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This new range of Ibanez Axe Design Lab guitars is aimed at players who like to think out of the box and want to own an unconventional instrument. These five exciting new guitar designs offer some unique features and promise something different for guitarists who want more from their instruments.

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Ibanez Axe Design Lab

The Ibanez Axe Design Lab consists of a new range of modern guitar designs. With multi-scales, fanned frets and high performance amongst the models. Along with 8-string and 9-string guitars that are perfect for down-tuned riffs.

As ever with Ibanez the product names are almost forgettable, but the guitars themselves are all standout designs with some great hardware and features. Each offers many benefits to modern guitarists. Making them perfect for musicians that require more than a standard 6-string guitar has to offer.

Axe Design Lab

Axe Design Lab

SML721-RGC

The SML721-RGC is an S-body-shaped guitar and already catches the eye with its Rose Gold Chameleon finish and golden hardware. As a special feature, we will find here a fretboard made of rosewood with a light multiscale scale from 25.0″ to 25.5″ and Jescar EVO gold frets.

Ibanez Axe Design Lab: SML721 RGC

Ibanez Axe Design Lab: SML721 RGC

Semi-Fanned

The special thing about this is that the first frets are all straight and are only gradually fanned out. This allows classic chords to continue to be played as usual and access to the high positions becomes more comfortable. In addition, the 6-string has other great features, such as a five-part maple/walnut neck, and two Q58 pickups (Humbucker) with the Ibanez dyna-MIX10 switching system.

Price: 949 Euro*

Ibanez SML721-RGC

Ibanez SML721-RGC

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RGDMS8-CSM

The RGDMS8-CSM is a new 8-string guitar with an RGD shape. It looks huge and a bit unwieldy, but then a lot of 8-string designs often do.

Ibanez RGDMS8-CSM

RGDMS8-CSM

It comes in a Classic Silver Metallic finish with gold hardware and offers a 27.2″ to 25.5″ multiscale fretboard made of Macassar ebony. Here, too, we find the five-part neck made of maple/walnut. Powered by a pair of Fishman Fluence Modern (HH), with voicing and coil tap switch as well as a mono rail bridge and Gotoh MG-T locking tuners.

Ibanez RGDMS8-CSM

Ibanez RGDMS8-CSM

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RG9PB-TGF

But of course, eight strings are not enough for some players. That’s why Ibanez now has a 9-string model with the RG9PB-TGF. Again, this one looks like a beast of a guitar and looks a lot like a barbarian’s axe!

Ibanez RG9PB-TGF

RG9PB-TGF

The RG comes with a beautiful grain poplar blanket in a transparent-grey finish and offers an extended scale with 28″ inches for rich and clean, deep tones. The 9-string also has a Macassar ebony fretboard, and a five-piece maple/walnut neck. Plus, it also has a set of Fishman Fluence Modern pickups (HH) with voicing and coil tap switches.

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Ibanez RG9PB-TGF

Ibanez RG9PB-TGF

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RGA622XH

The RGA622XH is the most expensive model in the series. The guitar is an RGA body shape with a curved top and is available in the finishes black and white, each with gold hardware. Inspired by Jake Bowen’s JBM9999, the 6-string comes with 27 jumbo frets on a bound Macassar ebony fretboard.

Ibanez RGA622XH White

RGA622XH White

It comes with a five-piece maple/walnut neck, DiMarzio The Tone Zone and Air Norton pickups (HH) with coil tap switch as well as a Lo-Pro Edge locking trem system.

Ibanez RGA622XH-WH

Ibanez RGA622XH-WH

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Ibanez RGA622XH-BK

Ibanez RGA622XH-BK

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  • RG9PB-TGF: Ibanez
  • RGA622XH White: Ibanez
  • RGA622XH Black: Ibanez
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