Ibanez love being first to produce something. They were the first to make production-grade 7 string electric guitars, they were the first to make production-grade 8 string guitars now they are the first to release production fanned fret guitars to the world. The RGIM7BC-DFF is the first step in to a new generation of guitars made for extra comfort and better response.
This Limited Run guitar comes in an amazing Deep Forest Burst finish, so turn heads with this classy-looking instrument anywhere you go.
Why Fanned Frets?
There are three reasons that you would want fanned frets on your guitar. Equal tension across all strings, extra comfort at the low end, and tight low end response with easy bends on your leads. The main idea is that by fanning out your frets you have a longer scale on the lower strings and a shorter scale on the higher strings which has a unique feel you won't find anywhere else.
A lot of people when playing extended range guitars opt for longer scale lengths. This keeps your lower strings tight and means you don't have to go near bass string territory just to down tune. Unfortunately it makes bending and playing leads a bit of a pain, especially if you are used to normal 24.75" to 25.5" scales. Using fanned frets from 27" on the low end to 25.5" on the high end you get the best of both worlds. Easy to play leads and an extended scale on the low end to keep your sound tight even when heavily downturned.
The other big advantage for this is comfort. When playing a lot of us naturally curve our hands outward or inward depending on where we are playing on the neck. This can be a pain on regular fretted instruments as it works against you whatever way you move. Fanned frets move with your hands for a more comfortable experience.
Trust us, once you try fanned frets you may never want to go back to a standard electric guitar.
Ibanez RG Build:
Known for being one of the world's most solid rock machines, the Ibanez RG is popular with rock and metal musicians everywhere. The neck is Ibanez's usual Nitro Wizard 7 string size with a flat back and soft rounded sides - it is so easy to play no matter how fast you want to go. Plus, as it is made out of a 5 piece selection of Maple and Bubinga, this neck will not warp even in tough environmental conditions.
Is there anything more Djenty than a set of 7 string EMG pickups- Yes! 8 String EMG pickups. I know it sounds weird but stick with me on this one. Because the strings are fanned they have had to angle the pickups, to then make sure that they capture the whole string. So they had to fit this 7 string guitars with 8 string 808’s.
One big advantage of this is that you have a pickup that is designed to handle even lower tunings than the 7 string variant. So going down to F# on the 7th string is absolutely fine, and with the right strings will sound just as tight as an 8 string equivalent.
Also on this guitar you have one of the best innovations in bridges in recent years. The Mono Rail bridge is not one bridge but actually 7 carefully tuned separate bridges that are all angled individually to fit the fanned fret neck perfectly. The first plus is that it makes fanned frets possible but it also means that you don't get anywhere near as much sympathetic string vibration. No longer do you need to spend hours upon hours carefully muting strings for that perfect take in recording as this bridge system solves most of that problem.
Here's what Ibanez say about the RGIM7BC-DFF Limited Run Guitar:
The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing it for both speed and strength. Whether you favor a hardtail (fixed) bridge or our industry-leading locking tremolo system, the RG is a precision instrument.
Equalized tension helps to create a more "alive", open tone. But the design also improves player comfort. The multi scale construction ergonomically coordinates with the way a player's hand angles as it moves up and down the neck, facilitating quick, comfortable playing action.
Nitro Wizard Multi Scale Neck:
The super-slim, ultra-comfortable 5-piece Maple/Bubinga Nitro Wizard neck provides solid stability for the increased tension of the extra strings. A spacious, Rosewood fretboard enhances playing agility and optimizes articulation.
Because of their slanted mounting angle, wider-than-normal pickups are required for a multi scale construction instrument. EMG808 and EMG909 pickups fit the bill perfectlyot only in size, but also in sound. Proven performers for down-tuning, their highly responsive, super-tight growl is the superb matched for the RGIM.
The Mono-Rail bridge delivers the ultimate in string-to-string isolation, meaning that each string vibrates optimally without be affected by the others.
- Neck type: Nitro Wizard-7 Multi Scale 5pc Maple/Bubinga neck
- Body: Bocote top/Mahogany body
- Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard
- Frets: Jumbo frets
- Bridge: Mono-rail bridge
- Neck pickup: EMG® 808 (H) neck pickup (Active/Alnico)
- Bridge pickup: EMG® 808 (H) bridge pickup (Active/Alnico)
- Factory tuning: 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E, 7B
- String gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.059
- Hardware color: Cosmo black
- Scale: 686mm/27" - 648mm/25.5"
- a : Width: 48mm at NUT
- b : Width: 68mm at 24F
- c : Thickness: 19mm at 1F
- d : Thickness: 21mm at 12F
- Radius :: 400mmR