a resonance that you would expect from much heavier guitars. The black high gloss finish really adds a menacing quality to the guitar, which probably explains why it is a favourite amongst the metal heads.
The Ibanez Wizard neck is still a treat to play being mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. The thickness at the first fret is 19 mm going to 58 mm at the last fret. The ultra slim nature of the neck combined with the unfinished feel make this a quick playing neck. This combined with the deep cutaway and the 2 octave 24 fret board make this an extremely versatile instrument for the guitarist looking for that extra tonal range.
The electrics in the Ibanez S570 is, for us, what really makes the guitar exciting as it comes armed with two humbuckers in the neck and bridge position and a single coil in the middle position. The pickups are all from the Ibanez infinity range which provide excellent tonal variety and dynamics. The neck pick-up is the INF1 humbucker and the bridge is the INF2, with the single coil being the INFS1. There is a 5 way pick-up selector switch allowing the player full access to all the pick-up combinations and master tone and volume knobs. The bridge is a zero resistance (ZR) tremolo which uses ball bearings and a built in counter tension system allowing you to bend a string without the other strings sounding flat.
Once plugged in we can guarantee you won’t want to put this guitar down. It is a great guitar to hold being light and comfortable to play due to the size and the contouring of the body. Amplified the guitar shows just how versatile it can be both clean and distorted it has a lot to offer and the combination of pick-ups gives you a fantastic tonal range which should suit just about any guitarists taste in music. If you are looking for a guitar to fall in love with then we can recommend the Ibanez S570. The quality of this instrument puts other more expensive guitars to shame.
|Ibanez S570 Electric Guitar|
|Body||Mahogany super-strat style|
|Bridge||ZR bridge w/ZPS2|
|Neck||Ibanez Wizard Maple neck|
|Frets||24 Jumbo frets|
|Nut width||43 mm|
|Scale length||648 mm (25.5")|
|Bridge pickup||INF2 Humbucker|
|Middle Pick-up||INFS1 Single coil|
|Neck pickup||INF1 Humbucker|
|Pickup switching||5 way pick-up selector switch|
|Controls||1 volume and 1 tone knob|
|Recommended retail price||£489|
|If you love this guitar||Buy now for £399|
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