The Colourful Shred Machine
At first Glance Ibanez's S671ALB looks similar to many of the company's new offerings. The classy blue variation, matched headstock H-S-H super strat. Dig a little deeper however and some key features start to pop out, that's an ebony fingerboard for instance, those are Fishman Fluence pickups with a second voicing accessible by the push pull pot, 5 ply binding around the body and a bound 5 piece neck.
The list of specs goes on but it's fairly obvious this isn't the run of the mill RG, in fact this is an Axion Label series Ibanez.
These are designed for the demanding metal player market but are so good most players will find something they love.
Gone is the tone pot allowing the signal to go pickups > volume > output jack providing a stronger truer tone. Speaking of the output jack, this is situated on the top for ease of access.
A combination of Gotoh locking tuners and fixed bridge makes this a great studio tool due to the tuning stability as well as giving superb resonance through the body.
Metal players are all about ease of playing, when things get fast and complicated little things can have a big effect, so Ibanez have added luminescent side dot inlays and sub zero treated Jumbo frets (It would seem the mortal kombat team have found unexpected employment)
It used to be the case that all super shred machines came in either black or garish finishes so it's great to see Ibanez making these lovely looking guitars which still allow the player to rip open the gates of valhalla.