Best Ibanez Electric Guitars (under $1000 roundup)

Ibanez produces a large number of guitars, and the quality of those guitars varies widely from model to model.

There is a wide range of affordable electric guitars available for less than $300, in addition to numerous high-quality instruments costing more than $1,000. As a result, there is an option that caters to virtually every possible combination of interest, skill level, and enthusiasm.

When we are searching for the best Ibanez guitar within our budget (less than one thousand dollars), I will be looking for at least one of the following characteristics in each guitar that we list:

  • Pickups for the Brand (EMGs, Seymour Duncan, etc.)
  • Or the Edge Tremolo System, if you prefer.
  • Superior quality tonewood

When I’m trying to decide what to recommend, I take a number of factors into consideration, including the retail price, the reputation of the guitar, and the overall quality of the instrument.

The value of something can be determined with the greatest degree of precision when all of these factors, in addition to the features that one requires, are taken into consideration.


Quality in Terms of Both the Sound and the Material

Instead, the purpose of this list is to provide you with some examples of guitars that are capable of fulfilling the requirements that have already been established.

You can make use of them as models in the event that none of the five options provided are suitable for you.

  • Which Ibanez guitar is considered to be the best?

Obviously, the best Ibanez guitar would be the one that costs the most money, which, at the moment, I believe to be an Ibanez electric for around $5000.

However, it is not at all practical for the majority of us (dare I say, all of us) to go out and throw that kind of money at a guitar.

When I finally get the chance to do that, I know that it will be a successful day.

Instead, we are looking for the optimal ratio of quality to price in the product we purchase.

In general, Ibanez will provide you with a high-quality guitar that is commensurate with the price that you pay for it; however, in this article, we will narrow the field even further and take a look at some of the best Ibanez guitars that cost less than one thousand dollars.

The Iron Label series is where we start off with everything.

Ibanez Iron Label RG Series (RGIXL7)

This is one of the most popular electric series that Ibanez has to offer, and we’ve seen it come in four different variations, depending on which model you choose to purchase.

  • Six-String Fixed Bridge is the Bridge in Question
  • Tremolo for the Six Strings
  • Seven-String Fixed Bridge (Seven-String Fixed Bridge)
  • Tremolo on Seven Strings (Seven-String Tremolo)

It is important to keep in mind that the availability of these versions has evolved over the years; as a result, we cannot predict which ones will be available and when they will be available. Nevertheless, we should point out that the RGIXL7 mode is the one that specifically retails at a price that is lower than our price point of $1,000.

The fundamental technical specifications of each model are virtually identical to one another.

In light of the fact that it comes equipped with an Edge Zero II and locking tuner systems, the six-string tremolo model comes highly recommended by yours truly. Without those, the guitar just feels a little empty.

The guitar’s body is made of stained mahogany, which, when combined with the instrument’s two DiMarzio Fusion Edge pickups, results in a tone that is both warm and thick when played in a metal setting.

It includes everything you could want from an Ibanez product and serves as a solid example of the brand’s standard fare.

I’ve got no complaints.

Ibanez S670QM

The Ibanez S670QM is an attractive choice for a number of reasons.

The Ibanez S670QM is a contemporary electric guitar that has a round-lamented neck, a body that has been finely sculpted, and a body shape that is traditional. There is a single humbucking pickup located at the neck position, as well as a pair of humbucking pickups located at the middle and bridge positions. This guitar is available in a variety of finishes, including a transparent purple finish, and each one is built with Ibanez’s SPC-3 pickups, which provide unrivaled versatility and performance. One of the finishes available for this guitar is a transparent purple finish. This instrument is best suited for advanced players as well as enthusiasts who take their passion very seriously.

When picking up the S670QM, you will notice that the S670QM utilizes a tonewood called Meranti. Meranti is not only more cost-effective, but it is also noticeably lightweight. The Meranti body is tamed down by the presence of the quilted Maple top, which is sleek and contoured, almost like a carved PRS top. Although we would prefer a Mahogany body, we can live with the Meranti.

Its tone is quite good, providing a thick low end as well as a punchy mid-range, despite the fact that it is typically utilized in guitars with a more economical price tag, such as this one. Meranti is a decent compromise when it comes to tonewoods.

Another useful function is the ability to switch between single-coil and dual-coil pickups using the tone knob, which can be accessed via the five-way pickup selector.

The bridge is held in place by an Edge Zero II tremolo system, and Ibanez installs their Quantum single coil pickup in the middle position (the single-coil version of their Quantum pickup), in addition to installing Quantum humbuckers at the bridge and neck positions.

