Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
The finish options are yellow or grey, but Ibanez has the SA160FM pegged as a "chameleon" that swings from "clean rhythm to crunchy blues, all the way out to the most molten of metal". It's a little pricier than your usual entry-level HSS-configured electric, but to be fair it looks it, with a quilted grained maple cap that looks like a tiger's underbelly, over the desirable mahagony body timber. On paper, those are similar body ingredients to a Les Paul, but the SA sports a curvy, slim body that makes you feel manly but in control, and a shred-friendly neck that plays like it's been buttered (though the traditional Ibanez double-octave is cut to 22 frets).
Once you're plugged in, this guitar rams home its advantages. There's a sweetness to the tone that comes from the timbers, and the dark and light flavours of mahogany and maple make the single-coils sing and sustain for longer than the skinny body would suggest.
The humbucker offers a joyous, woody, character-rich thump, but what's really cool is when you take advantage of Ibanez's switching system and combine the outer coil of the 'bucker with the middle single, unlocking a scything tone that slices through the mix while maintaining a warm low-end.
Model SA160FM Series SA Series Orientation Right No. of Strings 6 strings Finish Transparent Grey Burst Body Flamed Maple top/Mahogany body Neck SA 3pc Maple neck Fingerboard Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay Radius 400mmR Scale Length 25.5" Nut Width 43mm Frets 22 Jumbo frets Pickups Quantum Hardware Chrome Bridge SAT Pro II tremolo bridge
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
- wonderfully comfortable guitar
I tried out this guitar only for 2 hours, so I may not be an expert while I try to review.
Anyways the clean sound was amazing, and overdrive too, and I played a lot of metal with it. I'm afraid the clean sound isn't so great because it's more for the metal type. Or am I wrong?