Be aware that the humbuckers both use ceramic magnets, which provide a little more warmth and thud. The middle pickup, on the other hand, uses an Alnico magnet, which results in a brighter sound.

An upgrade to DiMarzio or EMG pickups would be very beneficial in this situation.

Ibanez Artstar Series AM153QA

One of the most adaptable and comfortable electric guitars we’ve ever made is the Ibanez Artstar Series AM153QA. It has the look and feels of an acoustic instrument but the sound, feel, and playability of an electric guitar. It also has the look and feels of an acoustic instrument. The end product is a complete one-of-a-kind musical instrument that is adaptable to any environment and any style of music, ranging from conventional acoustic music to electric rock and pop music. The guitar has a traditional acoustic voice thanks to the combination of a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and a J-style rosewood headstock overlay. Additionally, the guitar features two humbucking ceramic-coated humbucking pickups, which offer the variety and tone of a traditional electric guitar.

The Artstar models are a nice combination of the hollow body design and the thin, fast Ibanez-style necks, which results in an electric guitar that is suitable for jazz and can even function as both a jazz and a rock guitar. Even by the standards for an electric guitar, the width of the neck at the first fret is only 1.692 inches, making it relatively thin.

Always, the Artstar series manages to impress us with how quickly it plays and feels.

The Super 58 Custom pickups do not qualify as humbuckers, despite the fact that they have a passable sound (no Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio). We would suggest getting a pickup upgrade of some kind and, if possible, switching out the Alnico magnet found in the Ibanez Super 58s for a ceramic one. Ceramic magnets would give them a tone that was warmer and more mellow, which would be more in line with the hollow-body design. We also got some decent brightness and chimed out of the upper register, which should only increase with a more dynamic humbucker variant. In addition to this, we got some decent sustain out of the upper register.

Ibanez JEM JR

Over the course of its history, the name Ibanez has become inextricably linked with the most accomplished guitarists in the world. Ibanez guitars have been integral to the sound of some of the most iconic recordings in music history, including those by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Carlos Santana. Now, in the world of electric guitar, the Ibanez JEM Series brings that same passion for quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. The Ibanez JEM Series is an extension of the Ibanez tradition of offering the world’s greatest guitars at an affordable price. Beginning with the Ibanez JEM JR, the newest addition to the JEM Series, this series is an extension of the Ibanez tradition.

The iconic JEM model has been given a contemporary update in the form of the Ibanez JEM JR. You can expect the same level of comfort and playability from an Ibanez, in addition to having access to higher frets thanks to the thinner J-style body with a double cutaway. In addition, the JR model is equipped with an Ibanez Super Strat-style tremolo system and Ibanez AEQ-T2 active electronics for a combination of classic sound and contemporary playability. If you want to add a guitar that has a bold Ibanez style to your arsenal but doesn’t want to spend a ton of money doing it, this model is an excellent option to consider.

One more time, we will have to put aside our expensive tastes and make do with the “economy” version of a guitar that is, in all honesty, pretty good. Despite this, I believe that the full-size recreation of Steve Vai’s guitar is absolutely deserving of each and every one of the nearly 300,000 dollars that it will set you back. According to the Ibanez website, there is a sizable selection of different Vai Signature models from which to choose, including the following:

This doesn’t even take into account the models that Ibanez has stopped manufacturing altogether, some of which date back to the late 1980s.

The body made of mahogany and the aesthetics centered around the Vai are the primary selling points of our $500 model.

We will be using the Ibanez Quantum pickup configuration once again, but we will be downgrading to a DL tremolo bridge and locking tuners.

It’s unfortunate that the Edge Zero system wasn’t included, but considering that it only cost $500, we really have no grounds for complaint.

And that brings us to the clincher with regard to this guitar.

At this low price point, you do get some value, especially when you consider that the Mahogany body and Quantum pickups that are present in so many other more expensive guitars are present here as well. This is especially true when you consider that the Mahogany body and Quantum pickups are present in so many other more expensive guitars.


When it comes to lists like these, there are a lot of other wonderful guitars that I chose not to include. Because, as I explained earlier, the purpose of this list is not to be exhaustive, that is why.

Its purpose is to provide you with models and points of departure.

In addition, it is the guitar that, if I were to be completely sincere and objective in my assessment, I would suggest to someone who was looking for a sturdy and dependable instrument within the specified price range. As a result, We are open to receiving criticism in any form, including suggestions for additions, deletions, or otherwise.

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